Holy moly this is better than the chipotle guacamole recipe! It is literally one of the easiest snacks or appetizers to make. You can make this 4 ingredient guacamole recipe Whole 30 or Paleo compliant by eating it with some carrots or celery instead of chips.
This simple and creamy guacamole recipe is also a great side to a meal like fajita bowls or homemade street tacos. Or if you are feeling spunky, add this to some toast for breakfast. You can also make this as an appetizer to pair with your homemade pineapple salsa recipe. What I love about this recipe is it’s so simple and yet so GOOD.
Ingredients You'll Need:
- Avocados: Pick some really fresh avocados because good guacamole starts with good avocados. If you are going to make this guacamole recipe a few days after buying the avocados, I recommend storing the avocados in the fridge. This slows down the ripening of the avocados. Otherwise, if you buy unripened avocados, you can leave them out on the counter at room temperature to ripen faster.
- Tomatoes: I prefer to use grape tomatoes or tomatoes on the vine. Tomatoes balance out the crushed garlic and lighten up the recipe.
- Fresh garlic: This is the secret ingredient to great guacamole in my opinion. You MUST smash the garlic or crush the garlic to achieve the right taste. Chopped garlic will not work in this recipe.
- Lime: Use a juicy ripe lime for the best results.
- Salt and pepper: I really love flake salt and fresh cracked pepper. The fresh cracked pepper is really great in this homemade guacamole recipe!
Tips and Tricks
- Make sure the avocados are ripe and ready to be used. My method for determining if an avocado is ripe is what I call the squish test. If you squeeze the avocado and it's as hard as a golf ball, then the avocado is not ready to be eaten. When there is a "medium" squish like somewhere between slightly firm and squishy, this is the ideal ripe level. If the avocado is overly squishy then it might be over-ripened, and the best way to find out is by cutting it open. Another way to tell if an avocado is over-ripened is if there are pockets between the avocado skin and meat.
- Crush the garlic to a pulp with some salt. I recommend crushing the garlic with a mortar and pestle or using a handheld garlic crusher. I don't recommend chopping the garlic or using garlic from a jar. It's just a different taste in my opinion.
- Eat the guacamole right away for the best result but if you have to store it, follow the instructions at the bottom of the post.
How To Pick Avocadoes
Pick your avocadoes carefully - just like you would pick a friend! No need to rush things... take your time. And if there are no ripe avocadoes at the market, pick some that are not ripe. You will have to wait a few days for the avocados to ripen, but it's worth the wait. Avocados are the main ingredient, so naturally, they will have the most impact on how guacamole tastes.
How to Properly Store Guacamole
Everyone knows that guacamole turns brown after a few hours. The best hack that I've found for guacamole is this:
- Squeeze lime on top of the guacamole surface, prior to putting in the refrigerator.
- Put plastic wrap on top of the guacamole directly. Remove all of the air between the plastic wrap and guacamole.
- Put the lid on the container.
- Pull back out whenever desired!
This hack will keep your guacamole good for a few days. I hope you like this recipe!