Mix and match your favorite guac ingredients for the perfect, easy Guacamole recipe. It’s the best party snack to enjoy all summer long!
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Easy Guacamole recipe
Whipping up a batch of homemade guacamole is a must when I am hosting guests, and I’ll often make it just for myself as a healthy snack or even a light dinner.
Not to mention, this perfect dip is an excellent appetizer, party snack or garnish for a burger or nachos. No self-respecting Super Bowl party is complete without it!
My best advice is to making good guacamole is to buy your avocados a few days in advance and wait until they get squishy enough. One of the worst mistakes you can make with this classic guacamole recipe is not using ripe avocados. Trust me, I’ve been there.
The avocados have to be somewhat firm yet squishy, though not rotten, or they won’t mash well. You can also use the paper bag trick — enclosing an avocado with a banana in a paper bag traps ethylene gas, which helps to ripen it faster.
Whatever you do, don’t forget to make the most perfect strawberry margaritas to pair with this chunky guacamole. There’s no better way to eat guac!
Why you’ll love this recipe
You’ll love this recipe, for a few reasons:
- This easy guacamole recipe can be enjoyed by the whole family! Double or triple it to make plenty of guac for an easy weeknight meal of your favorite tacos or other Mexican-inspired dishes.
- Haas avocados are full of healthy fats and other great nutritional benefits, making this a fabulous healthy snack!
- With only a handful of ingredients, this easy recipe is pretty affordable to make. Much better than buying pre-made avocado that tastes funny and is too expensive!
Tools & equipment
To make your own guacamole at home, you’ll need a few simple tools.
A potato masher will help to harness the creaminess of the avocado and make it the perfect guacamole texture. You can also simply use a fork.
Ensure you have a sharp knife and cutting board to dice up all the veggies for this easy vegan guacamole recipe.
If you do not want to squeeze the lime juice by hand, then grab a citrus juicer.
Last, but definitely not least, make sure you have your favorite serving bowls and platters. Making your own recipe and then serving it in a fun dish is just extra fun!
These essential ingredients can be found in most grocery stores. You don’t want to make a boring plain ol’ guacamole recipe, so make sure you grab everything you need!
Here’s a list of the simple ingredients to add to your shopping list:
- ripe avocados
- fresh lime juice
- red bell pepper
- roma tomatoes
- white onion
- fresh cilantro
- minced garlic
- kosher salt
- black pepper
- chips or veggies, for serving
Substitutions and Variations
I make guacamole a little bit differently every time, depending on what I have on hand. It’s very easy to tailor to picky guests, so be creative and make any substitutions you need:
Want a stronger onion flavor in this classic Mexican dip? Use red onion instead of white onion!
You can really use an tomato that you want. I prefer roma tomatoes, but you can grab beef steak tomatoes or even cherry tomatoes and dice them up.
Lime juice gives the best flavor to guacamole, but you can always swap it out with lemon juice if that is all you have on hand.
How to Make this Guacamole Recipe
Begin by removing the avocado pits and remove the avocado fruit from the skin.
To make it easier to mash, you can cut the ripe avocados into 1-inch chunks, but you don’t have to if your avos are ripe enough.
Scoop them into a large bowl and then use a fork or potato masher to mash the green creamy avocados.
Then add in the lime juice, bell peppers, tomato, onion, cilantro, garlic, salt and pepper.
Stir well to combine, but try not to over-mash the great avocados!
Garnish with extra cilantro leaves and a few lime wedges.
Then serve with chips or veggies and enjoy!
Dippers for Guacamole
The best guacamole recipe ever, and you can dip anything you want into it! Get creative, and enjoy this yummy dip in any manner. Here are a few of my favorite suggestions:
- tortilla chips
- thick potato chips
- pita chips
- pita bread
- celery sticks
- carrot sticks
- cherry tomatoes
- cucumber slices
- plantain chips
What to serve with Guacamole Dip
Nacho dip would be a wonderful dish to pair with fresh guac too.
Tips & tricks
Here are some tips and tricks for making this recipe:
- Make sure you finely dice all vegetables to make this simple recipe turn out absolutely perfect. Too large of a dice, and your veggie guacamole will be too chunky and difficult to scoop.
- I highly recommend you purchase fresh garlic and then mince it yourself. You can buy minced garlic in a jar at the grocery store, but the flavor of freshly minced is just so much better!
- For the best results, make guacamole dip right before you plan to serve it. Then you won’t have any worry that it could brown before being served!
There are a few tips and tricks to successfully storing leftover guacamole. Add a bit of extra lime juice and store it with the avocado pits. Yes, you read that right! The avocado pits will actually help keep the guacamole from turning brown. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator and eat within a couple of days.
Lemon juice and lime juice both help the avocados in guacamole stay green. The pits also help! However, if your fresh guacamole starts to turn brown it is likely still edible. Oftentimes, it is only the top layer that is brown so you can just scoop it off if it looks less than desirable to eat! But if your old guac has turned brown, toss it and make a fresh batch instead.
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- 4 avocados ripe
- 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice approximately one lime
- 1 red bell pepper diced
- 1 medium tomato diced
- ½ white onion finely diced
- ½ cup fresh cilantro roughly chopped (optional)
- 3 cloves garlic minced
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt to taste
- .25 teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper to taste
- tortilla chips or veggies for serving
- Cut the avocados into 1-inch pieces.
- Place the avocado chunks in a large bowl. Using a fork or an avocado masher, smash the avocado pieces until you have a chunky green mixture.
- Add in the lime juice and your choice of bell pepper, tomato, onion, cilantro, garlic, salt and crushed black pepper. Stir well.
- Garnish with cilantro leaves and lime wedges.
- Serve with tortilla chips.
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