Guacamole doesn't get easier or more delicious than this! With four simple ingredients and one bowl, you will have this kid-favorite side dish ready to serve in less than ten minutes. It's perfect for game day!
This easy homemade guacamole pairs amazingly well with pretty much anything! My kids especially love it served along with a good 'ol turkey burger! It will not disappoint!
And, if you happen to have an air fryer, you can make these amazing air fryer tortilla chips to serve with the guacamole!
Why This Recipe is So Great
This 4-ingredient guacamole is made with easy to find ingredients, can be made year-round, and can be made in less than ten minutes. Does it get any better?
The first time I made guacamole I used all of the 'typical' ingredients. It was time-consuming, to say the least. And, while diced onion, tomatoes, cilantro, and/or jalapeno can most definitely be added, it's really not necessary! I mean, why complicate things when you don't have to?
- Ready in fewer than ten minutes from start to finish.
- 4 ingredients! Actually, three ingredients if you don't count salt.
- Made without onion and without tomato.
- Perfect texture for kids.
- Made with easy to find ingredients.
- Can be made year-round.
- Versatile: can be served as a snack, side dish, on a salad, or as part of a layered tex-mex dip.
- Perfect for school lunches, dinner, game day, picnics, barbecues, and parties.
- Gluten-free and dairy-free. Actually, this recipe is free of the top 8 food allergies.
- It's healthy + kids love it = serve it often.
Did you catch that it only takes ten minutes (or less), from start to finish? Amazing!
- Avocados Avocados are full of monounsaturated fats, fiber, and various vitamins and minerals. Read more about monounsaturated fats from the American Heart Association.
- Lime juice Use fresh squeezed lime juice, as in squeeze the juice from one lime. Lime is high in vitamin C.
- Garlic Use fresh garlic (not jarred). Garlic is considered a vegetable, offers a variety of vitamins and minerals, and has many health claims. Read more about garlic from Food & Nutrition.
- Salt Added for flavor. Sea salt contains slightly less sodium per teaspoon than traditional table salt. Either can be used for this recipe - you decide!
Some kids don't like to bite in chunks of tomato or onion, and others don't like spicey food. This is a milder guacamole recipe with a consistent texture. It doesn't contain any jalapenos or raw onions which makes it more friendly towards kids, who usually have simpler pallets.
If your child is the exception, you can always add jalapenos, onions, and/or tomatoes if they prefer it that way! Kids love a good dip, whether dipping tortilla chips or veggies!
How To Make This Recipe
This guacamole is made by mashing avocado, fresh lime juice, fresh garlic, and salt together until the desired consistency is reached. That's it! It's so easy!
For a complete list of ingredients and specific instructions, scroll down to the bottom for the recipe.
- Guacamole is best eaten the same day.
- Buy avocados that are ripe (tender to the touch but not mushy) if you will be using them within a day or two.
- If you are buying avocados in advance, buy unripe avocados (hard to the touch) and let them sit out on a counter to ripen. Place them in a paper bag first to speed up the ripening process.
- Check on avocados daily to be sure they don't get over-ripe.
- Use a citrus juicer to get the most juice out of a lime.
- A garlic press to mince garlic saves time and helps to achieve a perfect consistency.
- Use a meat or potato masher to mash all ingredients together. Alternately, a fork can be used.
- If your kids aren't used to heavily seasoned foods, consider using one clove of garlic or leave the garlic out altogether the first time you make this recipe.
- Start by using ½ teaspoon of salt. After mixing in ½ teaspoon of salt, taste it. If you love it, great! If it could use more salt, add more. You really shouldn't need to add more than a total of ¾ teaspoon of salt.
- If your kiddo has been told to follow a low-salt diet, simply reduce the amount of salt added.
I've used lemon in a pinch. It's definitely better than nothing, but the lemon can be a little overpowering.
Guacamole is best eaten the same day it's made. You can make it an hour before it will be served with no problem. When stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator, guacamole will still taste good the next day but not good enough (in my opinion) to serve it for company. If you have leftover guacamole, I think it's best to freeze it in a freezer-safe resealable bag (get as much of the air out as possible before sealing it) and store it in the freezer.
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Other Great Kid-Friendly Side Dishes
- 3 avocados
- 2 cloves of garlic finely minced
- 1 lime Juiced about 2 tablespoons
- ½ teaspoon salt may need up to an additional quarter teaspoon of salt, to taste
- Place flesh of three avocados in a medium-sized mixing bowl
- Add minced garlic and lime juice to the avocados
- Mash avocado, garlic, and lime well with a fork or food masher for about one minute (this will take longer if using a fork), until it reaches your desired consistency
- Add ½-¾ teaspoon of salt and mix well. Taste it. *If you think it needs more salt, add up to an additional ¼ teaspoon more salt, to taste.
- Mix well. It's ready to serve!