Coming from the States, I have always taken the abundance of Tex Mex  for granted. Authentic taco shacks lie around every corner, bars flow with frozen margaritas, and queso dip is a house-party staple. Living in Scotland for the past four years, I have come to notice the scarcity of a cuisine most Americans view as a birthright.


So, when my cravings for Tex Mex set in, I always turn to my foolproof guacamole. Many versions of of this green goodness include tomatoes and onions, but the simplicity of this recipe allows the avocado to shine. It can be difficult to find quality avocados in our climate, so look for the ripest fruits when shopping.



3 ripe avocados
1/2 lime
1-2 cloves of garlic
generous pinch of salt
1 jalapeño


Using a mortar and pestle, grind the garlic and salt together to create a paste.

Cut each avocado in half and remove the seed. Slice horizontally, then vertically to create cubes, and spoon into the mortar, reserving one avocado for the end. Squeeze in lime and mash together.

10259621_10203636953428181_1121350978_nFinely slice the jalapeño. Add to the guacamole with remaining avocado chunks and combine with a spoon.

Taste, and add more lime and salt as needed.

Serve with tortilla chips.