This easy guacamole recipe consists of ripe avocados, tomatoes, freshly squeezed lime juice, and herbs for the perfect appetizer or snack dip! It’s healthy and tastes like authentic guac from your favorite Mexican restaurant!
Easy Guacamole Recipe
Our easy guacamole is a version of the traditional Mexican dip made from mashed avocados, diced tomatoes, and onions and brought together with cilantro and lime juice. You can serve it on its own as a dip or a topping for sandwiches, eggs, tacos, and fajitas!
This homemade version is much better than any store-bought guac – once you try it, you won’t ever buy guacamole again!
Why You’ll Love This Recipe
- So healthy. The best guacamole is made from avocados which are packed with healthy fats, protecting against heart disease and even lowering blood pressure! Delicious and good for you!
- Made with fresh ingredients. The guacamole is made fresh in your kitchen with avocados, fresh veggies, and a tang of citrus, making it a refreshing side to scoop all year round.
- Satisfying texture. Our version of guac is both chunky and smooth, which is the perfect combination that you want in a guacamole!
- Easy appetizer. If you need an appetizer recipe to wow company, this is always a show-stopper, and it takes just five minutes!
Here’s your shopping list of ingredients for this chipotle guacamole copycat recipe:
- Avocados- avocados are the base for the guacamole. Make sure you pick ripe avocados for the best texture.
- Vegetables- use a combination of tomatoes and finely chopped red onion.
- Lime- fresh lime juice gives the guacamole freshness and keeps the guac from browning quickly.
- Herbs and spices- cilantro, garlic, salt, and pepper bring out the flavors
For a full list of ingredients and quantities, see the recipe card below.
How to Make Guacamole
The guac is done in just three easy steps and doesn’t require tons of dishes for minimal cleanup.
- Prep avocados: To start, slice and pit the avocados. Then, cube them and add half of the cubed avocados to a medium bowl. Mash the avocado in the bowl with a fork until smooth and creamy.
- Cut veggies: Cube the tomatoes, finely chop the onion, mince the garlic, and chop the cilantro.
- Combine ingredients: To the mashed avocados, add the rest of the cubed avocado, the tomato, onion, garlic, cilantro, and season with salt and pepper. Then, gently stir everything together until well combined.
- Serve and enjoy, friends!
Substitutions and Variations
Guacamole can be flavored and adjusted in a variety of ways to adjust the flavor profile; try these guacamole variations for a delicious twist.
- Add spice: Mince a jalapeno and add to the guacamole for spice, or add a serrano pepper if you want the extra spicy guac.
- Different onion: We use red onion, but you can substitute it with sweet onion in this recipe.
- Use lemon juice: Lemon juice will change the flavor of the guacamole but can be used in a pinch instead of lime juice. Be sure to use freshly squeezed juice, not store-bought lemon concentrate, for the best flavor.
- Different seasonings: Add a hint of smoky flavor with a touch of cumin, chipotle, or paprika.
- Add corn: Add grilled corn with ½ teaspoon cumin to the recipe to make a corn guac.
Though commonly eaten with tortilla chips as a dip, the homemade guacamole recipe can be served in so many unique ways. Here are some of our favorite ways to enjoy guac!
- Mexican classics: A variety of Mexican-style recipes such as quesadillas, enchiladas, burritos, chicken or beef fajitas, and your favorite ground beef tacos can be topped with guac!
- As a topping: Add guac, paired with salsa, to oven-baked salmon and nachos, or add to a Chipotle burrito bowl!
- With eggs: Guacamole can be paired with deviled eggs or added to your breakfast omelet.
- Sandwiches: Add the guac as a dressing in your favorite sandwich, from breakfast sandwiches to burgers!
Pick avocados that still have the stem attached. Then, press on one side. The avocado should be slightly softened but still firm. A ripe avocado won’t feel mushy when touched but will have some give.
When the avocado is exposed to oxygen, it turns brown due to a reaction between oxygen and polyphenol oxidase, an enzyme found in many fruits.
To prevent browning, seal the guacamole tightly, removing as much oxygen from the container as possible. Store the guac with plastic wrap directly on top of the dip. Or, carefully pour a layer of water over the top of the guacamole to cover the guac with about ¼” of water. Then, cover it with a lid. Before serving, pour the water out and enjoy. Keep in mind that the browning process can only be delayed for so long; it is best to enjoy the guacamole when it is fresh.
Store & Freeze
- Storage. Store the guacamole refrigerated, removing as much oxygen from the container as possible to prevent the guacamole from browning.
- Freeze. We do not recommend freezing this recipe as the fresh vegetables will not hold up well in the freezer.
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Easy Guacamole Recipe
- 1/2 cup diced tomatoes
- 2 large avocados, cubed (or 3 small)
- 1/4 cup red onion, finely chopped
- 3 Tbsp cilantro, finely chopped
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 2 Tbsp fresh lime juice
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/8 tsp black pepper
- Cube tomatoes and avocados. Finely chop onions and fresh cilantro.
- In a large bowl mash half of the avocados and keep remaining cubed. Add the tomatoes, onion, cilantro, garlic, salt, pepper and lime. Stir to combine.
- Serve and enjoy!