Making delicious guacamole doesn’t have to be difficult or complicated. It’s actually quite easy! And contrary to a lot of recipes on the internet, guacamole doesn’t have to be bland and flavorless. This 5 star, 4-ingredient guacamole recipe yields delicious results every time. It’s also easily customizable and tremendously versatile. It’s the perfect addition to your next taco night, tailgate, or date night in.

Tortilla chips, half an avocado and red onion next to a small bowl of 4 ingredient guacamole.

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This 4 Ingredient Guacamole Recipe is easy and customizable!

First things first: Guacamole is not just mashed avocado. Have you ever tried to make guacamole and been disappointed by a bland, flavorless dip? I’m about to show you how to make the best tasting and easiest guacamole! This super simple 4-Ingredient guacamole is a great base recipe for any beginner or seasoned cook. It’s perfect for taco night, tailgate parties and game-day gatherings, or just for curling up on the couch with some chips and dip.

This 4-ingredient recipe yields delicious guac every time in just 5 minutes. You can also easily customize this recipe with your favorite additions too! Serve this avocado dip as part of the perfect tortilla dips trifecta including smoky queso and, of course, some spicy salsa! Say goodbye to flavorless, mashed avocado. Welcome to the wonderful world of fresh, delicious, homemade guacamole, you’ll never buy the store stuff again.

Why you’ll love 4 Ingredient Guacamole

Serving chips with guacamole has never been easier! You’ll never want to buy guac again after trying this recipe. 

  • It’s so easy and it’s ready in less than 5 minutes. 
  • Guacamole can be creamy or chunky, and you can customize it with your favorite mix-ins. 
  • Creamy avocados combined with fresh lime juice are a great way to enjoy healthy fats!
  • All of the ingredients for this guac recipe can be found at your local grocery store.
Ingredients needed to make 4 ingredient guacamole.

Ingredients for Guacamole without Tomatoes

This recipe is absolutely great on its own, but you can also view it as a great base recipe. 

In other words, it’s an easy guacamole recipe with no tomato, cilantro, or jalapeño, but if you want to add that stuff, you totally can!

Here are the four ingredients you need to start with: 

  • avocados – they need to be ripe, otherwise, they won’t blend up well!
  • limes – you are going to use them for juice and zest, so don’t skimp and use the bottled lime juice concentrate,
  • garlic powder – You can use garlic salt instead, but only add extra salt to taste. Fresh garlic cloves also work here. I recommend grating or mincing finely if going with fresh.
  • coarse kosher salt – Sea salt also works here, but I don’t recommend using table salt. 

Best mix-ins for this 4 Ingredient Guacamole Recipe

This creamy guacamole recipe is a great blank slate for adding your favorite mix-ins and flavors. While this avocado dip is a delicious dip on its own, here are some ideas to add extra flavor: 

  • jalapeño peppers or serrano peppers (for spice)
  • diced tomatoes (roma tomatoes work great)
  • diced onions (red onion or white onion) 
  • cotija cheese*
  • sour cream*
  • hot sauce 
  • cilantro 
  • black pepper
  • taco seasoning 
  • cayenne pepper
  • fresh minced garlic 
  • bacon* 
  • shredded cheese*

*Keep in mind if you add any of these ingredients this will no longer be vegan or dairy-free guacamole! If that’s a concern for your crowd, leave these out or serve them on the side. 

Best avocados for Easy Guacamole

The most widely consumed avocado is the Haas avocado. They have dark brown skins and rich green fruit inside. Haas avocados are the most prevalent in American grocery stores, and they make the best guacamole. 

However, most avocados aren’t grown in America. Mexico is the top producer of avocados, and about 90% of the ones grown in the U.S. are grown in California. 

Avocado trees are native to Central America and northern South America. They thrive in humid, tropical, and subtropical regions. 

Using ripe Hass avocados is one of the best ways to have a great guacamole.

How to make Guacamole without Tomatoes

A recipe card with a complete list of ingredients, measurements, and full instructions is located at the bottom of this page.

  1. First, peel and pit your avocados. (Here’s a tutorial on cutting avocados.) 
  2. Add the avocado fruit to a mixing bowl.
  3. Add the juice and zest from both of the limes to your mixing bowl along with the garlic powder and salt.
  4. Mash to your desired consistency with a fork or an avocado masher. You can even use a potato masher.
  5. Mix until fully combined.
  6. If you want to add in some mix-ins, do that now! 
  7. Then serve it with your favorite chips and dippers in a cute guacamole bowl.

4 Ingredient Guacamole Recipe Tips

Don’t use unripe avocados or you will wind up with chunky guacamole that will never quite be smooth. The best results come from using ripe avocados.

If there are brown spots on your avocados, they are still safe to eat. You can cut them away if you like before mashing them, but a few spots won’t affect the final outcome, I promise! 

If you like chunky-style guacamole, try mashing two of the avocados and saving the third. Once you’ve mixed the ingredients together, dice the last avocado into chunks and gently fold it in. 

If you like a really smooth guacamole, you can add all of the ingredients to a food processor and process it until it’s smooth. It’ll take all of the hard work away from you!

What to Dip in Guacamole

This easy homemade guacamole recipe is a great appetizer or snack. Serve it alongside some of these dippers: 

  • your favorite tortilla chips (chips and guacamole is a classic!) 
  • pita chips 
  • red radish slices
  • red peppers
  • cucumber slices 
  • cauliflower florets
  • broccoli florets 
  • carrot sticks or baby carrots 
  • French fries
  • bell peppers
  • celery sticks

Avocado toast is also a great way to enjoy guacamole dip! Just spread it over the top of your favorite toasted bread and enjoy!

