This Chunky Guacamole with Tomatoes Recipe will get you in the mood for summer pool parties and barbecues. Mashed avocado is mixed with chopped onions and tomatoes, and topped off with lime juice and fresh cilantro. The flavor of this guacamole dip is amazing!
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This classic Mexican appetizer is so good, and easy to make. The key to the best guacamole recipe is to use fresh ingredients. You want to make sure that the tomatoes and avocado are ripe.
How Do I Know When an Avocado is Ripe?
There are a few ways to test the ripeness of an avocado. First, give it a little squeeze. Ripe avocados should feel soft. A firm avocado is not ripe. A mushy avocado is overripe.
Second, look at the color of the skin. A bright green avocado is not yet ripe. They get darker as they ripen. An avocado that has almost black skin that has dried up is past ripe and will be brown inside.
Your avocados will ripen in 1-2 days if left out on the counter. They will take longer to ripen in the refrigerator.
Homemade Guacamole Ingredients
To make this quick and easy homemade guacamole dip, you will need the following ingredients (print the full recipe below for specific amounts):
- Avocados: make sure you have ripe avocados so they are easy to mash
- Tomato: use one regular tomato or 2 Roma tomatoes
- Sweet onion: or red onion to add more color and a stronger onion flavor
- Limes: or bottled juice
- Avocado oil: or extra virgin olive oil
- Cilantro, salt, cayenne pepper, black pepper, and garlic: to finish off the recipe with some popping flavors
How to Make Guacamole
Making this easy guacamole recipe just takes 3 steps.
- Prepare all the vegetables. Chop the tomato and onion into large pieces. Finely chop the cilantro and mince the garlic. Juice the limes.
- Mash the avocado. Cut the avocados in half and remove the pit. Scoop out the flesh and mash the avocado to your liking and add to a large mixing bowl. (Tip: Use a fork or a potato masher.)
- Mix the ingredients. Add the rest of the ingredients to the mixing bowl. Mix gently and serve immediately.
Tips for Homemade Guacamole
- I like my dips chunky. Because whoever lightly dabs a chip in dip is just kidding themselves. I want my chip loaded with guacamole. The great thing about this recipe is that it doesn’t have to be chunky, if that is your preference. It all depends on how finely you chop the vegetables and how well you mash the avocado.
- I believe the key to great guacamole is fresh limes. Of course you can use lime juice, but it doesn’t compare to freshly squeezed limes. I highly recommend investing in a sturdy lime/lemon squeezer. It will change your life!
- If more then 2 people will be snacking, double or triple the recipe.
- Make the guacamole right before you are ready to serve it.
- Avocados start browning when exposed to oxygen, so if you aren’t consuming the guacamole right away, cover tightly with plastic wrap and store in the fridge. Don’t store for more than a couple hours.
What to Serve with Guacamole Dip
Chunky guacamole is fun to dip with tortilla chips or use as a topping on tacos. Here are some other ideas for what to serve with guacamole.