This simple classic guacamole is a really basic recipe but an absolute classic. There are no fancy extras, just the minimum ingredients. But, it makes the best guacamole to go with fajitas, salads and tacos. Really quick and easy to make and so much better than any bought guacamole.
I love guacamole. It's one of those sides that I never ever buy. I'll buy hummus, I'll buy tzatziki but not guacamole. It's so easy to make and it's like a different thing from that mushy green paste that supermarkets sell!
Trust me, if you've never made your own then you need to start. It's probably my favourite Mexican side dish. A dinner of tacos or chicken fajitas just isn't the same if I haven't made this guacamole to serve on the side.
This homemade guacamole is zingy from the lime juice and fresh from the addition of a little chopped coriander (cilantro). Then all you need is a little seasoning. A little salt and pepper.
Ingredients for this classic guacamole
To make this simple guacamole all you need is:
- Avocados - Choose ripe ones that will mash easily but not so ripe that they are brown inside.
- Lime juice - I always squeeze the juice from fresh limes as it is just so much fresher tasting than bottled lime juice.
- Fresh coriander (cilantro) - I love the freshness that this herb adds to guacamole but when I'm in a real hurry or don't have any then I do miss it out.
- Seasoning - Just a little salt and black pepper.
How do you make guacamole?
You don't need any special equpment for gaucamole. Just a bowl and a fork! I usually chop the coriander and squeeze the lime first. Then mash up the avocado in a bowl using the fork. Then mash in the lime, coriander and seasoning.
Can you make guacamole in a food processor or blender?
Yes, you can make it in a food processor or blender but it's so quick and easy to make without and there is less washing up!
If you use a food processor you can get a much smoother guacamole and that is great is like a really smooth texture. It just depends on what your preferences are.
Can you adapt this recipe?
Yes you can. However, this recipe is about as simple a guacamole recipe as you can get! The only way to make it even more simple would be to miss out the fresh coriander. I have to admit that I often do that if I don't have fresh herbs to hand.
Another way to adapt it is to use lemon juice instead of lime, like I've done in this lemon and herb guacamole.
Lots of guacamole recipes contain tomatoes and personally, I prefer a guacamole without tomatoes. However, if you want to add some tomato, remove the seeds and dice it and stir it into the guacamole at the end.
What to serve this classic guacamole with?
Well, whenever I make chicken fajitas I love to make this guacamole as well. I also love it on toast. It makes a great topping for all kinds of avocado toast variations. Why not try it with a poached egg or some sliced tomatoes?
This guacamole will keep for about 3 days in the fridge. However, it may go a little brown so it won't look quite as appealing as when it's freshly made.
Can you freeze guacamole?
Yes, if you don't eat it all then freezing is a great way to keep the guacamole fresh. Freeze it for up to three months in an airtight container.
Defrost it overnight in the fridge or at room temperature before eating.
More easy dip recipes
If you like this guacamole then do try one of these dip recipes:
Simple Classic Guacamole
- 2 avocados
- 1 lime juiced
- Pinch salt
- Pinch black pepper
- 1 tbsp coriander leaves chopped
- Remove the avocado flesh from the skins and put in a bowl with all the other ingredients. Mash well with a fork.
- Taste and add extra seasoning if necessary.
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