This recipe for guacamole is a tried-and-true crowd-pleaser, made with ripe avocados, fresh lime juice, spicy jalapenos, and a few other key ingredients that make it the best. It’s perfect for dipping, spreading, and spooning. You can have it ready in 10 minutes!
The Ultimate Guacamole Recipe
Guacamole is a dip or spread made typically with mashed avocado, lime juice, onions, tomatoes, cilantro, and jalapeño with salt and pepper for taste, and It’s perfect as a party dip or as a topping for tacos, Carne Asada, burgers, chips, and other dishes. Our recipe is easy to follow and uses simple ingredients that blend together perfectly to create a delightful taste.
I absolutely love guacamole! It’s such a versatile dish that goes well with many different foods and flavors. The creaminess, tanginess, and savory taste make it so delicious. What’s even better is that it’s so healthy! Guacamole is packed with healthy fats, fiber, vitamins, and minerals, making it a great source of nutrients. Plus, it’s so easy to make!
How do I know if an avocado is ripe?
Using the right avocados is the foundation for tasty and beautifully textured guacamole but picking out the perfect avocado can be quite a task, but it’s vital for a delicious guacamole. Don’t worry—we’re here to help!
Look for avocados that are ripe but not too ripe. When selecting avocados, look for those that are slightly soft but not squishy or too mushy. They should give slightly when you gently press them and have skin that is uniformly colored, indicating they are ready to be used. The skin should be dark green and not too shiny. If it’s too hard, it’s underripe, and if it’s too soft, it’s overripe (and you might find some brown spots inside).
What are the ingredients in guacamole?
- Avocados: The star of the show! Make sure to use high-quality and ripe avocados for the best-textured guacamole.
- Lime: Adding lime juice helps to slow down the browning process of the avocados and helps it stay green and fresh.
- Red onion: inely chopped red onion brings a crunchiness and slight sweetness to the guacamole, rounding out its flavor profile.
- Roma tomatoes finely diced: As part of a traditional guacamole recipe, the finely diced Roma tomatoes provide a juicy, succulent addition to the mix.
- Jalapeño: This is used to add a spicy kick to the flavor profile of the dip. You can substitute this with chili.
- Garlic: Minced garlic cloves add a delightful savory depth to the guacamole, enhancing the overall flavor of the dip
- Cilantro: Fresh cilantro adds an unmistakable aroma and a hint of citrusy flavor, helping our guacamole take on a lively, refreshing quality.
- Cumin: Although this is not a traditional ingredient but a dash of ground cumin introduces a warm, earthy element to the mix, providing the perfect balance to the other fresh ingredients.
- Salt and pepper: A simple seasoning of salt and pepper enhances the diverse flavors of our guacamole recipe and brings everything together.
How to make guacamole
- Halve and pit the avocados, then scoop out the flesh into a bowl.
- Add lime juice, then mash until the desired consistency is achieved.
- Mix in chopped onion, jalapeño, garlic, cilantro, tomato, and cumin.
- Season to taste with salt and pepper and adjust other ingredients as preferred.
- Cover with plastic wrap, let sit for 5 minutes, then give it a final stir before serving with chips or as a topping.
Tips on how to keep guacamole fresh
- Ensure to use fresh and ripe avocados.
- To keep your guacamole fresh, remember to keep any leftovers tightly covered with plastic wrap to minimize it’s contact with air and refrigerate for up to two to three days.
- Add a layer of water, lemon juice, or lime juice over the guacamole to prevent it from browning too quickly. Pour off the liquid before serving.
- You can always adjust the heat to your preference. If jalapeños aren’t your thing, try using serrano peppers, or experiment with different peppers entirely!
- Freeze guacamole to extend its lifespan. Remember to thaw it in the refrigerator before serving.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is in guacamole?
Guacamole usually contains avocado, lime juice, tomatoes, onions, cilantro, and jalapeños. Salt and pepper are used for taste.
What else can I serve with guacamole?
Guacamole pairs well with a variety of foods, besides traditional tortilla chips, you can serve it with veggies like celery, carrots, and cucumber, burgers, French fries, pizza, scrambled eggs, roasted veggies, rice and beans, sandwiches, baked potatoes, plantain chips, chickpea salad and more. Grilled chicken or shrimp also make a great protein-packed side dish to serve with guacamole.
What does guacamole taste like?
Guacamole has a creamy and nutty taste due to its main ingredient, avocado. While the taste can vary depending on the ingredients used, the texture is typically chunky and smooth. Overall, guacamole is a delicious dip that is creamy, savory, and slightly tangy.
How to keep guacamole from turning brown
Just like apples, avocados start to oxidize and turn brown once they’ve been cut. Therefore, to prevent guacamole from turning brown, minimize its contact with air. You can keep the pit from the avocado in it, add a layer of water, lemon juice, or lime juice, or store it in an airtight container. You can also freeze guacamole for up to three months and thaw it in the refrigerator.
How long does guacamole last
Refrigerated guacamole typically lasts for 2-3 days, but can still be edible for several days even if it turns slightly brown. Freezing guacamole can also extend its lifespan for up to 3 months.
How to store guacamole
To store guacamole, place it in an airtight container or cover it tightly with plastic wrap, adding a layer of water, lemon juice, or lime juice to prevent browning. Store it in the refrigerator for up to two to three days.
To freeze guacamole, place it in an airtight container, leaving a little space at the top, label, and date the container, and freeze it for up to three months.
Other dips or sauces to try out
- Taco Sauce Recipe – How To Make Taco Sauce
- Easy Spicy Peri Peri Sauce
- Fry Sauce – Sweet, tangy, and Creamy
- Easy All Purpose Barbecue Sauce
- Jamaican Browning Sauce
- Fish Taco Sauce – Fresh And Delicious!
- Quick and Easy Chimichurri Sauce
- Homemade Cranberry Sauce—Quick and easy
Best-Ever Homemade Guacamole
- 3 ripe avocados
- 1 lime juiced
- 1/2 small red onion finely chopped
- 1 jalapeño seeds removed and finely chopped (optional for a spicier guacamole)
- 2 garlic cloves minced
- 1/4 cup fresh cilantro chopped
- 1 small roma tomato seeded and chopped
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Cut the avocados in half and remove the pits. Scoop out the flesh using a spoon and place it into a bowl.
- Add the lime juice to the bowl with the avocados. Using a fork or a potato masher, mash the avocados until you achieve your desired consistency (chunky or creamy).
- Now, mix in the chopped red onion, jalapeño (if using), minced garlic, chopped cilantro, chopped tomato, and ground cumin into the mashed avocados.
- Season the guacamole with salt and pepper to taste. You may also adjust the lime juice and other ingredients as per your preference.
- Cover the guacamole with plastic wrap, pressing it down directly onto the surface of the dip to prevent browning. Let it sit for at least 5 minutes to allow the flavors to meld together.
- Give the guacamole one last stir before serving. Serve with your favorite tortilla chips or use as a topping on tacos, burritos, and other Mexican dishes.