My daughter said this easiest homemade guacamole recipe should be called Cheater Cheater Guacamole eater! That somehow didn’t have the best ring. But she is also correct in the sense that even though this recipe is completely whole-food based, it also involves a little bit of cheating!
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Why You Should Make Homemade Guacamole
- Little time commitment: Y’all, I’m a from-scratch kind of girl, but I’ll admit some recipes can take a bit more time than others. Not guacamole! It took me less than three minutes from cutting the avocados to serving it up.
- Cost-effective: You will need one avocado for every two people that will be eating your guacamole. Unless you’re serving my father-in-law. My kids don’t call large dips on a chip “Pepe dipping” for nothing! When Aldi has avocados on sale they are 59 cents. When not on sale they are still only 99 cents. This recipe costs our family at most $2.00, while “fresh” guacamole at the store (that serves 4-6) costs anywhere from $5.99 to $8.99! That’s a perfect example of deciding if you want to spend time (all of 3 minutes) or money.
- No preservatives: I’m always amazed when I check ingredient lists, especially on items that are “made in store.” Remember, according to our real food principles, if an item has more than five ingredients or there are items that read like a chemistry lab, you don’t want that going into your body! A local “made fresh in store” guacamole contained the following: Avocados, salt, dehydrated tomato, spices, dehydrated onion, MALTODEXTRIN, dehydrated garlic, vinegar, lime juice solids (how does a lime juice get solid?!), NATURAL FLAVORS, CITRIC ACID, and less than 2% SOYBEAN OIL, and SILICON DIOXIDE. Everything in all caps are ingredients you can’t find in your own kitchen. That is your cue to leave it on the shelf.
- Three ingredients: Yes, with my cheater guacamole recipe, you only need 3 ingredients!
How I Stumbled on This Easiest Guacamole Recipe
In my health food journey, I slowly started making more and more things from scratch. It was baby steps, and that’s ok, but I was always surprised to find a recipe for absolutely everything I used to buy at the store. Most guacamole recipes call for five or more ingredients, which of course make it yummy. Onions, tomato, jalapeno pepper, cilantro, possibly green onions… hmm, that just became a bit more of a time-consuming recipe! Chopping and prepping are usually any recipe’s most time-intensive steps.
My first try was just to be quick and not have quite as yummy guacamole! I mashed my avocados and added salt and onion powder. Not bad but for sure not as good as it could be if I’d chopped up all the other ingredients! Then it dawned on me… what other common item actually already contains all the other ingredients? Tomato, onion, cilantro, jalapeno peppers, spices… SALSA!!! My easiest guacamole recipe was born!
How to Make My Easiest Guacamole
Rinse your avocados (I suggest rinsing any fruit or vegetable with a peel you need to cut through and into the flesh- germs or bacteria on the outside can make its way to the part you actually eat), and cut with large knife in half length-wise.
Scoop out the flesh with a large spoon (my mother-in-law just squeezes out the flesh but that tends to get messy for me). Using the same large knife from step one, bring down quickly into the middle of the pit and twist. The pit will pop right out and you can scoop out that half.
Mash the avocado with the back of a fork. When you have your desired consistency, give a few twists of salt and a spoonful of your favorite salsa. We use Organic Jack’s Cantina from Costco. Tomatoes and peppers are both on Environmental Working Group’s Dirty Dozen list so this is an item to try to work into your budget (good news, organic salsa doesn’t cost much more than regular!).
Serve with organic tortilla chips (another must- if corn is not organic, there is a very strong chance it’s genetically modified) or with any other Mexican dish!
- 2 Avocados
- 2 Tbs organic salsa or more based on preference
- 1/4 tsp salt to taste
- Rinse then slice avocados down center length-wise. Remove pit with large knife by hitting down on pit, then twisting.
- Scoop out flesh of avocado then mash with back of a fork in bowl.
- Season with salt and salsa. Give a stir and done. It's that easy!