If you need a crowd pleasing dip recipe, look no further than this Homemade Guacamole Recipe! It’s fresh, flavorful and comes together in minutes with just 4 ingredients!

Homemade guacamole on platter with chips and lime

**This recipe was originally published in May 2017. I’ve modified the recipe to include less ingredients, while the video at the bottom of this post reflects the original recipe.

Guacamole is one of our all time favorite dips, so I make this Homemade Guacamole Recipe very often. I love that it’s versatile enough to serve as a snack, or as a condiment for fajitas, tacos, and burrito bowls.

Most of the time I make this simple classic version, but I also like to change things up with my street corn guacamole or mango tomatillo guacamole versions.

It’s just never a bad idea. 🙂

Homemade guacamole in white bowl with lime and cilantro

Why you’ll love this recipe:

  • This homemade guacamole is creamy, fresh and flavorful with a secret ingredient that gives it an even silkier mouthfeel.
  • It’s a crowd pleasing dip recipe that takes about 5 minutes of prep and just 4 ingredients.
  • It’s perfect served with chips and veggies as a snack, or as a topping for tacos, burritos, fajitas and grain bowls.
  • It’s a healthy option that’s perfect for vegan, dairy free, keto, paleo and gluten free diets.

Recipe ingredients

Originally I used to include garlic, red onion, jalapeño and diced fresh tomato in this guacamole recipe, but I’ve learned that my family and I prefer a simpler version with the ingredients below.

This recipe is proof that the simple things in life are often the best!

Guacamole recipe ingredients

Ingredient notes

  • Avocados. This recipe includes (4) large avocados, just be sure that they’re ripe. A perfectly ripe avocado will be firm yet soft when gently pressed. Avoid overly soft, mushy avocados.
  • Olive oil. This is a secret ingredient that lends a silkiness and sheen to the guacamole. A little is all you need, and it does make a difference.
  • Lime juice. This guacamole recipe is simple, and lime juice is one of the key ingredients. Make sure to use fresh lime juice as bottled just doesn’t have that fresh flavor.
  • Cilantro. Fresh cilantro really sets this recipe apart. If you’re not a fan of cilantro, you may omit it and add chopped fresh parsley instead.
  • Optional add-in’s. Consider adding diced fresh tomato, chopped red onion, garlic or jalapeño to spice things up.

How to make this recipe

There are a lot of different interpretations of homemade guacamole, including using a mortar and pestle to mash the avocado until perfectly smooth.  

While I’ve eaten it that way too, my favorite way to enjoy it is when it’s rustic and chunky like this version.

Pitting avocado collage
Removing pit and scooping out avocado collage
How to make guacamole collage
  1. Halve the avocados.
  2. Whack the blade of a knife into the center of the avocado pit. 
  3. Pull the pit out of the avocado.
  4. Use a spoon to scoop the avocado flesh out and place in a bowl medium bowl.
  5. Using a butter knife, slice the avocado against the sides of the bowl until it’s in chunks (or mash with a fork if you prefer a smoother consistency).
  6. Add the oil, lime juice, chopped cilantro and salt and pepper to taste, and stir gently to combine.

FAQs

How do you make guacamole from scratch?

Simply halve the avocados and use the blade of a knife to remove the pit. Scoop out the flesh and place in a medium bowl. For chunkier guacamole, use a butter knife to cut the avocado against the side of the bowl, or mash with a fork for smoother guacamole. Stir in lime juice, chopped cilantro, olive oil and salt and pepper to taste, then stir gently to combine.

What is the primary ingredient in guacamole?

Avocado is the primary ingredient in guacamole. Lime juice, cilantro, and other ingredients like jalapeño, onion, garlic or tomato are added for flavor and texture.

How to tell when an avocado is ripe

A perfectly ripe avocado will be firm yet soft when gently pressed. Avoid overly soft, mushy avocados.

Can you still eat guacamole when it turns brown?

Guacamole will brown due to oxidation, but it is still good for up to 3 days if stored in an air tight container in the refrigerator. The brown layer is easily removed by scraping it off with a knife if the color bothers you! Storing guacamole with the avocado pits help keep it from browning too quickly.

Recipe notes

  • Pro tip:  Guacamole is best served immediately to prevent oxidation, but if you make it a few hours ahead, reserve the pits from the avocados and nestle them into the guacamole and cover with plastic wrap. 
  • Fresh guacamole will keep up to 3 days in an air tight container, but it will brown from oxidation. The unappetizing brown layer may be scraped off of the top with a knife before eating.
  • This recipe was modified in February 2021.  The video reflects the original recipe, which included red onion, jalapeño and tomato.  Feel free to customize this recipe to suit your tastes!
Homemade guacamole with a chip dipped into the center

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If you make this recipe I’d love to hear from you! Leave a comment and rating below or tag me @flavorthemoments on Instagram!

Homemade guacamole on platter with chips and lime

Homemade Guacamole

Homemade Guacamole is fresh, flavorful and made with only 4 ingredients! It's easily customizable and it comes together in about 5 minutes!
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Ingredients

  • 4 large ripe avocados
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 lime juiced (about 2 tablespoons)
  • 1/4 cup freshly chopped cilantro
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt plus more to taste

Instructions 

  • Halve the avocados.
  • Whack the blade of a knife into the center of the avocado pit.
    Pitting avocado collage
  • Pull the pit out of the avocado.
  • Use a spoon to scoop the avocado flesh out and place in a bowl medium bowl.
    Removing pit and scooping out avocado collage
  • Using a butter knife, slice the avocado against the sides of the bowl until it's in chunks (or mash with a fork if you prefer a smoother consistency).
  • Add the oil, lime juice, chopped cilantro and salt and pepper to taste, and stir gently to combine.
    How to make guacamole collage

Notes

  • Pro tip:  Guacamole is best served immediately to prevent oxidation, but if you make it a few hours ahead, reserve the pits from the avocados and nestle them into the guacamole and cover with plastic wrap. 
  • Fresh guacamole will keep up to 3 days in an air tight container, but it will brown from oxidation. The unappetizing brown layer may be scraped off of the top with a knife before eating.
  • This recipe was modified in February 2021.  The video reflects the original recipe, which included red onion, garlic, jalapeño and diced tomato.  Feel free to customize this recipe to suit your tastes!

Nutrition

Calories: 172kcal, Carbohydrates: 9g, Protein: 2g, Fat: 16g, Saturated Fat: 2g, Sodium: 153mg, Potassium: 499mg, Fiber: 7g, Sugar: 1g, Vitamin A: 185IU, Vitamin C: 13mg, Calcium: 15mg, Iron: 1mg

Nutrition is estimated using a food database and is only intended to be used as a guideline for informational purposes.

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