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Use this tutorial to learn how to make guacamole that will wow any guest. This recipe is so easy and addicting, it’s sure to be a crowd pleaser!
Is there anything better than a big bowl of fresh guacamole and a bag of your favorite tortilla chips?
It has the freshest yummiest ingredients in it! Some avocados, a little lime juice, a few chopped tomatoes, little bit of jalapeño, and don’t forget the cilantro! All of the best and simple ingredients for the best homemade guacamole recipe!
There’s never a bad time to make guac! Guacamole is good for an afternoon snacking with your kids, any game night at home with friends, a holiday party, or a yummy side dish to your Mexican food.
How to Make Guacamole
As stated, this homemade guac is very simple. It requires fresh ingredients, but items that are easily found. From start to finish, it also takes just under 10 minutes to make. That’s my kind of appetizer!
- MIX. Combine the avocado and the lime juice in a bowl and mix it around until the avocado is coated. Add the salt, cumin, and cayenne pepper and mash it all up using a potato masher.
- Gently mix in the onions, pepper, tomato, cilantro, and garlic. Add a little more lime juice at the end to help prevent the avocado from browning.
ENJOY! Now the best part- taste testing! Grab a few chips and taste the guacamole to see if any additional ingredients are needed. Sometimes a little more cilantro or salt or lime juice can be added to adjust the taste.
more Simple Guacamole Recipe
Have some ripe avocados but are missing some of the other key ingredients like cilantro and tomatoes?
No worries, we love to make guac by mashing up 2-3 avocados and adding a bit of minced garlic, cumin, salt (coarse), lime juice, chili powder. It’s more of a guac dip and is delicious!
TipS + Variations
A few tips in mind when making this simple guacamole recipe.
- To pick the perfect avocadoes: grab an avocado and squeeze gently. It should feel firm with a bit of softness. If it’s overly hard or overly soft or mushy, they aren’t ripe.
- The riper the avocado the better! If your avocado isn’t quite ripe yet leave it out on a counter top for 4-5 days checking it daily. When the skin has turned dark green to black with a bumpy texture and it yields under pressure a little when you squeeze it – you are good to go!
- If your avocado is ripe, but you aren’t ready to use it yet, it’s best to store it in the fridge for 2-3 days instead of leaving it out on the counter.
- To make your chopped onion milder briefly rinse it in water and drain it thoroughly before adding it to your avocados
- If jalapenos are too spicy for you try substituting with a serrano pepper instead.
- Fresh lime juice is always best when making an awesome guacamole.
Customize your guacamole:
- Add additional chopped jalapenos or serranos to make it more spicy!
- Add sour cream for a smoother, creamier guac.
- Add fruit to your guac such as pomegranate, peaches, mangoes, pineapple, or even berries.
- Add chopped walnuts, toasted almonds, or pepitas (roasted pumpkin seeds) if you’d like.
What to Serve it With?
It goes without saying that chips and guac are the perfect combo – why not try one of our easy recipes for making your own homemade chips!
This recipe is a famous dip for chips and taquitos, but can also be used to enhance the flavor of other meals. I love adding a dollop of guacamole to tacos, on quesadillas, on nachos, in burritos, over enchiladas.
Homemade guacamole usually lasts up to 2 days. When you see a puddle of brown liquid and the layers below the surface have lost their vibrant green color, you’ll know it’s gone bad.
There are a few ways to store and keep guacamole tasting fresh. One of my favorite ways is to STORE the guacamole in a container, pat it down to make a flat surface, pour a layer of water on top, then seal with plastic wrap.
Keep it in the fridge until ready to eat again. Pour out the water on top when you’re ready to start dipping. May seem strange, but it works!
It is not recommended to FREEZE guacamole – it will often become grainy and dry when defrosted.
For more of our favorite Mexican dips:
How to Make Guacamole
- 5 avocados, halved, peeled and pitted
- 2 tablespoons lime juice, plus more for topping
- ½ teaspoon kosher salt
- ½ teaspoon ground cumin
- ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 2 Roma tomatoes, seeded and diced
- ½ onion, chopped (optional)
- 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
- 1 tablespoon chopped and seeded jalapeño pepper
- 1 teaspoon minced garlic
- In a large bowl, combine avocado and lime juice and mix until coated.
- Add salt, cumin, cayenne, and mash the avocado mixture using a potato masher or the back of a spoon.
- Fold in tomatoes, onions, cilantro, jalapeño and garlic.
- Add additional lime juice over the top to help keep guacamole from browning Serve with tortilla chips.
Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.