This easy homemade guacamole recipe is a fresh and delicious snack or appetizer made with colorful avocados, cilantro, red onions, and the perfect mix of spices.
Serve guacamole next to sheet pan shrimp fajitas, on tacos, or with fresh chips and salsa for the perfect dip!
Guacamole is a simple dip, but perfect with basically everything. We love making it for parties, as guests arrive they can snack on some fresh guac!
How To Make Guacamole
To make homemade guacamole:
- Slice the avocados around the pit lengthwise. Twist the halves apart.
- Use a sharp knife and tap it on the pit (keep the avocado on the working surface, not in your hand for safety). Twist, and remove the pit.
- Spoon the avocado into a medium mixing bowl, and begin mashing with a fork. I like to leave guacamole a little bit chunky, but if you prefer a smooth guac, mash it a little extra.
- Add the rest of the ingredients, and stir to combine.
- Taste test time! Add salt and pepper to taste, and more sriracha for an extra kick.
- Serve immediately, or cover tightly until ready to serve.
Tips For Making Guacamole
- Choose ripe avocados. If they are firm, they will be difficult to mash.
- Don’t mash them all the way – a little bit of chunkiness in guacamole is always delicious.
- Cut the onions, cilantro, and tomatoes small. You don’t want them to overpower the dish, just add to it.
- For spicy guacamole, add an extra ½ teaspoon of sriracha.
- Add more or less guacamole seasoning depending on preference. We like to use a little less salt and a lot more pepper. Sometimes, we like to add a little extra cumin too!
- Fresh lime tastes so much better in homemade guacamole. Use ½ a fresh lime juiced for the best flavor!
How To Store Guacamole
Guacamole is best when eaten fresh, but can be made ahead if you’re entertaining.
Avocados go through an oxidization process when exposed to air, which causes them to turn grey (think apples and potatoes). The easiest way to avoid this is removing the culprit – air.
- If preparing homemade guacamole in advance, start by adding a little extra lime juice over the guac without mixing it in.
- Then, cover it with plastic wrap.
- Use your hands to press all the excess air out of the plastic wrap so it is sitting directly on the guacamole.
- Refrigerate until ready to use.
Can You Freeze Guacamole
Guacamole freezes beautifully and keeps for up to 3 months. To freeze homemade guacamole:
- Prepare guacamole as usual. You can portion the guacamole into different sizes for when you thaw it out.
- Place containers of guacamole directly in the freezer.
- To thaw frozen guacamole, place it on the counter or in the fridge. Keep an eye on it to ensure it maintains it color as it defrosts.
Ingredients like tomatoes and cilantro may lose a bit of their texture when frozen and thawed. If this is something you’d like to avoid, don’t add them in until the guacamole has defrosted.
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- Bacon Wrapped Brussel Sprouts
Easy Guacamole Recipe
- 3 avocados ripe
- 2 tablespoons lime juice fresh, about ½ a lime
- 1 tablespoon sriracha to taste
- 4 tablespoons cilantro finely chopped
- ½ teaspoon cumin
- 4 tablespoons red onion finely chopped
- ¼ cup roma tomatoes finely chopped
- ½ teaspoon garlic powder
- salt and pepper to taste
- Cut avocados in half lengthwise. Remove pit by hitting with a knife and twisting. Spoon avocados into a medium mixing bowl and mash quickly with a fork.
- Add all other ingredients and continue mashing to combine. Add salt and pepper to taste.
- Serve immediately.
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