The BEST Easy Guacamole recipe – made with just a handful of ingredients and ready in minutes! This creamy guacamole has the perfect balance of cilantro, lime, and salt, and makes a delicious addition to any Mexican meal. Enjoy it with tortilla chips, veggies, nachos, or even your favorite sandwich. If you love guacamole, you’ll LOVE this easy, delicious recipe….guaranteed to become a fast favorite!
What is it about guacamole? Seriously….has there ever been anything better? I can (and regularly do) eat way too much of it. Because, well, it’s delicious. And addictive. And almost too easy to make.
If I were smart, I’d set rules for myself. Like only make guac when we’re having people over, or better yet, only make it to take to other people’s houses. So at the end of the day, I could leave the leftovers with them.
But alas, I have yet to make such a rule. And to be honest? Even if I did, I probably wouldn’t follow it. I guess you could say guacamole has a certain hold on me.
And I know I’m not the only one.
Perfect guacamole is one of those things that people can’t get enough of. However much you make is how much will get eaten. And as much as we like fun twists on the classic, like this Pineapple Guacamole or this Caprese Guacamole, there’s something about the “real deal” that’s hard to beat.
It’s the ideal appetizer for parties, game days, lazy days by the pool, or…..let’s be honest…..every day. And…it’s an equally delicious topping for enchiladas, tacos, or quesadillas. Pretty much any way you eat it, guacamole is amazing! And best of all, it’s surprisingly easy to make.
HOW DO YOU MAKE GUACAMOLE?
- Use ripe avocados. When choosing avocados, I always look for ones that have a smooth, firm skin and yield gently when pressed. You want to avoid any that feel overly soft or mushy.
- Start with everything BUT the avocados. When making guacamole, I always start by combining the cilantro, onions, jalapeños, lime juice, and salt in a large mixing bowl, then muddling them together to release the flavors.
- Mix according to your preference. Personally, I like a chunky guacamole, so I tend to leave some larger pieces of avocado in the mix. But if you prefer a smoother texture, it’s as simple as a little extra mixing!
- Always taste test before serving. If your guac is too creamy, add more lime juice. Too salty, add another avocado. It’s really about finding the perfect balance….and anything that’s not quite right can always be fixed.
If there’s any downside to guacamole, it’s the fact that it doesn’t have the longest shelf life. And even though figuring out what to do with leftovers is usually not an issue, there are definitely some ways to make it last longer.
HOW DO I KEEP GUACAMOLE FROM BROWNING?
- Lime juice! Lime juice is your first line of defense when it comes to keeping your guacamole green. Why? Because the acid in it helps to slow the browning process.
- Leave an avocado pit (or two) in your guacamole.
- Keep your guacamole covered in an airtight container until ready to serve.
- The long and short of it? Avocados contain an enzyme called polyphenol oxidase, which causes them to turn brown when in contact with oxygen in the air. The best way then to keep guacamole from turning brown? Reduce its contact with air.
- 6 avocados
- 1/3 cup cilantro chopped
- 1/3 cup red onion chopped
- 1 jalapeno minced
- 3-4 Tbsp. fresh lime juice
- 1 tsp. kosher salt
In a medium mixing bowl, combine cilantro, onion, jalapeno, lime juice, and salt.
Muddle ingredients gently.
Add avocado and mash to desired consistency.
Add additional salt or lime juice as desired.