3 Ingredient Guacamole

3 ingredient guacamole is made with ripe avocados, tangy lime juice, and garlic. It’s a simple yet flavorful guacamole recipe that will leave your tastebuds dancing with joy.

A close up picture of creamy guacamole in a grey bowl with chips on the side.

I think when it comes to making delicious guacamole, less is more. With fresh ingredients and perfectly ripe avocados, a creamy guac can be made in minutes, and this easy guacamole recipe proves that you don’t need many ingredients to whip up something truly tasty.

Whenever I make this homemade guacamole recipe, we scrape the bowl to get every last bit; it’s the perfect example of simple Mexican food with a flavorful punch. It may not be authentic guacamole, but it’s made with fresh ingredients and takes minutes to make.

Why you will love 3-ingredient guacamole

  • It’s a simple recipe that is quick to make with only three simple ingredients
  • Guac is healthy! Avocados are filled with healthy fats, vitamins and minerals
  • It’s customizable! Even though it tastes great, this basic guacamole is perfect for customization. See the recipe variations below.

A picture of three ingredients needed to make guacamole: avocado, lime juice, garlic

Here is what you will need

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Ingredients

  • Ripe avocados
  • Lime juice
  • Garlic cloves

Equipment

  • Food Processor

How to make this 3-ingredient simple guacamole recipe

Prepare the ingredients: Roughly chop the garlic, squeeze the lime juice and slice the avocado in half. Scoop out the avocado pit and flesh.

a picture of minced garlic in a food processor with lime juice

STEP 1: Place the chopped garlic and lime juice into a food processor and pulse until the garlic is minced into small pieces.

A picture of avocado chunks in a food processor

STEP 2: Place the avocado flesh in the food processor and blend until creamy. If you prefer a chunky guacamole, pulse it until it reaches a texture that you like.

Guacamole mixed in a food processor

STEP 3: Adjust the flavor and texture of this creamy guacamole and serve with chips, tacos, or your favorite Mexican dish.

Ingredient notes and substitutions

Avocados- Hass avocados are the best variety for guacamole, thanks to their nice buttery texture. Look for dark green avocados with rough skin. A perfectly ripe avocado will give slightly when gently pressed.

Lime juice – Freshly squeezed lime juice adds a fresh flavor. If fresh lime juice is not available, you can use half the amount of concentrated lime juice.

Garlic – If fresh garlic is not available you can replace it with a quarter teaspoon of garlic powder or you can use a quarter cup of diced white onion onion if you don’t like the flavor of garlic.

What to serve with guacamole

Guacamole is not just for chips, it’s a great topping for mini chicken tacos, burrito bowls, or served in an appetizer spread with a variety of dips and snacks.

An overhead shot of guacamole on a tray with chips and lime wedges

Guacamole dip recipe variations

While this dip is delicious on its own with just three ingredients, it’s also an excellent base recipe that can be easily customized with additional flavors. Here are a few suggestions to enhance this basic guacamole recipe.

Spicy Chipotle Guacamole – Add a teaspoon of finely chopped chipotle peppers in adobo sauce for smoky heat.

Greek Guacamole: For a tangy twist, mix in a quarter cup of crumbled feta cheese and a tablespoon or two of chopped kalamata olives.

Herbs – Add a handful of fresh herbs such as oregano, cilantro, or basil.

Jalapeno – Add a chopped jalapeno pepper to the food processor for a spicy kick.

Black beans – Mix in a half cup of canned black beans, drained and rinsed for a little extra texture.

Spicy-Salsa – Stir in a half cup of homemade or jarred salsa or your favorite hot sauce for extra flavor.

Sour cream or yogurt guac -Stir in a quarter cup of sour cream or Greek yogurt for a creamy texture.

A close up picture of creamy guacamole in a grey bowl with chips

How to Store Leftovers

Guacamole tastes best when freshly made. However, if you happen to have leftover guacamole, you can make it last for an extra day or two by squeezing some lemon juice over the top of the guac.

Cover it tightly with plastic wrap and put it into an airtight container. This will prevent the guacamole from discoloring too much. To serve leftover guacamole, if you have an extra lime juice add that and give the guac a good stir before serving.

Guacamole can also be frozen for up to three months by drizzling olive oil and wrapping it tightly in a freezer-safe container.

Tips

  • For the best tasting guacamole, use fresh ingredients.
  • If your guac is too thin, add more avocado. If it’s too thick, add lime juice or water to thin it out.
  • Add a teaspoon or two of lemon juice to the guac to help preserve its bright green color.

Recipe FAQs

How ripe should the avocados be for this recipe?

For the best results, use avocados that yield slightly to gentle pressure when they are squeezed. If they are too firm, it will be difficult to mash. Overripe avocados, even though they are soft, are okay to use.

Can I make guacamole ahead of time?

You can make guacamole ahead of time, but keep in mind that the color may change. If you do, drizzle it with lemon juice and cover it tightly with plastic wrap.

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Three Ingredient Guacamole Recipe

Anne
A fresh and delicious guacamole recipe made with only 3 ingredients.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Course Appetizer
Cuisine Mexican
Servings 4
Calories 85 kcal

Equipment

Ingredients
  

  • 1 Avocado
  • 2 cloves Garlic
  • 2 tablespoons Lime juice

Instructions
 

  • Prepare: roughly chop the garlic, squeeze the lime juice and slice the lime in half. Scoop out the avocado pit and flesh.
  • Place 2 tablespoons Lime juice and 2 cloves Garlic (chopped) into a food processor and pulse.
  • Place the avocado flesh into the food processor and blend until creamy.

Notes

This makes a small portion of guacamole and it can easily be doubled or tripled using the recipe scale feature.
Store leftovers for up to two days covered in plastic in the refrigerator.

Nutrition

Calories: 85kcalCarbohydrates: 5gProtein: 1gFat: 7gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 5gSodium: 4mgPotassium: 259mgFiber: 3gSugar: 0.5gVitamin A: 77IUVitamin C: 8mgCalcium: 10mgIron: 0.3mg
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