Homemade guacamole is a delicious, healthy dip that takes less than 5 minutes to make. You can whip up a batch to serve with only 4 fresh ingredients and without the addition of onion in this recipe, it’s easier to digest too!
You’ll simply love this easy guacamole dip to serve to the whole family.
4 Ingredient Guacamole
What’s more, this super quick and easy avocado based recipe only contains 4 ingredients and there is no cooking required.
Despite there being fewer ingredients than many other guacamole recipes, this one doesn’t scrimp on taste. It’s fresh, citrusy and creamy in texture and makes the perfect dip to serve at parties, for movie night and as a side for BBQs too!
Why You’ll Love This Recipe
Guacamole Without Tomato
Other guacamole recipes include additional ingredients, like tomatoes, chilli and onions. These ingredients are an optional addition to our simple guacamole recipe here and will, of course, taste amazing. Luckily, this guacamole still tastes awesome without the presence of these extra ingredients.
So, not only is this recipe onion free, it is also a guacamole without tomatoes too. If you wish to reduce your ingredients even further, you can also make this guacamole without coriander. The taste will be more simple, but still healthy and delicious.
- Avocados – Be sure to select the freshest, most ripe avocados you can. Un-ripened avocados will ruin the texture of your guacamole and be harder to mash.
- Fresh Coriander (Cilantro) – Roughly chopped and mixed in, this versatile herb adds a depth of flavour to the dip. We only use the leaves in this recipe, so save the coriander stalks for future use.
- Minced Fresh Garlic – Only a small amount is added to give a little kick of flavour.
- Fresh Lime Juice – Adds citrusy tones to our dip and also helps the guacamole keep its green colour too. If you wish to substitute lime for lemon, you can, the flavour will differ slightly, but lemon makes a good substitute for lime when you don’t have it to hand.
- Salt (optional) – Salt adds a bit of seasoning and brings out the flavour in the other ingredients, but it’s optional here and you can choose to leave it out if you want. Especially if you want to make this recipe suitable for the whole family including small children.
How To Make This Easy Homemade Guacamole
Check out the recipe card below for the full ingredients list and instructions.
- Start by halving the avocados and removing the stones. If your avocados are ripe enough, you can simply squeeze the flesh out into a bowl or use a spoon to scoop it out.
- Mash the avocado in a pestle and mortar (if you have one big enough) or with a fork or potato masher. You can leave it as chunky as you want or keep mashing to make it smooth. Remember, guacamole tastes its best when it has a little texture.
- Roughly chop the coriander leaves and place together with the garlic and salt in a pestle and mortar.
- Pound these together to make a paste.
- If you don’t have a pestle and mortar, try place these ingredients in a food processor with some of the lime juice and blend to make a paste. Don’t add the avocado to blend, it will make it too runny.
- Mix the paste in with the avocado and stir through.
- Add the fresh lime juice and mix the ingredients altogether.
- Cover immediately and place in the fridge to stop the guacamole from turning brown, until you are ready to serve it. It’s best to serve guacamole not long after you have prepared it.
Avocado flesh will turn brown when in contact with oxygen due to an enzyme present in it. It will still taste good but may not be visually pleasing. To avoid this, cover the guacamole as soon as it is made avoiding any air pockets making contact with the guacamole.
It certainly is! As well as many vital nutrients, avocados contain plenty of vital monosaturated fats which are really good for you. However, with the presence of this fat comes a higher calorie count, so be careful with how much you consume if you are trying to lose weight.
Yes you can. There is a slight taste difference between lemon and lime, but lemon will still add a fresh, citrus flavour to guacamole if you wish to substitute it.
How to Keep Guacamole from Turning Brown.
The flesh of the avocado contains an enzyme that causes it to turn brown when in contact with the oxygen in the air.
Brown guacamole does not mean that it has gone bad. It can still be consumed and will taste the same. It just isn’t as visually pleasing.
Since this guacamole recipe only takes 5 minutes to make, we recommend preparing it just before serving.
If you do wish to make it ahead, you can avoid guacamole turning brown by ensuring that you cover it as soon as it has been prepared. However, you must ensure that no air contacts the surface of your dip, so a container with a lid won’t be sufficient enough to avoid the browning.
You have a few options when it comes to creating an airtight seal on the surface of the guacamole.
- Clingfilm / Plastic Wrap – Place the guacamole in a bowl and smooth the surface. Cover it with clingfilm that touches the surface of the guacamole completely. Make sure there are no air bubble or pockets present between the guacamole and the clingfilm. You can then add another lid or layer of clingfilm over the top of this, to hold it in place.
- Water – Place the guacamole in a bowl and smooth out the surface as before. Take some cold water and gently pour it over the top of the guacamole until you have approximately 1.5cm covering the surface. Place a lid over the bowl and store the guacamole in the fridge. When you are ready to serve it, simply pour the water away and give the guacamole a good stir.
- Lime Juice – You can follow the same instructions as for water but use a thin layer lime juice instead.
You may have also heard the recommendation to leave the avocado stone in the guacamole to prevent it from browning. Unfortunately, this doesn’t work as it only prevents the guacamole underneath the stone turning brown due to it being protected from the air.
Tips and Guidance
How To Serve Guacamole
Guacamole is a super versatile dip that goes well with so many things. You can serve it at a party alongside a bowl of nachos with a cheese dip. Top this Turkey Chilli Con Carne for a great combination on movie night or spread it on toast for a delicious lunchtime snack. It even tastes amazing with homemade potato chips. You can also use it as a filling inside burgers and wraps.
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Guacamole Without Onion
- 4 Large Avocados
- 1/2 Cup Fresh Coriander Leaves
- 1 clove Garlic
- 1 tsp Flaked Sea Salt optional
- 2 tbsp Fresh Lime Juice
- Take the coriander leaves, garlic and salt and using a pestle and mortar, pound together to make a paste. Set aside.
- Cut the avocados in half and remove the stones.
- Scoop out the flesh into a bowl and mash until you have your desired consistency. You can make it as chunky or smooth as you wish.
- Add the paste and stir through.
- Squeeze the lime juice in with the rest of the ingredients and stir to mix everything together.
- Cover immediately until you are ready to serve.
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Recipe Notes and Guidance
- Cover the guacamole immediately to prevent it from turning brown.
- Save the coriander stalks for another recipe.
- You can use a blender in place of a pestle and mortar to make the paste, just add some of the lime juice.
- Only use ripened avocados.
- Squeeze the lime juice from limes that are at room temperature.