Easy Guacamole Recipe (5 Minutes)

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This quick & easy guacamole recipe is made with 8 ingredients in 5 minutes! This homemade guacamole dip is our favorite appetizer and we always make it on tacos nights! Watch the video to learn how to make guacamole!

a bowl of homemade guacamole surrounded by chips


Guacamole is the reason I eat tacos (like ground beef tacos, chicken tacos and these sweet potato tacos).

Or any type of Mexican food really. When I say I’m craving tacos, what I’m really communicating is, “Tonight I want to eat my weight in guacamole” (with some homemade salsa on the side for good measure).

I’ve been making this easy guacamole recipe for as long as I can remember. It is made with a handful of healthy ingredients and is ready in 5 minutes! This simple guacamole dip is our favorite appetizer and we always make it on taco nights! 

Overhead view of easy guacamole recipe in a bowl surrounded by chips

Easy Guacamole Recipe: Ingredients & Substitutions

  • 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!
    • Garlic powder: use fresh minced garlic instead.
    • Onion powder: use finely chopped red onion (about ½ cup) in place of onion powder.
  • Tomatoes: If you’re a raw mater-hater, then you can leave out the tomatoes. I think they add something special to this Homemade Guacamole, but they are easily omitted without effecting the taste in the slightest!
overhead photo of the labeled ingredients in this Guacamole Recipe

How to Make Guacamole

When I give this the title Easy Guacamole, I mean it. It only takes 5 minutes to whip up this guacamole recipe. However, it is preferable to let the mixture sit for a little 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)! SO let’s dive into how to make guacamole – and don’t forget to watch the video.

Mash the Avocados

First, use a fork or potato masher to carefully mash the avocados. Leave it a little chunkier than you’d like the final product to be, because it will get mashed more later on in the process as other ingredients are added. 

photo showing How to make Guacamole - mashing the avocados

Add Lime Juice & Spices

Next mix in the lime juice and spices and stir until evenly distributed. 

photo showing How to make Guacamole - adding spices and salt

Add Tomato, Cilantro & Onion

Next, add in the tomato, cilantro and onion (if you’re using onion and not onion powder)! Stir very gently until the ingredients are evenly distributed. 

photo showing How to make Guacamole - adding cilantro, tomato and onion

Chill

Cover the guacamole and let it set for 15-30 minutes, if desired. You can also make it ahead of time and store it in the refrigerator completely covered with plastic wrap. 

photo showing guacamole mixed in a bowl with a spatula

Serve

Serve this guacamole with your favorite chips or veggies as an appetizer, or on the side of your favorite taco recipe! 

Here are some yummy recipes that can be made and served with this easy guacamole recipe:

Store

Store this homemade guacamole in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. I discuss how to prevent browning in the FAQ section below. I don’t recommend freezing this recipe.

up close front view of a hand holding a chip with guacamole on it

FAQS about this Guacamole Recipe

How do you prevent Homemade Guacamole from browning?

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

First, you need to understand why  avocados turn brown: 
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) Preventing oxygen from reaching the avocado & 
2) Slowing down enzyme function.
Here are some ways to accomplish these goals:
 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 the top layer 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.
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!
Keep it cold: 
Enzymes work faster in warmer conditions (to a certain point), so chilling your guacamole recipe in the refrigerator is a great way to slow down the browning process too!

What is healthy to dip in guacamole?

If chips aren’t your thing, try fresh veggies! I love carrots, cucumbers, and raw broccoli to name a few.

Can I double this recipe?

I have doubled, tripled and quadrupled this recipe with excellent results.

overhead view of a bowl of guacamole surrounded by chips

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Quick & Easy Guacamole Recipe

Laura
This quick & easy guacamole recipe is made with 8 ingredients in 5 minutes! This homemade guacamole dip is our favorite appetizer and we always make it on tacos nights! Watch the video to learn how to make guacamole!
5 from 60 votes
Course Appetizer, con, dip, Side Dish
Cuisine Mexican
Servings 8 Servings
Calories 116
Prep Time5 minutes
Chilling time30 minutes
Total Time5 minutes

Ingredients 
 

Instructions 

  • Cut open avocados lengthwise, remove the pit, and use a spoon to scoop out the flesh into a medium-sized mixing bowl.
  • Use a potato masher or fork and gently mash the avocado, leaving it a little bit chunky at this point.
  • Add cumin, garlic powder, onion powder, ½ tsp salt, pepper and 1 Tablespoon lime juice.
  • 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!
  • Add cilantro and tomatoes and stir until combined.
  • Taste and add extra salt or lime juice if needed!
  • Let sit for at least 30 minutes at room temperature before Serving.
  • 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.
  • Serve at room temperature or cold, whichever you prefer!

Video

Notes

Ingredient Substitutions: 
  • 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) here’s what I suggest: 
    • Garlic powder: use minced garlic.
    • Onion powder: use finely chopped red onion (about 1/2 cup) in place of onion powder.
  • 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!
Store
Store in an airtight container wrapped in plastic wrap in the refrigerator. Squeeze a little lime juice on the surface before storing to prevent browning. 

Nutrition

Serving: 2Tablespoons | Calories: 116kcal | Carbohydrates: 7.3g | Protein: 1.6g | Fat: 10.1g | Saturated Fat: 1.4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1.2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6.4g | Sodium: 74.2mg | Potassium: 400mg | Fiber: 4.8g | Sugar: 0.2g | Vitamin A: 285IU | Vitamin C: 12.1mg | Calcium: 11mg | Iron: 0.5mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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49 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    This was a very good recipe! I substituted/added a few ingredients. I added 1 diced Anaheim pepper, 4 little green onions, turmeric powder, and 1 small habanero pepper. I sat it down and we started testing it out. I made the full recipe and added so made a good bit. It never made it to the fridge. 😳😁 WOW, it was great.

  2. 5 stars
    Just made this. OMGLOB!!! I’ve never been a guacamole person but this is utterly amazing. The spices add such a unique flavor. Will make again!

  3. 5 stars
    This is THE BEST guacamole I’ve ever made …or TASTED!!! Wow!! Thank you!!! And that suggestion about the cling wrap on top of it=WORKS!!😁👋

  4. 5 stars
    What a delicious hit in my house. I just made this last night and have and want to make again. Everyone has millions thumbs up and can’t wait until I make another one if your amazing recipes.

  5. Can’t really express just how much I love guacamole! It’s one of those dips that never gets old, and it has such a depth of flavor and texture. Plus it’s SUPER easy to make which makes it extra amazing.