A simple Guacamole Recipe!! Do you love it? Made from the egg shaped fruit of an avocado, it’s not only deliciously full of healthy monounsaturated fat (woo!), but very simple to prepare! What’s more, if you buy avocados on sale at your local grocer, you can make a batch of hearty guacamole for just a few dollars. Scoop it up with some of your favorite tortilla chips and you’ve got a great snack or accompaniment to Mexican night!
My husband and I have been making guacamole for years and love how easily adaptable it can be. Today, I’m going to show you our most basic recipe, requiring only four ingredients. Use this as your base before adding zippy things like cilantro, jalapenos or chopped tomatoes. Beware, however, that you might find you prefer this simple recipe as is!
Are you ready to mash up some tasty guacamole? Simple ingredients, a couple utensils and just a few minutes of your time… Come on in to my kitchen!
You’ll need three avocados, one lemon, some ground cumin and garlic salt. That’s it! Make sure to use ripe avocadoes. You can determine this by pressing your finger into the shell. If it’s hard to indent, the avocado is not ready. Keep it out of the fridge to ripen. If your finger does indent the shell, you’ve got yourself a ripe avocado. Another indicator is color. A ripe avocado will typically be more brown in color; an unripe, more green.
The best way to pull the fruit out of an avocado is to take a paring knife and cut through the avocado vertically from the top down. Then twist until it opens. Only one side will be holding the pit.
Remove and discard all the pits except for one (set it aside) and with a spoon, scoop the fruit out into a bowl.
Next, squeeze out the juice of a lemon half until you have 1 tablespoon. We used to make guacamole with only limes, but found that lemon works just as well and I’m more likely to have a lemon on hand – keeping it simple, my friends!
Now, to the fruit, add your 1 Tablespoon lemon juice, 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin and 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt. If you don’t have garlic salt, you can sub 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder.
Get out your handy potato masher or just a fork and mash all the ingredients together.
As long as your avocados are ripe, 15 seconds of mashing will create a smooth, but still chunky guacamole. The more you mash, the smoother it will be.
Remember that pit I had you set aside? If you aren’t going to eat the guacamole right away, setting the pit inside will help prevent browning, a natural reaction when the fruit is exposed to air. Adhering the top of the guacamole with plastic wrap will also help.
So there you have it! Delicious, healthy and simple guacamole! One taste and you may never buy it again.
- 3 ripe avocados
- 1 Tablespoon fresh squeezed lemon juice
- ½ teaspoon garlic salt
- ¼ teaspoon ground cumin
- Remove the fruit from the avocados and place into a bowl.
- If preparing guacamole ahead, set one pit aside and discard the others.
- Add 1 Tablespoon lemon juice, ½ teaspoon garlic salt and ¼ teaspoon cumin.
- Mash everything together with a potato masher or fork until smooth and chunky.
- Enjoy right away or place reserved pit inside of guacamole until ready to serve.
Meredith is a pastor’s wife and stay-at-home mom living in NW Ohio. She loves to adapt recipes to her family’s eclectic tastes and is learning to provide nourishment for any bellies who walk through the door at a moment’s notice. If not in the kitchen, you’ll find Meredith in front of her sewing machine or spending quality time with her home and church families. Life goes by so fast!