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Simple Guacamole Recipe

Simple Guacamole Recipe

Fresh tomatoes, cilantro, and avocados are the key to a flavorful guacamole. Lime juice helps slow the browning process...

Fresh tomatoes, cilantro, and avocados are the key to a flavorful guacamole. Lime juice helps slow the browning process and adds bright citrusy notes as well.


  • 3 avocados, scooped
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 1 Roma tomato, seeded and finely chopped
  • ½ red onion, finely chopped
  • ½ jalapeno, seeded, deveined, and minced
  • ¼ bunch cilantro, leaves finely chopped
  • Kosher salt
  • Tortilla chips, for serving

Easy, Five Minute Guacamole Recipe

How to make the best guacamole in less than five minutes. Jump to the Five Minute Guacamole Recipe or read on to see our tips for making it.

When friends come over, we have a few recipes we always go to. This five-minute guacamole is one of those staples. It’s easy, it’s fresh and no matter what else we serve with it, it’s always the first to go.

How to Pick Perfectly Ripe Avocados

The trick to making perfect guacamole is using avocados that are just the right amount of ripeness. Not ripe enough and the avocado will be hard and flavorless. Too ripe and the taste will be off.

Check for ripeness by gently pressing the outside of the avocado. If there is no give, the avocado is not ripe yet. If there is a little give, the avocado is ripe. If there is a lot of give, the avocado may be too ripe and not good. In this case, taste test first before using.


I can’t find Rick Bayless Frontera Spicy Guac Mix ANYWHERE in SW Michigan! It has been out of stock, as well as many other Frontera pouches for more than a month – the shelves are bare, and the grocery store is filling up with other brands. We used to go through at least 2 pouches a week. My guests would rave how good it was, and I shared what brand I used. But not anymore, and most likely won’t go back since we’ve found a comparable reliable alternative.

Doug Schroeder
6820 Bentley Drive
Kalamazoo, MI 49009

/>Casey Cora says:

We’re sorry your having trouble finding it. The good news? Our sales director says the local Target store should carry the Frontera products. If they don’t, you can ask the store’s produce managers to supply (or re-supply) it.

How to make Guacamole

How do you make guacamole?

A simple authentic guacamole recipe will have you preparing these basic ingredients: ripe avocado, onion, tomato, garlic, lime, salt, and pepper.

Over the years, people on the hunt for the best ever guacamole dip recipe have added other stuff such as coriander, mayonnaise, peas, squash, sour cream, or forms of preservative.

Others skipped the tomatoes or the onions entirely.

If you want your ripe avocados to shine and truly take the spotlight, make a three-ingredient guacamole that involves only avocado, lime, and salt.

Make guacamole by mashing your chopped and measured ingredients together to form that delightfully familiar chip dip.

Guacamole on bread with Spanish Serrano ham

Guacamole is a dip made of avocados, lime, and other fresh ingredients. I like to serve it with tortilla chips or next to my favorite fajitas or tacos — I especially love spreading a little onto the bottom of these chili lime shrimp tacos. Try serving this alongside our easy red salsa and this homemade queso.

After making guacamole over and over again (not complaining), we’ve found a few secrets for making the very best guacamole at home and based on what our friends say when we make it for them, we have a winner!

Guacamole Recipe Ingredients

First, let’s talk about the ingredients. You only need six main ingredients for classic and authentic guacamole!

  • Avocados (I’ve shared our best tips for choosing perfect avocados below)
  • Onions that we “de-flame” in a little hot water so that the raw onion flavor is not too overpowering
  • Cilantro
  • Fresh lime juice
  • Jalapeno or serrano pepper add some spice. I like to remove the seeds and membrane before mincing and adding to the bowl, but for spicy guacamole, leave them in.
  • Salt

I do like adding two additional ingredients to our guacamole. First, I add chopped tomatoes. I know some recipes call for mixing salsa into guacamole, but for a cleaner flavor, simply chopped tomatoes will do it. We especially love adding tomatoes when they are in season.

Second, we add a tiny bit of ground cumin. It’s a little smokey, but mostly, the cumin just brings everything together and punches up the flavor.

How to Choose Avocados for Guacamole

Ripe avocados are essential for the best guacamole. Here’s how to tell whether or not an avocado is ready:

  • Gently squeeze the avocado with the palm of your hand (don’t use your fingertips, they will bruise it). If it yields slightly, it’s ready to eat. If it doesn’t yield and feels firm, it needs a day or two. If it gives easily, it’s probably overripe and possible brown inside.
  • Check under the stem. Use your fingers to pull the stem at the top of the avocado gently. If, when you remove it, it’s green underneath, you’ve found an avocado that’s ready to eat. If it’s hard to remove, it needs a couple of days. If it’s brown underneath, the avocado is overripe.

We buy more avocados that I’d like to admit. If you have some left over in your kitchen, consider making our guacamole-inspired pasta, this protein-packed avocado toast or try mixing avocado into egg salad.

Tips for Making the Best Guacamole

For the best guacamole, we try not to over mash or puree the avocados. We are looking for a chunky dip, not a completely smooth one. I gently mash things together with a fork, which helps to leave some texture.

Don’t blend or puree the avocado for guacamole, leave it a little chunky.

As I mentioned above, we add onions to guacamole. You can add them raw or since raw onions can be overpowering, de-flame them. To do this, add diced onion to a bowl of warm water for 5 to 10 minutes. After 5 to 10 minutes, the raw onion flavor calms down, but you’re still left with crisp onions. Try this method for fresh salsas, as well.

