Homemade guacamole recipe dip in a white bowl with tortilla chips on a white plate
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I just love this homemade guacamole recipe, it is my go-to chip dip, and everyone who tastes it just loves it. It is extremely simple to make using fresh ingredients.

Growing up I was not a fan of avocados or guacamole dip, but now they are one of my favorite things to eat! The creamy avocado dip combined with salty tortilla chips is a party in your mouth with every bite.

Every time I bring this to parties or serve it at my house it is gone in like 10 minutes. And I love how super easy it is to make. If I can do it, you can do it. Let’s get started!

Step 1: Gather the ingredients

Avocados and other ingredients on a white cutting board on a wooden table.

In order to make this amazing homemade avocado dip you will need just a handful of basic everyday ingredients:

  • Avocados – You can’t have yummy guacamole without avocados! When buying them at the store if you would like to make the dip that same day pick softer more ripe avocados. Otherwise buy the firm ones and let them ripen on the counter or in a paper bag.
  • Onion – I usually use a sweet white onion for my guacamole, but really any onion will do. If you want some color and a bit of a bite, use red onions.
  • Cilantro – Love it or hate it, a good guac has cilantro in it. But I won’t tell anyone if you want to leave it out.
  • Salt – Salt to taste.
  • Pepper – Pepper to taste.
  • Garlic – I love fresh minced garlic and garlic powder, I regularly use both or either in this homemade avocado dip. For complete freshness use fresh minced garlic. Just make sure it is finely minced.
  • Limes – Another key component is the limes. The limes add flavor as well as preserve the avocado so they don’t turn brown so easily.

Step 2: How to make guacamole

Bowl of homemade guacamole on a plate with tortilla chips.

First wash the avocados. Then take a knife and cut around the avocado and twist it apart so you have two halves. One have will have the pit. Don’t throw the pits away.

Take the knife and cut into the pit this helps to get the pit out. You can also just scoop out the pit with a spoon.

Hand cutting an avocado on top of a white cutting board.

After removing the pit make a checker patter of slits in the avocado halves. Be careful and don’t cut all the way through the skin. Makes sure to use soft, ripe avocados.

Step 3: Mix and stir the guacamole dip

Chunks of avocado and a spoon in a medium glass bowl on a white cutting board.

Once the avocado chunks are cut and placed in a medium bowl, add the salt, pepper, garlic, and cilantro. Do you like tomatoes in your guacamole? If so, add in some diced tomatoes at this point as well.

Give everything a good stir. Then add in the juice from half of a lime or a little more if desired. I love using my citrus press but you can just squeeze the limes with your hand as well. Just watch out for the seeds!

Again, the lime juice will add flavor and also help prevent the guacamole from turning brown.

Medium glass bowl full of homemade guacamole.

Stir in the lime juice to make sure it gets incorporated thoroughly. Here is an awesome tip to help keep the avocado dip from turning brown. Place the pits right into the dip. That may sound weird, but they really help keep it looking nice and green.

Give it a taste and add more salt, pepper, and garlic as desired. Serve it with your favorite tortilla chips and enjoy!

Can you make guacamole ahead of time?

While it is definitely best fresh, you certainly can make it ahead of time. Make sure to keep the pits in there and cover it with plastic wrap. Allow the plastic wrap to lay right on top of the dip. This will help keep any air out.

Can you substitute the lime in the avocado dip?

Yes! If you do not want to use lime, you can use vinegar. This will have the same effect and help keep it from turning brown. Although it is more potent so use a little bit less.

Guacamole

I just love this homemade guacamole recipe. It is super easy to make and tastes amazing. Start to finish it only takes less than 10 minutes to make. If I can do it, you can do it.
Prep Time10 mins
Total Time10 mins
Course: Appetizer, Ingredient, Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: avocado, chocolate chips, chunky, dip, party
Servings: 6 people
Calories: 166kcal
Author: Matt Taylor

Equipment

  • Bowl
  • spoon
  • Fork
  • Knife

Ingredients

  • 4 to 5 medium ripe avocados
  • 1/2 medium white onion
  • 3 to 4 Tbsp of minced fresh cilantro
  • 1 tsp. of salt 5g
  • 1/8 tsp. of pepper pinch
  • 1/2 tsp. of garlic powder and or 2 to 3 cloves minced garlic 2g
  • 1 to 2 limes start with half of a lime, you can always add more later

Instructions

  • Cut up and mince the onion and fresh garlic and cilantro.
  • Wash the avocados. Cut them in half and then scoop out the pit. Save the pits! You can also put your knife in the pit and twist it out.
  • Cut slits in the avocado halves lengthwise and then widthwise. Scoop out the avocado chunks with a spoon and place them in a medium bowl.
  • Add the onion, garlic, and cilantro in with the avocado. Add the salt and pepper and garlic powder (for extra garlic flavor, if desired), and combine everything with a fork. If you like tomatoes in your guac, slice a tomato into cubes/chunks, and add it in.
  • Cut the lime in half and squeeze the juice into the guacamole. Make sure the seeds don't get in there. You may want to squeeze it over a bowl first. The lime juice adds flavor along with helping to prevent it from turning brown. Mix with a fork.
  • Tip: Add the pits into the dip. The pits will also help keep it from turning brown.
  • Cover with plastic wrap so the wrap touches the top of the dip. Place in the fridge until ready to serve. Although it is best served right away. Enjoy!

Notes

List of nutritional facts for guacamole

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