This quick and easy guacamole recipe will show you how to make the best avocado sauce ever! Made with just a few healthy ingredients, this popular Mexican avocado sauce tastes delicious with pasta and is perfect as a dip or spread for savory snacks, burgers, wraps, bread and more!
The Best Guacamole Recipe – Mexican Avocado Sauce
I’ve made guacamole many times, but this is truly the best guacamole recipe! The avocado dip with garlic is aromatic, tangy, wonderfully creamy, very healthy and just mega delicious! Not only do I love to serve it with Mexican dishes like tacos, nachos, burritos or stuffed peppers, but I eat it with just about everything! The avocado cream is perfect as a spread, chip dip or sauce for pasta, potatoes, bowls and salads! So it’s a true all-rounder.
Even though the recipe is relatively plain and simple, the combination of ingredients, takes guacamole to the next level! If you’ve ever been to Mexico or a Mexican restaurant, you’ll find that this homemade guacamole tastes just as delicious as the original – fresh, simple and authentic! Just like you would get it in Mexico.
With just 8 simple ingredients, you can make one of the best dip recipes ever.
- Avocados: be sure to check out these tips on how to choose perfectly ripe avocados.
- Onions: I like to use mild onions like shallots, but you can also use red onions.
- Garlic: Some people like their guacamole with garlic, others without. If you’re not a fan of raw garlic, you can leave it out.
- Jalapeño: adds a bit of heat. Alternatively, you can use serrano pepper.
- Cilantro: is one of the favorite herbs in Mexican cuisine. Of course you can also use basil or parsley.
- Lime: Freshly squeezed lime is a must. Lemon juice works as well.
- Salt and pepper: to taste.
- Tomatoes: It’s best to choose a variety of tomato that is less juicy like plum or Roma tomatoes. If you can only find bush or beef tomatoes, you can also just cut out the watery inside.
Step 1: Cut the avocados
Cutting an avocado is easy if you know how. Here is a step-by-step guide:
- First carefully cut the avocado in half around the pit with a sharp knife.
- Then carefully twist the avocado with both hands to separate the two halves.
- Now remove the pit by carefully prying it out of the avocado with a knife or taking it out with a spoon.
- now you can easily remove the flesh from the skin with a spoon. To prevent the avocado from turning brown, you should immediately sprinkle it with lime juice or lemon juice.
Note: It’s important to be careful when cutting an avocado, as it has a smooth, slippery skin and a hard pit. If you’re not sure how to cut an avocado, feel free to watch my video with helpful instructions.
Step 2: Mash the avocado to the remaining ingredients.
Finely chop the shallot, jalapeño and cilantro and add to the avocado flesh. Add the garlic and season with salt and pepper to taste. Now mash everything coarsely with a fork or blend with a blender until creamy, depending on how you like the guacamole best and how you want to use it (as a slightly chunky dip or creamy sauce). Taste and season as needed.
Step 3: Serve and enjoy!
Finely chop the tomato (if your tomatoes are watery, cut out the insides so the guacamole doesn’t water down). Spread the diced tomatoes over the guacamole and garnish as desired. That’s it! The tastiest and easiest guacamole is ready to be served with tortilla chips or other snacks / side dishes / meals.
What is the difference between black and green avocados?
There are different types of avocados, and the color of their skin depends on the variety. Black avocados are usually the Hass variety, while green avocados are usually the Fuerte or Bacon variety.
Aside from color, Hass avocados also differ from Fuerte or Bacon avocados in size and texture. Hass avocados tend to be smaller than Fuerte or Bacon avocados and have a thicker, creamier texture. Fuerte or Bacon avocados are usually larger and have a thinner skin and firm, grainy flesh.
Taste-wise, different avocado varieties have different nuances, but in general, all avocados are rich in healthy fats, have a buttery, nutty flavor, and are great for making your own guacamole.
To make the best guacamole, you need perfectly ripe avocados for this recipe. There are a few things to look for to identify perfectly ripe avocados. First, make sure the avocado is an even dark green or black color. If it’s still green in some places, it probably hasn’t fully ripened yet.
Another indication of a ripe avocado is the consistency. A ripe avocado should feel lightly soft when pressed gently with a finger, but should not be too soft or mushy. If the avocado is too firm, it is not ripe enough, while an avocado that is too soft is probably overripe.
You can also gently peel the bottom of the avocado to see if it is ripe. If the skin comes off easily to reveal a green or yellow flesh underneath, the avocado is ripe.
How to ripen avocados fast?
To soften a hard avocado, there are a few methods you can try.
- One method is to place the avocado in a paper bag filled with apples or bananas. These fruits produce ethylene, a gas that speeds up the ripening process. Leave the avocado in the bag for 1-2 days and check periodically to see if it is soft enough.
- Another method is to wrap the avocado in aluminum foil and heat it in the oven for about 10 to 15 minutes at 95 degrees Celsius. Heating the avocado can help speed up the ripening process and make it softer.
- If you want to soften the avocado faster, you could try heating it in a microwave. Wrap the avocado in a damp paper towel and heat it in the microwave for about 30 seconds. Check the avocado periodically to make sure it’s not getting too soft or browning.