If you are running low in ingredients, guacamole is amazing when you only use avocados, a pinch of salt, fresh lime, onion, and cilantro. (In fact, we’ve already shared our simple guacamole with you.)

What Our Readers are Saying

If you don’t believe that our recipe helps you make the best homemade guacamole, take a look at what our readers are saying about the recipe! More reviews are in the comments section below.

“This guacamole recipe was delicious and easy to make plus knowing that all my ingredients were fresh made it all the more appealing. Never going back to store bought guacamole!” – JoAnn

“This recipe was very easy to follow and absolutely delicious!” – Megan

“This is the easiest and best guacamole recipe I have ever come across. Easy to make and delicious!!” – Carol

“This is the best guacamole that I have ever made!” – Emma

More Avocado Recipes

We buy more avocados that I’d like to admit. If you have some leftover in your kitchen, consider making one of these easy recipes:

  • This is the very best avocado salad! I eat it by itself, add it to larger salads, and even use it as a chunky salsa.
  • Try our guacamole-inspired pasta. It only takes 15 minutes and is naturally dairy-free.
  • I love this protein-packed avocado toast. You can keep it simple with just avocado or add an egg like me.
  • We also love swapping some of the mayonnaise in our regular egg salad recipe with avocado for this easy avocado egg salad.

Recipe updated, originally posted January 2013. Since posting this in 2013, we have tweaked the recipe to be more clear and added a quick recipe video. – Adam and Joanne

11. Bacon Guacamole Grilled Cheese

Gabby Phi

The best thing about this sandwich is how easy it is. If you want more bacon, add more bacon. If you want more creaminess, add guacamole. If you want more cheese pull, add more cheese. The world is your oyster. I'd also venture out and experiment by adding some tomato or raw onion.

  • Avocados – ripe, peeled and pitted
  • Tomatoes – medium roma tomatoes, diced
  • Jalapeno – medium jalapeno, seeded and diced
  • Onion – white or red, diced
  • Cilantro – freshly chopped
  • Lime – juiced
  • Salt & Pepper – to taste
  • Mix Ingredients: Add the avocados to a bowl and lightly mash. To it add the tomatoes, jalapeno pepper, onion, cilantro, lime juice and lightly mix.
  • Season: Season with salt and pepper as needed. Chill until ready to use.
  • Serve: Serve with crackers or tortilla chips.

Our Favorite Guacamole Recipe (It's Easy!)

This tasty guacamole recipe has become one of our most preferred staples in Tex-Mex cuisine.

Recipe: GuacamoleFresh avocado and lime juice are essential to guacamole. Other ingredients vary by recipe. Onions, chiles, garlic, tomatoes, and cilantro are most commonly included. You&aposll be amazed how easy it is to create your own delicious combination. Avocados are relatively high in fat, but it&aposs the good kind that actually helps lower the risk of heart disease. They are also nutrient dense, cholesterol free, and a great source of fiber.

Simple Guacamole Recipe

This Simple Guacamole Recipe is straightforward and with minimal ingredients. Fresh mashed avocados, lemon juice, salt with a pinch of garlic and cumin. Sometimes the simplest is the best!

Originating from the Aztecs in Mexico, Guacamole is an avocado-based dip and one of my all-time favorites. I like to keep it simple, straightforward and with minimal ingredients. I’ve had so many different versions of this amazing and filling dip. Some with lime juice, others with lemon. Others even have added mayonnaise (“to make it creamy”), but I can’t even imagine eating that one. Then some add chopped cilantro, chopped onion and or just tomatoes. Again, I like to keep it simple and let the avocado shine.

Feel free to mash this up in a bowl, but I like to prepare my guacamole in a molcajete, a mortar and pestle carved from volcanic rock. I almost picked one up while in the Yucatan and also again when I was in Manzanillo, Mexico recently, because they were this really beautiful, dark black stone although getting the heavy stone home proved an obstacle. It’s got to be one of the world’s oldest kitchen tools, and research has shown it was used by the Aztecs in Mexico for grinding corn into flour, too. I love the look of it, the feeling of authenticity I guess. Plus it’s fun… and heavy, which means it doubles as a great door stop, too!

For my version I simply use fresh, ripe avocados. Scoop them from their skins getting every bit of the flesh out. Plus the darker green colored flesh is nearest the skin. Sprinkle some kosher salt on top.

Next, roll a lemon in it’s skin back and forth on the counter to break up the interior segments and slice it open. Squeeze the juice over the avocados, being careful not to leave any seeds. Feel free to use 2 limes instead if you prefer, I just love the fresh lemon flavor in this.

Now mash and keep it a little rustic and chunky if preferred. Season to taste, either with a little more salt or lemon to balance it out. I occasionally add some garlic powder and a pinch of cumin if the avocado is a little lacking in full flavor, but that is it really.

Simple, delicious and not all convoluted with extras. Guacamole is all about the avocados. The citrus to keep it from discoloring and add the acid and a bit of salt to even it out.

Guacamole is perfect on it’s own just with chips. Tortilla chips, fresh hot ones are even better from a local Mexican take out.

Put this guacamole on top of whatever you like when it comes to garnishing Mexican cooking. On tacos, in burritos, smeared on tostadas – indulge!