Easy Guacamole Recipe, with 8 Ingredients

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Easy guacamole recipe - Dr. Axe

Avocados were first used by the Aztecs and since then, they’ve been highly sought after for their health benefits. Avocados are used in one of the most popular dips of all time — guacamole.

Let’s face it, guacamole can be used in a ton of ways. It’s a dressing, dip, spread and snack — it’s also wonderful as avocado toast. It’s vegan-friendly, gluten-free and good for you. But it needs to be made right, which you’ll be able to do with this easy guacamole recipe.

Key Ingredients

Guacamole is healthy because avocados are high in healthy monounsaturated fats, such as oleic acid. They also have anti-inflammatory properties and are high in potassium, magnesium and fiber. This is exactly why they are considered one of the world’s healthiest superfoods.

Other ingredients in this easy guacamole recipe include garlic and cilantro — two nutrient-dense herbs that contain antioxidants and possess anti-inflammatory, health-promoting properties.

Of course, another key part of guacamole is the jalapeño pepper, which contains the beneficial compound knowns as capsaicin.

But with avocados and guacamole, there can be too much of a good thing. Keep in mind that avocados are higher in calories, and although you don’t have to count your calories to be healthy, you should be mindful of portions when consuming high-calorie foods.

Guacamole Nutrition Facts

Guacamole is packed with nutrients and that’s mostly because of the avocado. This superfood fruit contain heart-healthy fats, fiber, folate, vitamin K, vitamin C, potassium and more.

The ingredients added to this guacamole recipe only enhance the nutrition profile. Garlic contains alliin and allicin, two health-promoting sulfur compounds, and it’s rich in flavonoids. While cilantro supports detoxification and lime is loaded with vitamin C.

One serving of this homemade guacamole contains approximately:

  • 138 calories
  • 2 grams protein
  • 12 grams fat
  • 9 grams carbohydrates
  • 1.4 grams sugar
  • 5.8 grams fiber
  • 473 milligrams sodium (32 percent DV)
  • 20 micrograms vitamin K (23 percent DV)
  • 14.2 milligrams vitamin C (19 percent DV)
  • 0.24 milligrams vitamin B6 (19 percent DV)
  • 0.17 milligrams copper (19 percent DV)
  • 70 micrograms folate (18 percent DV)
  • 328 IU vitamin A (14 percent DV)
  • 1.8 milligrams vitamin E (12 percent DV)
  • 1.5 milligrams vitamin B3 (11 percent DV)
  • 461 milligrams potassium (10 percent DV)
  • 0.1 milligrams vitamin B2 (10 percent DV)

How to Make Guacamole

As promised, this simple guacamole recipe is easy to make. First, make sure your avocado is ready for great guac. A too firm avocado means much less workable “meat” and not as much flavor. Ideally, the avocado is a little soft to the touch and there aren’t any rotten bits. Often this can take a few days after buying it from the market.

For the recipe, for each avocado, slice lengthwise around the avocado seed, being careful with the knife. Open the avocado and carefully pop out the seed with the knife. Spoon out the avocado meat into a large bowl. Add lime juice, minced garlic and sea salt.

With a spoon or fork, mash together until mixture becomes creamy.

Add in diced jalapeño pepper, tomato, red onion and cilantro, and mix with a spoon until well combined. For the jalapeño pepper, make sure you thoroughly scoop out the seeds.

Serve immediately with sliced red peppers, celery or carrots. If your diet allows some carbohydrates, consider serving with some organic blue corn tortilla chips. It also makes a great breakfast: avocado toast!

Potential Add-Ins

When it comes to making an easy guacamole recipe, you have plenty of add-in options. This recipe calls for lime juice, garlic, sea salt, tomato, red onion and cilantro.

The combination of flavors in this creamy guacamole enhances the flavor, so if you want to know what to add to guacamole to make it best better — try these!

Looking for more potential add-ins for making guacamole from scratch? Try some seasonings, like pepper, paprika and cayenne pepper. Lemon juice enhances the flavor of guacamole and adding balsamic vinegar can add to the acidity, but features a bit of sweetness, too.

Storage Instructions

You’re likely familiar with the way guacamole turns a sad brown color over time. Even after an hour of being out, the color begins to change. This happens because the smashed avocado is exposed to air and an enzyme in the fruit reacts with the oxygen to cause this color.

So how do you make guacamole so it doesn’t turn brown? One way is to store the guac in a container, make sure it’s pressed down flat so there are no air pockets and cover the surface with a little bit water. Then seal the container. This ensures that no air gets inside.

Another way is to store the guac in a container and again, press it down and smooth-over the top so there are no air pockets. Then cover it with plastic wrap that sits against the surface of the guacamole, allowing no air to get inside.

There you have it — the best guacamole recipe that you can prepare ahead of time for entertaining or keep in the fridge for yourself.

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Easy Guacamole Recipe

Guacamole Recipe


  • Author: Dr. Josh Axe
  • Total Time: 10 min
  • Yield: 6 1x
  • Diet: Vegan

Description

Guacamole is a dressing, dip, spread and snack. It’s vegan-friendly, gluten-free and very healthy. Here’s a classic yet simple recipe, with eight ideal ingredients helping it burst with flavor.


Ingredients

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  • 2 very ripe avocados
  • 1 lime
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 jalapeño pepper, diced and with seeds removed
  • 1 medium tomato, diced
  • ¼ cup of diced red onion
  • ¼ cup of chopped cilantro

Instructions

  1. Slice open the avocados, lengthwise and carefully. Spoon out avocados into large bowl.
  2. Add lime juice, minced garlic and sea salt.
  3. With a fork, mash together until mixture becomes creamy.
  4. Add in diced jalapeño pepper, tomato, red onion as well as cilantro, and mix with a spoon until well combined. For the jalapeño pepper, make sure you thoroughly scoop out the seeds.
  5. Serve immediately with sliced red peppers, celery or carrots. If your diet allows carbohydrates, serve with organic blue corn tortilla chips.

Notes

To store, place the guacamole in a container and press it down and smooth-over the top so there are no air pockets. Then cover it with plastic wrap that sits against the surface of the guacamole, allowing no air to get inside.

  • Prep Time: 5 min
  • Category: Snacks
  • Method: By hand
  • Cuisine: Mexican

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1
  • Calories: 137
  • Sugar: 1.4g
  • Sodium: 16mg
  • Fat: 12g
  • Saturated Fat: 1g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 8g
  • Trans Fat: 0g
  • Carbohydrates: 9g
  • Fiber: 5.8g
  • Protein: 2g
  • Cholesterol: 0mg

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