Ditch store-bought and make this super simple guacamole recipe in minutes! This avocado dip is fresh, loaded with flavour and as creamy or as chunky as you want it to be. Makes for a delicious game day snack for dunking those chips!
This simple guacamole recipe was originally posted in November 2015, but has been updated with new recipe pictures and details.
Many years ago before hubby and I were married, he decided to make us some guacamole for a Saturday night snack.
It was my first time having and I definitely wasn’t a fan. I know. Crazy, isn’t it?! To think about that now, I can’t believe it!
It was years later that my love for avocados and guacamole bloomed. Strange thing. If you keep trying a food you’re not fond of, eventually you do (well, that was certainly the case with me).
These days I absolutely love guacamole and avocados, in general. We always have avocados in the fridge. Always. They are a staple in our home, right alongside milk, eggs and cheese.
I was like that with cilantro too. It tasted soapy to me. Now, I have no problem with it whatsoever and love it on so many things.
We’ve all seen those pre-made containers of guacamole in the grocery store and some of them are pretty good and, yes, I have even bought. There is no need, though.
This recipe literally takes minutes to make and when you prepare it at home you know exactly what’s in there and can adjust to your tastes.
And for the record…
Now I enjoy on the regular, especially with chickpea tacos 😉
What is Guacamole? What’s It Made Of?
Guacamole is an avocado based dip originating from Mexico. Side note: didya know avocado is a fruit?
Ingredients for guacamole are –
- lime juice
- cayenne, hot sauce and/or jalapeño
- diced tomato
How to Make Guacamole
Full details are in the recipe card below, but here are the basics:
- Place peeled avocado (with pit removed, of course) in a bowl.
- Gently mash with a potato masher.
- Squeeze in fresh lime juice.
- Olive oil goes next (optional, but it adds an extra layer of lusciousness).
- To avocado, add seasoning, onion, garlic, jalapeño.
- Then, add tomato and cilantro.
- Stir everything until combined.
- Enjoy with your fave chips!
Tip: Be a tad gentle with the tomatoes, you don’t want to mush those too much.
So simple, right??
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Chunky vs Smooth?
That’s more of a personal preference!
You can mash super smooth to have a creamy guacamole or leave some bits for a chunky version (just mash a little less). You do what you enjoy best!
How Long Does It Last
Like with most things, guacamole is best enjoyed when it’s freshly made. Usually when we make at home, it doesn’t last past day one because it’s so dang tasty.
However, if you can’t finish it all in one sitting, though, this dip will last (covered) 1 to 2 days in the fridge.
How to Keep Guacamole from Turning Brown
There are a bunch of ways that will help keep guacamole from turning brown like –
Squeeze a generous layer of lime juice over top of the guacamole.
Press plastic wrap right over and into the dip (so there’s less oxidation).
Cover leftovers with a small layer of water. Drain when ready to enjoy.
Greek Yogurt or Sour Cream
A total cheat (but works) is to stir in a spoonful of Greek yogurt into the guacamole (the acidity helps prolong the green colour). Guacamole with sour cream also works too!
I’ve heard placing the avocado pit in the centre of the guacamole helps it stay greener longer, but I haven’t personally tried that one out. You?
Mix Things Up!
To try a different flavour profile!
For chipotle guacamole, mix in some chipotle chili flakes or finely chopped chipotle peppers in adobo sauce (to taste). It adds a lovely smoky heat and flavour.
If you are opting for a chipotle guacamole, you may want to skip the fresh hot pepper.
More Helpful Tips
Pick a ripe avocado. This is a great tip on picking a ripe avocado.
Make it close to when you are about to enjoy for best freshness. Because guacamole only takes minutes to whip up, that shouldn’t be a problem.
Don’t skip the lime juice! It helps prolong the green colour. Plus, it adds a lovely brightness to the dip. Don’t have lime on hand? Use lemon.
Don’t have a fresh hot pepper in your fridge? Try a dash or two of your favourite hot sauce.
For the onion component, use what you have on hand – white or red onion or shallot.
If you like more of an ingredient (like cilantro or onion, for example), use more. Like a little less, use less. Like mentioned, guacamole is easily adjustable to taste.
Speaking of adjusting to tastes, if you like things less spicy remove ribs and seeds from the jalapeño –
Ways to Enjoy
- Chips (classic, right?)
- Use as a spread on a sandwich or wrap instead of mayo
- Have on toast (hello famous avocado toast). Try with an egg on top. It’s delish!
- Enjoy with scrambled eggs
- Nachos is never a bad idea
- Making things more substantial, this simple guacamole recipe would be SO SO good spooned over pork carnitas , shrimp tacos or enjoyed with cheesy beef quesadillas.
Other Easy Dips You May Enjoy
- Chunky Black Bean and Corn Salsa – Fresh, flavourful and lots of colour and texture makes this homemade salsa a winner every time!
- Beet Cashew Dip – This brightly hued beet dip is so good with your favourite chips or veggie sticks. Awesome as a sandwich spread too.
This dip is pretty simple but really tasty. Sometimes simple really is best.
Hope you love this one as much as we do!
If you make this easy guacamole recipe, be sure to leave a comment below. Love hearing from you! Thank you!
Simple Guacamole Recipe (made in minutes!)
- 2 avocado , peeled and pit removed
- 1 lime , juiced (about 2 to 3 tablespoons)
- 1 tablespoon olive oil (optional)
- ¼ teaspoon salt (or to taste)
- ¼ teaspoon pepper
- ½ teaspoon cumin
- 2 tablespoons onion , minced
- 1 clove garlic , minced
- 1 jalapeno , minced (remove seeds and ribs if you want less spicy)
- ½ roma tomato , inside membrane remove, chopped
- 2 tablespoons cilantro , chopped (or to taste)
- In a bowl add avocado. Gently mash with a potato masher. Make as creamy or as chunky as you like.
- Squeeze in lime juice and pour in olive oil.
- To avocado mixture, add salt, pepper, cumin, onion, garlic, jalapeno, tomato and cilantro. Gently stir to combine.
- Place mixture into a fresh bowl and garnish with reserved cilantro. Serve immediately with your favourite chips!
- Pick a ripe avocado.
- Make guacamole close to when you are about to enjoy for best freshness. Because guacamole only takes minutes to whip up, that shouldn’t be a problem.
- Don’t skip the lime juice! It helps prolong the green colour. Plus, it adds a lovely brightness to the dip. Don’t have lime on hand? Use lemon.
- Don’t have a fresh hot pepper in your fridge? Try a dash or two of your favourite hot sauce.
- For the onion component, use what you have on hand – white or red onion or shallot.
- If you like more of an ingredient (like cilantro or onion, for example), use more. Like a little less, use less. Guacamole is easily adjustable to taste.
- Speaking of adjusting to tastes, if you like things less spicy remove ribs and seeds from the jalapeño.