Simple Guacamole Recipe

Irresistibly scoopable guacamole! This is my go-to simple guacamole recipe – you’re just four ingredients and 10 minutes away from this bowl of goodness.

overhead photo of a bowl of guacamole on a plate with chips

I don’t know who needs to hear this but guacamole is an excellent form of therapy. Just like regular therapy you can make an appointment once a week except instead of meeting with a bespectacled therapist armed with pen and pad in hand, you grab a bag of chips, make a bowl of guac and either enjoy solo or with a friend.

Are we eating our feelings in this scenario? Perhaps. But if you limit it to once a week I believe it’s a “no harm, no foul” situation.

Maybe you already have your super special way of making homemade guacamole, but if you don’t I’d like to share mine. I’m not sure why I waited this long to share it – probably because it’s really, really simple – but considering it shows up in a lot of my other recipes (see taco bowl, salsa verde soup, braised beef tacos, among others) I figured, what the heck – let’s go for it.

overhead photo of avocados, a bowl of salt, limes and fresh cilantro

Four Simple Ingredients

Avocados, lime juice, fresh cilantro, and salt. That’s it. No bells, no whistles, no sneaky spices or other wacky things.

The trickiest thing about this recipe is having ripe avocados on hand when you need them. So here’s my pro tip: always have them on hand. Don’t ever allow yourself to run out because, if you do, you will only compound the reasons you need guac therapy in the first place. You will end up feeling worse!

There are always several avocados at varying degrees of ripeness at my house. I leave them on the counter and once they’ve ripened (give them a gentle squeeze – they should have some give without being mushy) I pop them in the fridge where they keep for a week or two. Effective avocado inventory management is very empowering.

If you need other reasons to have them on hand don’t forget they’re great on toast, in salads, wraps, and even smoothies (!).

photo collage showing the ingredients in a bowl and after they are combined

The recipe I’m sharing is more of a guide – once you the ingredients feel free to adjust accordingly. Scale it down if it’s just for you. Scale it up if you have friends joining your therapy session (another pro tip: group guac therapy amplifies the positive results). Sometimes I add more lime juice, sometimes more cilantro, sometimes not. It’s all very mood dependent.

Just resist the urge to add other things. I know it’s simple, but it doesn’t need tomatoes or salsa or onions or garlic or garlic powder or any other voodoo magic. The power is in its simplicity. Try it, you’ll see.

Add some tortilla chips and maybe a cold margarita and let Dr. Guacamole take care of the rest.

Happy Scooping 🥑

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Irresistibly scoopable homemade guacamole! This is my go-to simple guacamole recipe – you’re just four ingredients and 10 minutes away from this bowl of goodness. Add some tortilla chips and a cold margarita for the happiest happy hour ever.

  • Author: April Anderson
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Category: Appetizers
  • Method: Mix
  • Cuisine: Mexican


  • 1 pound avocados, peeled and pitted and diced
  • Juice of one lime, or more to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, or more to taste
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro


  1. Place all of the ingredients in a bowl and, using a fork, mash the avocado until it’s as smooth or chunky as you like it.
  2. Stir to combine and serve. Guacamole doesn’t keep well so feel free to enjoy it all in one sitting. I do and I never regret it.


If your lime is stubborn and won’t release much juice, use a fork to break up the membranes and it should loosen it up.


  • Serving Size: 1/4 of recipe
  • Calories: 192
  • Sugar: 0.5g
  • Sodium: 300.4mg
  • Fat: 17.5g
  • Saturated Fat: 2.4g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 13.2g
  • Trans Fat: 0g
  • Carbohydrates: 10.8g
  • Fiber: 7.8g
  • Protein: 2.3g
  • Cholesterol: 0mg

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