Before you make this fresh no cilantro lemon Guacamole recipe, I must warn you. It is delicious. Too delicious. It might disappear much quicker than you intended.
I know from experience. The day that I made it to take the photos, it was gone within 10 minutes. The whole batch. And that 10 minutes includes the time I spent taking photos!
Fortunately, though, this guac is super easy to make so you can have more ready in no time!
- Avocado- Look for a medium avocado that is firm but has a slight give. Each avocado should yield about 4-5 oz (120-150 g) for a total of about 9 oz (270 g).
- Lemon Juice- I like the twist of making guacamole with lemon but you lime juice also works.
- Garlic- I love garlic in guacamole so I use two cloves. Feel free to reduce it to one or use 1 teaspoon of garlic powder instead.
- Sea Salt- Be sure to taste and add more salt if needed. If it tastes bland, it might need more salt!
- Black Pepper
- Hot Sauce- Add more if you would like it a bit spicier. Or you can leave it out completely. For reference, I used "Frank's Hot Sauce".
- Red Onion- I like to add finely chopped onion for some bite. You can also use white or yellow onion.
- Tomato- If adding a juicy tomato, dice it and allow the juices to drain over a strainer so that they don't make the guacamole too watery.
1. Prepare the avocado. Slice the avocado in half. Carefully remove the pit and then scoop out the flesh into a bowl. Mash the avocado leaving it a bit chunky.
2. Add lemon juice, garlic, salt, pepper and hot sauce. Taste and adjust seasonings if needed.
3. Add onion and tomato if using.
Make Ahead: Because guacamole has the tendency to brown, I highly recommend making it fresh! That said, you could make it up to one day in advance. See the tips below to prevent it from going brown.
To Store: Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to two days.
Tips to Prevent Guacamole from Browning: Use plastic wrap (or a similar reusable type of product) on the surface to prevent contact with the air. It will still go brown over time but a tight seal will help to slow it down! The citrus from the lemon juice in the recipe also helps.
Make it Your Own
Use this recipe as a starting point and feel free to add or customize it however you like! Some ideas:
- Add chopped Cilantro
- Top it with Chimichurri
- Make it spicier with a chopped Jalapeño
- Garnish with Cotija or Feta
How to Serve
This easy guacamole is perfect for dipping tortilla chips or fresh vegetables! It is also a great topping on:
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- 2 medium avocado
- 2 tablespoon lemon juice
- 2 cloves garlic crushed or minced
- ½-1 teaspoon fine sea salt
- ¼ teaspoon black pepper
- ¼ teaspoon hot sauce
- ¼ cup finely chopped red onion Optional
- ¼ cup freshly diced tomatoes Optional
- Slice the avocados in half. Carefully remove the pits and then scoop out the flesh into a bowl and mash.
- Add the lemon juice, garlic, salt, pepper and hot sauce and mix.
- Taste and adjust seasonings.
- Stir in onion and tomato if using.
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