Megan-simple recipe: Guacamole + baked chips #Recipes#megan-simple#snacks#vegetarian June 6 | Guest post by HiLLjO Ever since the cooking challenge, people have been sending in recipes that are so easy, even a cooking newb like me can handle it. -Megan Source: fitfabcities.com via Youasamachine Guacamole: 2 Medium-size Ripe Avocadoes 1/2 red onion (yes, chopping onion AGAIN) 1 tsp salt 1 tsp pepper 1 lime Chips: Tortillas (any kind) Olive oil or Sunflower Oil Salt (optional) Set oven to 400 degrees F. Rip as many tortillas as you like into triangles and lightly brush/smear oil on pieces with fingers. Spread in one even layer on a baking sheet and cook for about 10 minutes, or until brown and crispy. If you like, salt them immediately after baking. Carefully cut the avocado in half around the pit. Pull the halves open and set the pit aside. Repeat for the other avocado. With a tablespoon, scoop out the green fruit into a bowl, mash with a fork. Chop up your red onion until you have the size chunks you prefer, add to the avocado with the salt and pepper. Next, roll the lime around on the counter under the weight of your palm, cut in half and squeeze the juice from one half into the avocado and mix the ingredients until a green, chunky paste emerges. Eat with your chips and be amazed at its simple-deliciousness. Reporter Name * Reporter Email * Original text Enter the original text here. Edited text* Enter your suggested copyedit here. Notes You can add a note for the editor here. * Required information. Fix Typo Guest post written by HiLLjO HiLLjO is the shortened version of my full name, Hillary Jo, that has followed me around for oh, decades now. I am a new wifey, furbaby momma, blogger, aspiring Offbeat Mama. My partner Shawn and I just moved into our first home in late August in Omaha, NE and we hope to bring some funk to the neighborhood. I am a designer and I love to crochet, make sock monkeys and cook. daisytosunflower.blogspot.com PREVIOUS Bring on the fun fur: how should I pimp out my Chevy van? NEXT Create a dressing table from two shelves and four baskets Toggle comments [ 21 ] I really want some guacamole right now. 2 agree Reply mmm, you can also make Pita Chips in the exact same way as those tortilla chips. So if you can manage this recipe you've then got another one to try (I love pita chips with hummus) Reply psst if you don't like chopping onions, I just throw in dried chopped onions from Costco–one bottle goes a long way! http://www.costco.com/Browse/Product.aspx?prodid=11496887&whse=BD_115&topnav=bd&cat=7033&hierPath=6221*6360*7033*&lang=en-US Reply I learned through my adventures in Indian cooking that a blender makes cutting onions sooooo much easier. Pulse for coarsely chopped, puree for a paste. I do the same for my guac (which comes with tomatoes and thai chiles), saving the avocado for last . 3 agree Reply Why has this never occurred to me!? THANK YOU. I am freakishly sensitive to onions. I once had to leave a restaurant because they were chopping onions in the back and my eyes were so swollen and red from crying that I looked like I just got dumped! I add fresh garlic to my guac. It gives it a little extra kick. I also use adobe instead of salt and pepper. yum. Now I want some! Reply This works for making hummus, too. Just wash the blender right away so your smoothies don't taste funny. 1 agrees Reply If you cut an onion in half and soak it in water for five minutes or so before chopping it doesn't make your eyes sting at all. At least, it works for me. Reply I wear my sunglasses :o) Reply Fresh raw corn added to guacamole is super yummy too. Cut off the cob and add it at the end. Reply Eh, I usually skip the onion unless I can cook it up with some olive oil and garlic, get a little color going (raw onion is not my friend). But I'm all about taking the seeds out of a tomato, giving that a rough chop and mixing that into the guac with a few pinches of onion powder/ garlic powder. Cilantro, tiny drizz of olive oil, spoonful of sour cream if you want a smooth 'n creamy style that you can spread on to sandwiches (YUM!) And bacon… don't forget the bacon… Reply We've had to put a stop to guacamole in the house for now because we were eating it all the time like avocado gluttons. However, when I make it I don't put in any other vegetables. Just avocado, lime juice, garlic powder, onion powder, cumin, kosher salt, black pepper. One time I had a leftover shallot that I was concerned would go bad, so I chopped it up finely and added it in. It was a nice onion flavor without the shock of raw onion-really mild. Also, I add the lime juice at the very end, when everything else has been mixed and mashed because otherwise the lime is overpowering. I guess there are as many variations on guacamole as there are people that make it. This one sounds tasty 1 agrees Reply Cutting onions is part of the cooking experience people. Plus, I've read that it's good for the eyes, as it cleans and flushes them of debris that may have collected over the day. 2 agree Reply While I agree, I'm also willing to accept that I'm holding a knife while crying/unable to see and it's safer to find an alternative method. 1 agrees Reply Cutting onions is so much part of the cooking process that I have, on occasion, refused to cook dinner because I was so bloody sick and tired of chopping onions every time I wanted to eat. I mostly keep yellow onions in the refrigerator and don't have a crying problem, but I don't know if that's the result of the onion, the technique, or my being a mutant. 2 agree Reply It's the fridge. I won't chop onion unless it's cold, because my eyes start stinging otherwise. I don't care about the tears – it's the stinging eyes on fire feeling that gets to me. But I realized that anytime I used cold onions, that problem went away. Now onions live in the fridge or someone else gets suckered into chopping instead! Reply If you really hate chopping things, you can make excellent guacamole by mashing up an avocado and adding a few spoons full of salsa. The kind you get in tubs in the refrigerated section at the store works particularly well. I do this all the time when I feel lazy 2 agree Reply This is exactly how I make guac- salsa + avocado. Really, really easy, and delicious! 1 agrees Reply Psst: I made that quacamole yesterday!!! But I didn't make the chips. Was STARVING so I ate it with some microwaved mini tacos. YUM! Reply Hey! Still good for you, Megan! 1 agrees Reply Weighing in on the onion debate – I NEVER cook with onions. My stomach went through a messy break up with them (and gluten) and they are no longer welcome around our place! I would sub in tomato, shaved and then chopped fennel and/or a little coriander (cilantro). Yummo with smoked salmon too! Mmmm… Reply Oh, salmon… holy Omega-3 LOOOOVE. YUM! Reply Join the conversation Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Comment Notify me of follow-up comments by email. No-drama comment policy Part of what makes the Offbeat Empire different is our commitment to civil, constructive commenting. Make sure you're familiar with our no-drama comment policy.