Most guacamole recipes ask you to chop ingredients and mix them together.
Those recipes are fine. But this one is better.
It's from food52's list of "genius recipes," and it was created by chef Roberto Santibañez. In his native Mexico, the chef explains, there is an important textural aspect to guacamole that's gotten lost in many American versions. "We never really mush up the avocado," he says. Also — the ingredients are the same, but Santibañez handles them differently. With a mortar and pestle, or the side of a big knife, or even a fork, he first pulverizes chile, onion, cilantro, and salt into a bright green slurry or paste. That slurry gives the guac incredible depth and flavor. Then he gently folds in cubed avocado.