This Super Simple Guacamole recipe is easy to make in 5 minutes using only 5 ingredients! Super easy and super delish!
The 5 Ingredients to Make Guacamole
- Avocados: In this recipe, I used two regular avocados but on the smaller side. I usually like using the jumbo avocados, but you gotta use what the grocery stores offers during quarantine lol! The sign your avocados are ripe is when you gently press near the top by the stem and get a little give. Just a little softness, and it’s guacamole time!
- Onion: I use either sweet or white onions and finely dice it. The onion adds texture, but make sure it’s not chopped into large chunks. I use about half of a small onion if I’m making guacamole from two regular-sized avocados, which is about 1/4 cup onion.
- Lemon: Serious question: Are you a lemon or lime in guacamole kinda person? I know the traditional way uses lime, but I personally prefer guacamole with lemon! I like the flavor better with lemon juice, but lime works too! If you are out of fresh lemons or limes, try using bottled lime or lemon juice.
- Cilantro: You can’t beat fresh cilantro, but with quarantine and limited grocery runs, fresh cilantro may not be an option. If that’s the case, try using dried cilantro or lightly dried cilantro as a substitute. I’ve had good results!
- Garlic Salt: Fresh garlic and salt are great too! But this is super simple guacamole, so garlic salt will cut that from 2 ingredients to 1!
Steps and Instructions
I usually make my guacamole by just eyeballin’ it and taste testing for salt and lemon. The amounts vary, especially depending on the size of the avocados.
I use a fork to mash up the avocado in a bowl, squeeze about half a lemon, add the finely diced onion and garlic salt. Once that is mixed well, I add in the cilantro.
How to Keep Guacamole From Turning Brown
I learned this tip from others, so I’ll pass it onto you! To avoid the brown color that comes with exposure to oxygen, place saran wrap on the guacamole. Make sure to press the saran wrap into the bowl so that the wrap touches the guac. This reduces the exposure to oxygen, which slows the guacamole from turning brown.
Acidity helps as well, so since we added lemon juice that will help!
Upgrade Your Basic Guacamole
There’s nothing wrong with basic guac, but if you’re feeling ready for a change-up, here are some ideas!
- Spicy Guacamole: Add jalapeno, cumin, paprika, cayenne pepper and chili flakes
- Tropical Guacamole: Add pineapple, mango, or papaya to the mix
- Harvest Guacamole: Add corn, beans and tomatoes
Guac can go with so much! Try it as a toast spread, mix it in with salads and grain bowls, makes a good sandwich addition, chip dip and dip for your veggie tray and so much more! Let me know below you’re favorite way to eat guacamole!
Super Simple Guacamole Recipe
- 2 avocados
- 1/2 lemon 1.5-2 tablespoons depending on preference
- 1/2 small onion finely diced around 1/4 cup
- 1/4 cup chopped cilantro
- 1/4 tsp garlic salt or to taste
- Slice avocados lengthwise around the pit. Twist and pull avocados apart to remove the pit.
- Using a spoon, scoop out the avocado from the 4 halves into a bowl.
- On a cutting board, finely dice the half of the onion until you get around a 1/4 cup to add to the bowl of avocado.
- Squeeze half a lemon into the bowl. Start with a little juice and taste test to make sure the lemon juice isn't over powering. I like sour and tart flavors, so I add around 2 Tablespoons. If you aren't a big citrus fan, start with 1 tablespoon.
- Add garlic salt to taste. I use around 1/4 tsp.
- Use a fork to mash the avocado, onion, lemon juice and salt together.
- Taste test and adjust as needed.
- Stir in 1/4 cup chopped cilantro and enjoy!
- The proportions of garlic salt and lemon juice will depend on how large the avocados you use in your recipe. Start with less salt and juice than you think you need and taste test as you go to make sure you don’t overpower the creamy avocado flavor with lemon and garlic salt….unless that’s what you’re going for!
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