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Easy Guacamole Recipes

Updated on July 26, 2017
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Melissa lives in Downtown Albuquerque. She loves sharing her local discoveries with fellow travelers and explorers.

Photo courtesy of Kashfia.
Photo courtesy of Kashfia.

My Guacamole History

I don't remember the first time I made or ate guacamole-it seems as if I was born with a taste for avocado.

Maybe it's cause I grew up in Texas and have lived in Texas, Arizona and New Mexico much of my life. We down a lot of avocado in these parts!

I do recall eating avocado tacos for breakfast the morning after a college party. We used the leftover guacamole from the night before and within a few hours were suffering from food poisoning. The guacamole must have sat out too long before we put it in the fridge. I also remember it being a very hot summer night as well--neither condition is good for an exposed avocado.

You would think that an experience like that would make me swear off the guac but it never did. It did, however, allow me to give some good advice about the handling of an avocado.

And here is that advice...if you are going to cut it then eat it right away or at least store it, covered, in a cold refrigerator until you serve it.

If for some reason you are not going to use the whole avocado right away, use one of those nifty air-tight containers made just for avocado's (I will find some links for them and put them in this article) and then use the avocado in the next day or two.

And trust me on this, leftover guacamole or avocado dishes are never, EVER a good idea.

Authentic Basic Avocado Recipe

Just the basic ingredients to build guacamole.

Ingredients:

1 medium avocado

Salt to taste (start with a pinch)

1 teaspoon of lemon juice (the real stuff)

(optional) finely minced garlic to taste or dash of garlic powder

Tortilla chips Find out how to make your own chips fast and easy

Here's what you do:

Cut the avocado in half and scoop the meat into a mixing bowl using a spoon.

Add the other ingredients to the bowl.

Mash the avocado and the ingredients together using a fork. Mix it all up as you mash.

Scoop up some guacamole with a tortilla chip and have a taste. Add more salt if you need it.

Use Organic Lemon Juice

If you don't have fresh lemons around or can't seem to keep them fresh enough to warrant their purchase (mine go to waste so much I've just stopped buying them...I flat out forget they are there), try using the following organic brands.

I keep one or the other in my refrigerator at all times. Give them a good shake before using and they will provide just the flavor you were looking for.

Substitute the lemon for lime juice if you want--it's pretty tasty that way.


Choose the Best Avocado

If you are shopping for avocado that needs to be used right away, purchase them ripe.

Ripe avocado's are soft when you squeeze them gently. Avocado that are puckered or way to soft when you touch them may be overripe and although they can still be used they may have begun to rot a bit so I avoid them and let the grocer deal with them.

If you can wait for them to ripen, then choose the ones that feel a touch soft but are mostly a bit hard when you squeeze them. Place them in a paper bag and leave them on the counter a few days to ripe, just like bananas or pears. However, don't forget about them, especially in a warm kitchen. They will ripen very quickly.

Save Your Avocado with These

FAST Guacamole!

Now take that basic recipe and spice it up! Make it guacamole.

This is a fast, easy way to spice it up: add a few table spoons of your favorite hot sauce to the recipe. Mash it in with the other ingredients and you have a great guacamole without any fuss.

Add a diced roma tomato without the seeds for some texture.

Real Guacamole Recipe

Ingredients:

2 ripe avocados - medium to large

1/2 cup red onion, minced

1 or 2 serrano chiles minced, remove stem and seeds

2 tablespoons finely chopped cilantro, leaves only

1 tablespoon lime or lemon juice

1/2 teaspoon coarse salt

Pinch of freshly ground black pepper

1 roma tomato, remove seeds and pulp and chop

Here's what you do:

Cut the avocado into halves, remove the seed and scoop the meat into a mixing bowl. Mash the avocado a bit to breakup it up.

Add the lemon or lime juice, salt, pepper, cilantro and onion and mash the ingredients together with the avocado.

Add the chopped serrano pepper and mix by turning the ingredients instead of mashing. If you have never eaten serrano pepper before add a third to start and taste to make sure you like the heat. Add more as desired.

Add the tomato right before serving. Otherwise cover the guacamole with plastic wrap and keep the tomatoes in a separate bowl covered until serving time. Put both into the refrigerator.

Serve with a favorite style of tortilla chips. (Doritos and Fritos are NOT tortilla chips.)

WARNINGS:

Do not rub your eyes or face when handling peppers. Wash hands thoroughly when finished cutting and cleaning the peppers.

Air oxidizes and cause the avocado to turn brown. Apply the plastic wrap tightly to the bowl of guacamole to prevent the air from causing discoloration before serving.

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    • Lenskeeper profile image

      Lenskeeper 5 years ago

      I guacamole, and I just made it for the first time yesterday. I'm anxious to try out your Real Guacamole recipe! Thanks for the lens :)

    • InSearchOf LM profile image

      InSearchOf LM 5 years ago

      Love guacamole. Great lens.

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      blessedmomto7 5 years ago

      I love guacamole!

