Easy Guacamole Recipe

Simple homemade guacamole recipe

When I was a child, my mom’s guacamole recipe was one of the first items I learned how to make. It’s also a recipe that my children make on regular occasions. In fact, this can hardly be called a recipe because it is so simple to make, but it is a nourishing and easy snack, condiment or topping that my kids all love.

All About the Avocado

Avocados have a unique fatty acid profile and are rich in monounsaturated fats. They are a good source of fat soluble vitamins like Vitamin K, as well as potassium and other nutrients. This special balance of healthy fats and nutrients makes avocados great for hair and skin.

Avocados are one of the few foods that are high in both healthy fats and fiber, making them helpful for digestion. They are one of the first foods I feed my babies because of their nutrient profile, and I also use them as a base for my egg-free mayo recipe since they are much less allergenic than eggs (and autoimmune friendly).

Avocados are often lumped into the vegetable category, but are actually a fruit, and over 1.5 billion are consumed annually in the US.

The most popular type of avocado in the world is the Haas avocado and it has an interesting history…

In the 1930s, a California mailman named Rudolph Haas discovered an avocado tree in his backyard and patented it in 1935. All modern avocado trees can trace back to Haas’ avocado tree, and popularity really took off in the 1970s. Now, Haas avocados are grow in California, Florida and especially Mexico, where 5 different climates and growing seasons allow avocados to grow year-round.

The Humble Guacamole

While avocados only gained popularity in the US in the last several decades, they’ve been popular in other parts of the world for centuries and were considered a superfood by cultures like the Aztecs, who even had some of the earliest guacamole recipes.

While avocados may have taken a while to catch on, they’re definitely popular now, as is the recipe they are most commonly used in: guacamole.

In fact, September 16th is National Guacamole Day!

The word “Guacamole” comes from the Aztec word meaning “Avocado Sauce” and was just a simple mix of mashed avocado, tomatoes and spices.

My Easy Guacamole Recipe

My guacamole recipes is a purist recipe that is similar to the original Aztec recipe with minimal ingredients to let the taste of the avocado shine through.

My kids love this recipe because it is so simple to make and they will often prepare guacamole and carrot sticks or plantain chips for lunch or as a healthy snack.

Simple homemade guacamole recipe

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Simple Guacamole Recipe



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An incredibly simple guacamole recipe with minimal ingredients to mimic the original Aztec variations.


  • 3 rips avocados
  • 1/2 cup organic salsa (store bought or homemade)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon cumin powder, optional
  • The juice of one lime (optional) - Suggested by readers to help maintain color and for flavor


  1. Cut the avocados in half and carefully remove the pit.
  2. Scoop out the flesh of the avocados and place in a medium bowl.
  3. Add the salsa and spices and mash with a fork until just incorporated but still lumpy.
  4. Serve with carrot slices or plantain chips for a healthy and filling meal or snack.


Using pre-made salsa makes this recipe incredibly easy and fast. If you don't have any organic or homemade salsa or don't like the flavor of salsa in guacamole, substitute:1 medium size ripe tomato, diced1/4 cup very finely diced red onion2 tablespoons minced fresh cilantro

Courses Condiment

Cuisine Mexican

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Reader Comments

  1. I’m 17 and an intense athlete. I regularly have practices that are over 3-4 hours. Does my body not need carbs when I’m working out this much?
    Also, thank you so much for your site. I can’t tell you how great of a resource this has been for me!

    • You do need carbs, but that does not mean bread, etc. You can get all the carbs you need from fruits, veggies, and especially root vegetables like carrots, turnips, parsnips, sweet potatoes, etc. Your body will burn fats and proteins, too, for energy, so be sure you are staying well hydrated (to protect the kidneys, as protein metabolism makes a little more work for them) and getting plenty of calories from those sources, as well. Another note, 3-4 hours is alot of exercise, especially if it is high intensity. At your age, you can handle it, but please use caution, as it can interfere with your hormones and contribute to inflammatory disease processes if you are not careful.

  2. I recommend adding a healthy dose of lime juice!

    • I agree Virginia! It not only lends a crisp fresh taste, but also hinders the oxidation of the guac.
      I will make a side of hot sauce with cumin to be added if wanted.

    • I was thinking the same thing when I was reading the recipe. Where is lime???

