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5-Minute Basic Guacamole

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

Basic Guacamole Recipe

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 CrockPot 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 basic guacamole and chips.

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 basic guacamole recipe? Big surprise: it takes 5 minutes. If that!

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Basic Guacamole Ingredients

To make this simple guacamole recipe, you’ll need:

  • Avocados
  • Lime juice
  • Garlic
  • Red onion
  • Jalapeño
  • Fresh cilantro
  • Chipotle powder
  • Salt and pepper

For the complete ingredient list and detailed instructions, scroll to the bottom of this post for the FREE printable recipe card!

How to Make Homemade Guacamole

Once you’ve prepped all the ingredients, simply mash up the avocado with a fork or pastry blender. Then, it’s as simple as stirring in the remaining ingredients and adding more salt, pepper, or lime juice to suit your own tastes.

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 Long Does Guacamole Last?

This easy homemade guacamole will last up to 2 days in the fridge.

How to Keep Guacamole From Turning Brown

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

Can You Freeze Guacamole?

Guacamole freezes fairly well as long as you don’t add watery ingredients like tomatoes or onion to it. But I’ve never frozen leftovers from this basic guacamole recipe since we never wind up with anything to freeze after dinner!

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Tips for Making Simple Guacamole

With Cinco de Mayo just around the corner, I thought I’d share some of my favorite tips for making guacamole. You can use this basic guacamole recipe as a starting point and add to it as you like, or leave it as it is — which is perfectly yummy tasting.


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 easy homemade 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 basic guacamole recipe. 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.

More Easy Mexican Recipes:

In these Chicken, Black Bean, and Spinach Enchiladas, corn tortillas are filled with tender, shredded chicken, black beans, and fresh spinach. Then they’re smothered in both roasted tomatillo salsa and a tangy sour cream sauce.

This Chorizo and Eggs Scramble is a fun way to mix things up for breakfast. Traditional scrambled eggs are combined with fresh spinach, cilantro, and spicy chorizo sausage.

You can whip up these Easy Baked Nachos in a pinch. This Super Bowl appetizer is simple to prepare (and serve), leaving you with more time to socialize, eat, and enjoy the game!

Homemade Chicken Enchiladas with Chile Gravy Enchilada Sauce is a classic Tex-Mex dish from my childhood. Corn tortillas are stuffed with shredded chicken and smothered in a rich, chile gravy sauce before baked up to perfection with a gooey cheese topping.

Next time you’re craving pork carnitas, try this Slow Cooker Pork Carnitas Lettuce Wrap version. Top it off with some fruity mango salsa for a fresh burst of flavor.

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5 Minute Basic Guacamole Recipe

5 Minute Basic Guacamole

Yield: 6 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total 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!


  • 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


  1. Cut the avocados in half. Remove the pit and discard. Scoop the avocado out of its skin and transfer to a medium bowl.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Cover with plastic wrap, pressing the plastic to the surface of the guacamole to prevent browning, and refrigerate until ready to serve.

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Nutrition Information
Yield 6 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 165Total Fat 15gSaturated Fat 2gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 12gCholesterol 0mgSodium 57mgCarbohydrates 10gFiber 7gSugar 1gProtein 2g offers recipe nutritional information as a courtesy and is an estimate only. This information comes from online calculators. Although makes every effort to provide accurate information, these figures are only estimates.

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