Don't wait for a night of eating out to get perfect guacamole at your favorite Mexican restaurant. This easy guacamole recipe makes the most incredible traditional guacamole! Use as an easy appetizer or as a side dish with your go-to recipe for tacos.
Easy Guacamole Recipe
Ever had tacos at home and wished you had some guacamole on your table? Then this easy guacamole recipe is just for you!
Using ripe avocados, delicious crispy vegetables and the perfect choice of spices, you can make an authentic guacamole recipe right at home. This tasty guac will transform your Tuesday taco night into the best fiesta ever!
Guacamole is a great appetizer too. Serve your favorite chips with a bowl of fresh guac and some fresh homemade salsa too.
Whether you're using this simple guacamole recipe for an appetizer, as an addition on the top of nachos, or something tasty to eat with your tacos and fajitas, you'll love how simple and easy this guacamole is! It's loaded with flavor and is the perfect balance of avocado and all of the goodies mixed in.
Why You'll Love this Recipe
You'll love this recipe, for a few reasons:
- You only need 10 minutes to make this delicious guacamole recipe. So, yes you can have fresh guac even on a busy weeknight!
- Making good guacamole is as easy as having a tried and true recipe. Now that you have this recipe, you can make endless bowls of tasty guacamole even if you're not super skilled in the kitchen.
- The supplies need for this easy guacamole recipe are things that you likely already have in your kitchen. No fancy tools needed!
Before you go to the grocery store, add these simple ingredients to your shopping list:
- ripe avocados
- roma tomato
- sweet onion
- minced garlic
- jalapeno pepper
- lime juice
- sea salt
- fresh cilantro
Substitution and Variations
Sweet onion has the most mild flavor, but you can also use white onion, yellow onion, or diced red onion in its place!
Roma tomatoes are not the only tomato option to use in a bowl of perfect guacamole. You can diced up cherry or grape tomatoes, a beef steak tomato, heirloom tomato, or any other juicy and ripe tomatoes you can get your hands on.
If you like your guacamole to be extra spicy, try using a serrano pepper or chili peppers instead of jalapeño peppers. On the flip side, make your guac more mild by using a poblano pepper.
You can use table salt instead of sea salt, but keep in mind that it tends to have a more salty flavor. You may need to reduce the amount of salt used and just salt to taste instead.
How to Make Guacamole
Here's how to make this easy guacamole recipe:
Begin by washing all of your vegetables thoroughly and then dicing and mincing them on a cutting board.
Next, cut open the ripe avocados and remove the pits. Then scrape the mushy avocado into a large bowl.
Mash the chunky avocado with fresh lime juice and stir well to incorporate.
Hot Tip: You don't need a fancy potato masher to mash the ripe avocado. A fork will work just fine to mash the avocado to the right texture for fresh guac.
Add all of the vegetables into the bowl of avocado mash, and gently stir them in until incorporated.
Then, add minced cilantro and the spices to the bowl of guacamole and stir.
Chill guacamole before serving or serve immediately with your favorite tortilla chips!
How to Store Leftover Easy Guacamole
Guacamole is notorious for going bad really quickly. The perfectly ripe avocado tends to turn brown once mashed and add into a bowl with other ingredients.
However, the lime juice in this recipe is likely to keep the guacamole good for a day or so with slight browning from oxidation.
But the best way to store leftover guac is to transfer it to a container with an airtight lid. Then pour a thin layer of water over the top and store in the refrigerator, your guacamole dip will last for 1-2 days like this! You can also store it with the avocado pit, which helps to keep it green.
Alternatively, you can use extra lime juice as a layer across the top. Be sure to drain off any liquid you use for storage before serving again.
Leftover guacamole can also be frozen! Place leftovers into an airtight container, top with lime juice and freeze until needed. Allow to thaw in the fridge before using.
Food to Pair with this Easy Guacamole
It's a no brainer that a big ol' bowl of fresh guacamole is the perfect pairing with you favorite tacos. Serve it alongside slow cooker salsa verde pulled pork tacos or even beef taco lettuce wraps. You can also place a dollop of chunky guacamole on a warm bowl of easy beef taco soup!
This easy homemade guacamole recipe would be a yummy addition to the best and most easy rotisserie chicken enchiladas.
Tips for Success
- Choose perfectly ripe avocados that won't be too mushy, but also won't be too firm. An over-ripe choice will have brown avocado flesh which will shorten the life of your guacamole.
- Don't make this easy guacamole recipe until a few hours before you plan to serve it. Avocados will begin to brown once exposed to air, so even if you want to chill your guac just make it a few hours ahead of time and refrigerate until serving.
- Cut all of the vegetables into small enough chunks so that they easily incorporate into your guacamole. Each chip dipped into guac needs to have a bit of everything on it!
Lime juice has a more authentic flavor when mixed with guacamole ingredients. However, lemon juice has its benefits too! If you like a slightly sweeter flavor, then use fresh lemon juice in place of the lime juice in this recipe.
When purchasing avocados at the grocery store, give them a gently squish to see how firm or mushy they are. You should be able to easily indent the avocado skin without it being super mushy. If the avocado is hard as a rock, it is likely not ripe enough to use in guacamole! With this method, you can choose the perfect avocado for the best results with this great recipe.
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- 3 Ripe Avocados
- 1 Roma Tomato, diced
- 1 small Sweet Onion, finely diced (about ½-¾ cup)
- 1 clove Garlic, minced
- 1 Jalapeno Pepper, deseeded & finely diced
- 1 tablespoon Lime Juice
- ½ teaspoon Sea Salt
- ¼ cup lightly packed Cilantro, finely chopped
- ¼ teaspoon Cumin
- ¼ teaspoon Cayenne
- Tortilla chips for dipping
- First, get out all of your ingredients and dice or mince all of the vegetables.
- Cut open the avocados, remove the pits, and scrape the avocado into a bowl.
- Mash the avocado and add the lime juice, stir well to incorporate the juice.
- Then add in the vegetables and stir well.
- Add in the cilantro and spices and stir well.
- Enjoy with your favorite tortilla chips!
- The exact amount of guacamole you end up with at the end of the recipe will vary depending on the size of your vegetables.
- Feel free to substitute red onion, white onion, or yellow onion for the sweet onion.