This quick and easy recipe is my personal favorite and always a crowd pleaser. It only requires seven ingredients and is vegan, gluten-free, oil-free, whole food plant-based, and ready within just 15 minutes.
While this recipe makes a few cups, the whole batch rarely lasts more than an hour at our house. The secret is in its simplicity (just six ingredients, plus salt), its freshness (just fresh veggies and avocado, with a pickled jalapeño option), and the fine-chop prep (see those teeny bits of red onion?).
What we love about this recipe
It requires little time and effort.
Just six ingredients (plus salt) are needed.
This guac is super fresh and vibrant.
The flavors are wonderful. The ingredients work so well together to bring a classic guacamole flavor while shining individually at the same time.
With three avocados, this is a decent-sized batch of guac.
The lime juice helps keep it from oxidizing, so if by chance there are any leftovers, it should keep ok sealed in the fridge (with little space for oxygen).
Here are the whole food ingredients needed for this recipe.
Lime: Lime juice is important for keeping the avocados from oxidizing. It also balances the flavors.
Red onion: A big flavor element that doesn't disappoint. Shallots are a fine option, too.
Garlic: A must, in my opinion.
Jalapeno: I usually use fresh, and love the flavor. To change it up, you can sub in pickled jalapeno.
Cilantro: This is optional since some people aren't crazy about it. I really love it with the other flavors, so encourage it.
Salt: enhances those flavors.
Avocados: The star is added last so that they are less likely to oxidize.
Tomatillos: In September, these are available to me from local farms. They are such an added bonus to this guac!
Cherry tomatoes: The sweetness is so nice here.
It's so easy to make this guacamole.
Starting with the lime juice, add all the ingredients in order, then mash with a potato masher or fork. You're good to go! Dip those chips!
Serving and storing
Serve over just about anything savory. I love it over nachos, in burritos, on salads and other bowlfuls.
Keep stored in a sealed refrigerated container sized to the amount (for less oxidation). Only keep out as long as necessary to reduce the oxidizing process.
These recipes go great with this guacamole:
Favorite Guacamole Recipe
- potato masher or fork
- knife and cutting board
- measuring cups and spoons
- medium-large bowl
- 1 lime juiced (about 2 tablespoons)
- ½ cup red onion or shallot minced
- 3 small garlic cloves minced (1 tablespoon, more or less)
- 1 pickled or fresh jalapeno seeded and minced (maintain some seeds if you like it hot)
- 2 tablespoons cilantro chopped (optional)
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 3 medium avocados
- tomatillos chopped
- cherry tomatoes chopped
- Juice the lime and pour into a large bowl.
- Add the chopped onion, garlic, cilantro, and salt, and any other additions, then scoop out the fruit of the avocados and add it to the mix. Mash well, taste, and add more salt or lime juice if desired.
- Serve immediately or refrigerate in a sealed container for up to a few days.