Home made margaritas and guacamole is a great treat enjoyed regularly at my place. The trick is in keeping it simple, inexpensive, and still awesome. For example, the longest part of making guacamole is chopping the onion, tomato, jalapeno, and cilantro and getting those separately can be pricy, but Pico De Gio is already all that pre-prepared, available in most stores, and cheaper than getting separate ingredients. Here’s what you need for a 2 to 3 person serving (or one person’s real happy time):
- Two large or three small ripe avocados, they feel slightly soft when ripe
- Half a container of Pico De Gio, already chopped up onion, tomato, jalapeno, and cilantro, available in most grocery stores, look near the pre-prepped vegetable trays, fresh salsas, and pre-made crappy store brand guacamole, though you may need to look around a bit or ask
- Garlic Salt
- Bag of Corn Chips, get Tostido’s “Hint of Jalapeno” or “Hint of Lime” for extra burst of flavor
- Optional: fresh lime
- Margaritaville Frozen Margarita Machine DM0500, $150 at amazon
- Half a can of Frozen Limeade Mix, like Minute Maid or store brand
- 4 oz of Tequila
- Optional: 1 oz of Cointreau or Grand Marnier
- Optional: fresh squeezed lime in the cup after pouring
The “Instant” Tips
The Margaritaville Frozen Margarita Machine is simply awesome. It shaves (instead of grinding or chopping) the ice so its like coming out of a restaurant’s frozen margarita machine. It’s also super simple: dump ingredients in and push the one big magic button. I’d recommend this $150 DM0500 model over the fancier models (like DM1000 or DM2000), as it does what it needs to perfectly and very simply, without lots of extra confusing buttons. Simple is good for relaxing and having plenty of margaritas.
Just using half a can of frozen limeade mix works well as the sweet and sour part of the margaritas. It stores well, adds a little thickness to the frozen aspect, and provides good strong flavor. It’s also like half the price of ‘margarita mix’ which is essentially the same thing.
And as mentioned above, using pre-made fresh Pico De Gio cuts the gauc prep to a faction of the time. Pro tip: cut avocados in half, use a spoon to scoop out the insides, then mush in a bowl with a fork, add garlic salt, then dump and mix the pico de gio into the mix.
Okay, so it’s not 100% from scratch and not a fancy mix, but meant to be quick, and low-effort. Also it’s not entirely pre-made, which I think tastes terrible, even from the nicest grocery stores. This is a happy middle ground for me. I find I’m enjoying margaritas and guacamole more often, like once every month or two, instead of all from scratch about twice a year.
There you have it. May not be exactly instant, but you’ll be enjoying delicious guacamole and margaritas at home so quick it’ll become a regular. cheers