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This easy guacamole recipe is perfect for a quick and healthy snack! Using just one avocado, combine it with lime juice, chopped red onion, garlic, salt, and jalapeño (to your liking) for a flavor-packed dip ready in minutes. It’s a delicious way to use up a single avocado and enjoy fresh guacamole anytime.

Looking for more single serving and small batch avocado recipes? You’ll love our fresh and flavorful Avocado Salad, zesty Cowboy Caviar, delicious Avocado Toast topped with a fried egg or fresh tomatoes, and a hearty Taco Salad!

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Why You’ll Love This Guacamole Recipe

  • Simple: Made with just a handful of ingredients, it doesn’t get easier than this.
  • Healthy: Avocado is packed with beneficial fats and nutrients.
  • Versatile: Perfect as a dip, spread, or topping for various dishes.
  • Fresh: Nothing beats the taste of homemade guacamole.
  • Quick: Whip it up in less than 10 minutes.

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An avocado, chopped red onions, garlic, and salt in a small bowl.

What Is Guacamole?

Guacamole is a popular Mexican dip made primarily from mashed avocados combined with various seasonings. It’s usually served with tortilla chips and is a staple in Mexican cuisine.

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Ingredients

This section provides a quick rundown of the ingredients used in this small batch guacamole recipe. For complete measurements and step-by-step instructions, please scroll to the recipe card located at the bottom of this post.

  • One avocado: The star of the show. Use a ripe avocado; it should feel slightly soft when gently squeezed. Leftover avocados can be enjoyed with Beef Tacos or Chicken Enchiladas.
  • Salt: Enhances the flavor of the avocado. Adjust to preference.
  • Lime or lemon juice: Adds a tangy kick and prevents the avocado from browning too quickly. Use leftover lime juice to make a fabulous Skinny Margarita!
  • Onions: I love using chopped red onions in my guacamole but yellow onions are most often used in traditional guacamole recipes. Onions provide a crunchy texture. Can be substituted with green onions for a milder flavor. Use leftover onions in Chicken Shawarma or in an Italian Chopped Salad.
  • Garlic: Using garlic in guacamole is really a matter of personal preference. I happen to love a little garlic in mine, it adds depth to the dip. If fresh isn’t available, 1/8 teaspoon of garlic powder can be used.
  • Jalapeños: For a spicy kick. Remove seeds for less heat, or use bell peppers for a milder version. Consider using any leftover jalapeños in a small batch of cheesy Jalapeño Poppers, Mexican Street Corn Salad, and White Chicken Chili.

Recipe Variations

While traditional guacamole is delightful, there’s no harm in trying something new:

  • Fruity Version: Add diced mango or pineapple for a sweet twist.
  • Chunky Guacamole: Mix in some diced tomatoes for added texture.
  • Creamy Guacamole: Blend in a bit of Greek yogurt for a creamier consistency.
  • Zesty Version: Incorporate some chopped cilantro and an extra splash of lime juice.
  • Cheesy Guacamole: Fold in some feta or cotija cheese for a different flavor profile.
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How To Make Guacamole With One Avocado

  1. Preparing the Avocado: Cut the avocado in half and remove the pit. Then, scoop the flesh into a mixing bowl. Use a fork to mash the avocado to your preferred texture, whether smooth or chunky.
  2. Combining Ingredients: Add the other ingredients to the mashed avocado and mix them together until well incorporated.
Mashing avocado, chopped red onions, garlic, and salt in a small bowl with a fork.

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Expert Tips

  • Choose Ripe Avocados: The secret to making perfect guacamole is finding ripe avocados. You don’t want to use a soft avocado.
    • My tip is to buy hard avocados and let them ripen at home. Left on the counter, avocados will ripen in a few days.
    • You will know if an avocado is perfectly ripe when they give slightly when you gently squeeze them. If you squeeze them and there is no give, or slight indentation, the avocado is not ripe enough. If there is a lot of give and the avocado is soft, then the avocado is likely too ripe.
  • Feel Free To Add More Or Less Of Any Ingredient: That’s right, this easy guacamole recipe is absolutely customizable.
    • Even though this recipe calls for using red onions, if white onions are what you have on hand, use them.
    • If you like your guacamole to be a little more spicy, add in a little more of the chopped pepper.
    • Are you a fan of tomatoes in your guac? No problem, chop up a small tomato and add it to yours.
    • Finally, many people love cilantro in their guacamole. If you’re one of those people, chop a small amount of cilantro and add it to the dip.
  • Cover The Guacamole Completely If Not Eating Right Away: Since guacamole is so easy to make, I like to make it when I’m ready to eat it.
    • If you want to make your guacamole ahead of time, make sure you store it properly so that it won’t brown.
    • Air exposure turns the guacamole brown, so make sure you transfer it to an airtight container after you make it.

