Best Basic Guacamole Recipe

Food Republic's best basic guacamole recipe keeps it simple. You've got your avocados, your cilantro, lime juice, and our old friend the jalapeño. Plus garlic, salt, and tomatoes, diced. That's it.

Could you add a teaspoon of salsa, a dollop of sour cream, a dusting of chili powder? Yeah, sure. The nice thing about guac is that you can experiment with it and make it a signature dish.

The only real ground rules are that you want to use avocados that are just ripe enough but not so ripe that they're mushy, and you should make guacamole only about 15 minutes prior to serving, using that time to give it a slight chill in the fridge. Any longer, and it'll likely turn brown. If that's a concern, finish the guac with an extra squeeze of lime juice. You can also leave one of the pits in the bowl until it's ready to serve, to ward off discoloration.

Of course, guacamole is probably best served with tortilla chips, but it can also make a tasty garnish or addition to burritos, nachos — any Mexican dish, really — or a flavorful richness in a sandwich or wrap.

Any way you mash it, making guacamole is one of the easiest, most satisfying kitchen tricks to master, so why not try it today?

Best Basic Guacamole recipe
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Food Republic's best basic guacamole recipe keeps it simple. You've got your avocados, your cilantro, lime juice, and our old friend the jalapeño.
Prep Time
20
minutes
Cook Time
0
minutes
Servings
6
servings
guacamole with chips
Total time: 20 minutes
Ingredients
  • 3 tablespoons fresh cilantro
  • ½ medium red onion
  • 1 fresh jalapeño (seeds and stem removed)
  • 2 large avocados
  • 2 ripe plum tomatoes
  • juice of one lime
  • 1 clove garlic
  • sea salt
Directions
  1. Put half of the chopped cilantro, red onion, and jalapeño in a food processor. Pulse until well-combined.
  2. Put the avocado in a bowl and add the cilantro-jalapeño mixture. Mash together with a potato masher or fork, leaving some chunks.
  3. Add the remaining cilantro, onions, chili, all of the garlic, and diced tomatoes. Lightly sprinkle with salt and lime juice. Mix everything together and serve.
Nutrition
Calories per Serving 146
Total Fat 12.4 g
Saturated Fat 1.8 g
Trans Fat 0.0 g
Cholesterol 0.0 mg
Total Carbohydrates 10.2 g
Dietary Fiber 6.4 g
Total Sugars 1.7 g
Sodium 292.4 mg
Protein 2.1 g
The information shown is Edamam’s estimate based on available ingredients and preparation. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.
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