GUAC

It seems incredibly unfair to feature salsa without its amigo guacamole, so here you go! As with the salsa, making your own gives you the control to tweak the flavour – I usually bump up the lime juice in mine and enjoy a bit of heat from the chili. The recipe below opts for more subtle flavours and is a definite crowd-pleaser, but if you’re feeling adventurous, play around with the ingredients and figure out what you like!

What you’ll need

2 avocadoes
1/2 red or white onion
3 cloves of garlic
1/2 chili pepper (or more if you prefer)
1 lime
1/4 tsp salt

What to do

To begin, slice your avocado in half, remove the stone and scoop out the flesh into a bowl. Slice up the onion, garlic and chili pepper, add these to the bowl, then squeeze in the lime juice and add the salt. Using a potato masher, mash all of the ingredients until you have a relatively smooth paste, and serve. As mentioned earlier, play around with the lime juice, salt and chili until the flavour is just right.

Enjoy!

Salsa

While I’ll admit there’s a time and a place for salsa-from-a-jar, once you’ve made your own it’s mighty difficult to go back to. Fresh, full of flavour and as hot as you like it, homemade salsa is definitely one of the essential dips. The recipe below is for your standard Mexican salsa; however, if you’re feeling adventurous, try adding mango, strawberries and whatever else takes your fancy!

What you’ll need

4 tomatoes
1/2 red or white onion
3 cloves of garlic
1/4 cup chopped cilantro/coriander
1/2 chili pepper (or more if you like it hot)
1 lime
1/4 tsp salt

What to do

Now this is the best part. Literally, all you have to do is finely chop up your tomatoes, onion, garlic, coriander and chili pepper. Then squeeze in your lime juice and add your salt. Stir it all up, give it a quick taste, and play around with the lime juice, salt and chili pepper until it suits your taste. And that’s it (it’s seriously that easy)!