How to Make Guacamole

Guacamole is a favorite dip in our family. This guacamole recipe is healthy, and with only 7 ingredients, so easy that my boys and their friends often make it as an after school snack. All you need is ripe avocados, lime juice, red pepper flakes, cilantro, chili, chipotle, and salt.

If you want to know how to make guacamole that’s fantastic all you really need is perfectly ripe avocados. I have a couple of quick tips so that you will know how to choose the perfect avocado. First, hold the avocado in your hand and squeeze it, if the avocado is hard it is under ripe, and will not have the proper texture or flavor (it will be slightly bitter and astringent). If the avocado is super soft it is overripe and close to spoiled. The perfect avocado is one that is slightly “tender” when you hold it and apply gentle pressure.

Once you have an avocado that is tender, look at the stem on the top of the fruit (yes, avocado is a fruit). Do not buy the avocado if the stem is black. If that is the case it is overripe and the inside will likely be black as well. Look for a brown stem, which indicates a well ripened avocado.

Perfectly ripe avocados are slightly sweet, incredibly creamy (they are a great base for healthy puddings), and very rich. When mashed, the perfect avocado makes a beautifully smooth dip.

How to Make Guacamole

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Servings 8



Prep Time 5 mins
Total Time 5 mins
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According to Wikipedia, “Guacamole is an avocado-based dip that began with the Aztecs in Mexico. In addition to its use in modern Mexican cuisine it has also become part of American cuisine as a dip, condiment and salad ingredient.” This simple guacamole recipe is perfect for beginner cooks wondering how to make guacamole, and also perfect for children learning their way around the kitchen.

If you like spicy food, add jalapenos and finely diced onions to the recipe above. To further turn up the heat, increase the amount of the spices in this recipe. Of course if you are looking for an avocado dip that is mild and more kid-friendly, decrease the amount of spices in this guacamole recipe. That’s what I did when the boys were younger.

If you want to make your guacamole ahead of time, throw in a couple of the avocado pits and it will not go brown for 2-3 hours. Serve with Paleo Tortilla Chips.


10 responses to “How to Make Guacamole”

  1. I recently found out I was allergic to almonds. I have made your almond flour cupcakes for years. Is there another type of flour I can use to get similar results?

  2. What type of Paleo chip or cracker can you eat with it? I’ve tried a few and sent care for the taste. Any recommendations?

  3. Thank you very much for posting this recipe. I have only just started eating avocados and absolutely love them in sandwiches and on crackers, so I’m sure I’m going to like this guacamole recipe just as much, if not more so.

  4. You can also put guac in a bowl, smooth the top and add a thin layer of water. Dump off the water when ready to eat and stir. The water keeps oxygen from turning it brown.

    I make my guac with lime juice, cumin, chili powder and garlic salt – all to taste. Simple. I think everyone has their own take on this yummy dip/spread. It is so easy to modify to suit different tastes and preferences.

    Mmmm, makes me want some now! Thanks for the great post!

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