Friend Favorite, Most Requested Simple Guacamole Recipe

If you are needing a new, fresh recipe for the perfect appetizer, dip or party side, this simple guacamole recipe is for you. It has just the right amount of creaminess, acid, and heat to go with your favorite tortilla chips.

This yummy, easy guacamole recipe was born from Dave’s creation — the first time I had it, I honestly thought it was out of this world. I used to have him make it regularly before I finally asked him to share his ways. Now, I can throw it together as a dinner side, or for a get-together with friends, easily on my own. And our friends — ever since they were introduced to Dave’s guac over a decade ago — always request it as part of our menu, more than any other dish either of us makes. It’s super simple and just requires tasting as you go. He was reluctant to pass over his secrets, so if you make it, let me know and I’ll pass the word along 😉

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What Are The Ingredients For Guacamole?

According to your specific taste, guacamole can be as simple or as complicated, and as spicy or as mild as you like! Of course, the main star is the avocado. I add additional ingredients to my recipe and we typically already have them all on hand. Here are the items I use:

  • Avocados
  • Tomato
  • Serrano Pepper (Jalapeno Pepper may be substituted.)
  • Onion
  • Sour Cream (Greek Yogurt may be substituted.)
  • Lime
  • Garlic Powder (Minced or Fresh Garlic may be substituted.)
  • Salt
  • Green Onions (optional)
  • Cilantro (optional)

How to Pick the Perfect Avocado for Guacamole

I didn’t realize until I was in the grocery store one day, in the produce section, and someone asked me to help them pick an avocado, that picking the perfect avocado for guacamole may not be common knowledge. Here are a few tips…

  1. What do you want? You want something mashable, but not brown.
  2. What color do you look for? For color, green means it’s too hard and not yet ready for guacamole, and dark, DARK purple/brown is usually really soft and is likely starting to brown on the inside. The perfect shade is a brown with SLIGHT green undertone — those are usually the perfect consistency… easy to mash but still yellow/green on the inside without bruising or spots. If it’s brown with more evident green, you are probably another day away from it being ideal to use for guacamole. The color is the easiest determining factor with picking avocados for guacamole.
  3. When do you want it to feel like? The avocado should have a slight give to it — tender when you press on it, but not like you can put your finger through the skin easily.

Try not to shop for avocados in advance too many days if you need them for a specific date/meal. You can purchase them more green if you’re anticipating using them several days later, but sometimes they can turn more quickly than expected. In general, if you need them to turn more quickly, put them in a drawer or brown paper bag in the pantry. If you need them to ripen at a normal pace, keep them in a bowl on the counter. I prefer to purchase avocados only a day or so ahead of time because it makes it easier to land the perfect ripe-ness the day of, without guessing how green/brown I should go to hit the mark.

What Kitchen Tools Are Needed To Make This Simple Guacamole Recipe?

 “Fancier” Guacamole Making Tools

Even though I use basic kitchen tools to make my Easy Guacamole Recipe, there are some kitchen tools out there specifically for the guacamole aficionado!

How To Make Guacamole

Authentic Guacamole recipe easy with sour cream
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Easy Authentic Guacamole (with Sour Cream)


  • 2 ripe avocados (should be able to press into it- not too hard)
  • 1 cup finely diced tomatoes
  • 1 minced serrano pepper (can substitute jalapeno for more mild)
  • 1/2 cup minced onion
  • 2 Tbsp sour cream (can substitute Greek yogurt)
  • 1/2 lime
  • 1 tsp garlic powder (can substitute fresh)
  • dash salt - to taste
  • 1/4 cup diced green onion (optional)


  1. Halve the avocados and scoop into a medium sized mixing bowl. Set pits aside.

  2. Using a potato masher, mash avocados until most chunks are gone.

  3. Add sour cream, tomatoes, onion, and the pepper, and stir. 

  4. Add juice from 1/2 a lime.

  5. Add garlic powder and salt. Don't overdo it; add gradually until taste preference is achieved.

  6. Add the pits to the guacamole mixture, stir well, garnish with green onion (optional) and serve with chips. The pits help the guacamole from turning brown.

Recipe Notes

*Optional Preparation* If you prefer, you can toss tomato and pepper in a food processor for a thinner consistency before adding to guacamole.

*You can add cilantro, if preferred.

Taste along the way! If you feel like it something about it is a little bland, I like to add some onion salt.

How To Keep Guacamole From Turning Brown

**Helpful Hint: To keep guacamole from turning brown, I save the avocado pits and include them in the serving bowl.

How Long Does Guacamole Last?

My recipe is just the right size for an appetizer, but sometimes I do have leftovers. If I have leftovers, I store the guacamole in a covered bowl with the avocado pits buried in the mixture. THIS Guac-Lock container also looks like a useful item to have on hand! The less air that gets in, the fresher and more green it will stay!

Authentic, Spicy, Simple Guacamole Recipe

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When Is The Best Time To Make/Serve This Simple Guacamole?

We love to make this easy guacamole throughout the year, but really enjoy it in the warm weather months, especially with Margaritas! As a note, avocados are actually at their prime in January through March. Occasions that call for this Easy Guacamole Recipe include:

  • Cinco de Mayo Celebration
  • Dining Al Fresco
  • Summer Parties
  • Game Day Gatherings
  • Taco Tuesday
  • Poolside Parties

If you make this easy guacamole, you must report back! And while we typically prep it as an app, we’ve had it as a side plenty of times on taco night, in lieu of beans or rice.

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  1. 5.2.23
    Jayne Z said:

    I also use my potato masher when I’m cooking hamburger or sausage – just smash the meat as it cooks and you’ll get nice uniform crumbles for spaghetti sauce or lasagne, etc. I didn’t come up with this – saw it many years ago and it is so much easier and faster than using a spoon or spatula.

    • 5.8.23

      Thank you for taking the time to stop by, Jayne! I appreciate you sharing this special tip.

  2. 5.2.23
    jennibell said:

    My son, who is our guac maker, always insists that I buy RED onions for his recipe. I haven’t heard of the sour cream addition before — may have to try that :). Also, I have heard (and tried) to pour a thin layer of water over top of your leftover guac. The water keeps the air out, but the fat in the fruit keeps the water from incorporating into the mixture. You just pour the water off before eating the rest. See if it works for you too!

    • 5.8.23

      Hi Jennibell, I love that your son is your official guac maker. Thank you for sharing your water tip!

  3. 5.2.23
    Erin said:

    I’m super lazy with my guacamole. I buy the pico de gallo already made from the produce section. Throw in a few mashed avocados, lemon juice, and sprinkle everything but the bagel seasoning. 4 ingredients. I’ve never thought to add sour cream. I’m gonna try Dave’s addition of sour cream but let’s be honest, I’m still buying my pico de gallo to save time. Thank you for this new addition. Can’t wait to add some sour cream.

    • 5.8.23

      I think your recipe sounds delicious, Erin! I am all about the easy and what works for you. It sounds like the Everything But the Bagel seasoning is a great addition, too!

  4. 5.3.23
    Christine Perella said:

    Looking forward to trying this recipe on Friday evening!! Thank you!

    • 5.8.23

      Hi Christine, Yay and please let me know what you think!

  5. 5.3.23
    Libbe said:

    Thanks for the guac recipe! We’ll definitely be trying this! Also, I love how your recipes are formatted in a way that is so easy to print.

    • 5.8.23

      Libbe, This is such a hit at our house and I hope you love it! Thank you for trying out my recipes.