The best Guacamole recipe is one that is simple and loaded with fresh ingredients! Creamy ripe avocado mashed with zesty lime, cilantro, onion and a pinch of salt.
The perfect dipper for The BEST Loaded Nachos, this guacamole dip takes just minutes to prep making it the perfect snack.
When I visit Mexico, I live and breathe guac (and Pico de Gallo). Ingredients found in a classic guacamole recipe are fresh avocados, lime juice, salt & usually onion/cilantro. In Mexico, we always have a bit of tomato in our guacamole as well. The great thing about this dip is that you can vary the ingredients however you want! Add extra garlic, spice it up, add roasted peppers or corn.
How to Make Guacamole
This is the best guacamole recipe because it’s delicious and comes together in a flash. Here’s all you do:
- DICE: Finely dice some red onion and mince the jalapeno pepper (remove seeds for less heat, leave seeds/membrane for more heat).
- SEED: Seed and chop the tomato. Removing the seeds and pulp and just use the flesh, this will prevent the guacamole from being too watery.
- PEEL: Peel and mash the avocados with the lime juice until smooth. The lime juice keeps the guacamole from turning brown.
- MIX: Mix all the ingredients together, season to taste and enjoy!
How Long Does Guacamole Last?
Guacamole is a dish that really should be served fresh to be appreciated. Just like apples and raw potatoes, avocados start to turn brown pretty fast after cutting, due to an enzyme that promotes oxidation. This discoloration doesn’t mean it’s spoiled, but it can be unappetizing!
The lime juice in this easy guacamole recipe helps slow that process. It will keep in the refrigerator 1-2 days. If the surface does turn brown, after no more than a couple days, you can try scraping it off. The green layer underneath is perfectly fine.
The secret to keeping your “guac” green and fresh-looking in the refrigerator is to prevent air from hitting the surface. Plastic containers – even ones’ with tight seals – are not sufficient. I like to press a piece of clingy plastic wrap over the surface and up the sides of the bowl to create an airtight seal.
How to Freeze Guacamole
Can you freeze guacamole? Yes, you can (who knew?) but I do have to admit, it tastes best fresh. Freezing the guacamole can change the flavor/consistency a little bit but it’s great for recipes like 7 Layer Dip.
If you’re freezing guac, skip the onion, tomato, etc. The veggies will get watery. Scoop it into freezer bags and squeeze out all the air to create a tight seal. When you are ready to make my simple guacamole recipe, just thaw and mix in the rest of the fresh ingredients. Adjust the seasoning and enjoy!
Recipes to Pile on the Guac
- Creamy Chicken Enchiladas – My favorite!!
- Mexican Stuffed Peppers – Make ahead
- Taco Soup – So quick and easy!
- Chicken Tortilla Soup – So much flavor
- Shrimp Tacos – Quick and easy.
- White Chicken Chili – Creamy family favorite.
- 3 large avocados ripe
- 1 lime
- 3 tablespoons red onion finely diced
- 1 jalapeno seeded and minced (optional)
- 1 tablespoon cilantro
- 1 clove garlic
- 1 small tomato seeded and diced
- salt to taste
- Cut avocados in half, peel and remove the pit.
- Squeeze half of the lime over the avocados and mash until smooth.
- Add remaining ingredients and mix well adding salt to taste and more lime juice if desired.
- Serve immediately.
(Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)