Easy Guacamole

$6.70 recipe / $0.67 serving
by Beth - Budget Bytes
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Chips and guacamole are my weakness. Like, just give me that as a meal because I don’t want anything else. 😅 But restaurants charge insane prices for guacamole and store-bought guac just lacks that fresh, vibrant flavor. So when that guac craving hits, I’ve got to whip up a batch of homemade guacamole myself. This super easy guacamole recipe only takes a few minutes to make and the fresh flavor is so good. It’s fresh, creamy, zest, and absolutely to die for. It’s so good that I use it to top just about everything else I eat (see some of my favorite ways to use guacamole below).

overhead view of a bowl of guacamole surrounded by chips.

Ingredients for Guacamole

Homemade guacamole is incredibly simple. You only seven simple and fresh ingredients to make a truly outstanding guacamole recipe. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Avocados: Avocados are the base for guacamole, so you want to make sure to pick them wisely. I like Haas avocados best because they are rich and creamy (compared to the large light green Florida avocados). Look for avocados that have a slight give when squeezed, but are not mushy.
  • Lime: Fresh lime gives guacamole its bright, tangy flavor and it helps keep the avocado from browning quite so quickly.
  • Red Onion: Red onion gives the guacamole a slightly peppery bite and a nice savory flavor.
  • Jalapeño: Jalapeño adds heat to the guacamole. You can leave out the jalapeño or add more depending on your desired heat level.
  • Tomatoes: Tomatoes add a pop of color to the guacamole and a little more acidity to balance the creamy avocado.
  • Cilantro: Cilantro gives the guacamole a super fresh vibrant flavor and adds color and texture to the appearance. If you don’t like cilantro, you can leave it out.
  • Salt: Salt is one of the most underrated ingredients in guacamole. It helps all of the individual flavors pop and keeps the guacamole from being bland. If you guacamole tastes bland, try adding a pinch more salt!

What Else Can I Add to Guacamole?

There are so many fun ingredients that you can add to guacamole. If you want to get a little funky with your guac, here are a few ideas:

How to Keep Guacamole from Turning Brown

IF you happen to have leftovers, here’s how you can store them without the guacamole turning brown. Guacamole turns brown when exposed to oxygen, similar to apples or bananas. So, to prevent this simply eliminate the exposure to oxygen. Transfer your guacamole to an air-tight food storage container, then place an extra layer of plastic wrap directly on the surface of the guacamole, making sure there are no air bubbles trapped under the plastic. Seal the container and refrigerate for 4-5 days.

How to Use Guacamole

If you do happen to have some guacamole left over, here are some fun ways to use it:

And don’t forget to make a Margarita to go with your guac! ;)

close up side view of a bowl full of guacamole.
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Guacamole

5 from 4 votes
The fresh flavor of homemade guacamole can't be beat! This simple avocado dip is creamy, zesty, and so deliciously fresh.
close up of guacamole in the bowl with a chip.
Servings 10 ¼ cup each
Prep 15 minutes
Total 15 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 fresh lime (2 Tbsp juice) ($0.89)
  • 2 Roma tomatoes ($0.44)
  • 1 jalapeño ($0.09)
  • 1/4 red onion ($0.11)
  • 2 Tbsp chopped fresh cilantro ($0.15)
  • 3 medium avocados (or 4 small) ($5.00)
  • 1/2 tsp salt ($0.02)

Instructions 

  • Prepare the guacamole add-ins first. Juice the lime. Finely dice the tomatoes, jalapeño (remove seeds), and red onion. Roughly chop the cilantro.
  • Remove the peels and pits from the avocados. Place the avocados in a bowl, then mash them with a fork.
  • Add the diced tomato, onion, and jalapeño to the mashed avocados, along with the chopped cilantro, about 1 Tbsp of lime juice and ¼ tsp salt.
  • Stir the ingredients together, then taste the guacamole. Add more lime and salt to your liking. I usually end up adding about 2 Tbsp lime juice and ½ tsp salt total. Serve and enjoy!

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Nutrition

Serving: 0.25cupCalories: 101kcalCarbohydrates: 6gProtein: 1gFat: 9gSodium: 121mgFiber: 4g
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How to Make Guacamole – Step by Step Photos

Guacamole ingredients.

For this simple version of guacamole, you’ll need 3-4 avocados (mine were small, so I used four), 2 Roma tomatoes, 1 jalapeño, 1 lime, ¼ red onion, ½ tsp salt, and a couple tablespoons of chopped cilantro.

Chopped vegetables on a cutting board with a bowl of lime juice.

Prep all the add-ins first. Finely dice the tomatoes, red onion, and jalapeño. Roughly chop the cilantro, and juice the lime.

Peeled and seeded avocados in a bowl.

Remove the peels and pits from the avocados, then place them in a bowl.

Mashed avocado in a bowl.

Mash the avocados. Leave them a little chunky or mash them completely smooth. It’s up to you. I like them a little chunky.

Other ingredients added to the mashed avocado in the bowl.

To the mashed avocado add the diced tomato, diced red onion, diced jalapeño, chopped cilantro, lime juice, and salt. Start with about 1 Tbsp lime juice and ¼ tsp salt, then add more after tasting.

Mixed guacamole in the bowl.

Mix everything together well, then give it a taste and adjust the salt and lime to your liking. I usually end up using about 2 Tbsp lime juice and ½ tsp salt total.

Guacamole in a bowl with plastic wrap for storage.

To store your leftover guacamole without it turning brown, make sure to add a layer of plastic wrap directly on the surface of the guacamole. Press out as many of the air bubbles as possible to prevent browning. Seal the container closed and keep for 4-5 days, refrigerated.

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  1. One thing I’ve never seen suggested, but I make all the time, is guac salad dressing. Just add olive oil, slowly, stirring (or run the whole thing in a food processor) until it’s your desired consistency. Pour over any kind of fresh salad (iceberg, Bibb, mixed). About one avocado per large serving of salad is enough if you can’t get enough guac.

    (There’s a restaurant in Boston that serves guac salad dressing – for an obscene price.)

  2. This is my go-to recipe! I will also chop up a chipotle pepper in adobo sauce for some added heat and smokiness. Thanks for posting!

  3. For my money, it’s a perfect guacamole recipe. The ratio of salt, fat, acid, and heat is right on the money. If you have a bit of time to dice everything, the result is way more fresh and flavorful than what you can buy at the store :)

  4. This recipe is wonderful! I’ve made this guacamole for several occasions and it turns out great every time. I also found out that when I’m out of plastic wrap, a light spritz of Pam or another cooking spray (not the butter ones) will stop it from turning brown.

  5. Delicious! Leftovers also good stirred in with any leftover hummos you might have- I did 50-50 ratio, but that should be flexible!

  6. Quick and easy shortcut, add a few spoonfuls of salsa, salt and lime juice to your avocados and mash with a fork.

  7. This is delicious!
    I do want to share a little secret a friend of mine who is originally from Mexico gave me: substitute lemon for the lime juice! I also remove the jalapeno seeds. So good!

    1. Yes, probably! I haven’t worked too much with frozen avocado, but as long as the flavor isn’t changed too much it will work fine. :)

    2. Frozen avocado tastes pretty bad, unfortunately, so I wouldn’t recommend it. They add something to it to keep it from going brown.

  8. Would guacamole be good without onion (or garlic)? I have some troubles with allium vegetables (it’s sad 🥲).

    1. I`ve made guac without either before, and it`s turned out tasty. My mum has issues with garlic (and I don`t always have onion), so I usually don`t cook with garlic out of habit.

    2. A lot of people make guac without them, so it’s really just up to personal preference!