Guacamole isn’t just something I make for Cinco de Mayo. It’s an every other week appetizer in my house. And in no way am I ashamed of that. It’s the absolute best way to eat avocados. Did you know guacamole is one of the easiest things you can make? It’s also super healthy which means you can eat more of it, right? I’m sharing my easy, healthy guacamole recipe as well as tips and tricks for all your guacamole woes Here goes!
Is Guacamole Actually Healthy?
Yes! All the common guacamole ingredients are healthy. Avocados themselves are an extremely healthy food due to many nutrients such as omega-3 fatty acids, fiber, and all the vitamins. They even contain more potassium than bananas. I’ll be reaching for an avocado next time I have leg cramps!
With the addition of other vegetables and a few spices, guacamole can be a great, healthy snack for people who love to eat good food but don’t want to “try and eat healthy”. Nothing’s worse than being on a strict diet. Good thing guacamole stays tried and true no matter what diet you’re on. It never needs to adapt because it’s already healthy! The only thing you may consider swapping is your vessel of choice.
If you want to go healthier by avoiding the tortilla chips or you just need to change it up, here are some alternative ways to enjoy guacamole:
- spread on toast
- on tacos
- on sandwiches (think BLT!)
- as a garnish for soup
- in deviled eggs
- use carrots, peppers, pita, or crackers to dip
How to Shop for Avocados
Avocados can be tricky to pick out at the grocery store. Here are a few tips to help you sort the good from the bad.
- Decide when you’ll make guacamole – This helps determine what avocados you need to buy. Buying them the day of? Get ripe avocados. Buying a few days in advance? Get almost ripe avocados.
- Look at the color – If you’re buying avocados the day of you’ll want dark skin, but not too dark. If you have a few days to spare, choose avocados that are lighter in color.
- Feel them – This is the best indicator of ripeness. Hold the avocado in the palm of your hand and give it a gentle squeeze like you’re shaking a child’s hand. If you’ll be using them right away you want the avocado to give a little when you squeeze it. Don’t buy them if they feel mushy. If you have a few days to spare, you can buy a firmer avocado. It will soften in several days on the counter. Another option is to buy a ripe avocado and store it in the fridge for several days to slow the ripening process.
- Look at the skin’s texture – You don’t want to buy an avocado with large indentations. Examine the avocados and steer clear of any with weird spots or dents.
How to Remove an Avocado Pit
My mom saw me breaking down an avocado the other day and she thought I was going to lose fingers. I’ve been slicing and scooping avocados for so long I can probably do it with my eyes closed. That’s crazy. I could never do that, but it’s not as hard as it seems. Here’s my step-by-step guide to removing the pit from an avocado:
- Holding the avocado in one hand and a sharp knife in the other, slice lengthwise around the circumference of the avocado.
- Twist and pull apart the two avocado halves. One half will have the pit.
- Place the half with the pit on the cutting board. Carefully whack the pit with your knife until it sticks.
- Twist the knife until the pit comes out. If the knife comes out without the pit, repeat the process until the pit is removed.
- Scoop out the insides of the avocado with a spoon.
Tips for Making the Best Guacamole
I don’t have many tips and they’re not very groundbreaking. Guacamole is one of the easiest things you can make. However, there are a few things to keep in mind when you’re trying to make the best guacamole!
- Eyeball. Taste. Adjust. I don’t use an exact recipe when I’m making guacamole. I eyeball my ingredients, give it a taste, and add more ingredients as I go. It may take me 5-7 adjustments before I get it just right. The reason I don’t use an exact recipe is I make a different amount of guacamole each time and I’m lazy. The key is to base everything off how many avocados you’ll be using. That will give you an indication of how much you need for the other ingredients.
- Use ripe avocados – If your avocados are unripe you’ll have a fight in the bowl trying to smash them. They’ll be slipping and sliding all over the place under any kind of pressure. If they’re overripe you’ll
- Use lots of salt – Don’t skimp on this important ingredient! Salt will bring out all the good flavors of your guacamole, so use more than you think you’ll need. I don’t advise measuring salt. My rule of thumb is to add a few large pinches, taste, and add more if needed. My favorite salt for guacamole is Bulls Bay Bourbon Barrel Smoked Flake Salt. It adds a slightly smoky flavor that’s delicious.
- Use lots of lime – Avocado is fatty. Good fat, but still fatty. It needs something to brighten it up. That’s where lime comes into play. And lots of it! Just like with the salt, use more than you think you’ll need. I always start with the juice of 1 lime, taste, then add more as I go. Another reason not to use an exact recipe: limes are different sizes and juiciness. I go through my fair share of dry limes that give me 3 drops of juice. No need in saying “now add the juice of 2 limes”.
- Use a BBQ Rub – What?! I’m telling you. This Everglades Rub I sprinkle in my guacamole is what makes it magical. It turns into a smoky, mouthwatering dip I just can’t put into words. If you want to take your guacamole to the next level, and you don’t mind adding something red to your green guacamole, go for the Everglades rub. Trust me, it’s delicious.
How to Store Guacamole
Everyone knows guacamole has a shelf life of a few hours. It’s depressing. However, I can help you solve your brown guacamole problems with a few tricks. After you transfer your guacamole to a container you can do one of two things:
- Add an onion – Place half an onion face down into the guacamole. Cover with the lid and refrigerate. The chemicals in the onion release and prevent browning.
- Squeeze a lime – Juice a lime half right over the guacamole and then press a piece of plastic wrap on the surface. Cover with a lid and refrigerate.
Even with these tricks you may still see a small amount of browning. Simply scoop it away with a spoon when you’re ready to it.
How to Change Up Your Guacamole
I love my easy, 5-ingredient guacamole but every now and then I like to switch it up. Here are some ingredients you can add to change up your guacamole:
- minced garlic
- chopped cilantro
- salsa or diced tomatoes
- garlic powder
- smoked paprika
- pepitas (pumpkin seeds)
Easy & Healthy Guacamole Recipe
3-4 ripe hass avocados
1/4 onion or 1 shallot, small diced
2-3 limes, freshly squeezed
1 jalapeno, seeds removed, minced
In a large bowl mash avocado with a fork until desired consistency. I like mine a little chunky. Add onion, a splash of lime juice, jalapeno, a few dashes of Everglades Rub, and a large pinch of salt. Stir it all up until everything is incorporated. Taste the guacamole and adjust ingredients as needed. You may want to add more lime juice, Everglades rub, and/or salt. This is trial and error so keep tasting and adjusting until it perfectly suits your taste. Don’t be afraid to add more of these ingredients. You want your guacamole to pop with flavor!
If you love this guacamole recipe, try these recipes:
- The Best Mexican Cornbread
- Easy Chicken Adobo Tacos
- The amount of guacamole you make depends on how many people you’ll be feeding. Generally speaking, one (or two) avocados will feed one person
- Cover with plastic wrap touching the surface if making in advance.