This chunky, fresh, and creamy Guacamole is the perfect crowd-pleasing appetizer or side dish. Simple, healthy, and made without tomatoes!
Only 6 ingredients are needed including mashed avocado, white onion, finely chopped cilantro, zesty lime juice, and a little jalapeno pepper for a kick.
You can easily prepare this from-scratch guacamole in less than 10 minutes!
It's fresh, full of flavor, and easy to make. Serve with tortilla chips, tacos, burritos, and more.
This basic guacamole recipe is made without tomatoes. If you love tomatoes, you can add a few tablespoons of chopped tomatoes. But tomatoes in guacamole aren't necessary in terms of flavor and they add unnecessary amounts of water.
I recommend serving this creamy vegan guacamole dip alongside fresh pico de Gallo instead.
This homemade guacamole recipe comes together in under 10 minutes and is made up of fresh ingredients.
Ripe Avocados: Perfectly ripe avocado is the main ingredient in guacamole. Unripe avocado or stringy avocado aren't good choices when it comes to making this recipe. The best way to check for the perfect avocados is to go by feel. It will feel slightly soft but it will not be “mushy” to the touch.
White Onion: White onion is preferred for guacamole but you could use red onion or yellow onion.
Cilantro: For me, fresh cilantro is not optional! But if you love
Jalapeño: Just a touch of a hint of spice and flavor. This can be omitted or more can be added for additional heat.
Garlic Clove: Fresh minced garlic is a must! You could also use garlic powder but fresh has the best flavor.
Lime Juice: Fresh lime juice is an important addition to guacamole. I don't recommend lemon juice.
Kosher Salt & Black Pepper: Add as needed for flavor.
You don't need any fancy equipment to make this easy guacamole recipe.
If you use a food processor instead of a fork or potato masher, you will end up with a very smooth almost sauce-like texture.
How to Make This Recipe
Combine a few simple ingredients in a bowl, mash until well combined but still chunky, and serve with crunchy tortilla chips!
The full recipe can be found in the recipe card below.
In a large bowl, combine the avocados, white onion, cilantro, garlic, lime juice, jalapeño, salt, and pepper.
Mash until the ingredients are combined but still chunky.
Taste and adjust the following: Lime juice, salt, and black pepper.
Enjoy this chunky guacamole as a topping for tacos, nachos, and burritos, or with tortilla chips!
This basic guacamole without tomatoes can be served alongside all your favorite dishes. It can be enjoyed as an appetizer, side dish, or as topping.
Enjoy with tortilla chips: My favorite brand of tortilla chips is Late July Hint of Lime.
Use it as a topping for nachos, enchiladas, burritos, rice bowls, taco salad, and more!
Substitutions & Additions
Good guacamole only needs a few simple ingredients: avocado, onion, cilantro, lime, and salt.
But everyone has their own preferences when it comes to this delicious dip.
If you aren't a fan of raw onions, make this simple guacamole recipe without onions. The same thing goes for cilantro. If you think cilantro tastes like soap, leave it out.
I prefer my guacamole chunky with extra cilantro and onion and without tomatoes.
Spicy Guacamole: Add more jalapeño peppers to increase the heat. Or add serrano, habanero peppers, cayenne pepper, or red pepper flakes.
Additions: Add fresh corn, black beans, red bell peppers, cherry tomatoes, Roma tomatoes, fresh pico de Gallo, pineapple, or mango.
Tips & Tricks
Use ripe avocados! Go by feel, not by color. It will feel slightly soft but it will not feel “mushy” to the touch. If it gives easily and retains its shape when given a gentle squeeze, the avocado is ripe. If your finger leaves a dent, the avocado is likely over-ripened.
Make it right before serving. Avocados become brown when exposed to air so if you plan to leave it exposed during a party, make sure it's the last to be prepared. Brown guacamole is still safe to eat, it just doesn't look as pretty.
Taste and adjust! Always taste and adjust to your preferences. If you like it tangier, add more lime. If you want it to be spicy, add more jalapeños. If you like it saltier, add a touch more salt.
Transfer any leftover guacamole to an airtight container and level it with a spatula. Press a piece of plastic wrap or parchment paper onto the surface of the guacamole without leaving any air bubbles. Then, close it tightly with the lid to the container. Place it in the fridge and use it within 2-3 days.
In case you get the brown layer on top, just scrap it off before using the remaining guacamole.
Avocado becomes brown when exposed to air. It is still good to eat. A layer of oil or lime juice on top could prevent it from browning as well but I find the layer of cling wrap works just fine.
Frequently Asked Questions
Traditionally, yes. But not always! It's best to ask the restaurant or check the ingredients if it's store-bought. Sometimes sour cream or milk can be added.
Traditional guacamole is made without tomatoes but it is often added as a filler ingredient.
Tomatoes don't add anything in terms of flavor. Tomatoes release a lot of water which is something you want to avoid when it comes to guacamole. Having a side of fresh pico de Gallo and guacamole is best! No need to combine them.
This occurs when the avocado has been exposed to cold temperatures for a long period of time before it begins the ripening process. It's called vascular browning.
Yes, but they won't taste very good. I usually discard them.
You can leave the onion out of this guacamole recipe if you don't enjoy the flavor of raw onions.
You can leave the cilantro out of this recipe if you aren't a fan of the flavor.
Guacamole without Tomatoes
- 4 Large Ripe Avocados
- ⅓ cup White Onion diced
- ¼ cup Cilantro finely chopped
- 1 Small Jalapeño minced
- 1 Garlic Clove minced
- 2 tablespoons Lime Juice
- ½ teaspoon Kosher Salt more to taste
- ¼ teaspoon Black Pepper more to taste
- In a large bowl, combine the avocados, white onion, cilantro, garlic, lime juice, jalapeño, salt, and pepper.
- Mash until the ingredients are combined but still chunky. Season to taste.
- Taste and adjust the following: Lime juice, salt, and black pepper.
- Enjoy as a topping for tacos, nachos, and burritos, or with tortilla chips!
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