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Homemade Guacamole

Ever wonder how to make guacamole? Just whip together this delicious blend of your favorite fresh ingredients.—Joan Hallford, North Richland Hills, Texas
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 10 min.
  • Makes
    2 cups


  • 3 medium ripe avocados, peeled and cubed
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 medium tomatoes, seeded and chopped, optional
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise, optional
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh cilantro


  • Mash avocados with garlic and salt. Stir in remaining ingredients.

Test Kitchen Tips
  • Avocado is high in monounsaturated fat, a so-called “good fat” that can lower your blood cholesterol along with the risk of stroke and heart disease.
  • For extra fun and flavor, add one of these delicious toppings to your guac.
  • You can use lemon and lime juice interchangeably in this recipe to achieve a different flavor. To substitute orange, though, you’ll need to keep a little lemon or lime to spark up the flavor.
  • Nutrition Facts
    1/4 cup: 90 calories, 8g fat (1g saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 78mg sodium, 6g carbohydrate (1g sugars, 4g fiber), 1g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1-1/2 fat.


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    • pammy54
      Aug 20, 2020

      Adele, your comment from June 18th is just plain blah. If you don't make guacamole, and your family doesn't like it, why are you even bothering to comment? People like and want guacamole, they don't want to see a lecture on nutrition. Put a cork in it! On the positive side, I really like this recipe, but I only used half of the mayonnaise... Just enough to make it a little creamy. According to Adele, I am living vicariously! LOL. But I have been able to get some really excellent Haas avocados at the store lately, and they are huge and solid when I buy them. I will buy 5 at a time, leave them in the bag that I put them in and put it on the lowest shelf in my refrigerator. They will keep for days and not start to go bad. I love this stuff on a toasted everything bagel for breakfast. With coffee and some fruit, it's a filling and nutritious meal. Thank you for sharing this recipe!

    • joyceedson
      Jul 23, 2020

      This is a great guacamole. It really tastes good and it is easy to prepare.

    • Karyn
      Jun 18, 2020

      Why was this recipe titled 1-step Guacamole in the newsletter? Please don't mislead your readers, it's absolutely not a 1-step guacamole. It takes 1 step just to peel the avocado. Counting the peeling chopping, cubing, mincing, seeding, squeezing, mashing and stirring, it's at least a 10-step Guacamole. Easy and quick, yes. 1-step, no way.

    • Adele
      Jun 18, 2020

      8 g of fat and 90 cal per quarter cup. What isn't said here is that there are 9 cal per gram of fat, which in this case, means 72 cal are fat calories. The percentage of calories from fat (which I calculate to be 80%) is far too high for my liking. Also, I expected adding the mayonnaise adds calories from fat, and there is no indication whether the calculations were made using mayonnaise or not. I wouldn't make this, or any guacamole for that matter. I'm the only one in our house who likes it, so it wouldn't be worth my effort.

    • apbraly
      Jun 18, 2020

      I had never heard of putting mayonnaise in guacamole. I tried the recipe and will never make it this way again. A simple way to make guacamole ... and I always get great reviews about it ... is to mash the avocados, add salt and cumin to taste. Sometimes I might add a little chili powder. That's it ... A clean and simple guacamole. And to keep guacamole green, if you're not using it right away, spread it in a container so there are no air bubbles and add a quarter to a half an inch of water to the top. Next day, gently pour the water off and you'll have green guacamole again!

    • Sandee225
      May 17, 2020

      Delicious! This was a hit with my family. I knew it would be because Joan Hallford is the cook! I love every one of Joan’s recipes that I have tried. In fact, I almost scrolled through this one, and then I saw her name. Glad I did! It’s a keeper! Thank you, Joan!

    • sjpoor
      May 17, 2020

      Great recipe. To help it from getting dark just put the pits of the avacado in the container you want to store it in. It's not perfect but it sure helps.

    • LindyLou22
      Nov 10, 2019

      Great recipe! I wonder how long it keeps.

    • jrhoden
      Sep 21, 2019

      Never heard of/or had quac with mayo! Yuk. Use salsa!!

    • joycerm53
      Aug 26, 2019

      Great recipe! I do not change a thing! Joyce Moynihan. Volunteer Field Editor