This Easy Guacamole Recipe requires just 5 simple, fresh ingredients and under 10 minutes to prepare- the perfect creamy healthy snacks dip, appetizer, or side dish to tons of meals!
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Fresh, Quick, and Easy Guacamole Recipe
Easy guacamole recipes have become a favorite of mine as part of a Mexican or Tex-Mex themed spread and serving with chips. So much so that I have recipes for Greek yogurt guacamole, salsa guacamole, frozen avocado guac, and this healthy, easy guacamole!
Over the past few years, more ‘pre-prepared’ guacamole has arrived in our supermarkets. Still, there’s nothing better than super fresh homemade healthy guacamole with no added preservatives other than citrus juice! When you make it at home, you can adjust all of the ingredients to personal preference and make some at a moment’s notice ready for serving with Mexican casserole, plain tortilla chips, burritos, toast, or as a side for tons of meals.
Personally, we always have avocados in the house. If it’s not for this easy guac recipe, I’m whipping up big bowls of healthy taco salad, shrimp ceviche, avocado corn salad, taco skillet, and Tex Mex sweet potatoes (just to name a few!)
Why This Guacamole Recipe Works?
There’s no need to sugarcoat anything here, because the positives are just so clear!
- This easy guac recipe requires just ONE bowl. Plus one fork (or masher), one knife, and a cutting board!
- It takes just minutes to prepare! If you use a food processor to help you blend it, it’ll take seconds to blend up!
- This simple guacamole recipe relies on just 4 fresh ingredients at its base – for a super fresh, healthy dip/side that’s still super creamy and decadent tasting.
- There are several ways to adapt this recipe to your liking – keep things super simple or add extras like minced jalapeno for spice or finely chopped tomatoes. All my favorite suggestions are listed below!
- It’s packed with healthy fats and antioxidants – a delicious addition to any meal!
Ingredients and Substitutions
- Avocado: The key ingredient of this easy guacamole recipe – make sure to use fresh, ripe avocados without lots of brown spots for the best texture and flavor.
- Lime: You can use lime or lemon juice but using fresh juice is best for the flavor (and lack of preservatives!). I love the citrusy tang of lime in my guacamole.
- Cilantro: In my eyes, you can’t have guacamole without cilantro – at least not if you want that authentic Mexican flavor. However, if you’re not a fan of cilantro (I know there are lots of you out there!), then feel free to use parsley instead or omit it entirely.
- Garlic: Okay, this may not be authentic, but it IS delicious. Maybe it’s just the Ukrainian in me, but garlic is a must-have for this creamy, healthy guacamole recipe. It pairs wonderfully with creamy avocado and packs a ton of flavor.
- Salt: Just enough to season the guacamole to personal preference. Make sure to limit the amount if you plan on serving this healthy guac with chips or other salty dishes.
keep reading below (after the recipe how-to) for more information on recipe add-ins and variations!
How to Choose Ripe Avocados
Since using the best avocados is key to the best tasting healthy guac recipe, knowing how to choose perfectly ripe avocados is vital.
There are a couple of ways that I use to pick and choose the best avocados, including:
- Squeezing the avocado: Ripe avocados should be firm but with a slight give. If they feel really solid, then they aren’t ripe enough. If they are mushy, unfortunately, they’re likely overripe.
- Look at the stem: Pull the little ‘cap’ of the stem from your avocado to tell how ripe it is. If it won’t come off the avocado easily, then it’s likely overripe. If it removes and is green underneath, then the avocado should be ripe. If it’s brown underneath, then the avocado likely also has brown spots inside.
If your avocado is slightly underripe, you can place it in a paper bag or a fruit bowl next to ethylene-producing fruits like bananas and apples.
Top tip: If your avocado is overripe but tastes fine, then don’t throw it away. Instead, you can use the avocado blended up into brownies, fudge, pasta sauce, chocolate pudding/mousse, or even in salad dressings!
