Guac does not have to be extra if you make it yourself! Our homemade guacamole recipe is super simple to throw together, so long as you have a few ripe avocados laying around. It is debatably the best dip to have ready in your fridge. Plus, we have a special tip to keep it from browning to share with you so you can snack on this guacamole all week long!
Guacamole (especially homemade guacamole) is loaded with healthy fats, acidity, and brightness. It is the perfect addition to tacos, bowls, or with some veggies and crackers as a dip. Because of its versatility, we like to keep this in our weekly rotation as a healthy snack option.
Preparing ready-to-go snacks that are satiating and fit into your nutrition goals is a perfect way to set yourself up for success and practice self-care! In our opinion, nothing says self-care better than all-you-can-eat homemade guacamole waiting for you in the fridge.
Keeping your healthy guacamole green
Okay, we’ve been gatekeeping our secret long enough. Our trick to keeping your homemade guacamole from browning, is simply to store it along with one avocado pit. We also find that using extra lime juice and covering with a tightly wrapped plastic wrap that touches the surface of the guacamole helps prolong freshness for up to 3 days!
About our guacamole recipe ingredients
- Avocados: While you might be able to swap out some of the subsequent ingredients, this one is a must. Guacamole just isn’t guacamole without the star: avocado. You can use any variety you have available to you.
*Tip for picking perfectly ripe avocados: The flesh should feel soft, but not mushy or hard. You can also remove the top of the stem. If the color underneath is green, that avocado is ready to eat or will be soon. If the color underneath the stem is already brown, it will likely be overripe when you cut it open.
- Limes (zest and juice): If you’re not using citrus zest in your cooking, you are seriously missing out on a one-way ticket to flavor town! This is where so much of the flavor of the fruit lives. Zest of limes, lemons, and oranges are all safe to eat so long as you thoroughly wash them beforehand. Zesting tools can be purchased at a relatively low cost and are worth adding to your kitchen utensil repertoire. We find that the zest in this authentic guacamole recipe sets it apart from others we’ve tried.
- Chopped cilantro: Quite possibly the most divisive herb. We know many people find this herb to taste soapy (which has been shown to be a genetically caused phenomenon). If you are one of these individuals who can’t stand fresh cilantro (or dried, for that matter), feel free to omit it. It will still taste delicious without it. If you do like (or even love) fresh cilantro, this is a delicious add-in that brings freshness and brightness to the guacamole dip.
- Red onion: red onion in particular is more pleasant to eat raw than other onion varieties because there is a sweetness that offsets the harshness, which works really well in this recipe. If you prefer to use a little less or omit entirely, the recipe will still work out.
Authentic guacamole is always a fan favorite. You can double or triple this recipe really easily and bring it to your next gathering and you’re sure to be everyone’s favorite guest! We hope you enjoy this nutritious, tasty dip!
- 2 ripe avocados
- 2 limes , zest and juice
- ½ bunch of cilantro, finely chopped
- ½ of a red onion, finely diced
- Salt, pepper, garlic powder to taste
- 1 roma tomato, finely diced
- ½ jalapeno, finely diced
- Open the avocados and remove the flesh into a bowl. Save one pit for storing.
- Mash the avocado with the back of a fork or a spoon.
- Add lime juice and zest and mix.
- Add in cilantro, red onion, spices and mix.
- Store along with one pit and tightly seal with plastic cling wrap for up to 3 days in the refrigerator.
- Serve with veggies and crackers or scoop on top of your favorite protein.