The best guacamole is homemade and uses simple fresh ingredients. You'll need avocados, tomato, lime, red onion, jalapeno pepper, cilantro and salt, and pepper. You can make it smooth or chunky, depending on how you cut the avocado and add more or less of the ingredients you like or don't.
Guacamole and Pico De Gallo are two of my absolute favourite condiments. They're both clean and simple and taste so fresh and bright. Because of that, there are so many dishes I could use guacamole or pico de gallo in or on top of.
I have an ongoing and lengthy love affair with avocado toast – I could just as easily swap out the avocado for guacamole. I love guac with chips, chilaquiles, eggs, on sandwiches, on burgers.... you get the point. If you make guacamole, I will be there.
I'm never without avocados!
By the way, pico de gallo is just as good with chips, on eggs and burgers too.
Plus, if you watch sports this dish can fit your game day party theme if you can find chips in the right color. I was able to find these navy and orange chips to go with my guacamole, and the colors are perfect for two of the teams that I follow – the Chicago Bears and the Edmonton Oilers.
Obviously you can use regular chips if they don't come in your team colors. I've never seen purple and gold chips – I'm looking at you Divisional rival Minnesota Vikings fans. (although you could sub in the navy blue which looks kind of purple and yellow corn chips, so it works out anyway! I still love you!)
Red and white are usually pretty easy to find, which is perfect for this year's matchup between the 49ers and the Chiefs.
Guacamole is easy to make – its a perfect blend of high quality, fresh ingredients. All you need is: (love. and avocados. and a few more things)
- love ❤️
- red onion (my pickled red onions are my preference)
- salt and pepper
- anything at all to dip into or scoop it up
How to Make Guacamole
Cut the avocados in half, twist and scoop the pit and flesh out.
This is where you get to control the texture of your guacamole. You can cut the avocado into big or little cubes or you can mash it a little or a lot, using a fork. It's all up to you!
However you like your avocado, place it in a bowl. Cut the tomato into 4 wedges. Take out the watery bits, leaving you with just the firm flesh and skin. Chop it into the size of your choice.
Slice the jalapeno in half and take out the seeds and white bits. These are the spicy bits. You can leave them in if you like. Either way, chop the jalapeno into small pieces.
You can either chop up some red onion or use pickled red onions. I've linked my recipe there - I prefer pickled onions. Roughly chop up a bunch of cilantro.
None of this chopping has to be perfect. Guacamole is a bit of a rustic item.
To the avocado, add the tomato, jalapeno, onion and cilantro.
Slice a lime in half and squeeze all of the juice into the bowl. Sprinkle in salt and pepper. Taste and adjust to your preferences.
Questions About Making Guacamole
How to choose a ripe avocado
Ripe avocados are firm and not mushy. Press slightly against the skin and it should yield to pressure but not leave an indent. If it does, it's too ripe and may have brown spots inside. The skin should be slightly bumpy on a ripe avocado.
How to peel an avocado
Lay the avocado on a cutting board. Use a sharp knife to cut the avocado in half lengthwise around the pit.
Twist the avocado halves so they come apart. Use a spoon to scoop out the pit. Use a spoon to scoop out the avocado flesh.
How to Stop Guacamole from turning brown
Ok, we can be honest with each other right? Avocado will turn brown eventually. It just will. It's best to make avocado dishes right before you serve. But to slow down the oxidization a little bit, you can press plastic wrap directly on top of the guacamole and then refrigerate. It'll last a day or so. I'd eat it all before then anyway, so it's a good method!
Easy Homemade Guacamole
- 2 avocados (peeled and chopped)
- 1 medium lime (juiced)
- 1 roma tomato (seeds removed, diced)
- ¼ cup
pickled red onion((or raw red onion if you prefer))
- 1 jalapeno pepper (seeds removed and minced)
- handful cilantro (chopped)
- salt and pepper (to taste)
- Peel* and chop or mash the avocado. Add it to a bowl.
- Add the chopped tomato, jalapeno, red onion, cilantro, lime juice, salt, and pepper.
- Mix everything together and taste. Adjust to your preferences.