Guacamole For One

This is truly the best guacamole recipe! Made with one avocado combined with a touch of lime juice, chopped onions, garlic, a pinch of salt, and chopped jalapeños. This small batch of guacamole is filled with flavor and ready in minutes!

A small bowl of guacamole on a metal tray with a small bowl of homemade tortilla chips, an onion, garlic cloves, limes, and cilantro

Homemade guacamole is a staple at our house. We love to eat it as a dip with baked tortilla chips or as a topping for tacos.

Since guacamole is so easy to make, we make it often so it’s always fresh.

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Guacamole Made With One Avocado

I always seem to have one avocado sitting on my counter waiting to be used.

Usually I have grand plans to make an easy avocado creme to go with shrimp tacos or I might plan to add the avocado to a dessert as in my chocolate avocado tart.

But on the days when my week gets away from me and meal plans unexpectedly take a different turn, a one avocado guacamole recipe comes to the rescue.

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What Is Guacamole?

Guacamole is a creamy dip made from avocados. It’s commonly associated with Mexican food and typically eaten with chips or served on tacos.

It can be made exactly as you like it. Typically, guacamole is made with avocados, salt, lime juice, onions, and peppers.

Some people like to add chopped cilantro to their recipe and others may like to add more or less of the peppers for spice. It’s a recipe that can be easily customized to suit your tastes.

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

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See recipe box below for ingredient amounts and full recipe instructions.

  • 1 avocado
  • salt
  • lime or lemon juice
  • chopped red onions
  • garlic
  • chopped jalapeños

How To Make Guacamole

  1. Put one avocado into a small dish and slightly mash it with a fork.
  2. Mix in the other ingredients.
Mashing avocado, chopped red onions, garlic, and salt in a small bowl with a fork

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Tips For Making The Best Guacamole

  • 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.

How To Keep Guacamole From Turning Brown

This may sound strange but to help keep guacamole from turning brown before you eat it, try this method:

Transfer the guacamole to a container or dish, smooth the guacamole with a spoon, and pour a teaspoon or so of water over the top to cover the entire surface of the guac. Then, press with plastic wrap and store in the refrigerator.

What To Do With Leftover Ingredients

If you have any ingredients left over from this small batch guacamole recipe you might like to consider using them in any of these single serving recipes.

What To Serve With Guacamole

Tortilla chips are always a favorite but also consider serving guacamole with:

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Guacamole For One | One Dish Kitchen | Game Day Recipes

Easy Guacamole | Small Batch

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: avocado, dip
Servings: 2 people
Calories: 119kcal
Author: Joanie Zisk


  • 1 medium avocado
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice (may use lemon juice instead)
  • 1 tablespoon chopped red onions
  • 1 garlic clove , finely minced
  • 1/8 teaspoon chopped jalapeños


  • 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.


If you are not going to eat the guacamole right away, to help keep it from turning brown before you eat it, try this method:
Transfer the guacamole to a container or dish, smooth the guacamole with a spoon, and pour a teaspoon or so of water over the top to cover the entire surface of the guac. Then, press with plastic wrap and store in the refrigerator.


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
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3 thoughts on “Guacamole For One”

  1. 5 stars
    This was delicious and just the right amount!!! This will be my go-to recipe for guac from now on. Thank you!

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