How to make the best guacamole — all you need are three ingredients (and the chips).
Searching for that perfect guacamole recipe? Look no further!
The truth is that delicious, classic guacamole is one of the easiest things you can possibly make. You only really need three ingredients to make great tasting, basic guacamole — avocados, lime and salt.
In fact, the hardest part about making a batch of guac might be getting your hands on ripe avocados. Because you can’t mash avocados when they’re hard as a rock. Plus they won’t taste very good.
So, how do you know when an avocado is ripe?
There are two foolproof ways to tell when an avocado is ripe and ready:
- Color: The outside of the avocado should be very dark green, almost but-not-quite black.
- Feel: Give the avocado a gentle press up near the stem end. A ready-to-eat avocado will give slightly, like pressing on the palm of your hand.
Is it possible to get avocados to ripen faster?
Unfortunately (and sometimes, tragically) the answer is no. However, some markets will have ripe, ready and almost over-the-hill avocados in the back — ask your friendly produce manager.
Optional guacamole add-ins:
While purists may agree that guacamole needn’t contain anything more than avocado, lime and salt, many others like to jazz it up. I’m okay with that, within reason.
- Finely chopped red onion
- Chopped fresh cilantro leaves
- Sliced or finely chopped hot green chili, like a jalapeño or serrano.
- Tomato. I believe adding tomato to guac crosses the line, turning a perfect, classic dip into salad. But it’s your call.
How long will guacamole keep?
People like to say that saving the avocado pit and sticking it in the bowl slows the guac from turning brown. But according to science, it doesn’t really work. Try to serve guacamole within one day of making it. To store, squeeze a few more drops of lime juice over the top and cover tightly with plastic.
Serve your perfect, easy guacamole with chips or try:
easy three ingredient guacamole recipe
Yield 2 cups
How do you make homemade guacamole? It's easy - Grab three ingredients and have a party!
- Use ripe Hass avocados in this recipe - that's usually the variety you'll find in most markets and grocery stores.
- Don't be shy about adding salt. It works magic with the fatty avocado and the bright acidity in the lime juice.
- 3 ripe avocados, halved and pitted
- Freshly grated zest from 1 lime
- 2 - 3 tablespoons fresh-squeezed lime juice
- Fine sea salt
- Scoop the flesh from the avocados with a spoon into a bowl.
- Add the lime zest, 2 tablespoons lime juice and 1/2 teaspoon salt.
- Press down gently on the avocado mixture with a potato masher or back of a wooden spoon until it's creamy with some visible chunks.
- Taste for seasoning. Add more lime juice and salt to taste.
Hi there! I’m Karen, a mother of two and a professionally trained cook certified in holistic nutrition.
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