The Pioneer Woman's Genius Trick For Salting Guacamole

If you're a big fan of guacamole, but not a big fan of paying an additional $2 for said guacamole when you're in line at Chipotle (because yes, guac is extra), you can whip up the creamy, green dip at home. All you need are some perfectly ripe avocados, a dash of lime juice, and a sprinkle of fresh cilantro for the most basic of guac. There are also plenty of tasty recipe variations online, from ones with hunks of tomato and onion or tropical fruit like mango and pineapple mixed in to ones that are made with edamame for a punch of protein.

Even Ree Drummond, The Pioneer Woman, has a recipe for homemade guacamole. Shared on Food Network, hers is fairly minimalist, requiring just a handful of ingredients, including made-from-scratch pico de gallo. The television star also has a hack for determining just the right amount of salt to include in your guac. Here's what she recommends — no precise measurements necessary.

Use a chip to test your guacamole's saltiness

In Ree Drummond's guacamole recipe (via Food Network), The Pioneer Woman doesn't provide an exact amount of salt to include. She merely advises a "sprinkle" before mixing the guac. As for how you'll know that you've included enough salt? She recommends dipping a chip or two to taste rather than using a spoon. "Always test the guacamole with tortilla chips so you'll get a more accurate gauge of the salt content," Drummond explains in the instructions. On her website, she adds that a couple of shakes of salt should be enough, as the salt on the chips (or whatever you're serving the guac with) will add to the flavor, too.

If you do accidentally over-salt your guacamole, fear not. SharePostt says you can simply add some more avocado or an extra splash of lime juice to cut through the saltiness before serving.