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Bowlful of guacamole on a tray with avocados and cilantro.

Simple Guacamole Recipe (easy - only 4 ingredients!)

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Author: Tracy Halasz


  • fork & bowl


  • 3 large ripe avocados
  • 2-3 tablespoons white onion, minced
  • 3 tablespoons cilantro leaves, chopped
  • 2-3 tablespoons lime, juice (more or less to taste)
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt, (more to taste)
  • jalapeno, minced (to taste)


  • Cut the avocados in half and remove the pit. Scoop the avocado flesh with a spoon and place in a bowl. Gently mash leaving it pretty chunky.
  • Add the remaining ingredients and continue mashing and mixing (leave some texture) until desired consistency is met (don't over mash).
  • Taste and adjust seasonings as desired. If it's bland, first add more salt, then add more lime.
  • Serve immediately with chips and pico or salsa.


Avocados - Too hard? Leave on counter in a warm sunny spot. Ripening too quickly? Pop them into the fridge.
Limes - best if fresh but in a pinch, use bottled.
Texture - guacamole texture is important. Chunky or smooth - you choose. (I'd love to hear in the comments which your family prefers!)
Add ons - popular guacamole add ins include cumin, garlic, and tomatoes. 
Storage - lots of talk about how to store guacamole. I try to make only what we will consume; but if we have a bit leftover, I place in the fridge in an air-tight container in a paper bag. The quality of guacamole goes down each additional day it is stored IMO. It's so easy to whip up a fresh batch when you need it - like literally minutes.