My easy guacamole is a great side dish to whip up alongside tacos or quesadillas, or just for a quick and easy appetizer I make this often for parties, work pot-lucks or a side dish to go with dinner. Everyone always loves the fresh flavors combined with the creamy avocado.
How to Prevent guacamole from turning brown
I avoid making guacamole too far ahead of time because an enzyme in avocados causes them to brown once exposed to air. I do have a trick that will minimize the browning… after you make your guac, place plastic wrap on top of the guacamole trying to completely cover to keep the air out. This will buy you a little time if you are still getting the last few items together for a dinner or party.
Strangely enough, I didn’t care for guacamole until I was in my mid 20’s! Maybe it was a texture thing or possibly I wasn’t introduced to the right recipe and that turned me off. Once I tried homemade guacamole, I was hooked and had to experiment making my own recipe! I feel guac is best served fresh so I never buy store bought, the flavor just isn’t the same.
What ingredients are in guacamole?
- lime juice
What are the best ingredients for guacamole? I’ve tried so many different recipes, from super simple with just lime and salt, to ones with lots of spices and onions. I like mine fairly simple. Avocados have a mild flavor so you don’t want to cover it up with anything overpowering! Avocados, lime juice, cilantro, tomato and salt – that’s all you need!! Five ingredients, if you really count salt as an ingredient. It’s also very important to select avocados that are at the perfect stage of ripening. See my notes on how to select the right avocado!
Now what do you dip into the guacamole? That’s equally as important! I keep my ingredients simple in the recipe and I also want simple chips too. Most restaurants serve the standard tortilla chip which is good but when I’m at home I usually serve guacamole with Stacy’s Simply Naked pita chips. Not too salty and they deliver a great crunch!
- 2 ripe avocados
- 1 tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro
- 1/4 cup diced tomato
- 1 lime, juiced
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- Remove peel and seed from avocado and place in medium sized bowl.
- Add lime juice to avocado and smash together with a fork until fairly smooth. A few lumps are OK.
- Add the remaining ingredients cilantro, tomato and salt and stir together.
- Serve immediately with pita or tortilla chips.