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Homemade guacamole is always a hit. Whether you're eating a casual dinner with your family or throwing a party, this guacamole will be a show stopper.
The best guacamole is made with simple ingredients, but still has TONS of flavor. Plus, it's not hard at all to freeze guacamole. I'll teach you how to keep guacamole fresh and how to freeze it for later in this post.
Who Created Guacamole?
Curious about guacamole history? Yeah I was too. Because. Um. It's delicious. And sometimes I get curious about who had these brilliant ideas first.
Apparently, back in the 1500s, the Aztecs invented guacamole. Except back then it was called "ahuaca-mulli" which translates roughly to "avocado-sauce".
And there it is. People have been enjoying the wonders of guacamole for hundreds of years!
Should Guacamole Have Tomatoes?
You'll see a lot of guacamole recipes out there with pico de gallo or chopped tomatoes in the ingredient list. But you won't find that here.
Tomatoes are usually added to guacamole as a filler. But when I'm eating guacamole, I just want the avocado, lime, and salt to shine. If I want tomato flavor, I'll throw some salsa on top of my taco. But NOT in my guacamole.
Traditional Homemade Guacamole
We're sticking pretty close to tradition by using just avocados, salt, and lime juice. Of course you can add cilantro if you have some.
Cilantro is an optional ingredient because it's not something I always have. But I do always have lime juice. And I love when I can make something delicious with ingredients I have on hand. In a pinch you could even use lemon juice. You might not even be able to tell the difference.
tools to make homemade guacamole
- Bowl and fork - if you're okay with chunky guacamole, you can just mash the avocados with a fork until you get to the consistency you like.
- Immersion blender or food processor - If you prefer a smoother guacamole, you'll need to use some sort of blender to get it there. My two favorite ways to blend up sauces are an immersion blender (this one has a good motor and won't burn up the first time you use it) or food processor (this one has lasted for almost 10 years and is still going strong).
ingredients to make guacamole
- Avocados - can't make guacamole without avocados
- Lime juice
- Salt - we love this salt because it still has its trace minerals intact.
- Onions, tomatoes, salsa, sour cream, cilantro, garlic- all optional and not necessary (as you'll see in the recipe below).
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Making guacamole with kids?
Let them smash the avocados. Guacamole is perfect when it's a little chunky. Your kids might enjoy squeezing the lime juice into a bowl, too. Here are some fun kids cooking tools to make kitchen time more memorable.
Can I Buy Store Bought Guacamole?
Sure, store bought guacamole is convenient. And yes it is nice when you don't have to wait on your avocados to ripen.
But did you know you can freeze guacamole? Yep. Buy avocados when they're on sale and freeze them for later! Here's a list of more vegetables you can freeze that you probably didn't know about.
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The benefits of homemade guacamole are worth the slight inconvenience of making it at home. When you make your own guacamole you can guarantee that it's fresh and delicious. And you get to decide what goes in, and what stays out.
How Long Does Homemade Guacamole stay fresh?
When guacamole is exposed to oxygen it turns brown (oxidation). So if we want to keep the guacamole green, we just need to keep it away from oxygen (sounds simple enough, right?).
4 ways to keep guacamole fresh & green in the fridge
- Put the guacamole in an air tight container and drizzle with extra lime juice. The acid from the lime juice slows the oxidation.
- This should keep it green for about 1 day.
- Cover the guacamole with plastic wrap and push it down so no air is touching the guacamole.
- Depending how close the plastic wrap is to the guacamole, and how porous your plastic wrap is, this will keep the guacamole green for 1-2 days.
- Press the guacamole down into your container so there's no air bubbles with the back of a spoon. Then drizzle a little water over the top to cover. Put it in the fridge with the lid on, and when you're ready to use it, just pour the water off.
- This could keep it green for up to 3 days!
- You can also try to put the pits back in the guacamole. I haven't had much luck with this, but my friends swear by it!
Can I Freeze Homemade Guacamole?
Do you have a bunch of avocados on the counter ready to be eaten? You can easily make a big batch of guacamole and freeze it for later. Here's how:
- Scoop the guacamole into a quart size plastic bag.
- Get the air bubbles out and seal the bag.
- Put the bag in the freezer and lay it flat to freeze.
- The day before you want some, just put it in the fridge and let it thaw overnight.
Don't add onion, tomato, or dairy when freezing guacamole. It won't work out so well because the onion and tomato will release water and make your guacamole runny. And dairy will likely separate in the freezer.
Money-saving tip: Buy a bunch of avocados when they go on sale, and freeze several bags of guacamole for later. I've been doing this lately (thanks to Grocery Budget Makeover) and it's saved us a ton of money (and the guacamole still tastes great when it's thawed).
What Should I Serve with Guacamole?
We love guacamole in our house. And I could eat it by the spoonful without even feeling bad about it. But it's also nice to eat it with something. Here are some ideas if you wan to incorporate guacamole into your next meal.
If you don't already have a serving bowl for your guacamole, consider this one. You can find it on Amazon. It'll be a hit at your next party!
10 ways to use guacamole
Looking for ideas to use that your guacamole? Other than just eating it by the spoonful? Here are some ideas if you're drawing a blank.
- With chips and salsa
- On nachos
- In tortilla soup or chili
- On toast
- Dip for veggies - carrots, cucumbers, celery
- Dip for crackers (like these 3 ingredient cheese crackers)
- As a topping on fajitas (like these sheet pan fajitas)
- On a quesadilla
- In a grilled cheese sandwich
- In a smoothie
Looking for more delicious Homemade Dips?
- Trader Joe's Almond Jalapeno Dip
- 5 Minute Homemade Hummus With Tahini
- Avocado Mayonnaise (Egg Free)
- Homemade Mayonnaise With Avocado Oil
- 3 large avocados
- juice of 1-2 limes
- salt, to taste
- handful of chopped fresh cilantro (optional)
- Mash the avocados with a fork or potato masher
- Squeeze in the lime juice
- Add salt, to taste
- Add cilantro if you’re using it
Nutrition Information:Yield: 9 Serving Size: ¼ c
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 127Total Fat: 10gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 89mgCarbohydrates: 11gFiber: 5gSugar: 4gProtein: 2g