Super-Easy 5-Minute Guacamole

Bowl of Guacamole and whole and sliced avocados on dark wood
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Total Time: 5 min
Prep Time: 5 min
Cook Time: 0 min
Servings: 4

Nutrition Highlights (per serving)

178 calories
15g fat
12g carbs
3g protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4
Amount per serving  
Calories 178
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 15g 19%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 228mg 10%
Total Carbohydrate 12g 4%
Dietary Fiber 8g 29%
Total Sugars 2g  
Includes 0g Added Sugars 0%
Protein 3g  
Vitamin D 0mcg 0%
Calcium 23mg 2%
Iron 1mg 6%
Potassium 603mg 13%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calorie a day is used for general nutrition advice.

Whether watching the big game, hosting a summer barbecue, or making toppings for taco night, having a foolproof guacamole recipe that is easy and delicious is a victory for any home cook. Not only is guacamole a fan favorite, but avocados provide healthy monounsaturated fats, which are associated with a decreased risk for cardiovascular disease when consumed instead of saturated fat.

The trouble with most guacamole recipes, however, is that since avocados differ in size and varieties, the recipe will often turn out different as well—too much seasoning or citrus, or perhaps not enough.

The trick is to fine-tune the ingredients to your taste. So feel free to adjust the measurements of the ingredients to your liking. Even though this recipe is made with shortcuts such as garlic powder and jarred salsa, the results always impress.


  • 3 avocados
  • 1 1/2 tsp. lemon juice, freshly squeezed
  • 1/4 cup salsa
  • 2 tsp. garlic powder
  • Salt to taste


  1. Cut the avocados in half, squeeze out the pit (gently squeeze the outside of the avocado until the pit pops out), and scoop the flesh into a bowl.

  2. Add the lemon juice, salsa, and garlic powder. Mash it together with a fork until you get the consistency you prefer.

  3. Add a pinch of salt and taste. If you can't taste the avocado much, add a bit more salt. If it's a little flat, drizzle in a little more lemon juice. If it's not spicy enough, add a little more salsa. Try more garlic powder to see how that changes it. Play with it and you will find your "ideal guac balance point." This is the secret to excellent guacamole.

  4. Stir in cilantro and onion at the end if using.

Substitutions and Variations

This recipe uses garlic powder and salsa to save on time but you can use chopped, fresh garlic and homemade salsa if you wish. Instead of using salsa, use fresh onion, tomato, and herbs (such as cilantro).

You might also try using lime juice instead of lemon. And if you don't have fresh lemon or lime on hand, store-bought juice also works well (as long as it is pure juice with no water or sugar added).

Cooking and Serving Tips

  • Guacamole is a great way to get lots of healthy fat and fiber into your diet.  For a healthy low-carb snack, serve it with vegetables such as cucumber, bell pepper strips, or jicama. Also, try it with fajitas or nachos.
  • Make a big batch of guacamole (double this recipe) and spread it on toast, top your scrambled eggs with it, use it in deviled eggs instead of the yolks, or top a baked potato with guacamole.

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