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Guacamole

January 31, 2020 (Last Updated: March 9, 2020)

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This combination of healthy and delicious Guacamole is always a hit served as a dip or added to your favorite foods. All you need is just four fresh ingredients for this tasty recipe – ripe avocados, onions, tomatoes and fresh limes. This avocado dip is naturally gluten free and vegan and is a family favorite!

Easy homemade guacamole

There’s nothing better than homemade guacamole!  It is delicious, tasty and healthy too!  How often can you match that combination?

Avocados

The most common type of avocado found in US grocery stores is the Hass avocado. These avocados have a dark green, bumpy skin and smooth flesh. You can test if an avocado is ready to use by giving it a gentle squeeze. The avocado should have a slight give to it. If it’s too hard, the avocado needs to ripen longer.

Avocados are high in fat, but don’t fear, it’s mostly unsaturated fat (the good fat). They are also low in calories and high in fiber and potassium.  Avocados from Mexico has complete nutritional information if you’d like to learn more. 

If you love avocados, you might also like avocado dressing and avocado toast

Homemade guacamole on a corn tortilla chip.

How can I ripen an avocado quickly?

Your best bet is to place at least two avocados in a brown paper bag and fold down the top of the bag. The bag should be left at room temperature for one to two days until it is soft. 

How do I make an avocado last?

Place your avocados in the refrigerator if you want them to ripen slower. I do this when I buy a large bunch on sale. Just place a couple on the counter to use right away and the rest in the refrigerator. Then pull out a few more when the ripe ones are used up.

A white bowl filled with mashed avocados with bowl of chips in the backgrounds.

What do I need to make guacamole?

There are a lot of recipes for homemade guacamole, but my favorite is made with just four fresh ingredients: ripe avocados, tomatoes, onions and fresh squeezed lime juice. You also use a bit of salt and pepper to bring out the flavor of everything.

Tips for making great guacamole

  • Make certain avocados are ripe
  • Cut tomato in half and scrape out seeds and watery pulp. This helps make certain the guacamole doesn’t become too watery. 
  • Chop tomatoes and onions in a small diced size
  • Use only fresh squeezed lime juice for the best taste
  • Add salt and pepper to taste
  • If making ahead of time, cover with plastic wrap making certain plastic wrap is directly on the surface of the guacamole. Stir before serving.

Can I freeze guacamole?

Yes, you can freeze guacamole. 

On a whim one year, I made bunches and bunches of guacamole and froze it in small containers.  I froze the guacamole in 1 cup sized plastic containers.  Before putting the lid on, I placed a piece of plastic wrap right on the surface.

A few weeks later, I pulled one out in the morning for dinner, and success!  It was awesome!  Sometimes there is a bit of brownish liquid on the top.  Just pour it off and stir guacamole before serving. 

Fresh limes and corn tortilla chip sitting on a white board.

What to serve with guacamole

My favorite way is to eat it with tortilla chips.  But I also love to eat it with burritos, tacos, or in guacamole quesadillas!  Guacamole is perfect topped on these Black Bean Taco Cups,  these baked taquitos and in this Burrito Bowl.

A bowlful of homemade guacamole with a corn tortilla chip stuck in the guacamole.

Other great appetizer recipes

 

A bowl filled with guacamole with a chip sticking in one end.

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This post was originally published in May, 2015. The post and recipe have been updated. 

5 from 4 votes
Homemade Guacamole
Guacamole
Prep Time
15 mins
Total Time
15 mins
 

Homemade guacamole

Course: Appetizer, Condiment
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: easy guacamole, guacamole, guacamole recipe, homemade guacamole
Servings: 12 people
Calories: 84 kcal
Author: Kathy
Ingredients
  • 3 large avocados
  • 1/2 cup tomato diced
  • 1/2 cup onion diced
  • 1/2 lime juiced
  • salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Cut avocado in half and scoop out meat into a bowl. Mash lightly with a fork.
  2. Add onion and tomato.
  3. Squeeze lime juice over mixture.
  4. Stir lightly, just until incorporated.
  5. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  6. Serve or wrap with plastic and refrigerate.
Recipe Notes

Tips for making great guacamole

  • Make certain avocados are ripe
  • Cut tomato in half and scrape out seeds and watery pulp. This helps make certain the guacamole doesn't become too watery.Ā 
  • Cut tomatoes and onions in a small diced size
  • Use only fresh squeezed lime juice for the best taste
  • Add salt and pepper to taste
  • If making ahead of time, cover with plastic wrap making certain plastic wrap is directly on the surface of the guacamole. Stir before serving.

