Easy Guacamole Recipe (2024)

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Buttery avocados smashed up and made into guacamole with a little red onion crunch, fragrant coriander, a hint of chilli spice and a hit of zest lime juice. A few ingredients are all you need to make the best guacamole as a side dish or dip.
There are so many different versions out there, but this is my go-to crowd-pleasing version.

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How do you eat guac?

  • As a dip with a supersize bag of Doritos?
  • On the side of homemade chilli carne (my personal favourite choice)?
  • Or as a way to level up slices of avocado to go with that breakfast egg?

This recipe will show you how to make guacamole easily in under 10 minutes. It has just the right balance of creamy avocados with finely chopped mild, sweet onions, with chillies and garlic adding a dash of flavour.

The perfect dip for some crunchy tortilla chips or crackers. Spread it on toast or wrap it in a tortilla. There are SO MANY ways you can guacamole.

What do we need?

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Best avocado for guacamole

Look for ripe avocados that yield slightly when you press the skin. The little stem should come off easily and the colour underneath should be green or yellow, not brown.
There are lots of varieties of avocado, but Hass (the ones with very dark green/brownish bumpy looking skin) is the most widely available. It's also the best for guacamole as it's the most buttery-tasting version.

How to make this Homemade Guacamole

Full recipe with detailed steps in the recipe card at the end of this post.

  1. De-stone and chop the avocado roughly.
  2. Add to a bowl with chopped red onions, garlic, salt, pepper, lime juice and fresh coriander (cilantro) and mash together with a fork
  3. Serve topped with chilli flakes and fresh coriander.
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Tips on Making Guacamole perfectly

What's great about eating guacamole?

Avocados are full of fibre, nutrients and healthy fats. Guacamole is also a gluten-free, vegan and vegetarian dip.

Is it okay to eat guacamole if it has turned brown?

When avocados are exposed to air, they undergo an oxidation process, like apples. The taste might turn a little bitter and mushy, but it should be safe to eat if it's been stored properly in the fridge and it's no more than a couple of days old.
If the guacamole starts getting fizzy, it means it's rancid; time to throw it out.

Can I prevent the guacamole from turning brown?

Yes. Transfer the guacamole to an airtight container, level it out with a spoon and cover it with a thin layer of water. Don't worry - the fat in the avocado will mean the water won't sink into your guac!!
Cover it with a lid and store and the refrigerator for up to 2 days. Drain the water off and give the guac a stir before serving.

Should I make the guacamole chunky or smooth?

It really depends on your taste. For me, I love the guacamole just a little bit chunky for the perfect texture.

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What to serve it with

You can serve this tasty Guacamole with:

  • This breakfast Guacamole and Egg Bowl
  • As a dip for Mexican Style Carrot Fries
  • Alongside this Mexican Veg Tortilla Pan
  • Roll it up with these easy Chicken Fajitas
  • Or serve on the side of Chris's unbelievably good Chilli Con Carne
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  • Homemade Mint Sauce
  • My favourite Barbecue Sauce
  • Easy Satay Sauce

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By: Nicky Corbishley

Homemade guacamole is creamy and delicious. How to make guacamole? A few ingredients are all you need for this simple guacamole recipe.

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Prep Time 5 minutes mins

Total Time 5 minutes mins

Course Appetizer, Dips, side dish

Cuisine Mexican

Servings 8 people

Calories 125 kcal


  • 3 ripe avocados - peeled, de-stoned and roughly chopped
  • ½ small red onion - peeled and finely chopped
  • 1 clove garlic - peeled and minced
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp black pepper
  • juice of 1 lime - approx. 2 tbsp lime juice
  • 3 tbsp chopped coriander - cilantro
  • ¼ tsp chilli flakes


  • Place the avocado, red onion, garlic, salt, pepper, lime juice, and 2 tbsp of the chopped coriander in a bowl.

    3 ripe avocados, ½ small red onion, 1 clove garlic, ¼ tsp salt, ¼ tsp black pepper, juice of 1 lime, 3 tbsp chopped coriander

  • Mash together with a fork until thoroughly combined. You can keep mashing until the avocado is smooth, but I like to have a bit of texture, so I only mash it a few times.

  • Transfer the guacamole to a serving bowl and top with the remaining fresh coriander and chill flakes.

    ¼ tsp chilli flakes


✎ Notes

Can I make it ahead?

Yes, you can make guacamole up to two days ahead - see the tips on stopping it from turning brown in the recipe post.

Nutritional information is per serving.


Calories: 125kcalCarbohydrates: 8gProtein: 2gFat: 11gSaturated Fat: 2gSodium: 79mgPotassium: 376mgFiber: 5gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 139IUVitamin C: 9mgCalcium: 11mgIron: 1mg

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  1. Tom says

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    Decided to make my own guacamole last night for the first time, followed your recipe. Just want to say I am never buying from a shop again. It was so tasty, thank you.


