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Babalu Guacamole

Love the guac? Give this easy guacamole recipe a try! Ripe avocacos, sun-dried tomatoes and lime juice create fresh flavors.

Love the guac served at Babalu Tapas & Tacos? Give this easy guacamole recipe a try! Ripe avocacos, sun-dried tomatoes and lime juice create fresh flavors.

vertical side shot of guacamole in a red bowl surrounded by tortilla chips

Babalu Tapas & Tacos is a restaurant that has been spreading across the Southeast, but the very first location opened right here in Jackson, Mississippi.  As soon as you are seated, your waiter or waitress will ask if you want an order of guacamole. Even if you don’t like guacamole, just say yes. This isn’t gloppy green mush from a plastic container. It’s made fresh tableside right in front of your eyes. The last time The Husband and I met there for lunch, I watched our waitress like a hawk, taking a mental note of the ingredients she put in so I could attempt to recreate it at home.

Choosing the Best Avocado for Homemade Guacamole

As you peruse the produce section at the grocery store, you may notice a few different types of avocados — both large and small. Resist the urge the buy the biggest avocados you can find. Instead look for Hass avocados. They are a little smaller, but they contain less water and have a more creamy texture because of their higher oil content.

lady's hand holding an avocado upright on a countertop

Now, the million dollar question is … how to choose the perfectly ripe avocado. First, look at the color of the skin on the outside. Under ripe avocados are going to be on the green side. As they ripen, the skin turns dark green to almost black. So … choose an avocado with a dark skin.

Next, give it a little squeeze. Yes, I know that sounds so cliche, but I’m serious. Not a stress test squeeze. You don’t want to leave a bruised and browned avocado for the next unsuspecting shopper. Gently press the flesh of the avocado. If it has a little give, it’s ripe. But if it feels mushy, put it down. It’s way too ripe and likely brown on the inside.

To slice open the avocado, simply take a sharp knife and cut through until you feel the blade come in contact with the pit. Slide your knife all the way around the perimeter of the pit, then gently pry it open. If you have truly chosen the perfect ripe avocado, one half should break away easily.

sliced avocado lying face up on a black background

You’ll need to remove the large hard pit from the center. Some recomment laying the avocado half flat on a cutting board and whacking the pit with the blade of a large knife. Knowing my luck, I would accidentally slip and whack a finger. I prefer to gently lift the pit out with the edge of a spoon. Next, run the spoon all along the inside perimeter of the skin and gently pry out the inside.

How to Make Babalu Guacamole

If you’ve ever had the homemade guacamole at Babalu and you are a fan, you are in luck. The recipe is super simple to make. You will need:

  • 2 Hass avocados
  • 1 tablespoon chopped green onions
  • 1 tablespoon chopped red onion
  • 1 ½ tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1 ½ tablespoons minced fresh cilantro
  • 1 tablespoon minced sun-dried tomatoes packed in oil
  • Kosher salt and pepper to taste

Start by scooping out the insides of the two Hass avocados into a medium mixing bowl. Add the remaining ingredients, then using a potato masher or even a plain old fork, mash the avocado until creamy and mix everything together until its evenly incorporated throughout.

How to Store Homemade Guacamole

One of the biggest complaints about avocados is their tendency to turn brown within 2.5 seconds of cutting it open. Okay, maybe I’m exaggerating just a teensy bit. Three seconds.

Avocados have a enzyme that reacts when exposed to air, causing the fruit to turn brown. Nothing is less appealing than brown guacamole. Acids, such as lime juice, help prevent oxidation from occurring, keeping your guacamole fresh looking for several hours.

It’s best to serve homemade guacamole right away. However, you can make this in advance and store it in the refrigerator for several hours. Guacamole shouldn’t be left a room temperature for more than a couple hours. Anything more than that and harmful bacteria starts to breed. Leftover guacamole will keep in the refrigerator for 2-3 days.

Did you know you can even freeze guacamole? This comes in handy when avocados are in season and cheaper. Simply spoon everything into a zippered plastic bag, fold the air out, and lay flat in a freezer. Allow the guacamole to thaw in the refrigerator for several hours before serving.

I have a confession to make. I made this no less than three times in the last four it was that good. I love the addition of sun-dried tomatoes vs. chopped fresh tomatoes. The sun-dried tomatoes added some tang and a little chewiness. That, and I like to snack on them while doing my prep work. One for the guacamole, two one for me. . . one for the guacamole, one for me . . .

Love the guac served at Babalu Tapas & Tacos? Give this easy guacamole recipe a try! Ripe avocacos, sun-dried tomatoes and lime juice create fresh flavors.

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Babalu Guacamole

Love the guac served at Babalu Tapas & Tacos? Give this easy guacamole recipe a try! Ripe avocacos, sun-dried tomatoes and lime juice create fresh flavors.
Course Appetizer
Cuisine Mexican
Servings 4 people
Author Lisa B.

Ingredients

  • 2 Hass avocados
  • 1 tablespoon chopped green onions
  • 1 tablespoon chopped red onion
  • 1 ½ tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1 ½ tablespoons minced fresh cilantro
  • 1 tablespoon minced sun-dried tomatoes packed in oil
  • Kosher salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Split avocadoes, remove and discard pit, and scoop meat into a medium bowl.
  • Add remaining ingredients and using a fork or a potato masher, mash until ingredients are well-incorporated.
  • Season with salt and pepper to taste.

13 Comments

  1. You know a restaurant is good when they make the guac tableside…although good guac is so easy to make at home that who really needs to eat it out! This looks delicious!

  2. Brilliant! This sounds and looks silly delicious!

    New to your blog; happy I found you!

    Mary xo
    Delightful Bitefuls

  3. Yum, I adore guacamole! I love the idea of adding sun dried tomato, sounds super yummy! 🙂

  4. I have been looking all over for their recipe for guac and I’m so glad you posted it. It’s hands down the best I’ve had, can’t wait to try to make it myself. Thank you, I just love all your posts!

  5. Scarlett Robinson

    Oh my goodness This is the best ever!!!! One of my most very favorite things.

  6. Do you happen to know the recipe for the black eye pea hummus from Babalu???

  7. 5 stars
    This sounds delicious! Great tips on choosing an avocado. I’m always wondering if I’m going to slip one day and chop my fingers off removing the pit LOL!

  8. 5 stars
    Love the tips on the avocados, this recipe looks so good! I need to find myself a babalu restaurant around here!

  9. 5 stars
    I love Guacamole and would love to have mine made fresh right in front of my eyes too! Haha. This recipe looks so delicious!

  10. 5 stars
    This is definitely my kind of guacamole. I love it chunky and packed with the ingredients on your list. Must be a great restaurant. Table side guacamole is always so much fun. I would be watching them like a hawk too! 🙂

  11. 5 stars
    Lord knows how much I love guacamole and this recipe looks like another delicious guacamole recipe for sure! Agree with your statement, get the HAAS avocados! So much creamier and flavorful! And sun dried tomatoes is just a plus!! Great guacamole recipe!

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