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Learn how to make homemade guacamole from scratch! With this delicious guacamole recipe, you’ll conjure up the best avocado dip in no time! It’s simple to make and uses fresh, high-quality ingredients. 

homemade guacamole in a bowl
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Prepare to embark on a delicious journey as we delve into the wonderful world of homemade guacamole. There’s something truly special about crafting your own creamy, flavorful dip from scratch.

In this blog post, we’ll guide you through the steps to create a homemade guacamole that’s so good, you’ll wonder why you ever considered store-bought. Whether you’re a seasoned guacamole enthusiast or a novice in the kitchen, this guide will help you create a bowl of green goodness that’s perfect for dipping, spreading, or topping your favorite dishes. The best part: Guacamole is healthy! Avocados are packed with valuable unsaturated fats that should be part of any balanced diet.

homemade guacamole in a bowl

Why You’ll Love This Recipe


  • HOMEMADE – Tastes incredibly fresh and delicious, free from preservatives (unlike store-bought guacamole), and customizable to your taste!
  • HEALTHY – Provides healthy fats and nutrients. It’s a healthy, sugar-free alternative to ketchup, mayo, and other unhealthy sauces!
  • EASY & QUICK – Homemade Guacamole can be made in just 5 minutes with a few ingredients!

What is Guacamole?

Guacamole is a delicious avocado dip, primarily made from avocados and various spices. It’s one of Mexican cuisine’s most well-known and beloved culinary specialties. Guacamole is characterized by its velvety texture and rich, creamy taste, often enhanced with a touch of freshness and spiciness from tomatoes, garlic, lime juice, and chili peppers.

The exact origin of guacamole is not definitively traceable, but it has its roots in Aztec cuisine in ancient Mexico. The Aztecs, who lived in the Mexico region in the 14th to 16th centuries, already prepared a kind of guacamole made from avocados, tomatoes, and chilies. They called this mixture “ahuacamolli,” which roughly translates to “avocado sauce.”

After the Spanish conquest of Mexico in the 16th century, guacamole was first recorded by European settlers. Over time, the recipe evolved and became a globally beloved dip!

Today, guacamole is popular worldwide and prepared in many different variations. Whether as a dip for tortilla chips, a topping for tacos and burritos, or a side dish for various meals, guacamole is versatile and has found a permanent place in international cuisine. It’s not only delicious but also rich in healthy unsaturated fats and important nutrients.

Good To Know: The authentic Mexican original recipe is made with tomatillos, also known as Mexican husk tomatoes beacuse of their green tomato-like appearance.

a hand dipping a nacho in mexican guacamole

Health Benefits of Avocado

Avocado is an incredibly healthy and nutrient-rich fruit known for various health benefits, including:

  • Healthy Fats: Avocado contains healthy unsaturated fats that are good for the heart.
  • Fiber: It is rich in fiber, promoting digestion and increasing feelings of fullness.
  • Vitamins and Minerals: Avocado provides essential nutrients like potassium, vitamin K, vitamin C, and folic acid.
  • Antioxidants: It contains antioxidants such as lutein and zeaxanthin, which support eye health.
  • Anti-Inflammatory: Avocado has anti-inflammatory properties.
  • Weight Management: It can assist in weight control when consumed in moderation.
  • Skin Benefits: Avocado is beneficial for skin health and protects against premature aging.

Ingredients

See recipe card for quantities.

  • Avocados: These are the heart of Mexican guacamole, providing the perfect consistency. Be sure to use ripe avocados, which you can identify by gently pressing the skin; if it yields slightly, it’s ripe!
  • Cilantro: Fresh cilantro is essential for an authentic Mexican flavor. Use both the leaves and stems, as they are packed with flavor.
  • Tomato: The juiciness of tomatoes adds freshness, a fruity note, and a pleasant texture.
  • Lime Juice: Adds a pleasant acidity and prevents the avocado from turning brown. Lemon juice would work too, but fresh lime juice is preferred for an authentic flavor.
  • Garlic: Rounds out the flavor profile and provides a subtle spiciness. Can be omitted if you don’t like or tolerate raw garlic.
  • Salt & Pepper: These seasonings create the perfect balance among different flavors and intensify the taste. Adjust the quantity to your personal taste.
  • Optional: If you like it spicy, you can add jalapeños, red pepper flakes, or cayenne pepper!
Guacamole Ingredients

Note: Cilantro is one of the essential herbs in Mexican cuisine and is a significant part of this recipe. If you don’t like cilantro, you can omit it.