  3. I love this guacamole!!! And I agree with Virginia, the lime juice helps it keep from browning.

  4. Yep avocado, lime juice salt and pepper and a bit of tobasco is my quick dip recipe trying to find something healthy for unexpected visitors

  5. Sounds great but why no lime juice it keeps the avocado from turning brown or cilantro?
    I’ve been cooking with avocados for some time now and yes they r pretty good in mostly everything lol salads,sandwich’s,raw and yes in soup ^_^…ok maybe not in soup at least that’s not for me lol. ^_^’
    It’s good that avocados r getting to be so popular again seeing as they r very good for u yay. ^_^ <3
    I'm sorry to be asking such silly questions but I've been making it with those 2 ingredients for so long now and was really just wondering if there is a good reason to not put them in my guacamole?
    Ty so much for ur time. ^_^

  6. I’m anxious to try this recipe. I’m new to making quac, so can anyone tell me once made, how long will this last? Day or two? Week? Thanks.

  7. Have you ever thought about putting half of the avocado and adding edamame with spinach? Really good too that’s how I sneak it in for my kids

  8. My recipe is from my good friend from Columbia. She makes it daily and doesn’t have any tomatoes in it: Just avocadoes, a small bit of minced onion, lots of cilantro, salt to taste, a few dashes of tabasco, and lime juice. My 3 year old loves helping me make it and eats most of what we make. I use grape tomatoes and carrots for dipping. So fresh and yummy!

  9. For me, the essentials are avocado, lime juice, cumin, salt and pepper to taste. If I have any around, I’ll add mashed garlic, red onion, diced tomato and cilantro–or salsa, but I don’t usually have that on hand.

  10. That recipe is anything but “original purist recipe”. You will never EVER add cumin, garlic, black pepper or salsa. By adding any of the above ingredients you’ll destroy the natural avocado flavor. If you want an Awesome purist and simple recipe, 2 ingredients, 1- Himalyan salt and 2- Lemon juice.

    My personal award winning recipe: soak 1 tlsp of chopped onion with lemon, tsp of chopped cilantro, finely chopped a small serrano pepper and himalayan salt. (Optional a tlsp of dice tomato) but never garlic, cumin, black or white pepper and sour cream or mayo. Now, this is guacamole. Anything besides the above ingredients call it anything but guacamole.

    • Not everyone likes the “original purest recipe”! Hopefully you can forgive those that don’t. Pretty insulting.

    • I have a Mexican friend who makes hers very much like this. She will add sour cream and chopped tomatoes at times, depending on the occasion. I think hers is about the best I have ever had, and she got the recipe from her grandmother. I will confess to making cheater guacamole with salsa, though. I like salsa and guac, and often end up just combining the two on my plate, so if I am looking for a very quick version for a snack or lunch, I will do the salsa/avocado smash up. It’s delicious either way, I think!

  11. I am an expat living many years near some of the best avocado groves in the world. Guacamole is a simple, ubiquitous dish here. Nobody follows a recipe, but all have three things in common: Avocado, lime juice, and salt. After that everyone adds his personal favorites. I suggest you do the same. Here’s what I do: Make pico de gallo salsa (recipe below), mash avocado(s)roughly with a fork. Combine in proportion to your taste. Serve.
    Amounts are per your personal preferences, but below will give you some idea.

    Pico de Gallo
    1/2 c. Onion, small dice
    1/2 c. Roma tomatoes, seeded, small dice
    10 cilantro leaves, chopped
    1/2 Serrano chile, seeded and minced very tiny
    Lime juice — 2 or 3 teaspoons–I like a little more, but it’ s your baby, do as you like
    Salt to taste

    Store in covered container in refrigerator. Will keep several days. I keep it on hand and then whip up guac in 30 seconds! This salsa is great on everything, baked potatoes, tacos, whatever. Really good as a healthy dip, too. Too keep your guac from turning brown in the fridge, smooth it level with back of a spoon and film it with a healthy oil–avocado, if you have it. Guacamole only keeps well a day or two. Better to make a fresh batch using the pre-made pico de gallo salsa. You’ll never go back to the jarred stuff again if you have an option!

  12. Right on Mary..Here in Barbados Caribbean we make or Guacamole similar..avocado..salt..limejuice..onion..
    Fresh scotch bonnet pepper..tomato is optional..All very
    finely incorporated..A very delicious mix!?

  13. After reading a lot of these comments, I appreciate that you all have your own special recipes. However with that said, Wellness Mama was sharing what she grew up with and liked. Why the rude comments of how some of your narrow minds “feel” this should be made. You know the old saying “Opinions are like ___holes, everybody has one.” Add whatever you want, you know why, no one really cares.

  14. You can also leave the pit(s) in the bottom of the bowl to keep the avocado from turning brown. This along with lime/lemon juice keeps it pretty green 🙂

  15. This is exactly how I make guac. So good with apple slices!