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Super Simple Guacamole (+ Video)

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How do you make a super simple guacamole? This is not only simple, but healthy, and so easy. Whether you are making it for Cinco de Mayo or Taco Tuesday or just because you have a craving, it might become your favorite recipe too.

Growing up in Southern California I have a deep love for authentic Mexican food and a favorite part for me has always been the guac on top! Taught by a dear Hispanic friend, this has been one I’ve made for years.

If you love Mexican food as much as I do, you will enjoy these family and reader favorites: Cheesy Enchiladas, Spanish Mexican Rice, and Barbacoa Street Tacos.

marble bowl filled with homemade guacamole on a wooden tray with tortilla chips.

My favorite recipe for healthy Guacamole

I felt it was high time I gave you my super simple guacamole recipe, this is a throw together kind of recipe, an excuse to grab some chips and dip in to do a “taste test”.

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This easy recipe is so simple, our families tried and true recipe, if I have made it once, I have made it hundreds of times.

Large wooden bowl filled with bright green fresh guacamole with cilantro and tomatoes and tortilla chips in background.

What you’ll need for Authentic Guacamole

Simple, real, whole food ingredients here, nothing fancy and probably other than a couple of ripe avocados, you might have everything in your pantry.

Ingredients for super simple guacamole, L-R Ripe avocados, kosher salt, salsa, garlic powder, Lawry's seasoning, fresh lime, roma tomato.
  • AVOCADOS | Ripe, but firm, gives slightly under a tiny bit of pressure.
  • LAWRY’S SEASONING SALT | My secret ingredient, use any seasoning salt.
  • GARLIC POWDER | A simple way to add great flavor, optional add a little dash or two of onion powder.
  • TOMATOES | I love chunky, fresh tomatoes in my chips and gauc.
  • SALSA | Adds a little spice, texture and definitely flavor!
  • LIME | A must for zing, plus aids in keeping it from turning brown
  • KOSHER SALT | Taste before adding, you may not need it.
  • CILANTRO | to taste, omit for guacamole without cilantro.

How to make Quick Guacamole

Watch the simple video for how to make this easy, super simple guacamole. But I will take you step by step below:

Process shots for how to make simple guacamole 1) mashing fresh avocados 2) adding fresh salsa.
  1. Using a sharp knife, slice through the avocado to the pit all the way around, then scoop out the avocado flesh using a spoon, repeat with second avocado.
  2. Mash slightly for more chunky guacamole, you will continue mixing as you add the various ingredients, which will natural smooth it out, we like ours a little chunky. Add 1-2 tablespoons of your favorite salsa.
  1. Toss in ¼ – ½ teaspoon garlic powder, a few shakes of Lawry’s Seasoning salt (not too much, you can always add more salt, you can’t remove it).
Process shots for super simple guacamole 3) adding Larry's seasoning salt 4) adding garlic powder.
  1. Toss in fresh, chopped tomatoes (if desired), squeeze in half a lime, then taste. Adding a little more salt, lime or salsa if desired. Finally, stir in 1 tablespoon fresh chopped cilantro, if desired.
Process shots for super simple guacamole 5) adding a squeeze of lime and 6) adding fresh cilantro.

Storing Homemade Guacamole

I typically make mine according to our needs and rarely have any leftover. It will last 1-3 days in the fridge, but really, can you resist it. Read below for tips on storing healthy guacamole.

How to Keep Guacamole from Turning Brown

Kathleen’s Tips | Add lime or lemon juice to your guacamole, not only does the citrus add a lovely zest and zing to the dip, but it provides a barrier to the natural oxidation that happens when avocados are exposed to air.

If storing, smooth the guac as flat as possible, then place a piece of plastic wrap, directly on the surface. This will help slow the oxidation process.

If your guac develops a brown layer, it will not hurt you, either skim it off or just stir it in, you will have bright green guac once again.

 

 

RESTAURANT TIPS

So how about those vats of guacamole at Chipotle or Qdoba? After doing a bit of research here is what restaurants do to reduce the brown in their guac.

  • Smooth the guacamole into a flat layer.
  • Pour a thin but visible layer of water or lemon/lime juice over the guacamole to form an air barrier.
  • Place a piece of plastic wrap onto the guacamole to prevent air pockets, or place in a sealed container.

Fresh homemade simple guacamole in a wooden bowl on a tray with fresh tortilla chips.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why is my guacamole bitter?

