This Easy Guacamole Recipe is so creamy and delicious with fresh lime and spicy cayenne. You can have it with or without cilantro and it is just so darn tasty. Using fresh, high quality ingredients will really give you the BEST guacamole ever! This is my one and only guacamole recipe because it is simply perfect.
Guacamole is one of the pillars of Mexican cuisine. You can use it with everything; tacos, burritos, moles, tostadas, quesadillas, enchiladas. You know, all the good comforting and spicy Mexican food out there. But – it doesn’t have to be restricted to Mexican food, you can use it whenever you feel like it, in my opinion. I use my leftover guacamole on toast with a fried or boiled egg, baked bell peppers, and you could use it for whatever barbeque you throw together – how about that.
What makes this easy guacamole recipe healthy?
Avocados avocados avocados! The healthy fat and creamy goddess! Avocados actually contain more potassium than bananas. It is low in sodium and saturated fat, but high in fiber and antioxidants. It really is proof that healthy things can be super delicious.
The healthy fat in avocados, the monounsaturated fatty acids are good for your heart health and can also reduce inflammation. The high fiber may help you to lose weight and increase your metabolic health. It can also lower cholesterol. More benefits about avocados here. So the bottom line is – eat more avocado.
How to store leftover guacamole?
Ok, so IF you were to have any leftovers, how would you store it. This is a highly hypothetical question, as we all know there are no such thing as leftover guacamole. Ok, maybe you have a tablespoon leftover and you can’t find it in your heart to throw it away but you are so stuffed from all the tacos and guacamole you need to find another way.
I have tried the famous avocado pit into the bowl of guacamole and no, it doesn’t work. At all, in fact. The oxidation process, making the guacamole brown, still happens. Cover it with plastic wrap doesn’t work for more than a day or two. Which is often enough, as you are hungry for guac the next day anyway. And it is often just the top layer that gets brown, and you can scoop it off or even mix it in.
Downshiftology has an interesting way I havent tried yet, using water. You add the guacamole to a container and press it down, making the top flat. Cover with water and place the lid on. When you need it, just discard of the water. It supposedly gets a little watery after a few days, but that’s on you, because it shouldn’t last that long.
What Ingredients are in this Easy Guacamole Recipe?
Using fresh, real ingredients really is crucial in recipes such as this guacamole. It can elevate a bland guacamole to a flavor bomb guacamole in no time. An unripe avocado tastes of nothing, and it’s not creamy. So choosing the right ingredients is important.
- Ripe avocados
- Fresh lime juice
- Fresh garlic
- Red chili + chili flakes (more on spiciness below)
- Fresh cilantro (this is completely optional!)
- Salt and pepper
You might not be overly surprised by the fact that I also like my guacamole on the spicier side. However, it’s very easy to just reduce the amount of heat if you prefer. And it’s not that spicy either, because the creamy avocado soaks up the chili. This easy guacamole recipe is also heavy on the lime juice, and the acid from the lime also neutralizes the heat. To read more about how to neutralize spicy food here. But trust me on this one, it is the BEST guacamole ever!
I have also deliberately not added in any onion or tomatoes. But I just don’t think it fits. I usually add onion to almost all my recipes, I use it both in the Indian dip raita and the Greek tzatziki. So fresh onion can work in dips, but I don’t think it does in a guacamole dip.
You can make this easy guacamole recipe without cilantro
I know a lot of people find cilantro soapy, and if you are one of them, I can tell you that you won’t feel it’s missing anything by leaving out the cilantro. I used to make it without before, and I loved it and I still do, I just think it’s a tad better with fresh cilantro. But that is because I love cilantro! I wouldn’t use any other fresh herbs to compensate, it is super delicious just as it is.
How to find the perfect, ripe avocados
It is not always easy to tell if a fruit or vegetable is ripe or not. But it is usually the change of color on their skin that gives it away. And a ripe avocado often has a dark green to almost black skin. And the skin of unripe avocados are often smooth, but the skin gets bumpy as it ripens. It will also yield to a gentle yet firm pressure, it shouldn’t feel mushy – then it’s gone maybe a little too far. You can also read more about picking avocados from Avocados from Mexico.
The Best Easy Guacamole Recipe
In my recipe you just toss everything together, taste it and see if you want more spices in it. Sometimes I have to adjust my cumin, salt and pepper. I also prefer using whole dried cayenne peppers and crush them in a mortar, but you could substitute with chili flakes if you don’t have them on hand. I like to start with just half a lime to see if I think it’s enough, but I usually end up using the whole thing. It will taste slightly sour, but it is supposed to, as it balances out the food it usually is on or with!
I hope you’ll like this easy guacamole recipe!
Use your guacamole with these recipes:
- Cheesy Beef and Beans Enchiladas
- Rice and Beans Stuffed Bell Peppers
- Tacos al Pastor
- Crispy Baked Falafel (instead of the creamy avocado sauce)
- Crispy Panko Chicken Burger
- Mexican Chipotle Turmeric Fried Rice
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This post was originally posted on September 14th 2017, but has been updated with more information and better photos on May 21st 2019.
The Best Easy Guacamole
- 2 medium avocados ripe
- 1 clove garlic grated
- 1/2 mild red chili e.g. serrano
- 1/2-1 lime, juice *
- 2 pinches whole dried cayenne peppers crushed, or 2 pinches chili flakes
- 1 tbsp fresh cilantro optional
- 1 tsp cumin or to taste
- 1/2 tsp salt & pepper or to taste
- Mash the avocados: After you've open the avocados, add them in a bowl and make a creamy paste with a fork. I don't want it to be overly mixed as I like small bits of avocados in my guacamole.
- Mix with the other ingredients: Grate a clove garlic and mince a chili, add into the avocados. Chop the cilantro. Get the juice from the lime, but don't add more than half at first. Crush whole cayenne peppers in a mortar and add along with the other ingredients.
- Taste and adjust: Mix until everything is incorporated, taste and consider if you want to add more spices and lime juice.