This delicious homemade guacamole is fast and easy to make. It requires a few avocados, red onion, lime, cilantro, cherry tomatoes, garlic, salt, and pepper. It’s the perfect snack, appetizer, or even side dish.
One of my favorite snacks is homemade guacamole with tortilla chips. It’s so delicious, I could eat an entire bowl and not realize it. While there are many options for prepackaged guacamole available at the grocery store, I prefer to make my own. Guacamole just tastes better with fresh ingredients. Plus, I can make as much as I want. Simple homemade guacamole should only take 15 minutes to create, so it’s perfect for a snack, an appetizer for a group of people, or even as a side dish. I will typically whip up guacamole as a side dish, or garnish, for burrito bowls, tacos, or fajitas with dinner and then save any leftovers for a snack the next day.
Making Homemade Guacamole
This homemade guacamole should take less than 10 minutes to create, and the most time-consuming part is chopping up all of the ingredients. Start with 3 ripe avocados. A ripe avocado should have just a slight give when gently squeezed. If it’s very hard, then avocado isn’t ripe and will be too difficult to smash into the guacamole. If the avocado is extremely soft, then it may be overripe and not taste as good. Cut the avocados in half and remove the pit. An easy trick for removing an avocado pit is to place it between your index and middle fingers. Use your thumb to push on the outside of the avocado, behind the pit. If the avocado is ripe, the pit should pop right out! Then scoop out the two halves of the avocado from the skin. Use a fork to mash the avocado until it is a lumpy, but creamy consistency.
Next, finely dice 1/2 cup of red onion and add it to a bowl with the avocado. I also like to add cherry tomatoes to my homemade guacamole, but not all of the tomato juice. I cut the tomatoes in half and squeeze out the juice and seeds. Then I quarter them and add them to the bowl as well.
This homemade guacamole recipe tastes best with fresh ingredients, so go the extra mile and use fresh lime juice. Juice half a lime directly into the bowl with the other ingredients. The fresh lime really amps up the flavor of the guacamole! So does fresh cilantro! Finely chop 1/8 cup of fresh cilantro and add it to the bowl. Lastly, add 1 teaspoon minced garlic, and salt and pepper to taste. Stir all of the ingredients together until well mixed. Then serve with tortillas chips or dinner!
Storing Homemade Guacamole
Guacamole doesn’t typically keep long in the refrigerator. The air causes the avocado to oxidize and turn brown very quickly. To preserve it an extra day, store the guacamole in a container with a tight lid. Also, place a piece of plastic wrap directly over the guacamole. Press it into the guacamole, especially around the edges, to keep as much air out as possible. Then seal the container with the lid. This should help keep the guacamole green for a little longer!
Fresh guacamole is so refreshing any time of the year. It doesn’t require much work but is healthy and delicious.
Guacamole is one of the key ingredients in my 5 Layer Dip! This dip is packed with flavor and always a crowd pleaser!
Easy Homemade Guacamole
- 3 avocados mashed
- 1/2 cup red onion diced
- 1/8 cup cilantro chopped
- 1/2 cup cherry tomatoes diced
- 1 tsp minced garlic
- lime juice squeezed from 1/2 a lime
- 1 tsp salt to taste
- 1 tsp pepper to taste
- Cut the avocados in half and remove the pit.
- Scoop out the two halves of the avocado from the skin. Use a fork to mash the avocado until it is a lumpy, but creamy consistency.
- Finely dice 1/4 cup of red onion and add it to a bowl with avocado
- Cut the tomatoes in half and squeeze out the juice and seeds
- Quarter tomatoes and add to bowl
- Juice half a lime directly into the bowl
- Chop 1/8 cup of fresh cilantro and add
- Add 1 teaspoon minced garlic
- Salt and pepper to taste (usually at least 1/4 tsp)
- Serve with tortilla chips or alongside a dish