 

Most likely the avocados are under-ripe, if they are really firm, they need to ripen more before making guacamole.

What does guacamole mean in Mexican.

 

The name comes from Classical Nahuatl āhuacamōlli [aːwakaˈmoːlːi], which literally translates to ‘avocado sauce’, from āhuacatl [aːˈwakat͡ɬ] ‘avocado’ + mōlli [ˈmoːlːi] ‘sauce’ (Source)

How to ripen avocados quickly.

 

Avocados do not ripen on the tree; they ripen or “soften” after they have been harvested. To speed up the avocado ripening process we recommend placing unripe avocados in a brown paper bag with an apple or banana for two to three days until they are ripe. We do not recommend any other method of ripening. (Source)

Can I double or triple this recipe?

 

Yes, it multiplies easily. Be careful when doubling the salt and your lime juice though, go easy at first and then add to taste.

How do I get chunky guacamole?

 

If you want some nice large chunks of avocado, then hold out ½ to a full avocado, mix all the ingredients with 1st avocado. Chop second avocado with a couple of knives and gently fold into the guacamole mixture.

Healthy Guacamole is best served immediately, serve with your favorite chips, salsa and queso for the trifecta of Mexican appetizers.

More great Mexican recipes:

marble bowl filled with homemade guacamole on a wooden tray with tortilla chips.
Yield: 6 Servings

Super Simple Guacamole (+ Video)

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

How do you make a super simple guacamole? This is not only simple, but healthy, and so easy. Whether you are making it for Cinco de Mayo or Taco Tuesday or just because you have a craving, it might become your favorite recipe too.

Ingredients

  • 2-3 small-medium Avocados | Ripe, but firm, gives slightly under a tiny bit of pressure, if you remove the stem, it should be bright green. Halved, scooped and pitted.
  • ½ teaspoon seasoning salt | I use Lawry's (more or less to taste)
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 Roma tomato | diced small --optional
  • 1-2 tablespoons fresh salsa | Adds a little spice, texture and definitely flavor!
  • ½ fresh lime juice | squeezed
  • Kosher Salt to taste |
  • 1 tablespoon fresh cilantro

Instructions

  1. Using a sharp knife, slice through the avocado to the pit all the way around, then scoop out the avocado flesh using a spoon, repeat with second avocado.
  2. Mash slightly for more chunky guacamole, you will continue mixing as you add the various ingredients, which will natural smooth it out, we like ours a little chunky.
  3. Toss in ¼ - ½ teaspoon garlic powder, a few shakes of Lawry's Seasoning salt (not too much, you can always add more salt, you can't remove it) and a tablespoon or two of your favorite salsa.
  4. Add in fresh, chopped tomatoes (if desired), squeeze in half a lime, then taste. Adding a little more salt, lime or salsa if desired. Finally, stir in 1 tablespoon fresh chopped cilantro, if desired. Serve immediatly with your favorite tortilla chips and salsa!

Notes

This recipe doubles and triples easily, start with less of the salt and lime juice and taste until the flavors are just right.

Optional to add 1/4 teaspoon of onion powder, my salsa has onions in it, so I don't usually add.

STORAGE: I typically make mine according to our needs and rarely have any leftover. It will last 1-3 days in the fridge, but really, can you resist it. Read below for tips on storing healthy guacamole.

How to Keep Guacamole from turning brown:

  • Add lime or lemon juice to your guacamole, not only does the citrus add a lovely zest and zing to the dip, but it provides a barrier to the natural oxidation that happens when avocados are exposed to air.
  • If storing, smooth the guac as flat as possible, then place a piece of plastic wrap, directly on the surface. This will help slow the oxidation process.
  • If your guac develops a brown layer, it will not hurt you, either skim it off or just stir it in, you will have bright green guac once again.
  • Smooth the guacamole into a flat layer.
  • Pour a thin but visible layer of water or lemon/lime juice over the guacamole to form an air barrier.
  • Place a piece of plastic wrap onto the guacamole to prevent air pockets, or place in a sealed container.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

6

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 166Total Fat: 15gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 12gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 271mgCarbohydrates: 10gFiber: 7gSugar: 1gProtein: 2g

The nutritional information is estimated and may not be entirely accurate, at times it pulls information for suggestions and options which may increase calories, etc. Nutritional information will change based on used ingredients, quantities used, etc.

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