Nothing quite beats fresh guacamole. This five-ingredient guacamole is easy and ready in minutes. It’s the only homemade guacamole recipe you will ever need!
In our house, we call guacamole “moley-quac”. When my oldest (Nora) was 2 years old she called it “moley-guac” and it stuck. It was just too cute to ever revert back to calling it what it actually is. So anyway, fresh guacamole… one of my all-time favorite foods. I mean, what’s not to love!? A big bowl of mashed up avocado with some lime juice, spices, and herbs and you have yourself a bowl of healthy goodness.
All Things Avocado
Did you know that avocado is a fruit? It’s actually a large berry… yep, you read that right.
Avocados are an extremely nutrient-dense food. They provide substantial amounts of vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients (healthy chemicals produced by plants that are very beneficial to humans). Avocados are packed full of healthy fats, like monounsaturated fatty acids. They contain more potassium than a banana, and are high in fiber. No wonder people call them a super food! So, no need to feel guilty if you devour this entire bowl.
Buying The Best Avocados for Guacamole
If you are going to make your fresh guacamole right away, look for avocados that are soft to the touch; these are typically darker in color. If you can’t lightly squeeze the avocado, it’s not ripe yet.
If you aren’t planning on making your guacamole for a few days, look for avocados that are firmer to the touch, so they have a few days to ripen.
How to Store Avocados
If I buy under-ripe avocados, I will store them on the counter to allow them to ripen. Usually ripe avocados are good stored at room temp for 2-3 days. Note: they will continue to ripen, so watch them closely so they don’t become spoiled and super mushy.
However, I do keep them in the fridge from time to time. Keeping avocados in the fridge slows down the ripening process. So, if your avocados are perfectly ripe and you know you won’t eat them for a few days, throw them in the fridge.
How to Make Guacamole
This homemade guacamole recipe is a cinch to make and impossible to mess up!
- First, chop up the onion, fresh cilantro, and garlic.
- Next, slice avocados in half lengthwise and turn each half away from one another until avocado breaks in half. Scoop out the pit/seed and then using a spoon, scoop out each half of the avocado and add to your bowl. Using the back of a fork, or avocado masher (or potato masher, or pastry cutter… the options are endless), mash avocado halves, leaving a few small chunks.
- Add onion, cilantro, garlic, salt, and fresh lime juice to the mashed avocados. Mix all ingredients together.
- Transfer to a serving bowl, or just eat right from your mixing bowl.
- Grab some chips, or fresh veggies, and enjoy!
I do not like spice, but if spice is your thing, go ahead and chop up a jalepeno and add to your guacamole. Or if you’re a garlic lover, add in some additional garlic… same with cilantro. There are many ways to adjust this recipe based on your personal taste preferences. Again, there is no way to mess this up.
How Long Does Fresh Guacamole Last?
This homemade guacamole recipe is best eaten right away. But, I have eaten leftovers the next day. Store leftover guacamole in the fridge. The guacamole will brown as it sits overnight, so just give it a good stir before eating.
I do not recommend eating it more than 24 hours after making it.
If I’m bringing the guacamole somewhere, I will prep the garlic, cilantro, onion, and lime juice and have that all ready to go in a medium bowl. Then I’ll just bring the avocados and the prepped ingredients in the mixing bowl, and then mash the avocados with the other ingredients right before serving.
Guacamole is my absolute favorite thing to bring to a BBQ or get-together. It’ so easy and is a definite crowd-pleaser. Bring this to your next gathering and everyone will love you!
Recipes That Go Great With Fresh Guacamole!
If you make this fresh guacamole, please let me know what you think. I’d love to hear from you! Leave a comment below and/or share a photo on Instagram and mention @CleanPlateMama!
- 4 large, ripe avocados (5 if they are on the small side)
- 1/4 cup finely chopped red onion
- 1/2 cup chopped, fresh cilantro
- 1-2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
- 1/4 tsp. salt more to taste
- 1/2 lime, juiced
- Slice avocados in half lengthwise and turn each half away from one another until avocado breaks in half. Scoop out the pit/seed and then using a spoon, scoop out each half of the avocado and add to your bowl. Using the back of a fork, or avocado masher, mash avocado halves, leaving a few small chunks.
- Add onion, cilantro, garlic, salt, and lime juice to mashed avocados. Mix all ingredients together.
- Taste and adjust ingredients as needed.
- Serve and enjoy!
- Depending on how big your lime is, I would recommend starting with the juice from 1/2 a lime. Taste the finished guacamole, and if desired, add in more lime juice.
- Depending on how big your garlic cloves are, you may be fine with one. But if they are small, I definitely recommend using two.
- I don’t like spice, so I omit a jalapeño, but if spice is your thing, go ahead and add in some chopped jalapeño.
- Recommended to serve guacamole right away. Can be stored in the refrigerator if making in advance.
- If I’m bringing the guacamole somewhere, I will prep the garlic, cilantro, onion, and lime juice and have that all ready to go in a medium bowl. Then I’ll just bring the avocados and the prepped ingredients in the mixing bowl, and then mash the avocados with the other ingredients right before serving.
- Recipe makes about 2 cups of guacamole.