This Easy Homemade Guacamole is a recipe every cook needs in their tool belt! Made with a few, totally healthy ingredients this dip is the perfect addition to your taco nights or super bowl parties! Plus it's vegan, paleo, gluten-free, dairy-free, oil-free and sugar free!

Guacamole is the reason I eat tacos.

Or any type of Mexican food really. When I decide it’s time for a culinary fiesta what I’m really communicating is, “Tonight I want to eat my weight in guacamole.”

This Easy Homemade Guacamole recipe is one that I have been making and eating for years. It’s my third favorite food on the planet {right after peanut butter & chocolate}, and I can’t believe it’s taken me so long to share this goodness with you.

This Easy Homemade Guacamole is a recipe every cook needs in their tool belt! Made with a few, totally healthy ingredients this dip is the perfect addition to your taco nights or super bowl parties! Plus it's vegan, paleo, gluten-free, dairy-free, oil-free and sugar free!

This recipe for Easy Homemade Guacamole is also kid friendly…because let’s be real, I eat a lot like a little kid. I don’t like raw onions {gasp} or garlic. I used to eat these things…that is, until I got pregnant with my sweet little Naomi.  Those 10 months forever changed my tastebuds! So at this phase of life, I enjoy my guacamole pure and smooth with just a touch of flavor and texture!

When I give this the title Easy Homemade Guacamole, I mean it. A giant batch of the good stuff can be ready in 5 minutes. However, it is preferable to let the mixture sit for a while {15-30 minutes} so the flavors have a chance to blend. But, to be honest, I usually just dive right in and throw flavor blending to the wind {because when it comes to guacamole I have zero self-control or patience}!

This Easy Homemade Guacamole is a recipe every cook needs in their tool belt! Made with a few, totally healthy ingredients this dip is the perfect addition to your taco nights or super bowl parties! Plus it's vegan, paleo, gluten-free, dairy-free, oil-free and sugar free!

I have one more guacamole eating quirk…I much prefer to eat it at room temperature than even the slightest bit cool. If I make it ahead of time and need to store it in the refrigerator, I always make sure to remove it about an hour before serving!

Tips on preventing browning: 

Nobody likes brown avocados, right?! So, if you choose to make this Easy Homemade Guacamole in advance, or have leftovers {umm how does that even happen?!}, here are a few tips to help prevent browning:

First, you need to understand why an avocados turn brown: Do y’all remember that I was a chemistry teacher in my life before kids?! Well, it’s true! I am a total science nerd…which comes in handy in the kitchen! Avocados turn brown because they contain an enzyme that causes the fatty acids in them to break down when exposed to oxygen. The broken-down fats become brown in color. There are two ways to keep this from occurring…1) by preventing oxygen from reaching the avocado and 2) slowing down enzyme function. Here are some ways to accomplish these goals:

1) Store in an airtight container covered in plastic wrap: Remember, the less oxygen that hits the guacamole, the better. So if you store it in an airtight container without extra room, there will be less places oxygen can reach the guacamole to cause browning. Also, try covering it with plastic wrap before putting the lid on. Press the plastic wrap on top of the guacamole to remove air bubbles and then put the lid on the container.

2) Use lime juice: Spritz some extra lime juice on the top layer before covering the guacamole in plastic wrap. Acidic conditions caused by lime {or lemon} juice drastically slows down the enzymes that cause browning. So making sure any areas of the guacamole that are exposed to oxygen are coated in lime juice before storing will help prevent browning!

3) Keep it cold: Enzymes work faster in warmer conditions {to a certain point}, so chilling your guacamole in the refrigerator is a great way to slow down the browning process too!

This Easy Homemade Guacamole is a recipe every cook needs in their tool belt! Made with a few, totally healthy ingredients this dip is the perfect addition to your taco nights or super bowl parties! Plus it's vegan, paleo, gluten-free, dairy-free, oil-free and sugar free!

Easy Homemade Guacamole: Substitutions

As always I recommend making the recipe as written….because I wouldn’t share it with you if I didn’t think it was the best of the best! However, there are a couple changes you could make if you wanted to!

