This recipe for homemade guacamole is a quick and easy dip recipe, especially if you’re looking for a fresh, authentic guacamole recipe. This 10 minute recipe is a super simple appetizer or summer dip and you’ll never buy store-bought guacamole or need packaged avocado seasoning again! (It’s also one of those easy kids’ recipes they can make themselves!)
BEST RECIPE FOR HOMEMADE GUACAMOLE
If you’ve only ever had pre-made guacamole or guacamole mix, you’re in for a treat with this guacamole homemade recipe.
It’s a super simple guacamole, so you can whip it up as a last minute party dip for any impromptu gathering or a summer barbecue side dish.
How do I make guacamole from scratch?
Here are the guacamole recipe simple directions and the best recipe for guacamole…
To make guacamole from scratch:
- Scoop out the insides of avocados into a mixing bowl. (Make sure your guacamole avocado is soft but not mushy.)
- Add chopped onion, chopped tomatoes, and chopped garlic.
- Add chopped cilantro (optional).
- Add diced jalapeño (Optional for a spicy homemade guacamole recipe. The recipe below is for homemade mild guacamole, but feel free to spice it up!)
- Squeeze lime juice and mix.
- Add salt and pepper to taste.
- Serve up your homemade guacamole and chips!
Get the full homemade guacamole easy below. KEEP SCROLLING for the recipe for the best guacamole!
Another thing I love is that you can adapt this recipe to your own tastes and likes to make it the best guacamole recipe for your family. You can even make it a spicy guacamole recipe by adding jalapenos or kids can add their own ingredients to make their own (or you can just leave it as the guacamole simple recipe we’ve listed and it’s super yummy!).
Before we get to the guacamole easy recipe, let’s cover some common questions that people have about avocados and guac and guacamole how to make directions.
What can I add to guacamole?
Guacamole is one of those appetizers, dips, or snacks that you can play around with and add ingredients to your liking. Our easy recipe for homemade guacamole doesn’t need extras, but you can try out other ingredients for guacamole to make it to your liking!
Additional ingredients for homemade guacamole:
- Chipotle peppers
- Roasted corn
- Green onions/scallions
- Black beans
- Sour cream
- Sun dried tomatoes
- Red onion
- Lawry’s seasoning
- Cayenne pepper
- Pepitas (for crunchy guacamole)
- Orange juice (instead of lime)
What goes with guacamole?
- Tortilla chips
- Flour tortillas
- Corn tortillas
- Bell peppers
- Fresh broccoli or cauliflower
- Grape tomatoes
- On Toast
- As deviled egg filling (yes! avocado deviled eggs are a thing!)
- In Salad
- On Sandwiches
- On a baked potato
This is an easy guacamole recipe for nachos, added to dishes, to eat alone, or pair up this homemade guacamole with salsa for an afternoon snack for the kids!
WANT THE KIDS TO HELP?
If you have little ones just learning to chop and cut, we love this safe kitchen knife set for kids that also come with cut resistant gloves!
How long does homemade guacamole last?
Homemade guacamole, properly stored, will last up to two days in the refrigerator. After that, it starts to oxidize and will quickly turn brown. However, if it’s only been a couple days, you can stir the brown into the guacamole (if it’s still bright green under) and it won’t hurt you and still tastes fine!
Why does guacamole turn brown in the fridge?
An enzyme in avocados reacts with oxygen. Once an avocado is cut, the reaction starts and the avocado oxidizes. This is what causes and avocado and guacamole to turn brown.
How do you keep guacamole from getting brown?
Does lemon juice keep guacamole from turning brown? Yes! To slow down the browning process, spread your guacamole into an airtight container. Squeeze a layer of lemon or lime juice over the entire top of the guacamole. Using plastic wrap, press down on top of the guacamole, so the plastic wrap is stuck into the dip. Place lid on container in store in refrigerator.
Is it bad to eat guacamole that is brown?
Generally, if you have guacamole store in the refrigerator, the top layer will turn brown. If you scrape the top layer off and the guacamole dip is green underneath, you can eat it. If the guacamole is has brown liquid, has a strong, unpleasant or sour smell, or tastes “fizzy” (fermenting) then it’s bad and you should throw it out.
Is guacamole good for you?
Is homemade guacamole healthy? Avocados are considered a “good fat” and are healthy for your family in limited amounts. It’s what we eat with guacamole and avocados that generally make it less healthy. Stay away from tortilla chips and toast and instead eat your avocados and guacamole with veggies and fruit!
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How do I know when avocados are ripe?
The trick to tasty guacamole is to use ripe avocados, which can be tricky. Ripe avocados will be darker in color and will also feel a little soft when you lightly press on them. You don’t want them to be mushy, but just soft to the touch. Firm avocados are not ripe yet.
How do you ripen avocado?
Unripened avocados are greener in color and firm to the touch. To ripen avocados faster, place them in a brown paper bag with a banana or apple. They will usually ripen within 1-3 days.
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Can I make guacamole with unripe avocados?
You could make guacamole with unripe avocados, but it won’t be as flavorful as when they are ripe. If you have time, we recommend waiting to make your guacamole recipe until after they avocados have ripened.
CAN I LET YOU IN ON A LITTLE SECRET? I hate chopping onions by hand. I use a chopper like this and it’s such a time saver (especially when you’re cooking or baking other things and you don’t want your hands to smell like onion the whole time)! It’s also great (and SAFE and FUN!) for kids to use so you can safely get kids cooking in the kitchen, too!
OK! Let’s get to how to make homemade guacamole dip!
HOW TO MAKE GUACAMOLE STEP BY STEP
You’ll be surprised at just how easy it is to learn how to make homemade guacamole!
We don’t use any special homemade guacamole seasoning because this easy recipe flavorful just from the fresh ingredients. In my opinion, these homemade guacamole ingredients stand on their own without any dried spices needed! (I really do think this is the best homemade guacamole ever!)
We make our guacamole recipe without cilantro just because my husband isn’t a fan of cilantro, but you can easily chop up fresh cilantro and add it to this recipe.
Also, we make this recipe with fresh tomatoes, but you can also make this homemade guacamole with Rotel and it will be good, too!
- 3 ripe avocados
- 1/2 cup onions, diced
- 2 Roma tomatoes, diced
- 1 teaspoon minced garlic
- 1 lime, juiced
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Cut avocados in half and remove pit. Scoop insides of the avocados into a medium mixing bowl.
- Mash avocados with a fork or a potato potato masher. (We like our guacamole chunky. If you like it smooth, just keep mashing until you get the consistency you like.)
- Add in onions, tomatoes, and garlic and stir.
- Add in lime juice and stir until completely mixed.
- Add salt and pepper, to taste, and stir again.
- Serve immediately or store in refrigerator covered with plastic wrap for up to 2 days.
Traditional guacamole adds cilantro. If you like cilantro, mix in 2-3 Tablespoons chopped, fresh cilantro.
To store in refrigerator and help prevent browning: spread guacamole into a container with lid. Squeeze a layer of lime juice over the top. Press a piece of plastic wrap over the top of the guacamole, pressing down into it until it's touching the guacamole. Place lid on container. Refrigerate for up to 2 days.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 262Total Fat: 22gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 18gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 87mgCarbohydrates: 18gFiber: 11gSugar: 3gProtein: 4g
Nutrition information is estimated. Changes to the recipe and use of different brands may cause changes to the nutritional information to vary slightly from the ones provided here.
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