Easy Guacamole

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Easy Guacamole | A Couple Cooks

Easy Guacamole | A Couple Cooks

Easy Guacamole | A Couple Cooks

Easy Guacamole | A Couple Cooks

What’s a good Mexican-style meal without guacamole? We don’t work with avocados often, since we tend to focus on local Midwestern foods. Plus, guacamole is so popular that we get our fair share of avocado just attending social events, which always seem to have a dish of the green good stuff. Perhaps that’s why we’ve never developed a recipe in our own kitchen. (Crazy, we know.)

This version of guacamole comes to us from our friend Russell, who shared it as a component of a recipe he developed for us (coming tomorrow). We’ve tasted quite a bit of different guacamole recipes over the years, and this version stands out. The ingredients are simple, but the meld of flavors is balanced and smooth. I’m also partial to guacamole without tomato chunks, which makes for a smoother overall consistency. The recipe is easy to whip up; the vegetables are chopped in a food processor, and then mixed in with mashed avocado and lime juice.

We served this with our homemade tortilla chips (worth making if you have the time) and some mango salsa. Similar to “standard” recipes like potato salad and pancakes, everyone has their own best way to make guacamole. We hope you enjoy ours, and let us know your favorite methods in the comments below.


Easy Guacamole

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  • Author: a Couple Cooks
  • Yield: 2 to 4


Note: For a spicier version, use 1 jalapeño pepper (instead of half).


  • 1/2 jalapeño pepper
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • ¼ red large onion (1/2 small)
  • 1/2 cup packed cilantro leaves
  • 2 avocados
  • 1 lime
  • ¾ teaspoon kosher salt
  • Fresh ground pepper


  1. Remove the seeds and ribs from the jalapeño pepper, taking care to properly shield your hands and eyes from the juice, then cut the pepper in half.
  2. In the bowl of a food processor, place 4 garlic cloves and process until minced. Add 1/4 red onion, 1/2 jalapeño pepper, and 1/2 cup cilantro leaves, and process until finely chopped.
  3. Cut 2 avocados in half and scoop out the flesh into a bowl. Mash the avocados with a fork, then mix in the vegetables. Add the juice of 1 lime, 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt, and fresh ground pepper to taste. Serve with homemade tortilla chips.


About the Authors

Sonja Overhiser

Cookbook Author and writer

Sonja Overhiser is author and recipe developer of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the “best vegetarian cookbooks” by Epicurious, and a recipe developer and healthy & sustainable food advocate behind the award-nominated food blog A Couple Cooks.

Alex Overhiser

Cookbook Author and photographer

Alex Overhiser is photographer and recipe developer of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the “best new cookbooks” by Bon Appetit, and a recipe developer, photographer, and technical expert at A Couple Cooks.


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    Ali | Gimme Some Oven
    April 30, 2015 at 10:07 am

    Yes!!! It’s no exaggeration when I say that I’m pretty sure I could live on guac for the rest of my life. ;) Love all of the garlic in your recipe!

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    Katie @ Whole Nourishment
    April 30, 2015 at 11:38 am

    I really like your garlicky version. Ironically I recently shared a recipe as well. I like adding cumin and chili powder for a smoky undertone that I think works nicely with the buttery avocado.

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    April 30, 2015 at 12:45 pm

    Looks good. I never thought to add garlic to guacamole, but I like the idea. I bought a gadget that makes scooping the flesh out of the shell of an avocado a snap. It has a fan-shaped arrangement of blades that make perfect slices as you scoop the flesh out in one smooth motion. Even if your plan is to mash it, it’s still worth using because it’s really fast and gets every last morsel of flesh out. It’s a gadget worth investing in. Mine only cost a few dollars at Aldi, but there are many designs widely available.

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    Dani Elis
    April 30, 2015 at 7:22 pm

    I just love a good guac!! I’m more of a fan of the chunky versions but this one sounds great with the onion through it… a must try :)

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    April 30, 2015 at 9:37 pm

    I love guacamole and I’m usually the one to make it at family events, but for some reason never make it at home! I always end up slicing up my avocados for sandwiches, or smashing it for egg salad. Love the addition of jalapenos, spice makes everything better!

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    May 2, 2015 at 7:39 pm

    Yum! I like to add a little tomato, small chop. So good! I could eat it with a spoon.

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    Nina at FocusedonFit.com
    May 2, 2015 at 9:28 pm

    Yum! Love the simplicity of this recipe…looks perfect!

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    May 3, 2015 at 7:38 am

    Totally love guacamole!! I can never have enough recipes! thank you for this it looks amazing!

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