Spices: If you notice, I opt for powdered spices in my guacamole {garlic powder, onion powder, etc}. If you prefer the real thing {minced garlic, real onion} by all means go for it! Like I said earlier I don’t like raw onion or garlic {like not at all} so I much prefer the powdered varieties for flavor!

Tomatoes: If you’re a raw mater-hater, then you can leave out the tomatoes. I think they add something special to this Easy Homemade Guacamole, but they are easily omitted without effecting the taste in the slightest!

This Easy Homemade Guacamole is a recipe every cook needs in their tool belt! Made with a few, totally healthy ingredients this dip is the perfect addition to your taco nights or super bowl parties! Plus it's vegan, paleo, gluten-free, dairy-free, oil-free and sugar free!

Easy Homemade Guacamole

Total Time: 35 minutes

Yield: 4-6 people

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Cut open avocados lengthwise, remove the pit, and use a spoon to scoop out the flesh into a medium-sized mixing bowl.
  2. Use a potato masher or fork and gently mash the avocado, leaving it a little bit chunky at this point.
  3. Add cumin, garlic powder, onion powder, ½ tsp salt, pepper and 1 TBS lime juice.
  4. If you would like your guacamole smoother, use a fork or your potato masher to mix in the spices as you mash the mixture. If you like your guacamole a little chunkier, use a rubber spatula to stir in the spices until well combined!
  5. Add cilantro and tomatoes and stir until combined.
  6. Taste and add extra salt or lime juice if needed!
  7. Let sit for at least 30 minutes at room temperature before Serving.
  8. You may place it in the fridge if making more than 30 minutes ahead of time. I recommend plopping a pit in the middle, adding a splash of lime juice to the top layer, and covering it very tightly with plastic wrap (so no air gets to the guacamole) in order to prevent browning.
  9. Serve at room temperature or cold, whichever you prefer!
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This Easy Homemade Guacamole is a recipe every cook needs in their tool belt! Made with a few, totally healthy ingredients this dip is the perfect addition to your taco nights or super bowl parties! Plus it's vegan, paleo, gluten-free, dairy-free, oil-free and sugar free!

#Eat Seasonal April

This Easy Homemade Guacamolecomes to you as part of one of my favorite times of the month…our Eat Seasonal recipe group! Every month an amazing group of bloggers join together to encourage all of our wonderful readers to eat seasonally!

My sweet friend Becky over at The Vintage Mixer posts seasonal produce guides every month to showcase the beautiful fruits and vegetables that are fresh and available to cook and bake with! Check out her April Seasonal Produce Guide to learn what’s in season {hello avocados & limes}!

So here it is…a treasure trove of beautiful recipes that are perfect to make in April from some seriously talented bloggers! Click on the links below for some spring cooking inspiration! Join in the fun by tagging your photos with #eatseasonal!

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BBQ Cauliflower & Chickpea Veggie Burgers by She Likes Food

Roasted Asparagus with Sautéed Shallots and Kumquats by Floating Kitchen

Asparagus Grilled Cheese by Vintage Mixer

Frittata with Ham and Asparagus by Healthy Seasonal Recipes

Easy Homemade Guacamole by Joy Food Sunshine

Sorghum Vegetable Salad with Cumin-Lime Vinaigrette by Cafe Johnsonia

Mushroom Rosemary Olive Oil Bread by Cookin’ Canuck

Roasted Asparagus with Balsamic, Gorgonzola and Walnuts by Aggie’s Kitchen

Polenta Cauliflower Torta with Roasted Asparagus by Letty’s Kitchen

Herbed Potato Rösti with Peas, Shallots, and Bacon by Food for My Family

Maple-Glazed Sweet Potatoes with Walnut-Bacon Crumble by Simple Bites

Creamy Pasta with Salmon and Asparagus by Foodie Crush

Ultimate Veggie Sandwich with Lemon Herb Cream Cheese by Flavor the Moments

Spring Mint & Papaya Batido by Suitcase Foodist

Skillet Shrimp with Lime and Green Curry Compound Butter by Kitchen Confidante

Loaded Guacamole Tacos by Mountain Mama Cooks

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