Basic Guacamole Recipe: Easy and Homemade

Basic homemade guacamole

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  • Total: 10 mins
  • Prep: 10 mins
  • Cook: 0 mins
  • Yield: 2 large servings

If you need your avocados to turn into guacamole super quick, or you've never made homemade guacamole before, this is the recipe to try. Using just a few simple ingredients and pre-made or store-bought salsa makes this homemade easy and basic guacamole recipe quick and easy to prepare and absolutely foolproof. It's just a basic guacamole recipe, with everything you need and nothing you don't: just avocado, lime juice, salsa, and a bit of garlic, salt and cayenne. Although you might want to add in some fresh minced cilantro, if that's your thing. 

I love "semi-homemade" recipes like this basic and easy recipe because they have all the convenience of a store-bought prepared food with all the pride and freshness of a homemade meal. So, if you're looking to try a "semi-homemade" or "cheater's" guacamole, read on. 

This recipe is completely vegetarian, vegan and, if you check the ingredients on your store-bought salsa, it should be gluten-free as well. And, if you're looking for more easy vegetarian Mexican food meals, there are plenty of recipes to try at home.


  • 1 large avocado (ripe)
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice (or lime juice)
  • 1/4 cup prepared salsa
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • Dash salt (to taste; sea salt or Kosher salt is highly recommended)
  • Optional: dash cayenne or chili powder (or about 1/2 to 1 teaspoon hot sauce or taco sauce)

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Gather the ingredients
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  2. First, make sure your avocado is just soft and ripe enough. If it isn't, you might want to check out a few tips for how to ripen avocados here

    Make sure your avocado is ripe
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  3. Slice your avocado in half and remove the pit. Scoop out the green flesh into a small or medium-sized bowl.

    Slice avocado in half
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  4. Next, mash the avocado with a fork until almost smooth, or until desired consistency is reached. Generally, a few small chunks are ok, but you want it mostly smooth. On the other hand, there's no wrong way to make guacamole, so you can make it as smooth or as chunky as you like.

    Mash the avocado with a fork
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  5. Once your avocado is mashed, add the lemon or lime juice, the prepared salsa, garlic powder, the sea salt or kosher salt and the cayenne powder, chili powder, hot sauce, or taco sauce, if you're using it. Gently mix it all together until well combined. 

    Add lemon
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  6. Serve and enjoy!

That's it! 

You can adjust the seasonings to taste, or, just go ahead and dip your chips and enjoy your super easy guacamole with store-bought salsa! 

Guacamole tips: 

  • Guacamole doesn't keep well. It's best to prepare your guacamole as close to the time you'll be serving it as possible. Freshness really counts when it comes to guacamole! If you have to store your guac in the fridge for a while, transfer it into as small a container as possible and place clear plastic wrap over the top to prevent it from going brown. Nobody likes brown guac!

  • Guacamole is best served at room temperature. Another reason to make it and eat it right away!

  • Other common guac ingredients if you want something a bit more? Fresh chopped cilantro, minced red onion, or, stretch it out with some sour cream