Our Homemade Guacamole is fresh, chunky, and so flavorful! It’s healthy, easy to make, and always a hit. Be prepared for it to disappear quickly!
Why We Love This Homemade Guacamole Recipe
Fresh, homemade guacamole is one of those recipes that everyone should have in their recipe arsenal. It’s healthy, easy to make, and elevates pretty much any meal. Our version features fresh tomato, cilantro and lime juice.. along with the perfect blend of seasonings.
The secret to a good guacamole is choosing the best avocados, fresh lime juice, and seasoning. To decide if an avocado is ripe, look for an avocado that is dark green/black in color. It should be firm, but will yield slightly when you hold it in the palm of your hand and give it a gentle squeeze. If it feels mushy or leaves an indent when you press it, it is probably overripe. If your avocados aren’t quite there yet, leave them on the counter until they’re fully ripe. Once ripe, store them in the refrigerator to keep them at their prime ripeness for a bit longer.
Ingredients for Homemade Guacamole:
- Avocados– Make sure you are using good, ripe avocados that give slightly to pressure.
- Tomatoes– We use Roma tomatoes.
- Limes– You will use the juice of 1 lime. Fresh is best, but bottled works in a pinch.
- Garlic– I prefer fresh garlic, but if you are using garlic powder, start with 1/4 teaspoon.
- Cilantro– Use as much or as little as you like. I usually end up using about 1/4 cup chopped.
- Sea Salt– Start with about 1/2 teaspoon and then season to taste.
- Onion Powder
- Tony Chachere Seasoning– This is our secret ingredient! It adds great flavor, but totally optional.
How to Make Homemade Guacamole:
- Mash the avocados. Slice the avocados, remove the seed, and scoop out of the shell. Mash until you reach your desired consistency. We like ours on the chunky side.
- Add the flavor. Dice the tomatoes, mince the garlic, and chop the cilantro. Add it to the mashed avocados and stir gently to combine.
- Season to taste. Taste your guacamole, and add more salt, lime juice, and/or Tony Chacheres if desired.
- Serve and enjoy!
Tips & Suggestions
- Add diced red onion or radishes for crunch
- Add cumin for a nice smoky flavor
- For guacamole with a kick, add minced jalapeno. For a mild heat, remove the seeds and membrane before dicing. Leave them in for a more intense heat
- Use orange juice instead of lime juice
- Make it sweet and savory by adding a diced mango
Storing leftover guacamole:
Guacamole is best served the day it is made. Leftovers can be stored in the fridge for up to 3 days. To keep it green, press plastic wrap on top of the guacamole. Or, smooth it down in your storage container and carefully add about 1/4-inch of cold water on top. Simply pour the water off before serving.
Using frozen avocados:
If your avocados are perfectly ripe and you are not ready to use them, throw them in the freezer! Simply wash and dry, wrap in plastic wrap, and put in a resealable freezer bag for 3-6 months. Frozen avocado works great for guacamole.
Ways to enjoy guacamole:
- As a sandwich spread, or in a wrap with sliced turkey and vegetables
- Spread on toasted bread
- As a topping for veggie patties
- On baked potatoes
- As a filling for deviled eggs
- As a vegetable dip
- In a grilled cheese sandwich
More Recipes To Try:
- 3 medium avocados ripe
- 2 medium Roma tomatoes diced small
- 1 medium lime juiced
- 1 clove garlic minced
- 1/4 cup cilantro stems trimmed and finely chopped
- 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
- 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
- 1/4 teaspoon Tony Chachere seasoning optional for added spice
- Slice the avocados in half and remove the seeds. With a spoon, scoop out the avocado and add to a medium bowl. Mash with a fork until the consistency is how you like it. (if you like some texture, stop mashing when there are still small chunks of avocado)
- Add diced tomatoes, lime juice, minced garlic, chopped cilantro, salt, and onion powder. If you like a little bit of heat and added flavor, add the Tony Chachere seasoning. Stir everything together to combine.
- Taste and add more salt and lime juice if it seems like it needs a bit more flavor. Refrigerate 1 hour for best flavor, or serve immediately.
- You can store in an airtight container for 3 days in the fridge. The less air that the guacamole is exposed to, the less it will turn brown. If there is a layer of brown on top, with a spoon, carefully scrape it off and enjoy the fresh green guacamole underneath!
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