This homemade guacamole recipe is easy to make and has zero preservatives. Also, learn how to choose avocado and how to keep guacamole from turning brown.
If you’re buying store-bought guacamole you’re missing out!
Is Homemade Guacamole Healthy?
Avocados are an incredible little fruit. They contain healthy monounsaturated fatty acids and are incredibly nutrient-dense. Avocados are high in fiber, and a good source of many vitamins, including vitamins C, E, K, B-6, and folate.
So, you can definitely feel good about diving into a bowl of homemade guacamole. Oh, and you can also make an awesome avocado face mask out of this nifty little fruit!
I like to use it is as a sandwich or toast spread, or thin it with a little water and use it as a salad dressing. In addition to the obvious dipping frenzy for all manner of veggies and tortilla chips and topping for tacos and other Mexican and Tex-Mex fare.
How to Keep Guacamole from Turning Brown
If you search online, you will find a plethora of magic solutions for how to keep guacamole and avocados from turning brown. The truth is, while some may slow down the browning process of an avocado, nothing will truly stop the oxidation process that turns an avocado from beautiful, bright green to an unappealing brown. Once an avocado or homemade guacamole is exposed to air, it will start to change color.
(Which is really interesting if you look at those pre-packaged containers of guacamole that are still a perfect, bright green. Manufactures either vacuum the oxygen from their packages or fill the head-space with nitrogen gas. They also add citric acid or ascorbic acid to the guacamole to lower its pH and keep it green longer.)
Traditionally, acidic ingredients are used to slow down the browning process.
In our homemade guacamole, we use lime juice and tomatoes, both of which are acidic and help slow down the discoloration. Lastly, placing the pits onto the guacamole mash keeps any avocado it contacts from browning. This works because that part of the avocado is no longer exposed to oxygen.
Yes, you could press plastic wrap against your guacamole, but plastic wraps contain phthalates. For this reason alone we recommend against this practice.
No matter what, it is best to open your avocado and make your guacamole recipe right before you plan to serve it. If you need to prep it ahead of time, prepare all the other ingredients and add the avocado at the last minute. If the avocado is truly ripe enough for good guacamole, then it should be quite easy to quickly mix up your batch.
How to Choose Avocado
The perfect ripeness of avocado is essential for quality homemade guacamole.
When choosing your avocado, you want it to yield slightly when you press on it with your fingers. But, it shouldn’t feel squishy.
Another trick is to see what it looks like under the stem nub. If the stem pops off easily and underneath it is brown, then your avocado is ripe. If it’s difficult to get the stem off, or if it’s green or yellow underneath, then the avocado is not quite ready yet.
Always choose a firm avocado over a super squishy one, because they’ll ripen on your counter in a few days. Once perfectly ripe, you can store them in the fridge for up to a week.
Homemade Guacamole: A Healthy Recipe
This homemade guacamole recipe is easy to make and has zero preservatives. Also, learn how to choose avocado and how to keep guacamole from turning brown. Recipe yields 2 cups of guacamole.
- 1 Tbsp red onion (minced)
- 2 avocados ((ripe))
- 1 Tbsp lime juice (about 1 whole lime, juiced)
- 2 Tbsp tomatoes (finely diced)
- 2 Tbsp cilantro (chopped)
- ½ tsp salt
- 1 molcajete
- Place the diced red onion in a small bowl. Sprinkle with a little salt and cover with warm water. Set aside for 10 minutes, while you prepare the other homemade guacamole ingredients.
- Halve the avocados, remove the pits and scoop the flesh into a bowl or molcajete.
- Add the diced tomatoes, chopped cilantro, lime juice, and salt.
- Drain the onions and add them to the bowl.
- Mix all the ingredients together until your desired smoothness (or chunkiness) is achieved.
- Serve immediately and enjoy!
Cover any leftovers and store them in the refrigerator. This guacamole recipe will stay good (but not bright green) for 2-3 days.
There, wasn’t that homemade guacamole recipe easy? Now you never have to buy it premade again!
- Megan Ware, Natalie Olsen. 12 Health Benefits of Avocado. Medical News Today. Accessed May 2019.
- Roxanne Webber, Amy Sowder. How Does Packaged Guacamole Stay Green? Chowhound. Accessed May 2019.