How to Make Healthy Guacamole
- Chop and de–pit the avocados: Did you know that when avocados became ‘all the rage’ a few years ago, Emergency Rooms all over suddenly had people turning up with all sorts of hand injuries trying to remove the pits from avocados?! For that reason, I recommend first slicing each avocado in half lengthwise and twisting the avocado to open it. Then gently tap your knife into the center of the pit and twist it to remove it. DON’T attempt to ‘dig’ the pit out from the side as the knife can slip and lead to disaster!
- Mash the avocado: Scoop out the avocado flesh from the avocado skin and add it to a large bowl. Then use a fork or potato masher to mash the avocado to the texture of your preference. Check the recipe notes for alternative mashing methods.
If your avocado is still a little hard (don’t worry, it happens), then chop it roughly into smaller pieces before mashing it further.
- Add the remaining ingredients: Add the lime juice, roughly chopped cilantro (I use the leaves and stems), minced garlic, and salt to the bowl, and stir in the mix thoroughly. Give the healthy guac recipe a taste and adjust any of the ingredients to taste – more lemon for tang, salt, cilantro, etc.
Recipe Tips and Variations
- To lime or not lime? That is the question. Since this easy guacamole recipe contains such few fresh, healthy ingredients, some people believe that the citrus juice overpowers the other elements in the dish. However, I love the tangy flavor, and it helps keep this easy guac recipe green for longer – it’s a win-win!
- The guacamole texture: Adapt the texture to your personal preference. I love to make this easy guacamole recipe so that it’s chunky, but feel free to make it super smooth, too, if preferred.
- Mash by hand or processor: Depending on the texture you want for the guacamole, feel free to mash it by hand (with a fork for smaller batches or potato masher for larger amounts), with a molcajete (like a mortar and pestle), or using a food processor/blender.
- There is no right and wrong: When it comes to avocado, everyone’s personal preference is slightly different; keep it simple, add more ingredients, a little lime, tons of lime, chunky, smooth – etc. Feel free to experiment to find your personal favorite – and I’ve added tons of suggested ingredients above for those wanting to experiment.
- Let the flavors marinate: While there’s nothing wrong with digging into your guacamole as soon as it’s made, if you let it sit and ‘marinate’ for 15-20 minutes, then the flavors will meld more, and I find it tastes even better!
If you want to create more of an authentic (or even more inauthentic), perfect guacamole recipe, then there are a couple of extra ingredients you could add to this easy guac, including:
- Sliced/Minced chili: You could use a serrano or jalapeño pepper based on how spicy you’d like it to be and deseed/ remove the membrane from the pepper before finely dicing it and adding it to the healthy guacamole. Make sure to just add enough to your desired spice level. Add in a few seeds if you want it even spicier.
- Onion: Finely chopped onion (red or white) will help to add extra crunch and tang to the healthy guacamole recipe. Just a few tablespoons of finely chopped onion is more than enough. Alternatively, you could use a little onion powder.
- Tomato: Like when making Pico de Gallo, make sure to use firm, fresh tomatoes that aren’t too seedy – like Roma tomatoes. Chop them finely (deseed if preferred). I recommend adding a ¼-1/2 cup of finely diced tomato.
- Pico de Gallo: As a ‘cheat’ to all the above, you could add some Pico de Gallo directly to the healthy guac – which contains tomatoes, onion, jalapeno, cilantro, and lime!
- Cotija cheese: To garnish by crumbling over the healthy guacamole before serving.
Technically the answer is neither. The best homemade guacamole is served at room temperature. This way, the flavors seem to be more pronounced, and the texture is smoother and silkier.
No… okay, technically, yes- but don’t do it. I’ve previously made guacamole using frozen avocados. However, I’ve found that if I make guacamole first and then freeze it, I don’t like how the texture and flavor change upon thawing. It tends to lose the fresh and creamy flavor/texture that’s a signature of fresh avocados- instead, it can become a little dry and sometimes even grainy.
How to Serve Guacamole?
