5 Minute Basic Guacamole

This 5 Minute Basic Guacamole features the delicious flavors of red onion, jalapeño, garlic, cilantro, and fresh lime juice paired with ripe, mashed avocados. Its simple and basic, but oh so delicious!

My boyfriend, Kevin, and his kids recently came over to dinner at our house with me, Logan and Madeline. I had been craving Mexican food, and I knew that all the kids would be relatively happy with a taco night.

Normally I’ll throw some Crock Pot Mexican Chicken in my slow cooker, but this time I decided to marinate and grill the chicken for our tacos. And, since I was trying to follow my advice on these 7 Ways to Up Your Taco Tuesday Game, I made sure to serve the tacos with Cilantro Lime Broccoli Slaw and a side of this 5 Minute Basic Guacamole and chips

5 Minute Basic Guacamole Recipe

His 12 year old daughter looooooves guacamole and practically inhaled it. Even his son, 8 years old, who normally doesn’t choose to have guacamole if it is offered, ended up having seconds. I was amazed until Kevin  mentioned how he makes guacamole: he mashes up an avocado. What? NO!

Kevin is a great cook when he wants to be. He watches Chopped, and other Food Network shows, more than I do. Always has interesting feedback on food we eat in restaurants or a new recipe that I’m working on (I totally appreciate being able to talk food with him). He can smoke some awesome ribs and make an amazingly moist and flavorful pork roast.

But, this girl who was practically raised on Tex-Mex has some constructive feedback about his guac skills. First, mashing up an avocado does not guacamole make. At least not in my book. It’s actually, get this, just a mashed up avocado.

Why would you eat that when in 5 minutes you can make this 5 Minute Basic Guacamole. Big surprise: it takes 5 minutes. If that!

5 Minute Basic Guacamole Recipe

Tips for Delicious Guacamole

With Cinco de Mayo just around the corner, I thought I’d share some of my favorite tips for making guacamole and my 5 Minute Basic Guacamole.

You can use this 5 Minute Basic Guacamole as a starting point and add to it as you like, or leave it as it is – which is perfectly yummy tasting.

Flavor

I like to add red onion, garlic, cilantro, and jalapeño to mine, along with a generous dose of fresh lime juice, some salt and pepper, and a tiny bit of chipotle powder. Just a little so as not to overpower the flavor of the avocado, but enough to enhance it.

Dice Finely

Finely dicing the onion, pepper, garlic and cilantro for this 5 Minute Basic Guacamole makes a huge difference. You don’t want big chunks of any of those things because you won’t get a nice even distribution of flavor through each bite.

Let it Rest

I like to make my 5 Minute Basic Guacamole earlier in the day and let it rest in the fridge. The flavors develop more and you’ll end up, overall, with an even better taste.

Add Some Mix Ins

Usually I’ll make just the very simplest form of this 5 Minute Basic Guacamole. Other times I like to experiment by adding in some black beans, diced ripe tomatoes (especially during the summer!), or grilled/pan roasted corn. Sometimes all of those if I’m wanting a little bit heartier of a guacamole.

I also like to make this Deconstructed Guacamole or, if I have some extra time, Roasted Salsa Verde Guacamole. The bottom line is that I love really good guac. By itself with chips, on a taco salad, or on a Fajita Burger. It is just good.

So, that’s how I like to make my guacamole. It takes a little longer than just mashing up an avocado, but the ingredients are all usually really cheap and only take a few minutes to prep.

Moral of the story: 5 minutes is worth it when we’re talking about guacamole.

How do you like to make guacamole?

5 Minute Basic Guacamole

Prep Time: 5 minutes

This 5 Minute Basic Guacamole features the delicious flavors of red onion, jalapeño, garlic, cilantro, and fresh lime juice paired with ripe, mashed avocados. Its simple and basic, but oh so delicious!

Ingredients:

  • 3 large Avocados
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 1 clove Garlic, finely minced
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons finely diced Red Onion
  • 1 small Jalapeño, deseeded and finely minced
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped Fresh Cilantro
  • 1/8 teaspoon Chipotle Powder
  • Salt and Pepper, to taste

Directions:

Cut the avocados in half. Remove the pit and discard. Scoop the avocado out of its skin and transfer to a medium bowl.

Using a fork or a pastry blender, mash up the avocado. It should be smooth and creamy with a few small chunks throughout for texture.

Add the lime juice, garlic, red onion, jalapeño, cilantro, and chipotle powder. Stir to combine. Taste, and add salt and pepper according to your preferences.

Cover with plastic wrap, pressing the plastic to the surface of the guacamole to prevent browning, and refrigerate until ready to serve.