5 Minute Salsa and Cheater Guacamole
We go through a lot of salsa and guacamole, especially in the warmer months. So now that spring is here and cottage / deck season is upon us, I know we will be going through our fair share. It’s just so darn easy to pull out a bowl of each, along with some nacho chips, when guests drop by for a visit and a drink. Plus it’s also very family friendly, the kids are just as happy to dig in, as the adults.
And with those warmer months hopefully leading to some lazy days, having an easy salsa and guacamole recipe to rely on, is a must. This 5 Minute Salsa and Cheater Guacamole recipe can be whipped up in no time, with the help of a food processor (or blender), a handful of ingredients and my sneaky little cheater guacamole trick.
So delicious, fresh and easy, you’ll never go back to store bought again, it is both a taste and a time pleaser. Seriously, salsa in 5 minutes and guacamole in just a few minutes more, you don’t even need to rinse out the food processor between making the salsa and guacamole. You’ll have a fresh batch of each, ready to be served, before your guests have settled into their deck chairs.
So what’s the sneaky little trick to making the cheater guacamole? Well a few years ago, we went on a family vacation to Mexico. Each day there were lots of activities available, most of which we did, since my youngest daughter made it her mission to get to the activities board, first thing each morning, to make a plan for the day:) One day there was a salsa and guacamole making demonstration that we watched and one thing that I found very interesting, was that a lot of the ingredients that went into the salsa, also went into the guacamole.
So when I got home and tried to recreate the recipe (bathing suit, cover up, flip flops and mojito was all I had with me at the time, so no recipe was written down), I decided to use some of the salsa to make the guacamole. And that’s my little sneaky trick. A few avocados, some lime juice, seasoning and all of that flavour from the salsa. It’s a little sneaky and a little trick, but it sure makes whipping up delicious guacamole super easy.
If you’ve been following along for a bit, you’ll know how much I like using dips and spreads as time savers throughout the week. Here you get two for one. The kids love dipping all sorts of things in salsa and guacamole like eggs, quesadillas, zucchini or other veggies, and of course both make perfect toppings on crackers and cheese or nachos, but they are also great for topping up burgers or chicken for dinner or spreading on sandwiches or wraps for lunch. Just think of all that extra time you will have to laze around on the deck!
- 1 jalapeno pepper, trimmed, cut in half lengthwise and seeded (Note 1)
- 1 onion, peeled, trimmed and cut into 1/8ths
- 19 oz (540 ml) can whole peeled tomatoes, including juice
- Juice of 1 lime
- 1 big handful of cilantro, just tear a handful off the bunch, stems and all, about 1/2 cup packed
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon pepper
- 2 avocados
- 1/4 cup of 5 Minute Salsa (recipe above)
- Juice of 1 lime
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/8 teaspoon pepper
- Gather ingredients and tools. Prep ingredients (trim pepper, chop onion) and open can.
- With food processor running, drop the jalapeno pepper through the small feed tube and process until finely chopped, scrape down sides.
- Add the onion and pulse until chopped, being careful not to chop it too finely or it will begin to turn to a paste.
- Add the tomatoes (including the juice), lime juice, cilantro, salt and pepper and pulse until you reach the desired consistency. Transfer to a bowl and return the bowl of the food processor to the base.
- Halve, pit, and using a spoon, scoop out the avocado into the bowl of the food processor that you just made the salsa in (no need to rinse it out).
- Add the salsa, lime juice, salt and pepper and process until smooth (or as smooth as you like it).
Cutting board and sharp knife
Measuring spoons (1 teaspoon, 1/4 teaspoon)