This quick & easy guacamole recipe is made with a handful of healthy ingredients and is ready in 5 minutes! This simple guacamole dip is our favorite appetizer and we always make it on tacos nights!
WHY THIS GUACAMOLE RECIPE IS THE BEST EVER
1. It takes less than 5 minutes to make.
2. You only dirty 1 bowl, 1 fork, a knife, and a cutting board. Do you see where I'm going with this? No dishes! Almost.
3. It's creamy and delicious.
4. What you eat it with is often crunchy. Tortilla chips = awesome and guac lets you eat more chips. Extra awesomeness going on here.
5. There's really no right or wrong way of making it. So long as you have an avocado you can have guacamole.
6. It's super yummy and good for you healthy.
That last part is really where it's at. It's hard not to love something that is both delicious and healthy.
If you've only ever bought guacamole before, right now would be a great time to stop doing that. Seriously. Please stop. Please, please. Making it yourself is almost as easy to make as taking a lid off a jar, and it is so much tastier. And then, of course, there's no weird and hard to pronounce ingredients in here.
HOW TO MAKE GUACAMOLE
When I give this the title Easy Guacamole, I mean it. It only takes 5 minutes to whip up this guacamole recipe. However, it is preferable to let the mixture sit for a little while (15-30 minutes) so the flavors have a chance to blend.
But, to be honest, I usually just dive right in and throw flavor blending to the wind (because when it comes to guacamole I have zero self-control or patience)! SO let’s dive into how to make guacamole!
MASH THE AVOCADOS
Use a fork or potato masher to carefully mash the avocados. Leave it a little chunkier than you’d like the final product to be, because it will get mashed more later on in the process as other ingredients are added.
ADD LIME JUICE & SPICES
Next mix in the lime juice and spices and stir until evenly distributed.
ADD TOMATO, CILANTRO & ONION
Next, add in the tomato, cilantro and onion (if you’re using onion and not onion powder)! Stir very gently until the ingredients are evenly distributed.
LET THE GUACAMOLE RECIPE SET
Cover the guacamole and let it set for 15-30 minutes, if desired. You can also make it ahead of time and store it in the refrigerator completely covered with plastic wrap.
Serve this guacamole with your favorite chips or veggies as an appetizer, or on the side of your favorite taco recipe!
OTHER OPTIONAL INGREDIENTS:
There are plenty of other tasty things you can also add, but with lime juice, garlic, and salt you can make a bowl of guacamole in less time than it would take you to say, “Uno más cerveza, por favor!” Ok, almost less time.
• Diced tomatoes
• Hot peppers
• Cumin (a sprinkle of this is fantastic!)
• Cojita cheese
HOW DO YOU PREVENT HOMEMADE GUACAMOLE FROM BROWNING?
Nobody likes brown avocados, right?! So, if you choose to make this Easy Homemade Guacamole in advance, or have leftovers, here are a few tips to help prevent browning:
FIRST, YOU NEED TO UNDERSTAND WHY AVOCADOS TURN BROWN:
Do y’all remember that I was a chemistry teacher in my life before kids?! Well, it’s true! I am a total science nerd…which comes in handy in the kitchen!
Avocados turn brown because they contain an enzyme that causes the fatty acids in them to break down when exposed to oxygen. The broken-down fats become brown in color. There are two ways to keep this from occurring…
1. by preventing oxygen from reaching the avocado and
2. slowing down enzyme function.
Here are some ways to accomplish these goals:
1) STORE IN AN AIRTIGHT CONTAINER COVERED IN PLASTIC WRAP:
Remember, the less oxygen that hits the guacamole, the better. So if you store it in an airtight container without extra room, there will be less places oxygen can reach the guacamole to cause browning.
Also, try covering it with plastic wrap before putting the lid on. Press the plastic wrap on top of the guacamole to remove air bubbles and then put the lid on the container.
2) USE LIME JUICE:
Spritz some extra lime juice on the top layer before covering the guacamole in plastic wrap. Acidic conditions caused by lime (or lemon) juice drastically slows down the enzymes that cause browning. So making sure any areas of the guacamole that are exposed to oxygen are coated in lime juice before storing will help prevent browning!
3) KEEP IT COLD:
Enzymes work faster in warmer conditions (to a certain point), so chilling your guacamole recipe in the refrigerator is a great way to slow down the browning process too!