What To Serve With Guacamole

Perfect on its own, this guacamole shines when paired with other dishes. Here are a few ideas:

  • Tortilla Chips: The classic partner for guacamole.
  • Chicken Tacos: Add a dollop on top for an extra flavor dimension.
  • Guacamole Salad: Mix in with your tomatoes, onions, and other vegetables for a creamy dressing alternative.
  • Toast: Guacamole on toast with a sprinkle of chili flakes is a great breakfast option.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do you prevent guacamole from browning?

Avocado browns due to exposure to air, a process called oxidation. Lime juice can help reduce this. For longer-lasting freshness, use this technique:
Place your guacamole in a container.
Smooth the surface with a spoon.
Pour a thin layer of water over the guacamole to seal out the air.
Cover tightly with plastic wrap and refrigerate. Using this method, your guacamole can remain fresh for several days.

Can I make guacamole without jalapeños?

Absolutely, customize to your preference.

Ways To Use Leftover Ingredients

If you have any ingredients leftover from this recipe, check out our Leftover Ingredients Recipe Finder or you might like to consider using them in any of these single serving and small batch recipes:

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Guacamole For One

4.80 from 10 votes
Prep: 5 minutes
Total: 5 minutes
Servings: 2 servings
This is truly the best Guacamole recipe! Learn How to Make Guacamole with One Avocado with a touch of lime juice, chopped red onions, garlic, a pinch of salt, and as much or as little chopped jalapenos as you like. This small batch of guacamole is filled with flavor and ready in minutes!

Equipment

Ingredients 
 

  • 1 medium avocado
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice (may use lemon juice instead)
  • 1 tablespoon chopped red onions
  • 1 garlic clove , finely minced
  • teaspoon chopped jalapeños
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Instructions 

  • Cut the avocado in half. Remove seed and scoop out the flesh with a spoon. Place in a bowl.
  • Mash the avocado with a fork but be sure to leave a few avocado chunks.
  • Add the salt, lime juice, onions, garlic, and jalapeños.
  • Cover and chill in the refrigerator until ready to use or eat right away.

Notes

Expert Tips
  • Choose Ripe Avocados: The secret to making perfect guacamole is finding ripe avocados. You don’t want to use a soft avocado.
    • My tip is to buy hard avocados and let them ripen at home. Left on the counter, avocados will ripen in a few days.
    • You will know if an avocado is perfectly ripe when they give slightly when you gently squeeze them. If you squeeze them and there is no give, or slight indentation, the avocado is not ripe enough. If there is a lot of give and the avocado is soft, then the avocado is likely too ripe.
  • Feel Free To Add More Or Less Of Any Ingredient: That’s right, this easy guacamole recipe is absolutely customizable.
    • Even though this recipe calls for using red onions, if white onions are what you have on hand, use them.
    • If you like your guacamole to be a little more spicy, add in a little more of the chopped pepper.
    • Are you a fan of tomatoes in your guac? No problem, chop up a small tomato and add it to yours.
    • Finally, many people love cilantro in their guacamole. If you’re one of those people, chop a small amount of cilantro and add it to the dip.
  • Cover The Guacamole Completely If Not Eating Right Away: Since guacamole is so easy to make, I like to make it when I’m ready to eat it.
    • If you want to make your guacamole ahead of time, make sure you store it properly so that it won’t brown.
    • Air exposure turns the guacamole brown, so make sure you transfer it to an airtight container after you make it.

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving, Calories: 119kcal, Carbohydrates: 7g, Protein: 1g, Fat: 10g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 6g, Sodium: 296mg, Potassium: 487mg, Fiber: 6g, Sugar: 1g, Vitamin A: 145IU, Vitamin C: 12.8mg, Calcium: 12mg, Iron: 0.6mg

The information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.

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9 Comments

  1. Stacy says:

    Used this recipe to make my first time ever batch of guacamole. It was super easy and delicious. Thank you!

  2. Laura Korb says:

    This is everything I was looking for and more! Yummmm 😋🥑😍

  3. Kathy says:

    When I make guacamole I add cumin and rotel tomatoes, which has green chilies in it already. That way I don’t have to chop onions and tomatoes. I don’t use jalapeños because it makes it too hot. My recipe is almost exact to yours, though.

  4. CJinUSA says:

    I sub Tabasco sauce for jalapeños and add some diced fresh tomato or fresh salsa. Guacamole is oh, so good!

  5. Nikki Krakauer says:

    I add tomato chunks and cilantro, but that’s a western influence. I also leave the seed in and smooth plastic wrap onto top to store. I always have a grandchild around to lick the plastic wrap clean before discard!!!

    1. Joanie Zisk says:

      Sounds wonderful, Nikki. Thanks so much for your feedback!

  6. Amy says:

    This was delicious and just the right amount!!! This will be my go-to recipe for guac from now on. Thank you!

  7. Taylor says:

    So easy and flavorful! I just love guacamole!

  8. Jennifer Banz says:

    Thank you so much for sharing! I love some Guacamole!