Guacamole oxidizes quickly when exposed to air and turns brown very quickly. The lime juice helps slow down this process, but it’s inevitable that leftover guacamole will eventually start to turn brown.
I’ve tried a lot of things to keep guacamole green. Here’s what I find to be the best way to keep guacamole fresh and delicious for 3 days:
- Put your leftover guacamole in a sealable storage container and pat it down with a spoon as best you can so it’s nice and smooth on top.
- Cover the top airtight with plastic wrap or pour about half an inch of water over it (this also protects the guacamole from air).
- Then put the lid on the storage container and store it in the refrigerator. That’s it!
- When you’re ready to enjoy the guacamole, take off the lid and the plastic wrap (or pour off the water). Stir the avocado dip and you’re ready to enjoy it again!
There are many different variations of guacamole that can vary depending on your taste. Some of the most common guacamole variations are:
- Classic Guacamole: this guacamole variation contains avocado as well as onions, tomatoes, cilantro, lime juice and spices such as garlic and chili.
- Fruity Guacamole: This variant contains some fruits like mango, pineapple or peaches in addition to the classic guacamole.
- Cheese Guacamole: here grated cheese is added to the guacamole to give it a creamy and cheesy touch.
- Mediterranean Guacamole: This version contains avocado as well as ingredients such as tomatoes, olives, capers and mint, which gives it a Mediterranean flavor.
- Ranch Guacamole: here guacamole is flavored with ranch dressing to give it an American flavor.
- Jalapeño Popper Guacamole: this variation is a spicy guacamole flavored with grated jalapeño cheese and chopped jalapeños.
These are just a few examples of guacamole variations. The beauty of guacamole is that you can customize and vary it to your liking. Try different variations and see which one you like best!
Guacamole is a delicious and versatile sauce that goes well with many dishes. Here are some suggestions on what you can serve guacamole with:
- Tortilla chips: Crispy tortilla chips and guacamole are a classic combination that is popular at any party or as a snack.
- Avocado Toast: I love guacamole on freshly baked bread! The combination of avocado with garlic mushrooms or fresh tomatoes and basil is one of my favorites.
- Tacos: guacamole goes great with tacos and can be served as a filling or as a side dish.
- Quesadillas: guacamole goes wonderfully with quesadillas and gives them a creamy, spicy note.
- Burritos: guacamole is a great addition to burritos and gives them a delicious creamy layer with lots of flavor!
- Nachos: guacamole with nachos and cheese is a classic movie snack and a perfect choice for a cozy TV night at home.
- Burgers, patties or vegetables: guacamole is a delicious side dish for burgers, patties and all kinds of grilled dishes or vegetables and can also be served as a dip for tofu skewers or vegetable sticks.
- Fries: In addition to ketchup and mayo, guacamole is also delicious with potato and sweet potato fries!
- Pasta: If you make a creamy guacamole, you can also eat the avocado sauce well with gnocchi, pasta & Co.
More delicious Mexican recipes:
For all lovers of Mexican cuisine, try these favorite recipes from readers:
- Stuffed Peppers with Mexican Rice
- Enchiladas with Beans
- Chili Sin Carne
- Mexican Tortilla Casserole
- Chili Cheese Fries
- Cauliflower Tacos
- Stuffed Zucchini Boats (Low Carb)
- Mexican Pasta Salad with Chipotle Sauce
- Sweet Potato Quesadillas
- Mexican Stuffed Sweet Potato Skins
- Vegan Crunchwrap Supreme
- Vegan Burrito Samosas with Guacamole
- One Pot Mexican Taco Pasta
- Vegan Burrito Bowl
- Homemade Tortillas
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The Best Guacamole Recipe (Easy & Authentic)Author:
- 2 ripe avocados
- 1 lime squeezed
- 1 shallot or ½ small onion, finely diced
- 2 cloves of garlic pressed or finely chopped
- 1 jalapeño or green pepper seeded and finely chopped
- 3 tbsp finely chopped fresh cilantro
- salt and pepper to taste
- 1 large tomato diced
*Note: Feel free to watch the recipe video and please note the tips + step-by-step pictures at the top of the post!
- Cut the avocados in half, remove the pit, and spoon the flesh into a bowl. Immediately drizzle with lime juice to prevent the avocado from turning brown.
- Add chopped shallot, crushed garlic, chopped jalapeño, chopped cilantro, and salt and pepper to taste and mash everything coarsely with a fork or blend with a blender until creamy, depending on preference and desired use (as a chunky dip or creamy sauce). Taste and adjust seasonings as needed.
- Finely chop the tomato (if your tomatoes are watery, cut out the watery part so the guacamole doesn't becomes watery). Spread the diced tomatoes over the guacamole and decorate as desired.
- Serve the guacamole with tortilla chips or other snacks / dishes.
- Be sure to read these FAQ's "Frequently Asked Questions about Avocados and Guacamole" to make the perfect guacamole. Here's how to tell if avocados are perfectly ripe!
- Check out the ideas for guacamole variations and serving suggestions.
- More information on ingredients and storing is also at the top of the blog post!
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