Easy homemade guacamole is made with fresh ingredients, is super flavorful, easy to make, and a family favorite guacamole recipe. The perfect party appetizer.
Guacamole is one of my favorite foods. It’s the perfect dip at parties. It makes a great topping for tacos. You can add it to scrambled eggs. Heck, I’ve even had it on hot dogs. There is nothing that can’t be made better with guacamole, which is why I make it so often. Rich, smooth, and full of flavor, guacamole is always a winner for any meal at any time of year. I’ve been making it for years, and I don’t see that changing ever.
The best thing about guacamole is how easy it is. I know so many people who used to imagine that it was a difficult process until I showed them how it was done. It’s a simple recipe that is absolutely stuffed with flavor, so it’s always a winner. My easy homemade guacamole is the perfect way to dip your toes into the guac pool, so I can’t wait for your to try it.
What is Guacamole
Guacamole is a creamy avocado-based dip, spread, or salad that was first made in Mexico. Avocados were cultivated in South Central Mexico for the first time about 10,000 years ago. No one really knows exactly when guacamole was first conceived, but the first description of guacamole can be found in a 1697 book called A New Voyage Round the World, written by English privateer and naturalist, William Dampier. He wrote about a food item made by grinding avocados, sugar, and lime juice together that he tried while visiting Central America.
The Best Guacamole Recipe Ever
If you ask me – and my family and friends – this easy homemade guacamole recipe might just be the best one ever. It’s a super simple recipe that’s packed with flavor and a little extra kick – Slap Ya Mama Cajun seasoning. It’s traditional guac with a little twist that everyone always loves. Every bite of this tasty guac delivers the flavors of avocado, red onion, cilantro, jalapeno, and more. It’s a taste explosion that comes together quickly and has everyone coming back for seconds, thirds, and fourths – if you have any left!
While guacamole is an easy recipe to make, it takes a bit of know-how and nuance to make it really great. That begins with picking the perfect avocados and ends with it in your mouth. This FAQ will answer almost all your avocado and guacamole questions so be sure to give it a look.
How to Pick Perfectly Ripe Avocados
There are two things to look for when picking avocados – color and softness. A perfectly ripe avocado will have a dark green to nearly black skin. When you apply gentle, firm pressure to it, it should yield, being soft but NOT mushy.
How to Cut an Avocado
To cut an avocado, first carefully cut it in half lengthwise, cutting all the way down to the pit and then rotating your knife completely around the avocado. Then, open the avocado by gently twisting and pulling apart at the same time. Remove the seed by tapping the base of a chef’s knife into the pit and then gently lifting it out of the avocado. Finally, slice or dice the avocado carefully while it’s still in the skin.
Why does lime juice prevent guacamole from turning brown?
Limes have high acidity. This acid reacts with the enzyme that turns avocados brown before the oxygen in the air can, keeping them nice and green.
How do you store an avocado after you cut it?
It’s best to use avocados by halves, so you can always store the other half if you have leftovers. To store half of an avocado, brush or squeeze lemon juice onto the cut surface, wrap the avocado tightly in plastic wrap, and then store it in the refrigerator for up to two days.
How to Keep Guacamole from Turning Brown
To keep your guacamole from turning brown, you can do one of three things. First, pour a thin but visible layer of water or lemon/lime juice over the guacamole to create an air barrier. Second, cover the guac with plastic wrap, pressing the wrap onto the guacamole and smoothing it out from the center to the edges to remove any air bubbles. Third, place your guacamole in an airtight resealable container.
Can you make guacamole in advance?
You can make guacamole about a day in advance. Be sure to store it using one of the methods above so it doesn’t turn brown.
How can I ripen avocados faster?
To ripen an avocado more quickly, simply place it in a paper bag the same way that you would a banana.
What to Serve with Guacamole
This is the beauty of guacamole, you can serve it with almost anything! For a traditional approach, pair your guac with tortilla chips, vegetables, pita chips, or even pretzels. You can also use guac as a topping for burgers, hot dogs, tacos, burritos, and even chili. I honestly can’t think of anything it doesn’t go with.
Easy Homemade Guacamole Tips
- Always use the freshest avocados possible. You can buy avocados that aren’t quite ripe and ripen them in a bag, but only do that as a last resort.
- Mash this easy homemade guacamole with a fork. Unlike many other mashed dishes, you want your avocado to be a little bit chunky. Using a fork gives you that perfect guac texture.
- Use a sharp knife to cut your avocado and red onion. Not only does it make your life easier, but it also makes it safer.
Easy Homemade Guacamole Ingredients
It only takes a handful of ingredients to make this delicious guacamole. There’s nothing fancy in this recipe, so you can find everything you need quickly and easily at your local grocery store.
- Finely diced red onions
- Chopped cilantro
- Pickled jalapenos or fresh jalapeno pepper
- Sliced green onions
- Chunky salsa (can use diced tomatoes)
- Fresh lime juice
- Garlic salt
- Slap Ya Mama seasoning
- Black pepper
How to Make Easy Homemade Guacamole
Making this guac is even easier than shopping for the ingredients. I mean, come on. It doesn’t get much easier than dumping everything into a bowl and mashing away! Take a look.
Step 1: Prep
Dice the onions and chop the cilantro. Then, slice the avocados in half, remove the pits and skin, and place in a large bowl.
Step 2: Combine the Ingredients
To the same bowl as the avocados, add diced onions, cilantro, jalapenos, green onions, salsa, lime juice, and seasonings. Give it a quick stir.
Step 3: Mash
Mash the ingredients together with a fork or potato masher until the desired consistency is reached.
Step 4: Store and Serve
Lay a piece of plastic wrap directly onto the guacamole and place it in the fridge until ready to serve.
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More Easy Appetizers
Jalapeño Cheese Bites – A delicious appetizer recipe that is perfect on gameday, at family gatherings or just to snack on. Loaded with three types of cheese, diced jalapenos, seasonings and fried to golden brown. Delicious!
Buffalo Chicken Sliders – These mini sliders are have so much flavor. Made with perfectly fried chicken that is drizzled with buffalo sauce, topped with provolone cheese and sandwiched between Hawaiian rolls and baked. So good!
Easy Spinach Artichoke Dip – A classic appetizer recipe that is quick and easy to make, in a matter of minutes, then baked, and is always a crowd pleaser and a potluck favorite that everyone loves.
And, here is a delicious Avocado Bacon Cream Cheese Dip, from Great Grub, Delicious Treats, that you might enjoy as well.
Easy Homemade Guacamole
- Slice avocados in half, remove the pits and place in a large bowl.
- Add diced onions, cilantro, jalapenos, green onions, salsa, lime juice and seasonings.
- Mash with a fork until desired consistency is obtained.
- Lay a piece of plastic wrap right on top of the guacamole and place in the fridge until ready to serve. This helps keep the guacamole green.
Here are a couple pics that are perfect to save to your favorite appetizer or Mexican food boards on Pinterest.