Whether you’re looking for something delicious and filling, or just for something quick to make for the family to snack on, this easy guacamole recipe has got you covered. It’s the perfect treat for movie or game night, as well as for parties!
With a kid-friendly version along with a more spicy modification for adults, this guacamole is sure to become a favorite with your family and friends.
And did you know.. guacamole isn’t just for chips! You can put this into a wrap, on a sandwich, as a side for fish or as a dip for your vegetables!
Avocados. Choose nice and ripe ones that are soft to touch. I buy them in big bags while they are still green and allow them to ripen at home. That way they ripen better and are less likely to have bruises all over from people picking them up to check their ripeness. When you check for their ripeness, always check on the ends to avoid bruising.
Tomato. One medium ripe tomato is all you need. I prefer to get them on the vine, but choose whichever tomato you usually like to get.
Garlic. For me, I like to put in at least two cloves of garlic. It just gives it that rich flavor, and raw garlic is so good for your health! But, kids are not too keen on garlic, so if you’re making this for a child, you might want to go easy on it. One clove for kids seems to work well.
Cilantro. It has to be fresh cilantro! The dried stuff just will not cut it for this guacamole recipe. Cilantro comes in big bunches, and it can be quite expensive, especially when you only need a half cup. Leftovers can be used in this Ham and Pineapple recipe. Cilantro is also really good in dressings or with beans and any kind of tacos including fish tacos.
Onion. Use any kind of cooking onion. About half of a medium sized onion is all you need here.
Lime. One large lime is all you need. If you have small limes, you’ll need about 1 and a half limes. And it has to be lime! You can substitute lemon, but lime just gives it the taste you’re going for in a guacamole. And if you like, you can zest the lime for even more lime flavor. It’s really delicious with the zest.
Jalapeno pepper. For me, guacamole just isn’t guacamole without jalapeno. I’m talking the whole jalapeno, including the seeds! But, as with the garlic, kids cannot tolerate the spice, so if you’re making it for them, please leave it out. With older kids you can start to incorporate it in small pieces, and without the seeds, until their tolerance increases.
How to Make Guacamole
Guacamole is one of the easiest snacks that you can make for your family. It’s simply a matter of washing, peeling and roughly chopping everything up and throwing it into a food processor.
Depending on the size of your processor, you may need to run this in two batches. I always do two batches. So I divide my avocados in two and then throw half a tomato in with each batch of avocados. The reason for that is the tomato is full of juice, which makes it easier for the avocados to break down.
Transfer everything to a medium sized bowl. Add sea salt and lime juice to taste.
How to Store Guacamole
Guacamole is always best when fresh as it tends to go brown very quickly. But if you have leftovers and need to put it into the fridge for the next day, place a plastic wrap directly over top of the guacamole to prevent any oxygen from getting to the avocados. Then place another lid or plastic wrap on top of the bowl for a tight seal.
If you do get a layer of brown on top, you can simply scrape it off and discard. Below that it should be a nice green avocado color, and it is perfectly edible.
Easy Guacamole Recipe
- 6 medium avocados
- 1 medium tomato
- 1/2 medium onion
- 1-2 cloves garlic, (Use only one for kids.)
- 1/2 cup cilantro
- Zest from 1 lime.
- 3 tbsp lime juice
- 1 tsp sea salt
- Optional: 1 Jalapeno pepper (omit if making for kids)
- Cut avocados in half around the pit. Remove the pit and scoop out the flesh with a spoon.
- Roughly chop the produce and process in a food processor until smooth and well combined.
- Transfer to a medium sized bowl.
- Add lime juice and sea salt to taste.
- Serve with corn chips or veggies. Can also use as a spread in wraps and on sandwiches.