Our Fave 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.

Homemade guacamole in a bowl with avocados and cilantro

Authentic Guacamole

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:

  1. DICE: Finely dice some red onion and mince the jalapeno pepper (remove seeds for less heat, leave seeds/membrane for more heat).
  2. 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.
  3. PEEL: Peel and mash the avocados with the lime juice until smooth. The lime juice keeps the guacamole from turning brown.
  4. MIX: Mix all the ingredients together, season to taste and enjoy!

Mashing avocado for Homemade guacamole

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.

Homemade guacamole with a Mexican blanket

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!

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Homemade guacamole in a bowl with avocados and cilantro
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Our Fave Guacamole Recipe

Guacamole is a classic Mexican staple that adds flavor and color to a variety of dishes.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Author Spend With Pennies SP
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  • 2 large Hass avocados ripe
  • 2 limes juiced
  • ½ small white onion or red onion, finely diced
  • 1 jalapeno seeded and minced (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons cilantro chopped
  • 1 tomato seeded and diced
  • ¾ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper


  • Cut avocados in half, peel and remove the pit. Place in a mixing bowl.
  • Use a fork to mash the avocados, they should be a little chunky.
  • Stir in remaining ingredients. Taste and season with additional salt and pepper as desired.
  • Serve immediately.


To store leftovers, press plastic wrap directly onto the surface of the guacamole to limit contact to the air. Keep in the fridge for up to 2 days. 
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Nutrition Information

Calories: 171 | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 8mg | Potassium: 554mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 345IU | Vitamin C: 19.4mg | Calcium: 18mg | Iron: 0.7mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.

Course Appetizer, Dip
Cuisine Mexican
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  1. I just made this to go with tonight’s dinner of fajita chicken casserole and spanish riced cauliflower. It was soooo good, all of it but to me, nothing quite like homemade guacamole. This was so easy to make and tastes marvelous. Thanks for the recipe.

  2. One of the best guac hacks as a big fan that eats it all of the time is placing your avocado pitts on top of your mixture when its done. It helps slow the browning especially if serving at a party where it may sit out for some time :)5 stars

  3. Is the ciantro really needed or is it there for looks? Would parsley work instead? The problem with cilantro is it is either love or hate.

    1. If you’re not a fan of cilantro, Barbara, you can omit it. The guacamole will still be delicious!

  4. Super easy and super delicious!! I added a quarter teaspoon of salt and it was perfect!! My family loved it with my carné asada.5 stars

  5. If you place the avocado seed in the leftover quac it will stop the browning process. The leftovers still need to be covered and refrigerated.