Easy 5 Minute Homemade Guacamole

bowl of guacamole garnished with minced red onion surrounded by tortilla chips

Appetizers & Beverages | January 25, 2017 | By

Easy 5 minute homemade Guacamole from fresh ingredients ~ avocado, lime juice, cilantro, red onion and jalapeno blended together for authentic Mexican flavor.

Easy Homemade Guacamole. Those three words should always be linked together. Along with 5 minute and authentic flavor.

When we’re in Florida we like to get together with family at a favorite Mexican restaurant that makes their guacamole tableside. It’s fun to watch and they customize it how we like it. In my case, extra lime and without a crazy amount of heat.

At home it’s on repeat all year, partly because it’s one of the simplest appetizers to make but mostly because it’s just so good. Sometimes I’ll whip up a batch midafternoon, blend a couple of cocktails and we’ll have our own Happy Hour.

For the best guacamole, it’s all about fresh ingredients: avocado, jalapeno, lime juice and cilantro. A little garlic powder, salt and pepper bring it all home.

I also have a few tips for storing guacamole (though we usually eat it all right away), plus how to *safely* remove the pit (and how to land in the ER if you’re don’t do it right). Yikes.

closeup of guacamole scooped with tortilla chip

Removing the pit from the avocado:

During the early years of my Food Network addiction, I saw Rachael Ray demonstrate how to remove a pit from an avocado and thought it was the coolest trick ever.

I missed something in the process because my husband watched in horror as I did the trick the wrong way and sliced right into the palm of my hand. An ER visit, several stitches and a story that’s been told many times.

Lessons learned:

  1. How to correctly (and incorrectly) remove a pit from an avocado.
  2. Why you shouldn’t show off.
  3. How to get out of doing dishes for a couple of weeks (note: this method is not recommended)

How to choose ripe avocados for your homemade guacamole:

If you’ve ever cut into an avocado and found it brownish *yuck* and had to cut away at most of it just to find a small portion that was salvageable, you’ll want to read on.  

  1. First check for firmness by pressing gently on the exterior of the avocado with your fingers. It should have a slight give, not firm like an apple but definitely not so soft you can push your finger through the skin.
  2. Next peel off the little ‘cap’ at the end of the avocado. It should come off easily showing green underneath. If it’s brown, the avocado is overripe.


How do I get the pit out of the avocado?

Slice the avocado in half lengthwise then give it a twist in opposite directions and gently pull the halves apart. 

Place a folded dish towel into your palm with the avocado on top the towel, then using a chef’s knife, carefully and firmly whack the knife into the pit. Give the knife a quarter twist and lift the pit out.


How to make homemade guacamole:

Next using a teaspoon, scoop out the avocado into a bowl. Mash it up with a fork keeping it a little chunky then add the remaining ingredients and give it a gentle stir. Taste and adjust for salt and lime juice. 

4 step grid showing how to make homemade guacamole

Guacamole Tips:

  1. Make the guacamole the day of the party so it’s bright green when guests arrive. 
  2. To keep guacamole fresh longer, press plastic wrap directly over the guacamole (not just over the bowl).
  3. Some people swear that if you add the pit to the guacamole and top with plastic wrap it’ll last longer. Personally, I haven’t had success with this method.

At our house, a party isn’t a party without a few different appetizers. Chorizo Queso is another Mexican favorite ~ warm, cheesy, spicy. And for a simple, weeknight meal or easy entertaining Taco Bar, try this Slow Cooker Salsa Chicken that’s absolutely loaded with flavor. 

If you make this Homemade Guacamole recipe or any other on the blog, I’d love to hear from you with a comment or star rating in the recipe box. 


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closeup of guacamole scooped with tortilla chip

Easy 5 Minute Homemade Guacamole

Step by step how to make authentic homemade guacamole. 
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Keywordappetizers, cinco de mayo, guacamole
Prep Time10 minutes
AuthorA Gouda Life


  • 2 large ripe avocados
  • 2 tablespoons red onion finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon fresh jalapano finely chopped or more to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt or more to taste
  • fresh cracked black pepper to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 3 tablespoons fresh cilantro finely minced
  • 1/4 - 1/2 lime juice or more to taste
  • tortilla chips


  • Remove the pit from the avocado (see instructions in body of post)
  • Mash the avocado using a fork, keeping it a bit chunky.
  • Fold in the remaining ingredients without over-mixing, taste and adjust salt and lime juice according to your preference.
Nutrition Facts
Easy 5 Minute Homemade Guacamole
Amount Per Serving (0 g)
Calories 0
% Daily Value*
Fat 0g0%
Saturated Fat 0g0%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Monounsaturated Fat 0g
Cholesterol 0mg0%
Sodium 0mg0%
Potassium 0mg0%
Carbohydrates 0g0%
Fiber 0g0%
Sugar 0g0%
Protein 0g0%
Vitamin A 0IU0%
Vitamin C 0mg0%
Calcium 0mg0%
Iron 0mg0%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


  1. Leave a Reply

    January 26, 2017

    This is one of our favorite snacks…warm chips a necessity! A trick to keep any leftover guacamole fresh is to cover with a thin layer of water. When you’re ready to eat it again just pour off the water and give it a good stir. Works perfect every time! Pinned your recipe…love your tips. Chat soon.

    • Leave a Reply

      January 26, 2017

      Hi Mary — I haven’t tried the ‘water trick’, but I’m definitely going to the next time I make Guacamole (which will probably be this weekend – we make it a lot!). Thanks so much for the trick. I’m going to add your idea to the recipe on my blog right now and give you a much-deserved shout-out! Thanks friend. Have a good day!

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