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      MissionBoundCre 5 years ago

      It was ALL good until we got to the peppers. To Weak for Heat. Gracias Chica.

    • Huntsnan profile image

      Huntsnan 5 years ago

      So Yummy! I can eat avacado just mashed or cut up, but these are great ingredients I will have to try!

    • Starwrangler LM profile image

      Starwrangler LM 5 years ago

      I feel that lime juice actually adds a bit more flavor, and works the same way as lemon juice.

      Nice lens :)

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      SquidooMBA 5 years ago

      Great lens. Even the security word says "yummy".

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      celmara 5 years ago

      I bought an avocado from the supermarket few weeks ago, but didn't know how to cook it so I just ate it. I'm really happy I found this lense, as now I know what to do with an avocado! :D

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      JodiFromFlorida 5 years ago

      Yum! I love guacamole. A friend taught me how to make guacamole and for months my grampa had me make it for him almost daily!

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      pawpaw911 5 years ago

      I love Guacamole. Well done.

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      casquid 5 years ago

      Getting this information out is important! I was not aware of some of the cautions you suggested. Lucky for me, illness never got me.

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      dahlia369 5 years ago

      I loved guacamole since the first time I ate it at the Mexican restaurant. Thanks for sharing the recipe!! :)

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      intermarks 5 years ago

      Thank for the recipes, I always eat avocado only with honey, that is the only way I used to eat.

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      CameronPoe 5 years ago

      I have an avocado tree. Been making homegrown avocado salsa for a few years now. Not quite as good as yours.

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      purpleslug 5 years ago

      They all sound yummy! I love guacalmole.

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      domjohnson lm 5 years ago

      I love guacamole! I always wondered how to make it :)

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      dann7trdro lm 5 years ago

      i would try it sometime later

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      microfarmproject 5 years ago

      Yum, thanks!

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      GypsyPirate LM 5 years ago

      Oh I do love guacamole (and avocados!) so much! You've made it so easy for me to make it myself now. And, I loved the personal anecdote - thankfully your food poisoning was just a learning experience!!

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      Rosaquid 5 years ago

      Your basic recipe is just how I make my guacamole. I adore avocado. Thanks for the lens!

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      Kay 5 years ago

      Just made guacamole tonight (just like your first recipe). I'd like to try some of these other ideas though. Thanks!

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      KarenCookieJar 5 years ago

      I love the guacamole at Chipotle, I plan to try to make a similar recipe this weekend! I can't wait to see if I can make something even half as good.

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      Stephanie Tietjen 5 years ago from Albuquerque, New Mexico

      Nice tips. The Real Guacamole recipe is definitely the real one, very close to what I do. Thanks

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Great tips..especially the avacado savers..

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      Mickie Goad 5 years ago

      I love the avocado keepers you found on Amazon.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      jalapeno is a great addition to any guac : )

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      abb1fan 5 years ago

      love it, love it, love it!

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      CCTVwebmaster 5 years ago

      Guacamole is one of my favourite dips / sauces and I always use ir for bbq's! Great lens.

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      dann7trdro lm 5 years ago

      i love this recipe

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      MartieG aka 'survivoryea' 5 years ago from Jersey Shore

      My Mom always made her own guacamole and I never got the recipe - Looking forward to trying this :>)

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      SoniaCarew 5 years ago

      Love guacamole,... and love your easy delicious recipes.

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      hilljean 5 years ago

      Yum! Avocado tacos sound so yummy! But not the food poisoning part. I've never thought that you could get food poison from old avocados. This was a helpful article!

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      Cheryl Paton 5 years ago from West Virginia

      I've had guacamole at restaurants, but haven't made any recipes with it yet.

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      gatornic15 5 years ago

      Your recipes sound delicious! I have pinned it for later.

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      SteveKaye 5 years ago

      I recently discovered the avocado sandwich. Yum!

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      Matthew 5 years ago from Silicon Valley

      We love Guacamole and have tried using lime instead of lemon and it is great. Thank you for sharing. Blessed

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      E L Seaton 5 years ago from Virginia

      You are an avocado sage. Thanks for the good advice. My youngest makes a mean Guacamole Dip, but gotta make sure we store it properly. Blessed by the COUNTRYLUTHIER.

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      Fran Tollett 5 years ago

      Yummy! I LOVE avocado anything. Good job. Happy Chip and Dip Day!

      Guacamole and Tostitos. How does it get any better? :-D

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      Jillynn 5 years ago

      I adore guacamole. Sometimes we even add pomegranate seeds, an idea taken directly from the Barrio Cafe in Phoenix, AZ. Nice job and happy chip and dip day!

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      julieannbrady 5 years ago

      Yumm ... nice to have such an easy recipe as I love Avocado and am always looking for new recipe ideas.

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      Mary Norton 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Love guacamole and I make it the same way except that I add a dash of Worcester sauce.

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      GiftsBonanza 6 years ago

      Yum - love avocados! Great lens

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      GiftsBonanza 6 years ago

      Yum - love avocados! Great lens