5×5: The Simplest and Best Guacamole Ever and It’s Made by Kids!


Today I will make my seven-year-old cook for me; this week at Spanish All Year, he learned to make guacamole, and believe it or not, it is pretty much the best I’ve have ever had. Spanish All Year, a language development school that is part of the Westbury Language Center, is designed to develop Spanish language skills through cultural experiences in art, literature, dance, and — of course — cooking, the school has about 180 students from infants to tweens. Nearly 100 of them participate in the cooking classes in the fully operational, friendly kitchen, decorated with pictures of exotic fruits and dishes.

Known by her students (who include my seven-year-old son) as Miss Susana, Susa Quintanilla, originally from El Salvador, is the cooking instructor.

Each week the kids make a different dish from a Spanish-speaking country. This week, in honor of Cinco de Mayo, they made a knock-your-socks-off guac with tortilla chips and, as always, they shared the recipe with us. Now we will share it with you! ¡Olé!

1 ripe avocado (it will respond to pressure, but not be completely mushy), sliced in half, pit removed and peeled.
1 medium tomato, chopped
2 tablespoons fresh-squeezed lime juice
3 tablespoons cilantro, chopped
In a bowl, mash the avocado with a fork. Stir in remaining ingredients with salt and pepper to taste.

Corn tortillas
Neutral oil

Preheat oven to 325. Cut tortillas in triangles, place on a baking sheet and coat lightly with oil. Add salt and pepper, chili powder, lemon juice or thyme (all optional) and bake for 10 minutes until golden. Serve together!

For all of Natalia’s Cinco de Mayo recommendations, click here.