Easy Guacamole Recipe

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posted: 08/02/17

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This Easy Guacamole Recipe is full of creamy avocados, bright tomatoes and spices. It comes together in minutes and is perfect for any gathering!

blue bowl filled with the best guacamole recipe with a tomato in front, avocados in the back, and chips on the side of it

This Easy Guacamole Recipe is near and dear to my heart. My mom came up with a version of this homemade dip years ago; we ate it at nearly every family gathering, game night and picnic. Unfortunately I didn’t get her to write down her recipe before she passed away. But between my brother and me, I think we finally figured it out. This simple recipe is spicy yet mild enough to eat all night long. Minimal chopping required and only a few easy ingredients. Delicious!

(Friends! I would love to know what ingredients you use to spice up your guacamole. Please leave a comment below!)

PICKING THE PERFECT AVOCADO

The most important ingredient in this guacamole dip is, of course, those ripe, creamy avocados! It can be a bit tricky to find those perfectly ripe, ready for mashing avocados, but here are a couple of tips to keep in mind:

  • Look for a darker shade. Ripe avocados tend to be darker green on the outside. Bright green ones are usually not ripe enough. So if you can, pick some of the ones with a darker outer hue.
  • Give it a squeeze.  Gently press your fingers around the avocado to test for firmness.  A perfectly ripe avocado will have a little give to it without feeling too mushy. 
  • Check the stem. Take a look under the stem and check for a green color. That means it’s ripe and ready. If it’s brown or really dark green, the avocado is too ripe and probably brown throughout.
  • Sometimes I like to buy a big bag of avocados because I can get them for less. If there are some that aren’t ripe, put them in a paper bag with an apple or in your fruit bowl and they’ll be ripe in about a day.
  • If you have a bunch of ripe avocados, make sure you make this avocado salsa and cowboy caviar too. And if you have one more left, make sure you make this cajun cobb salad!

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SUGGESTIONS FOR THE BEST GUACAMOLE 

Once you have perfectly ripe avocados, now it’s time to add all the yummy spices and veggies!

  • Make sure to drain the green chiles. For years I was doing that step wrong and it was always a bit runny. The green chiles will still add tons of flavor without a liquidy mess.
  • For a smoother texture, grate your onion. Again, for those liking a smooth guacamole, you can grate your red onion rather than dicing it. The flavor will mix all through the mixture without a lot of chunks.
  • Use fresh lemon and lime juice. Fresh is best! Grab a few lemons and limes in the produce section and use the juice for this homemade dip. If you don’t have any on hand, you can use the stuff from the bottle, but there’s nothing like fresh squeezed lemon and lime juice for flavor.

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WHAT TO SERVE WITH THIS EASY GUACAMOLE RECIPE

This dip is perfect with a bag of your favorite tortilla chips, carrots, red peppers, pea pods or celery sticks. Or serve it alongside these spicy favorites:

How do you like to serve guacamole? Drop me a comment below and enjoy this beloved recipe!

5 from 1 vote

The Best Guacamole

Serves: 6 people
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Prep: 10 minutes
Total: 10 minutes
This Easy Guacamole Recipe is full of creamy avocados, bright tomatoes and spices. It comes together in minutes and is perfect for any gathering!

Ingredients

  • 3 avacados
  • 1 roma tomato diced small
  • 4.5 oz diced green chilies drained well
  • 1/4 a medium red onion diced very small
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 2 tsps lemon juice
  • 1 tsp lime juice
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper

Instructions

  • In a large bowl, mash up the avocados. Then mix in the tomatoes, diced green chilies, onion, lemon juice, and lime juice.
  • Add in the salt and black pepper, adding more as needed.
  • Makes 3 cups
Calories: 100kcal (5%) Carbohydrates: 8g (3%) Protein: 1g (2%) Fat: 8g (12%) Saturated Fat: 1g (6%) Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g Monounsaturated Fat: 5g Sodium: 172mg (7%) Potassium: 372mg (11%) Fiber: 4g (17%) Sugar: 1g (1%) Vitamin A: 300IU (6%) Vitamin C: 28.1mg (34%) Calcium: 60mg (6%) Iron: 0.4mg (2%)
Author: Lisa Longley
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Mexican

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  1. Carol Ryan says

    5 stars
    It looks amazing, and I plan to try it very soon! What kind of chips did you use? I love the strips instead of big, honking chips! Thanks so much!

    • Lisa Longley says

      Normally I just use Chi-Chis, but I believe these ones were Tostitos!

  2. Elaine Lee says

    Does all guacamole use green chilies? I don’t like real spicy. Do you have to use the chillies? Is there a substitute?

    • Lisa Longley says

      No, definitely not all recipes have it. Some has jalapeños instead. I just love that green chile flavor. I would suggest buying a can of mild green peppers, I really don’t think the spice will be a problem or you.

  3. Gail Popehn says

    Why can I not save to a folder or pintrist?

    • Lisa Longley says

      I’m not sure Gail, I haven’t had any one else complaining about not being able to pin. Did you try the Pin it button at the very top of the page.

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