This recipe for guacamole has just four ingredients but still packs a punch in flavor. Creamy rich avocado with a pop of tart, fresh lime juice makes for the perfect dip or taco topping that is ready in less than 10 minutes! No chopping is required in this easy recipe.
This guacamole is just the right topping for my Spiced Chicken Tacos with Plum Salsa. Be sure to check out my full collection of gluten-free appetizers and snacks, including my ever popular baked gluten-free corn dog bites, gluten-free chex mix, gluten-free tartlets and my vegetable spring rolls with peanut sauce. For a healthy dip with just a few ingredients try my healthy sautéed shredded zucchini dip that is surprisingly sweet and creamy.
Ripe avocados – How do you tell if an avocado is ripe? First it should be soft but not mushy. Be sure that the skin is not pulling away from the flesh inside. You’ll feel it right away when you pick it up. This indicates that the avo is overripe and likely brown inside. If there is little bit of stem left over on top, pop it off. If it shows bright green underneath then your avocado is good to go.
In the US, Hass avocados are the most commonly found. They have rough, ridged skin and will turn a deep dark green when they ripen. The smoother skinned avos usually remain brighter green when ripe.
Lime juice is my favorite way to add a pop of acid to guacamole. It’s a little bit sweeter than lemon but still does the job of slowing down the oxidizing of the avocados.
Salt – salt should be used in everything you cook unless you are using a processed product that already has salt. Salt is what makes all food taste better and stronger flavored. It’s not necessary to add tons of salt – just enough to wake up all the flavors in whatever you’re cooking
I always add a dollop of something creamy to my guacamole. This can be sour cream or yogurt, whether vegan or dairy. Adding just a little bit enhances the creamy texture of the guacamole and makes it such a satisfying bite. If you’re lactose-free, Green Valley Creamery makes an excellent lactose-free sour cream.
You might be asking where are the onions, tomatoes, cilantro? What about garlic? This is how I prefer my guacamole and everyone askes for the recipe. I am personally not a fan of raw onion and I don’t like the bitterness of garlic in guacamole. Cilantro has a tendency to cause the guacamole to oxidize even faster and I don’t feel like it adds a ton of depth of flavor.
Sometimes simple tastes best. This guacamole is creamy with a pop of acid a bit of salt and a hair of sweet from the avocado. What more could you want?
Chunky or Smooth Guacamole?
I personally like my guac a little chunky. I am not a fan of the store-bought stuff that looks like smooth pudding. But everyone’s taste is different so, make it how YOU like it! A masher will work great if you don’t mind some small chunks. If you are team smooth, use an immersion blender or a regular blender to puree it smooth.
4 Ingredient Guacamole Recipe
- 2 medium sized avocados
- 1-2 limes
- 1 Tbsp sour cream or yogurt (vegan options ok)
- 1/4 tsp salt
- Cut the one of the limes in half and juice it into a medium sized mixing bowl
- Run a knife completely around the avocados from the stem end to the bottom. Cut all the way to the pit.
- Hold it with 2 hands and twist to separate the halves. Squeeze the half with the pit to pop it out.
- Use a spoon to scoop out the flesh and place in the bowl with the lime juice.
- Use a masher or a fork to mash the avocado. Mash it to your preference of smoothness. If you like guacamole completely smooth, with no chunks, an immersion blender or food processor will get it completely smooth,.
- Stir in the sour cream/yogurt and salt. Taste. If it seems a little blah, or you can't quite figure out what's missing, add 2 pinches of salt and taste again. Do you like it more tangy? Add another tablespoon of lime juice.