Home » Appetizer Recipes

Simple Homemade Guacamole

homemade guacamole in a white bowl
Post may con­tain affil­i­ate links. See my Affil­i­ate Disclosure.

Home­made Gua­camole is prob­a­bly THE eas­i­est condi­ment to pre­pare. It’s also one of the most ver­sa­tile and deli­cious. You can use it on meat, in dress­ings for sal­ad, on chips, in tacos and a mul­ti­tude of oth­er scrump­tious ways. 

Ingredients to Make Homemade Guacamole

ingredients for homemade guacamole

The most basic gua­camole is noth­ing more than avo­ca­do, lime juice and salt. You can dress it up from there with things like cilantro, onion, gar­lic, toma­to, black pep­per and jalapeno. I’ve actu­al­ly used all of those things in my gua­camole, at one time or anoth­er. But, time after time, when I make every­day-fab­u­lous, home­made gua­camole, this recipe is the one I use. To make gua­camole like this, you need:

  • avo­ca­dos
  • onion
  • lime juice
  • salt and pepper

How to Prep an Avocado

Some­times, a pic­ture is worth a thou­sand words, so I’ll let this one do most of the teach­ing. Sim­ply cut the avo­ca­do in half, length­wise, all around the pit. Twist and split the avo­ca­do in half. Use your knife to remove the pit and then a spoon to scoop the pulp out of the shell. Easy-peasy!

cutting an avocado

You can see that the home­made gua­camole pic­tures, and the cut­ting avo­ca­do pic­tures, were tak­en at dif­fer­ent times. To make larg­er bowls of gua­camole, cut­ting the avo­ca­do into small pieces makes it so much eas­i­er to mash. How­ev­er, when you’re mak­ing a small batch, like this recipe, I leave the avo­ca­do halves whole. They’re sim­ple to mash with a fork and require no extra chopping.

How to Make Homemade Guacamole

Scoop the avo­ca­do pulp into a bowl. Add the lime juice, minced onion and salt and pep­per. Use the back of a fork to mash the avo­ca­do and mix in the oth­er ingre­di­ents. Tex­ture is a mat­ter of pref­er­ence, with gua­camole, so con­tin­ue mash­ing until you have reached the con­sis­ten­cy that you like best. I pre­fer a few small avo­ca­do chunks in mine.

So, the moral of the sto­ry is this. Start with a basic recipe and then, make it your own. Dress it up or sim­pli­fy it to fit your needs and your fam­i­ly’s taste buds. You’ve got this!

homemade guacamole

Storing Guacamole

I’ve dis­cov­ered that even if I make gua­camole in a con­tain­er with a lid, it will still oxi­dize and turn brown through­out the day, if I don’t take one extra step. I have man­aged to keep gua­camole fresh for two to three days by lay­ing plas­tic wrap right on the sur­face. Allow the plas­tic wrap to press against the top of the gua­camole with­out any air in between. Be sure to press it down snug­ly, even on the sides of the bowl. Then snap the lid on the con­tain­er. I’ve nev­er found a process that works better.

You’re a gua­camole expert, now! You know all the best tricks to make this recipe and enjoy fresh gua­camole any time you like! Enjoy!

clock clock iconcutlery cutlery iconflag flag iconfolder folder iconinstagram instagram iconpinterest pinterest iconfacebook facebook iconprint print iconsquares squares iconheart heart iconheart solid heart solid icon
homemade guacamole

Simple Homemade Guacamole

  • Author: Glen­da Embree
  • Total Time: 5 min­utes
  • Yield: 1 1/4 cups 1x



2 large avocados 

2 Table­spoons red onion, minced 

2 tea­spoons lime juice 

salt and pep­per, to taste


Scoop the avo­ca­do pulp into a bowl.

Add the onion, lime juice and salt and pepper.

Use the back of a fork to mash the avo­ca­do and mix in the oth­er ingredients.

Serve as a condi­ment for your favorite dish­es, as dip for chips or fresh veg­gies, (or just eat it with a spoon straight out of the bowl).

  • Prep Time: 5 min
  • Cook Time: 0 min
  • Cat­e­go­ry: Dips, Condi­ments
  • Cui­sine: Mex­i­can

Look­ing for some great ways to use gua­camole? Try my Sheet Pan Chick­en Faji­tas or Enchi­la­da Casse­role. Gua­camole would be per­fect with both!

Sheet Pan Chicken Fajitas
enchilada casserole

Leave a Comment

Recipe rating