Visual Step-by-Step Instructions

Using a Food Processor:

  • Halve the avocados, carefully remove the pits, and scoop out the flesh with a spoon. Coarsely chop the garlic clove and quarter the tomato.
  • Place all ingredients in a food processor. Blend until a creamy avocado dip forms. → Pulse only a few times if you like a chunky guacamole with more texture. If you want it to be super creamy, pulse until smooth.
  • Season to taste with more salt, pepper, or lime juice. If you like, add a pinch of cayenne pepper or chili flakes. You can also enhance it with finely chopped jalapeños or onions.
Guacamole Recipe Step 1-2
  • Serve in a small bowl! Feel free to garnish with red pepper flakes and fresh cilantro.
authentic mexican guacamole in a bowl

If you don’t have a food processor, mash the avocado in a small bowl using a fork. Finely chop the remaining ingredients and toss well.

Serving Suggestions

Guacamole is a versatile and delicious dip that can be served in various ways. Here are some of my favorite serving suggestions:

  • Tortilla Chips: The classic and most popular way to enjoy guacamole. The creamy texture of guacamole pairs perfectly with the crunchy texture of tortilla chips.
  • Raw Vegetable Sticks: For a healthier option, serve guacamole with fresh vegetable sticks such as carrots, celery, bell peppers, and cucumber.
  • Tacos & Burritos & Sandwiches & Burgers: Use it as a filling!
  • Nachos: Must-have topping for nachos. Generously spread the avocado cream over the nachos.
  • Quesadillas: Serve guacamole as a dipping sauce for quesadillas or use it as a filling to make your quesadillas extra creamy.
  • Roasted Vegetables & Potatoes: Serve it as a healthy, fresh, and delicious dipping sauce!
  • Avocado Toast: Spread guacamole on a slice of toasted bread and top it with your choice of ingredients, such as poached eggs, sliced tomatoes, or microgreens. It makes for a delicious and nutritious breakfast or snack.

Recipe FAQ

Guacamole tastes best when freshly made. You can store it in an airtight container or cover it with plastic wrap in the refrigerator. It will remain fresh for a maximum of 3 days.

The browning of guacamole is a natural process due to oxidation. Using lime juice slows down the browning process, but it can’t be completely prevented. Even when it browns, guacamole is still edible.

You can perform a “finger test” by gently pressing the avocado. If it yields slightly to the pressure and responds to your touch, it’s typically ripe. You can also remove the small stem at the top of the avocado. The avocado is likely ripe if it comes off easily and reveals green flesh underneath. If it reveals brown or dark flesh, it’s overripe.

If you want to quickly ripen an unripe avocado, place it in a paper bag and store it at room temperature. This will expedite the ripening process.

If they are not yet ripe, store them at room temperature. If they are already ripe, it’s best to store them in the refrigerator (preferably in the vegetable drawer) until you need it.

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homemade guacamole in a bowl

Homemade Guacamole

Learn how to make homemade guacamole from scratch! With this delicious guacamole recipe, you'll conjure up the best avocado dip in no time! It's simple to make and uses fresh, high-quality ingredients. 
Author : Aline Cueni
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Prep Time :5 minutes
Total Time :5 minutes
Servings : 4
Calories : 169kcal

Ingredients
 
 

  • 2 ripe avocados
  • 1 small tomato roughly chopped
  • ½ cup cilantro chopped
  • 1 small clove garlic chopped, optional
  • 2 tbsp lime juice
  • ¼ – ½ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp pepper

Instructions
 

  • Halve the avocados, carefully remove the pits, and scoop out the flesh with a spoon.
  • Place all ingredients in a food processor. Blend until a creamy avocado dip forms. → Pulse only a few times if you like a chunky guacamole with more texture. If you want it to be super creamy, pulse until smooth.
  • Season to taste with more salt, pepper, or lime juice. If you like, add a pinch of cayenne pepper or chili flakes. You can also enhance it with finely chopped jalapeños or onions.
  • Serve in a small bowl!

Notes

  • Store it in an airtight container or cover it with plastic wrap in the refrigerator. It will remain fresh for a maximum of 3 days.
  • If you don’t have a food processor, mash the avocado in a small bowl using a fork. Finely chop the remaining ingredients and toss well.

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Nutrition

Calories: 169kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 10g | Sodium: 155mg | Potassium: 565mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 476IU | Vitamin C: 16mg | Calcium: 19mg | Iron: 1mg

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