This Homemade Guacamole Recipe is loaded with creamy avocados, fresh lime juice, tomatoes, cilantro, and is so quick and easy to make! It’s the absolute BEST healthy dip and a super popular game day snack or Cinco de Mayo appetizer. Learn how simple it is to make this low-carb and keto dip with ripened avocados in less than 20 minutes!
Easy Homemade Guacamole Recipe
Avocados can be found occupying our refrigerator or countertop 90% of the time. The “problem” sets in when I overbuy them and 5 avocados are perfectly ripe and ready to eat.
But let’s be real… this is obviously not a real problem at all because the solution is… to make a big bowl of homemade guacamole!!
Whether you just came home from work and want a healthy snack… make some of this yummy dip!
Or even on those nights when your hangry is setting in and you have no patience for slaving away over a hot stove… a creamy guacamole dip is the answer.
And this guacamole is SUPER special in that it reminds me of that mound of avocado delightfulness that Chipotle restaurant employees throw on your burrito bowl.
Yes, this recipe is very similar to the Chipotle version we all know and love!
It’s also incredibly simple and easy to make whenever your guac craving strikes.
What is Guacamole?
Guacamole is a dish made up of mashed avocados, freshly squeeze lime juice, and cilantro. Tomatoes, onions, and other seasonings are often added, too.
This avocado-based dip or spread is typically used in Mexican cuisine and can often be found internationally and in American cuisine as well. (And especially if you live in South Texas or Southern California!)
Is It Good for You?
Yes! It is pretty healthy and good for you.
Since this dish is made primarily of avocados, it boasts A TON of good-for-you monounsaturated fatty acids, more potassium than bananas, and a good bit of fiber.
Add fresh tomatoes and onions and we have ourselves one nutrient-packed dip made from super fresh ingredients.
While guacamole is largely made up of ripened avocados, there are a few other simple ingredients you will need to make this dip recipe:
- Avocados – Ripened avocados are crucial. Read below to learn a few ways to quickly ripen or read here about how to cut avocados.
- Lime Juice – A touch of citrus lightens up this recipe. The acidity also helps to prevent the guacamole from turning brown, so make sure you do not leave this out! And yes, lemon juice can also be substituted but it won’t have quite the same flavor.
- Cilantro – Probably the most important ingredient besides the avocado in this dip. However, if you have someone that doesn’t like cilantro (you know, they claim it tastes like soap?!) then feel free to leave it out.
- Onion – Finely diced sweet onion gets evenly dispersed throughout the dip to give it an extra punch of flavor.
- Don’t have a sweet onion? A yellow onion and red onion will also work well.
- Tomatoes – Feel free to dice up any tomatoes you happen to have on hand. I have used cherry and grape tomatoes, Campari, vine-ripened, and Roma tomatoes all with equal success!
- Cumin + Paprika – What I like to consider my secret ingredients in this simple recipe. They add a special depth of flavor to the dip. You can also try mixing in a dash of some Taco Seasoning, too!
How to Ripen Your Avocado
Sometimes you may not be so lucky as to have 4 or 5 avocados that are all perfectly ripened at the same time. Or, the ones at the grocery store are not quite where they should be.
In moments like this, there are a few tricks you can try to quickly ripen avocados:
- Place avocados in a paper bag. They will release ethylene gas that will speed up the ripening process.
- Add a banana or apple to the paper bag to increase the amount of ethylene gas that is released.
- Wrap avocados in aluminum foil and place them in a 200 °F oven for 8-10 minutes. Check every few minutes for desired ripeness.
While all of these methods will work, it’s best if you just give them a little time and patience as they naturally ripen on the counter at room temperature.
How to Make
Now that you have your ingredients, your avocados are perfectly ripe, it’s time to make some guacamole.
- Place peeled, pitted, and quartered avocados and lime juice in a large bowl. (Picture 1 above.)
- Begin mashing with a large fork or potato masher. You can also quickly mash the avocados by placing in a high-speed mixer. (Picture 2 above.)
- Add seasonings, tomatoes, onions, and cilantro. Mix ingredients until just combined and texture is to your desired creaminess. (Picture 3 above.)
- Serve immediately with tortilla chips or with your favorite Mexican dish. Enjoy! (Picture 4 above.)
How to Store It?
Guacamole is best served immediately after making, but it can also be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 24-48 hours.
Keep Guacamole From Turning Brown
If storing in the refrigerator put it in an airtight container and place saran wrap over any exposed guacamole. Doing this will keep the guacamole from turning brown.
Can You Freeze Guacamole?
No, I would not recommend freezing. The taste, texture, and consistency will be largely affected. You are better off just making it from scratch!
What to Serve
Since guacamole is a traditional Mexican cuisine dip, there are numerous dishes you can serve it with. A few of my favorites include:
- Baked Chicken Taquitos Recipe
- Easy Chicken Enchiladas Verdes
- Oven-Baked Sheet Pan Chicken Fajitas
- Slow Cooker Shredded Chicken Burrito Bowl
Easy Homemade Guacamole Recipe
This Homemade Guacamole recipe is the absolute BEST healthy dip and is our go-to party snack or Cinco de Mayo appetizer. Learn how simple it is to make guacamole with ripened avocados and a few other easy-to-find ingredients!
- 4 large avocados ripe, peeled, pitted
- 1 Tbsp. lime juice fresh
- ½ tsp. cumin
- ¼ tsp. paprika
- ¼ tsp. garlic powder
- ½-¾ tsp. salt
- ¼ tsp. black pepper
- ¼ cup sweet onion finely diced
- ½ cup tomatoes finely diced
- ¼ cup cilantro finely chopped
Place peeled, pitted, and quartered avocados and lime juice in a large bowl.
Begin mashing avocados with a large fork or potato masher.*
Add cumin, paprika, garlic powder, salt and pepper. Stir to combine.
Add tomatoes, onions, and cilantro. Mix ingredients until just combined and guacamole is to your desired creaminess.
Serve guacamole immediately with tortilla chips or with your favorite Mexican dish. Enjoy!
- Serving size is roughly 1/2 cup guacamole.
- You can also quickly mash the avocados by placing in a high-speed mixer.