Small bowl of 4 ingredient guacamole with half an avocado and red onion next to it.
Mash to your desired consistency.

Dinner ideas with guacamole

Guacamole isn’t just an appetizer. It also goes really well with a number of Mexican and Latin dishes. 

I recommend pairing it with your favorite Mexican recipe.

How to Store this 4 Ingredient Guacamole Recipe

Guacamole can be stored in a food-safe airtight container and kept in the fridge for 1-2 days. 

Before adding the lid, give the guac another squeeze of lime juice on the surface of the guacamole. The acidity of the lime juice will help to preserve the green color. 

If you think you will have leftover guacamole, save the avocado pits and place one or two in the container with the guac. This helps keep them green as well. It sounds weird, but trust me, it works! 

You can also place a piece of plastic wrap across the top of the guacamole before placing the lid on it to help avoid browning as well.

How to keep guacamole from turning brown

Guacamole and avocados will turn brown the longer they are exposed to oxygen. If you leave a bowl of guac out for a few hours, it might be dark green or brown by the end of the night. 

Adding lime or lemon juice to the guacamole will help keep it from turning brown. You can also store it with the avocado pit, which releases chemicals that slow the browning process. 

Can you make guacamole ahead of time?

Guacamole is always best when made fresh (and it only takes 5 minutes to make!) but you can make it about a day ahead of time. 

Be sure to use my tips for storing it (scroll up just a tad!) with lime juice and the avocado pit. 

Can you freeze guacamole?

Guacamole can be frozen without affecting the taste or color. Add it to a ziptop bag and squeeze out as much air as possible.

Place it in the freezer for up to 3 months. To thaw it, place it in a bowl of cold water for 30-40 minutes or microwave it on the lowest setting. Use it immediately. 

Top view of 4 ingredient guacamole in a bowl with tortilla chips around it and half an avocado and red onion.

Guacamole Recipe No Tomato FAQs

Is guacamole vegan?

Yes, guacamole is typically vegan if it is just made with avocado, lime juice, salt, and garlic. However, some popular mix-ins like cheese, sour cream, bacon and chorizo are not, so always ask about ingredients if non-vegan products are a concern.

What is traditional guacamole made of?

Guacamole is made from mashed avocados, salt, lime juice, and garlic. Sometimes it has tomato, onion, jalapeño, and cilantro added, as well as other spices like cayenne pepper. 

What can I add to guacamole to make it taste better?

Guacamole is delicious on its own. If it doesn’t taste awesome, add a spritz more of lime juice and maybe some more salt. You can also try adding in flavorful mix-ins like hot sauce, onion, cilantro, or taco seasoning to give it more flavor. 

How do restaurants keep their guacamole from turning brown?

Air is the enemy of guacamole. Restaurants press a layer of plastic wrap onto the surface of the container before adding the lid to trap out any air from reaching the dip. The piece of plastic wrap works to keep air bubbles out.

What is the main ingredient of guacamole?

Mashed avocados are the main ingredient in guacamole. They are usually seasoned with garlic, lime juice, and salt, as well as other mix-ins like tomatoes, onions, and sometimes jalapeños.

Can you heat up guacamole?

Yes, guacamole can be heated in the microwave or on the stovetop. It won’t turn brown or go bad, but the texture may change if the avocados are cooked, versus just being warmed up. 

How to tell if an avocado is ripe

Finding the perfect avocado with the best creamy texture can seem hard, but here are a few tips!
Avocados begin the ripening process once they are picked from the tree. Sometimes they will still have a greenish color flesh of the avocados. If they are still green, they are not yet ripe. 
Even so, all-black skin doesn’t necessarily indicate ripeness. Give the avocado a gentle squeeze. 
If it still feels hard, it’s not yet ripe. But if you feel a little give and some softness, it’s ready to use. 
The last step to confirm ripeness is to remove the stem at the top. If you see green below, it is ripe. However, if this is removed too soon you may see a brown color there even when the avocado is ripe. 
Tip: If your avocados aren’t yet ripe a day or two before you need them for guacamole, you can place them in a brown paper bag with a banana. Fold over the top to seal the bag and place it in a sunny area or outside for 24-48 hours. The banana will release chemicals that will help to ripen the avocados.
Once your avocados are ripe or close to it, you can store them in the fridge to extend their lives for a few more days.

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Guacamole Recipe without Cilantro and Tomatoes

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Prep 5 minutes
Cook 0 minutes
Total 5 minutes
Servings: 6
You only need a few basic ingredients for this simple 4-Ingredient Guacamole Recipe. It is the perfect dip or addition to taco night!

Ingredients 

Instructions 

  • First, peel and pit your avocados.
  • Add the avocados to a mixing bowl.
  • Add in the juice and zest from both limes along with the garlic powder and salt.
  • Mash to your desired consistency.
  • Mix until fully combined.
  • Serve with your favorite chips and dippers!

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Notes

  • If you like a chunky style guacamole, try mashing two of the avocados and saving the third. Once you’ve mixed the ingredients together, dice the last avocado into chunks and gently fold it in.

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving, Calories: 172kcal, Carbohydrates: 12g, Protein: 2g, Fat: 15g, Saturated Fat: 2g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g, Monounsaturated Fat: 10g, Sodium: 396mg, Potassium: 526mg, Fiber: 7g, Sugar: 1g, Vitamin A: 158IU, Vitamin C: 17mg, Calcium: 21mg, Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American

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