Guacamole Recipe

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With a million guacamole 🥑 recipes available on the internet, I present to you this simple, adaptable version that works whether you like it spicy, zesty, simple, or loaded with different textures and flavors. This recipe is not traditional, but it is influenced by my amazing online Mexican community 🇲🇽. To make this recipe more accessible, I’ve offered some pretty non-traditional substitutions. My hope is you won’t be stopped from trying a new recipe due to lack of access to a specific ingredient or a dislike for a certain flavor (cilantro haters, I’m looking at you 👀).

Why You’ll Love This Guacamole Recipe

This is a perfectly simple guacamole, with endless options for customizing. You can’t go wrong with a big bowl of this perfect dip: creamy avocado gets brightened with zesty lime and fiery chile 🌶. Tomatoes, cilantro, and onion are all optional…after all, this is the Modern Nonna version. Pour yourself an ice-cold beverage 🍹, open a bag of tortilla chips, and enjoy this perfect guacamole 😎.

How to Prepare This Guacamole Recipe

🥑 Peel the avocados and discard the pits.

🥣 Then add the avocados to a large bowl or a mortar, and using a fork, a potato masher, or a pestle, mash until smooth (or leave slightly chunky, depending on your preference).

🌶 Next, add the chopped jalapeño, tomato, pinch of salt, the juice of the lime, and chopped cilantro.

🍽 Mix and enjoy!

Nonna’s Tip

Is it just me or does it seem like avocados go from rock-hard to overripe in seconds? 🙄 As soon as they ripen, store the avocados 🥑 in the fridge until you’re ready to use them. This will stop them from over-ripening.

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Guacamole Recipe Variations and Substitutions

  1. Try adding one clove of finely minced garlic for a zesty kick 🧄.
  2. A sprinkle of Tajin seasoning brings this over the top.
  3. Some people swear by freshly chopped red onion 🧅 in their guacamole.
  4. Cilantro haters, I got you! 😏 This is very non-traditional, but you can replace cilantro with finely chopped fresh parsley.
  5. Fresh tomatoes 🍅 and chiles 🌶 are totally optional. I like to de-seed both when I use them.

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Best Served With

  • You can enjoy this with the classic pairing of tortilla chips, or with freshly cut vegetables! Use veggies such as carrots 🥕, cucumber 🥒, jicama, and bell peppers 🫑.
  • This is the perfect topping for my low-carb Cauliflower Nachos.
  • Add generous dollops of guacamole onto Easy Chicken Fajitas.
  • Guacamole, chips, and Mexican Corn Salad 🌽 are a light meal made in heaven 🙌!

Common Questions

Can this be made in advance?

Yes, you can certainly make this in advance. Avocados oxidize or turn brown when exposed to air. To prevent this, store the guac in a bowl with plastic wrap directly on the surface of the guacamole so no air can get through. Serve within 24 hours.

Is this traditional?

Nope, it’s my Modern Nonna version of guacamole.

How to tell if an avocado is ripe?

When you squeeze the avocado, it should have little resistance. If the stem is still intact, it should be easy to remove: another sign of ripeness.

I don’t have a mortar and pestle or a molcajete; can i still make this?

Absolutely! You really don’t need any fancy equipment to make guacamole: just a fork for mashing the avocados.

why don’t you use a food processor or blendeR?

I like a slightly chunky guacamole. If you prefer yours super smooth, add just the avocado, salt, and lime, process, then transfer to a bowl and add the remaining ingredients.

Guacamole Recipe

This is a perfectly simple guacamole, with endless options for customizing.
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Course: Appetizer, Side Dish
Cuisine: American, Mexican
Servings: 2
Author: The Modern Nonna
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

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Ingredients 

  • 3 large avocados, ripe
  • 1 jalapeño, finely chopped (seeds removed depending on spice tolerance)
  • 1 roma tomato, finely chopped (seedless or remove the seeds)
  • salt, to taste
  • 1 lime
  • ¼ cup cilantro, roughly chopped (or fresh parsley)

Instructions 

  • Peel the avocados and discard the pits.
  • Add the avocados to a large bowl or a mortar, and using a fork, a potato masher, or a pestle, mash until smooth (or leave slightly chunky, depending on your preference).
  • Add the chopped jalapeño, tomato, pinch of salt, the juice of the lime, and chopped cilantro.
  • Mix and enjoy!

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Nutrition

Calories: 501kcal, Carbohydrates: 31g, Protein: 7g, Fat: 45g, Saturated Fat: 6g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 6g, Monounsaturated Fat: 30g, Sodium: 150mg, Potassium: 1595mg, Fiber: 22g, Sugar: 4g, Vitamin A: 978IU, Vitamin C: 45mg, Calcium: 53mg, Iron: 2mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Appetizer, Side Dish
Cuisine: American, Mexican
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I am more commonly known as “The Modern Nonna” on social media where I create easy home cooked meals with a modern twist. I was born and raised in Sofia, Bulgaria and learned how to cook at the best culinary school in the world – my grandma’s kitchen. I lived in Greece on the Island of Crete with my parents for a while and then moved to Toronto, Canada when I was in grade 5. I started to really cook and experiment with food 11 years ago when I was 21 years old. Everything I currently know is a reflection of some part of my life…

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