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This 4 ingredient guacamole recipe is the simplest and most delicious guacamole you'll ever taste. With just four simple ingredients, you get to taste all the amazing flavors in the delicious creamy avocado dip. Plus, it's a heart healthy dip that fits into most any diet - Paleo, keto, vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free, and so many more.
This guacamole recipe is made without tomatoes (which means you can freeze this guacamole recipe). Keep reading for step-by-step instructions for how to freeze guacamole.
Tools to make (and freeze) this 4 ingredient guacamole recipe
- 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).
- Freezer bags OR freezer safe containers with lids - You only need these if you're planning to freeze the guacamole (I've provided instructions below).
Ingredients to make the guacamole
- Avocados - The star of the show - buy ripe avocados (slightly soft to touch - not mushy or hard) for extra creamy guacamole.
- Lime juice - We sometimes substitute lemon juice if it's all we've got and it still tastes great. If you buy lime juice, make sure it has only one ingredient - like this kind. If you're in a pinch you can try to substitute vinegar for the lime juice (but I'd add it a tiny bit at a time since it has such a strong flavor).
- Salt - The salt balances the flavors of the guacamole, We love this salt because it still has its trace minerals.
- Cilantro - This one is optional, but I love adding it because it adds great flavor. If you're adding cilantro (or any other add-ins) leave them out before popping this in the freezer.
- Everything else - Onions, tomatoes, salsa, sour cream, garlic- all optional and not recommended for freezing (also not necessary for a delicious tasting guacamole).
How to make this 4 Ingredient Guacamole Recipe
The process is extremely simple to make delicious tasting fresh guacamole at home.
First, scoop the insides of the avocados (minus the pit) into a bowl. Next, mash it with a fork (if you'd prefer a super-smooth guacamole, you'll need to use an immersion blender or food processor to get the lumps out).
Once the avocados are mashed, you can add the remaining ingredients. I like to go pretty heavy on the lime and then add salt to taste.
Cilantro is an optional ingredient in this recipe because it's not something I always have on hand. I love when I can make something delicious with the stuff I always have in my kitchen.
Recipe Tips & FAQ
Can I buy store bought guacamole and freeze it?
If you can find guacamole at the store with just avocados, lime (or lemon) juice, and salt - YES. But if they've added tomatoes, sour cream, onions, or any other fillers - I wouldn't freeze it. Freezing those fillers will release the water from them, or cause the dairy to separate, which won't be good once it's thawed back out.
What ingredient keeps guacamole from turning brown?
When avocados are exposed to oxygen they turns brown (oxidation). So if we want to keep the guacamole green, we just need to keep it away from oxygen. Here are a few tried and true ways you can do that:
- 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.
- Cover it with water. 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 avocado pit back in the guacamole. I haven't had much luck with this, but I have friends who swear by it!
What to add to guacamole to make it taste better?
If you made some guacamole and it's just not *quite* tasting how you want it, here are a few things to try:
- Add a bit more lime
- Add more salt
- Add some spice (cayenne or hot sauce)
Can you freeze guacamole?
You sure can (assuming it's just a simple guacamole recipe with no fillers).
- 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.
How to use your homemade guacamole?
Looking for ideas to use your delicious homemade guacamole?
- With chips and salsa
- On nachos
- In tortilla soup or chili
- On toast (avocado toast, anyone?)
- As a dip for veggies - carrots, cucumbers, celery
- As a dip for crackers (like these 3 ingredient homemade "cheese" crackers)
- As a topping on fajitas
- As a dip for chips (I've been loving these homemade sweet potato chips dipped in guacamole)
- On sandwiches, burgers, or wraps
- In a green smoothie - it'll add a delicious creaminess to your smoothie
Looking for more delicious homemade dips?
- Trader Joe's Almond Jalapeno Dip
- 5 Minute Homemade Hummus With Tahini
- Avocado Mayonnaise (Egg Free)
- Avocado Chocolate Pudding (don't knock it 'til you try it)!
- 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 (or use an immersion blender or food processor for super smooth guacamole)
- Squeeze in the lime juice
- Add salt, to taste
- Add cilantro if you’re using it (and any additional fillers)
- To Freeze the Guacamole:
- Don't try to freeze guacamole with fillers (like tomatoes, onions, dairy, etc.) in it. It's best to leave it super simple if it's going in the freezer.
- If you don't have lime juice you can substitute lemon juice.
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