This simple homemade guacamole recipe is packed full of flavor, but not a lot of ingredients. Making it an easy and delicious snack that is not only tasty, but also good for you!
Guacamole is one of my favorite night time snacks. Aside from the chips that you eat along with it, it’s a very healthy snack for you. In moderation, of course!
Why are avocados healthy for you?
Avocados are a heathy fat that is full of fiber. It is a great source of folate, making it an especially great snack for pregnant women.
According to a medical article avocados can reduce your risk of depression, improve digestion, protect from chronic diseases, and serve as a natural detox.
Eating avocados will help boost your HDL (high-density lipoprotein) cholesterol, better known as “good” cholesterol. This is important because the good cholesterol will absorb the bad cholesterol in the blood and take it back to the liver. The liver will flush it from the body. Having high levels of good cholesterol can also lower your risk for heart disease and stroke.
How to make a simple guacamole:
Follow the step by step instructions below to make the most delicious and simple guacamole that is sure to get recipe requests. That is, if you want to share! Use the recipe card at the bottom of the page to easily print out the recipe to add to your collection of “must-saves!”
3 ripe avocados
2 Tablespoons of cilantro
2 Tablespoons of lime juice (approximately one lime)
1 Teaspoon of garlic salt
1 Teaspoon of onion powder
2 small jalapeño or 1 large
Manual or electric food processor (not required, but makes the job easier)
I have the pampered chef food processor but this one on amazon looks the most similar.
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Cut off about 2 tablespoons of cilantro leaves and add it to your food processor.
For the longest time I hand picked each little cilantro leaf off of the stems because I was afraid of the stem making my guacamole bitter. I have since figured out that a little stem won’t hurt. Now I just chop it of and remove any large stems and I don’t notice a bit of difference. I hope my discovery saves you some time of plucking leaves.
Cut up the jalapeño and remove the seeds and membrane. Doing this makes the perfectly mild, but with just enough spice, guacamole.
If you like things spicy try leaving in some seeds, but I would add in a small amount at a time until you reach the level of spicy you like.
Add lime juice
Add 2 tablespoons of lime juice. One lime makes about 2 tablespoons. I typically just use bottled lime juice because I can keep this on hand and it makes the process of making guacamole even easier.
Add 1 teaspoon of onion powder and 1 teaspoon of garlic salt.
If you don’t have garlic salt on hand, don’t fret. Just mix 1/4 T of salt and 1/4 t of garlic powder and you have a perfect alternative!
Cut your avocados
Using your knife start at the top of the avocado and slice down the middle all the way around the pit. This will give you two perfect halves of avocado. Easily remove the pit by hitting it with the sharp blade of your knife and twist it out.
The easiest way to get the avocado out of the skin is to carefully dice the avocado without cutting through the skin. Then scoop the diced avocado out without much effort at all!
Add one avocado to the other guacamole ingredients
At this point, only add one avocado to the food processor with the previous ingredients. This will allow the food processor to chop all the cilantro and jalapeño into smaller bit, but it will make the avocado very smooth.
Depending on your preference, you could all all of the avocados at this point if you would rather a smooth guacamole. I like for mine to have a bit of avocados chunks still in there, which is why I do it this way.
Chop it up #1
Chop the ingredients until everything is smooth and throughly chopped. You don’t want to bit into a big chuck of jalapeño
Add the rest of the avocado to the guacamole
Scoop the rest of the avocados into the food processor and blend until you reach the consistency you desire.
Serve it up and enjoy with your favorite tortilla chip. You could even eat it with veggies to make it a super healthy snack, but who can resist a big scoop of guac on a salt tortilla chip? Obviously, not me!
Do I have to use a manual food processor to make guacamole?
Of course not! You don’t even have to have a food processor at all. You could chop and mash it all up by hand. Having a food processor makes it much easier though.
I like using my manual food processor for this recipe for several reasons.
I can easily control the consistency of my guacamole.
The blades come out and it has a lid attachment, so it serves as a storage container when I’m done.
It is smaller than my electric food processor and is the perfect size for this batch of guacamole. If I wanted to double it and make a larger amount for a party, I’d probably use my electric food processor.
If you want a mini electric food processor, this one looks great!
Tips on storing your guacamole:
Store your guacamole in a narrow container so that the top has a small surface area.
Add about a teaspoon of lime juice to the top of the guacamole.
Use plastic wrap and then a lid to cover your guacamole. press the plastic wrap against the top of the guacamole. The goal is to prevent as much air as possible away from the guacamole. After you have it pressed against the top and all the way out to the edges, attach the container lid to help prevent even more air from touching the guacamole.
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Simple Homemade Guacamole Recipe
- Cutting Board
- Measuring spoons
- Manual or electric food processor (not required, but makes the job easier)
- 3 ripe avocados I always buy 4 just in case one has a bad spot
- 2 Tablespoons of cilantro
- 2 Tablespoons of lime juice approximately one lime
- 1 Teaspoon of garlic salt
- 1 Teaspoon of onion powder
- 2 small jalapeño or 1 large
- Cut off about 2 tablespoons of cilantro leaves and add it to your food processor.
- Cut up the jalapeño and remove the seeds and membrane.
- Add 2 tablespoons of lime juice.
- Add 1 teaspoon of onion powder and 1 teaspoon of garlic salt.
- Cut your avocados
- Cut avocados in half and remove the pits. Carefully dice the avocado without cutting through the skin.
- Scoop the diced avocado out of one avocado into the food processor with the other guacamole ingredients
- Chop the ingredients until everything is smooth and throughly chopped.
- Add the rest of the avocado to the guacamole in the food processor and blend until you reach the consistency you desire.
- Serve it up and enjoy with your favorite tortilla chip!