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Is guacamole just mashed avocado? ›

Guacamole is traditionally made by mashing peeled, ripe avocados and salt with a molcajete y tejolote (mortar and pestle). Recipes often call for lime juice, cilantro, onions, and jalapeños. Some non-traditional recipes may call for sour cream, tomatoes, basil, or peas.

How do Mexican restaurants keep guacamole from turning brown? ›

Pour a thin but visible layer of water or lemon/lime juice over the guacamole to form a barrier with the air. Cover the dish with plastic wrap, pushing the wrap, so it is flush with the guacamole to prevent air pockets, or put the guacamole in a sealed tub.

Does guacamole need lime juice? ›

Diana Kennedy all but forbids it in The Art Of Mexican Cooking, saying it “spoils the balance of flavors.” In Hugo Ortega's Street Foods Of Mexico, Ortega writes, “the secret to a good guacamole is to respect the avocado flavor and not drown it in lime juice” (he adds a scant 1/4 teaspoon for two large avocados).

Why do you add lemon or lime juice to the avocados when making guacamole? ›

Sprinkle with salt and lime (or lemon) juice. The acid in the lime juice will provide some balance to the richness of the avocado and will help delay the avocados from turning brown.

What is the difference between Mexican guacamole and American guacamole? ›

Generally speaking, the guacamole in Mexico is going to taste a bit fresher. The avocados, cilantro, and even the chiles used in the Mexican version are likely to be significantly fresher than those in the U.S. version.

Is eating guacamole as good as eating an avocado? ›

With all the vitamins, fiber, and healthy fat in avocados, it's hard to imagine guacamole being bad for you. But you should keep in mind what you're eating with the guacamole. Because guacamole is usually served as a dip, it can keep you reaching for more and more chips.

How far ahead can you make guacamole before it turns brown? ›

Topping off your avocado dip with water keeps air, at least in part, from being able to penetrate the guacamole, which keeps it from browning. By using this simple technique, you can keep the brown at bay for about two days (maybe longer if you're lucky).

Does lemon juice keep guacamole from turning brown? ›

Results: I couldn't believe how well this worked! Not only did the lemon juice work well to prevent browning on the surface of the guacamole, but it also did a noticeably better job than the lime juice. While the lime juice did a spectacular job, the lemon juice still beat it out.

What powder keeps guacamole fresh? ›

The avoFresh contains ascorbic acid (vitamin C) and calcium carbonate. You add the powder mixture to fresh mashed avocado. The avoFresh keeps the avocado fresh and from turning that off-putting brown that avocado pulp gets when exposed to air.

Should guacamole not have tomatoes? ›

Tomatoes are great — but not in guac.

They don't add anything other than filler. When you eat guac, what you want is creamy avocado, fresh lime, savory onion, salt, and maybe a little cilantro, if that's your thing. I'm never putting tomatoes in my guacamole and neither should you.

Does guacamole have garlic in it? ›

Garlic: Some people like their guac with garlic, others like it without. I love just a little. Lime: Freshly squeezed lime is a must. Don't use jarred lime juice as the flavor is muted.

Can I use vinegar instead of lime in guacamole? ›

Apple cider vinegar: This has a slightly sweet and tangy flavor that can be a good substitute for lime juice in guacamole. Use about half as much vinegar as you would lime juice. Orange juice: This has a sweet and citrusy flavor that can add a unique twist to your guacamole.

Why do people put sour cream in guacamole? ›

Sour cream is a simple addition to your favorite guacamole recipe. Just a few tablespoons to a small batch recipe will do it. The sour cream adds a nice tang without being too overbearing and it also creates a creamy, silky mouthfeel. A fabulous contrast to the crunch of tortilla chips.

How long does guacamole last in the fridge? ›

But with the right prep, you can make guacamole last in the fridge for three to four days. Planning on storing guacamole in the freezer? It should last for three to four months.

Can you use lemon instead of lime? ›

Lime Juice Substitutes

In most dishes, a 1:1 substitute of lemon juice will work just fine. Depending on the recipe you could also try grapefruit juice or orange juice, bearing in mind that these are sweeter than lime.

Are avocado and guacamole the same thing? ›

Guacamole's main ingredient is avocado, a creamy green fruit full of heart-healthy, easy-to-digest monounsaturated fats. It's typically mixed with salt and lime juice. Some recipes also call for onion, cilantro, tomato, garlic and spices like cayenne pepper or cumin.

Is avocado toast basically guacamole? ›

Avocado toast consists of not much more than mashed avocado spread on toast. Meanwhile, guacamole toast is just what it sounds like—toast spread with guacamole, which is made from mashed avocado with add-ins such as onion, cilantro, and chiles.

Is Taco Bell guacamole real avocado? ›

Add the fact that our guacamole is made with real Haas avocados and you've got a taste-bud symphony going on here.

What is guacamole made of? ›

Authentic guacamole recipes are made with just a few simple ingredients – avocados, onion, tomatoes, cilantro, jalapeno pepper, lime juice, garlic, and salt.


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