This easy guacamole recipe is a delicious appetizer or topping for your favorite Mexican-style dishes. It’s made with fresh avocados, cheese, lime juice, and onions so it’s loaded with fresh flavors.
One of my favorite dips to make is guacamole. It’s easy to make, always tastes delicious, and is a great party appetizer or topping for different dishes like tacos, fajitas and burritos.
Making easy homemade guacamole is not hard and it’s so much better than the stuff they sell premade at the store. Creamy avocados with lime juice, cheese, onions, and seasonings is a delicious combination when you make it from scratch.
This is a classic dip and there are countless recipes – everyone seems to have their own special way of making it. At our house we’ve been making it the same way for a long time so if you’ve been wanting to try a new recipe or if it’s your first time making it, I’m excited to show you how we love to make it!
How to Know When Avocados are Ripe
The most important thing when making guacamole is to use ripe avocados. I know it sounds basic, but if you’ve ever tried making it with an underripe or overripe avocado you know it’s frustrating. If it’s underripe it will be very hard to mash it. If it’s overripe, the flesh might have turned brown and mushy.
Most grocery store avocados will not be ripe when you buy them, so plan ahead and buy your avocados a few days in advance. Leave them on the counter until they soften and the skins start to darken. You know when they are ready when you can gently squeeze one and there is some give.
If your avocados are ripe but you’re not ready to make guacamole you can store them in the refrigerator once they’ve ripened. This will slow the ripening process and they will keep for up to a week.
- Ripe avocados
- Lime juice
- Finely chopped red onion
- Shredded cheddar cheese
- Minced garlic
- Salt and pepper
This is an Easy Guacamole Recipe!
Once you have some ripe avocados on hand, making a batch of guacamole is really easy.
Slice each avocado in half by inserting the knife until it hits the seed. Run the knife around the avocado to slice it in half.
Remove the seed. The easiest (and safest) way to do this is to use a spoon to scoop the seed out. To remove the skin, run the spoon between the flesh and skin to scoop out the flesh.
Place the avocados in a bowl and mash them. I like to use a potato masher, but you can also use a fork to mash it.
Once the avocado is broken down, you can switch to a spoon to mix it until it reaches your desired consistency. Sometimes we like it a little chunkier and other times we make it smoother.
Add the lime juice, onion, cheese, garlic, salt and pepper. Stir well to combine.
Different Ways to Use It
Once you have your homemade guacamole, grab some tortilla chips to scoop it up. Or, you can use it as a topping for fajitas, tacos, burritos, nachos… pretty much any Mexican dish that you like!
Can you make easy guacamole ahead?
I don’t recommend making it ahead for two reasons. First, the acid in the lime juice will break down the avocado making it less creamy. Second, avocado will turn brown when it’s exposed to air. You can still eat it, but it’s not very appealing to look at. When I make it, I usually make enough for one sitting.
How long does Easy Guacamole last?
It will hold up at room temperature for several hours – the only risk is that it may brown as it sits out. Leftover guacamole will last for a day or two in the fridge, but as I mentioned it may not be as creamy and it will turn brown.
Once you try this easy homemade guacamole you might decide you need to keep avocados on hand so you can make it whenever you want. It’s so easy to make a batch and it never lasts long when we make it!
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Easy Guacamole Recipe
- 3 ripe avocados
- ½ lime juiced
- 1/3 cup red onions finely chopped
- ¼ cup cheddar cheese shredded
- 2 garlic cloves minced
- Cilantro for garnish
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Slice the avocados in half, remove the seeds and set to the side. Using a spoon, take the avocado flesh out of the skin. Throw the skin away. Mash the avocado. We used a potato masher to start and then used a large spoon to get it a little less clumped. Stir it until it is at the creaminess you want.
- Add lime juice and stir. Then add onion, cheese, garlic, salt and pepper. Stir until fully combined.
- Serve with Tortilla chips or use as a topping for your favorite Mexican meals.
This Easy Guacamole recipe is a delicious appetizer or topping for your favorite Mexican-style dishes. It’s made with fresh avocados, cheese, lime juice, and onions so it’s loaded with fresh flavors.
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