This homemade Guacamole Recipe made with avocados, tomato, lime, cumin, and onion will have you coming back for more. It’s a delicious and easy appetizer, a fun party food or just a simple afternoon snack. Bring on the chips and make sure you have plenty of them because this dip, like this one, will be gone in a flash!
Do you love easy dips as much as I do?
They’re like THE perfect appetizer.
I love to serve dips to the family when I’m preparing dinner.
It keeps the hungry hounds at bay, so to speak.
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Sometimes I’ll serve this taco dip for dinner with a side salad in place of tacos for Taco Tuesdays.
There are a few Buffalo chicken lovers in the family, and they can never get enough of this when I tell them it’s time to dig in.
I love that I can put it all together in the slow cooker and it stays warm while everyone enjoys it.
Dips are easy to assemble, too with simple ingredients, and few steps.
Whether it’s a chicken taco dip or this one with homemade pretzel bites, you’re sure to see smiles light up a bunch of hungry faces as they quickly make them disappear.
One of the most important things about dips is that you always have to make sure you have a great assortment of crackers, chips, and bread on hand, and most of all, plenty of them.
It’d be embarrassing running out of chips when there’s half the dip left!
You may not serve this guacamole recipe as a dessert dip, but I’ve got a few of those for you, too!
Chocolate lovers will enjoy this chocolate cheesecake dip. It pairs well with cookies, and fresh fruit, as does this chocolate peanut butter fruit dip.
If you prefer something citrus, then this lime cheesecake dip is for you.
Now let’s move on to the dip of the day!
What is guacamole?
This avocado dip originated in Mexico. It can be used as a dip, condiment or salad ingredient.
It is typically made with avocados mashed with salt, lime juice, cilantro and jalapeños.
How to tell if an avocado is ripe?
- Check under the stem – By far, removing the little nub or stem cap at the top is probably THE best way I’ve learned to tell if an avocado is ripe. If you can gently pull it out with your fingers, and see a green base underneath then the avocado is perfect and ready to eat.
If you remove the cap and see that it’s brown, then the fruit is overripe and more than likely has brown spots inside. No bueno.
If you can’t remove it, then it isn’t yet ripe. However, I like to buy these so I can enjoy them days later when they do ripen.
- Color – Ripe avocados will have a skin color that is dark green to black.
Overripe avocados will be brown to black all over.
- Feel – a perfectly ripe avocado will be firm and have a slight give to it when gently squeezed, but won’t leave an indentation.
Too hard, not yet ready.
Easy to squeeze and not firm or barely firm, leave it. It’s beyond help.
Guacamole Recipe Ingredients –
- Avocados – you want three ripe ones.
- Tomato – one plum tomato. Also known as a Roma tomato.
- Lime juice – please use a fresh lime. Using bottled lime juice is ok, but you won’t get the flavor you will from the real thing.
- Onion – I’ve used both red and white onion in this recipe and we like it with both.
The red onion is slightly sweeter and I love the color it adds, but it’s delicious with either.
- Cilantro – fresh is definitely best, and feel free to add more or less than the amount I use here in the recipe.
- Cumin – gives it a nice little kick.
- Kosher salt and pepper – you can use the amounts as stated or adjust to your taste. Some people will like more and others less.
- Jalapeño – if you like spice, feel free to add a fresh seeded and diced jalapeño.
I didn’t add it because I don’t like the heat. My family does, so maybe next time I’ll surprise them.
How to Remove an Avocado Pit –
- Using a chef’s knife, slice the avocados in half.
- Gently pry the halves apart with the knife.
- Holding the side of the avocado with the pit exposed in one hand, and holding the chef’s knife in the other, gently but firmly thwack (I can’t think of a better word, sorry!) the blade of the knife into the pit. It must be done with enough force so that the knife becomes lodged in it.
To protect your hand feel free to place a hot pad or towel underneath the avocado.
- Gently twist the pit and pull to remove it. Voila!
It may take some practice, but it gets easier and then before you know it, you won’t even need the protection of a towel. Sometimes the knife will slip off the pit if you don’t hit it hard enough, but with as many times as I’ve done it, I’ve never drawn blood.
- Then use a spoon to remove the
How to Make This Easy Guacamole Recipe –
- Slice the avocados in half, remove the pit and scoop the fruit into a medium bowl to mash with a fork.
- Add the lime juice, tomato, onion, cilantro, cumin, salt, and pepper.
- Serve immediately with tortilla chips.
This recipe really is best when served immediately. Like apples, bananas, and potatoes, an avocado can turn brown when exposed to air rather quickly. Besides additional flavor, it’s another reason the lime juice is added – to help slow the process.
If you do need to make it a little while ahead or save that which wasn’t eaten (gasp! 😉 haha), place the guacamole into an airtight container, cover the surface of the guac with a piece of plastic wrap before sealing tightly, and refrigerate.
Easy Homemade Guacamole Recipe
- chef's knife
- 3 avocados
- 1 plum or Roma tomato diced small
- ⅓ cup minced red onion
- 1 tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro
- 2 teaspoons fresh lime juice
- ¾ teaspoon kosher salt
- ½ teaspoon cumin
- ½ teaspoon black pepper
- 1 jalapeño, seeded and diced fine if desired
- With a chef's knife, slice the avocados in half. Gently pry the halves apart and remove the pit. Using a spoon, scoop the avocado into a medium bowl and mash to desired consistency with a fork.
- Add the tomato, onion, cilantro, lime juice, salt, cumin, pepper and jalapeño, if desired to the bowl.
- Mix everything together completely and serve immediately.
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