Although we all know how delicious a big bowl of this healthy guac dip can be with some tortilla chips, there are tons of ways you can enjoy this easy guacamole recipe, including:
- Other ingredients to dip: It’s not just chips that are worthy of being submerged into this healthy guacamole. You could also dip veggies like carrot, cucumber, asparagus, bell pepper, etc. Crackers, breadsticks, and shrimp (like these grilled shrimp) are other favorites of mine. I also like to serve fries with guacamole too, because, why not?
- On toast: Yes, I’ll admit, I’m an avocado toast lover too! Serve up leftover homemade guac on toast alone or topped with microgreens or even hard boiled egg in Instant Pot. You can also serve it over bruschetta with a little balsamic.
- In sandwiches and wraps: This easy guacamole is a great way to add healthy fats and a creamy element to sandwiches, wraps, and burritos.
- With tacos and nachos: Like these carne asada tacos, easy shrimp tacos, healthy fish tacos or grilled fish tacos, black bean nachos and air fryer nachos etc.
- Other Mexican dishes: Like vegetarian quesadillas and chicken tostadas.
- To top soup: Like this healthy taco soup, chicken tortilla soup, or black bean soup!
- As a pasta sauce: For hot pasta dishes or a cold healthy pasta salad.
- For potato or egg salad: As I did with this avocado egg salad.
- Over fish: Avocado pairs particularly well with many types of fish. Perfect for serving alongside white fish, salmon (like this baked salmon in foil or grilled salmon), or fish patties, etc.
- With burgers: Like these healthy turkey burgers or healthy salmon burgers, etc.
See, I told you – you’ll never run out of ways to appreciate this simple guacamole recipe! Let me know in the comments what your favorite way to enjoy this easy guacamole is/would be!
How to Make Guacamole in Advance
After years of making guacamole, I’ve learned a few tips to keeping homemade guacamole green for longer. I’ve tried all sorts of methods for keeping avocados green, like adding half an onion over the avocado, keeping the pits inside, etc. No luck!
Here are 2 methods that ACTUALLY help keep avocado green for longer:
- #1 Plastic wrap: Place the guacamole in a glass container with a lid and flatten it with a spoon. Then cover the guac with a piece of plastic and gently press on it, so it is touching the guacamole with minimum air pockets (to stop the guacamole dip oxidizing). Then, cover with the lid.
- #2 Cold water: Pour a thin layer of cold water over the guacamole in an airtight container with a lid. When you’re ready to serve, drain the water carefully and stir.
Both methods work by slowing down the oxidization process. Both will allow you to store the avocado dip for up to two days without browning (the water may go as far as 3, but it will become slightly watery) – whether you want to make it ahead or save leftovers. Before serving, allow the healthy guac to come to room temperature.
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Easy Guacamole Recipe
- 4 large avocados
- 2 medium limes 4 tbsp lime juice
- 1/2 cup cilantro finely chopped
- 1 small garlic clove grated
- 1/2 tsp salt
- To cut avocado, slice in half lengthwise and twist both halves to open. Gently tap your chef’s knife into the pit and twist.
- Scoop out avocado with a tablespoon and transfer to a medium bowl. If avocado is on a harder side, cut in big chunks right inside the half and attached to the skin first.
- Mash using a potato masher (my favorite) or fork until desired consistency. We like chunky.
- To squeeze lime juice, roll limes on a cutting board first and then cut in half and squeeze. This step helps to get more juice from citrus.
- Add lime juice, cilantro, garlic, salt and stir gently. Adjust salt and anything else to taste.
- Store: Place guacamole in a glass container with a lid, flatten with a spoon and do not close yet. Either place a sheet of plastic wrap and press on it to remove air bubbles. Or pour a thin layer of cold water. Then close tightly and refrigerate for 2 days. When ready to serve, remove either, stir and serve.
- Choose avocado with brown skin, firm but when pressed it gives in, and with a tip attached.
- If out of limes, lemon juice will be fine. Please don’t use bottled – not same flavor at all. Fresh lime juice is the best.
- Cilantro is optional. It is good but many times I make guac without it because i didn’t have any on hand and it is still so good!
- Do not add too much salt if serving with chips. And you can always adjust to taste later.