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Simple Guacamole

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The search for the best Guacamole Recipe is over. This homemade guac blends ripe avocados, finely diced onion, garlic and cilantro for an easy and delicious dip everyone will love. Fresh ingredients are key to this mouth wateringly delicious side.

Want to make it a meal? Serve this with Grilled Chicken Fajitas or Carne Asada Tacos. Top everything off with a refreshing Margarita or Paloma Cocktail.

chip being dipped into a bowl of guacamole.

This post was originally published July 24, 2014. It has since been updated to include fresh photos and helpful tips.

RECIPE FEATURES

  • Minimal Ingredients: You don’t need a long list of ingredients to make a delicious dip. This easy guacamole only uses 7 items, most probably already in your kitchen!
  • Quick and Easy: Less than 10 minutes to chop and mix. That makes it a go-to side for almost any meal.
  • Family Favorite: Requested by my pickiest eater on a weekly basis. We always keep avocados in the pantry.

Is this the best guacamole recipe? I like to think so.

It is a crowd-favorite and the key is to stick to the basics! Guacamole is one of those recipes that should never be over complicated. A blend of a few high quality ingredients is the secret to getting that perfect blend of flavors.

Amazing served with homemade chips or a topping to your favorite tacos.

chopped onion, garlic and cilantro in a metal mixing bowl.

GUACAMOLE INGREDIENTS

This recipe could not be easier. You only need 7 fresh ingredients and less than 10 minutes to whip up this tasty appetizer.

  • Avocados: RIPE avocados. Although, I have made this with slightly under ripe avocado and it is still a hit.
  • Onion: I used a white onion for these photos, but more traditionally you will see yellow or red onion used.
  • Garlic: Fresh is best. Purchasing fresh garlic will make a world of difference in the end result.
  • Cilantro: Not a big fan? Cut back on the amount called for. My husband is a cilantro naysayer, but he raves over this fresh guacamole.
  • Salt and Cayenne: Season lightly, add more if you need it.
  • Lime: This is the finishing touch that blends all of the flavors.
glass bowl with mashed avocado

HOW TO MAKE GUACAMOLE

  1. Start by slicing the avocados in half and removing the pit. Gently scoop them into a mixing bowl.
  2. Use a fork, or an avocado masher, to gently mash them to your preferred texture. I like mine slightly chunky.
  3. Add the remaining ingredients, stir, and serve.
  4. It really is that easy.

I love to add a spoonful of fresh pico on top, just before serving. It’s a delicious combination.

single chip holding guacamole above the bowl

RECIPE TIPS AND FAQS

How do you know an avocado is ripe?

Check the color. Dark avocados tend to be more ripe than lighter shades.
Put gentle pressure with your finger on the avocado. A ripe and ready avocado should give under the pressure.
Don’t forget to check for bruising.
We tend to pick avocados that are a little more firm but still give under pressure. These last 1-2 days.

How do you keep guacamole from browning?

If you want to make this in advance, we have had success storing it in an airtight container with a thin layer of water across the top. Slowly drain the water and stir before serving. It keeps things from turning brown and doesn’t add too much moisture to the dip.

How can you make guacamole spicier?

Easy! Finely chop 1 seeded jalapeno, or leave the seeds in for even more kick.

bowl of fresh guacamole with pico on top

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Simple Guacamole

Simple Guacamole

Yield: 4
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

The search for the best Guacamole Recipe is over. This homemade guac blends ripe avocados, finely diced onion, garlic and cilantro for an easy and delicious dip everyone will love. Fresh ingredients are key to this mouth wateringly delicious side.

Ingredients

  • 3 large avocados, ripe
  • 1/2 cup finely diced onion, red or white
  • 3 tablespoons finely diced cilantro
  • 1 teaspoon fresh minced garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Pinch cayenne pepper
  • Juice of 1 lime

Instructions

  1. Carefully cut an avocado in half, lengthwise. Twist and pull apart each side. Remove the seed of the avocado and scrape the inside into a mixing bowl. Repeat with the remaining avocados.
  2. Using a fork, or smasher (affiliate), gently press the fruit until lightly mashed. Try to keep a little bit of texture and avoid over mixing.
  3. Stir in the remaining ingredients and serve with your favorite chips.

Notes

I try to season last. Add half of the salt, stir, and taste. From there you can add additional seasoning.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 4 people
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 257Total Fat: 22gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 18gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 276mgCarbohydrates: 17gFiber: 11gSugar: 2gProtein: 3g
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