To freeze guacamole, place in a freezer safe container. Place plastic wrap directly on guacamole and press down lightly. Place lid on container. When ready to use, allow enough time to defrost before using. If a brownish liquid has formed, just pour off. Stir before serving.

Nutrition Facts
Guacamole
Amount Per Serving (0.25 cup)
Calories 84 Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Fat 7g11%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Sodium 4mg0%
Potassium 268mg8%
Carbohydrates 5g2%
Fiber 4g17%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 125IU3%
Vitamin C 7mg8%
Calcium 8mg1%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

 

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14 Comments

  • Reply
    Valentina
    February 7, 2020 at 9:34 pm

    5 stars
    Doesn’t get much better than this! There’s not better snack, meal or appetizer. Such good tips! šŸ™‚ ~Valentina

  • Reply
    David @ Spiced
    February 3, 2020 at 4:57 am

    5 stars
    Interesting tip about refrigerating avocados – I didn’t know that! That’s perfect for when they’re on sale. (And I suspect there will be a lot of avocados on sale this week following the Super Bowl!) Guacamole is a classic, and it’s a favorite around here. In fact, we’ve been known to make guac as lunch by itself. That might have to happen again soon! šŸ™‚

    • Reply
      Kathy
      February 3, 2020 at 5:39 am

      Ahhh….instead of an appetizer, it becomes a main dish! Very good šŸ™‚

  • Reply
    Dawn - Girl Heart Food
    January 31, 2020 at 6:11 am

    5 stars
    Guacamole is a favourite around here and with the big game this weekend, I know we’ll be enjoying some! This one looks delicious and I could honestly have for breakfast right now! Happy weekend!!

  • Reply
    Fred G
    February 18, 2019 at 9:29 am

    5 stars
    Guacamole and chips, yes!

    • Reply
      Kathy
      February 20, 2019 at 5:11 am

      One of my favorites!

  • Reply
    Manali @ CookWithManali
    May 6, 2015 at 4:18 pm

    Love guacamole! Just had it today morning! Thanks for the tip on freezing it, will give it a try next time!

    • Reply
      Kathy
      May 6, 2015 at 7:31 pm

      Lucky you! Did you have it for breakfast? I need to make another batch!

  • Reply
    Ami@NaiveCookCooks
    May 5, 2015 at 8:04 pm

    You are so right that there’s nothing better than guacamole!! My favorite way to eat them is with chips! Yumm!

    • Reply
      Kathy
      May 6, 2015 at 4:38 am

      Hope you had your share of guacamole for Cinco de Mayo!

  • Reply
    Laura
    May 4, 2015 at 1:12 pm

    I love guacamole! It’s the best. And did you read in the paper how Chipotle has threatened that they won’t be making it any more…..too expensive to get all the organic ingredients! So now I have to make my own, not that that’s the worst thing in the world. Happy Cinco De Mayo, time to get my party hat out of the basement =) Like the red onion in here.

    • Reply
      Kathy
      May 4, 2015 at 5:49 pm

      That will be a bummer for Chipotle’s. As much as I like making my own, it’s always nice to get it when I eat out!

  • Reply
    Rachelle @ Beer Girl Cooks
    May 4, 2015 at 6:11 am

    I’ll take avocados and guacamole any way I can get them. You’re so lucky to have them delivered right to you! Your guacamole looks delicious and just in time for Cinco de Mayo!

    • Reply
      Kathy
      May 4, 2015 at 5:50 pm

      Yes, but the avocado delivery only happens at very random and rare moments! What I need is to schedule a regular deliver!!!

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