Using a homemade guacamole seasoning blend, some lime juice and optional cilantro, you can whip up a tasty guac in just 5 minutes! Serve this easy-to-make guacamole as a dip with tortilla chips or veggies or use it as a topper for veggie burgers, toast, baked potatoes and more!Jump to Recipe
Skip the store-bought guacamole seasoning packet and make a DIY version at home instead!
It's super easy to make guacamole using a homemade seasoning mix paired with some fresh lime juice.
We like to add fresh cilantro to ours too, but you can leave it out or use a dried version instead if you prefer.
Now, get out your chips because it's time to make some guac!
Ingredients you'll need
- Freshly Squeezed Lime Juice (helps prevent browning)
- Fresh Cilantro (if preferred, you can leave out or use dried instead)
- Onion Powder
- Garlic Powder
- Cayenne Pepper
- Crushed Red Pepper Flakes (optional, depending on your heat preference)
- Sea Salt
- Freshly Ground Black Pepper
How to make guacamole seasoning
Combine the onion powder, garlic powder, cayenne pepper, crushed red pepper flakes (if using), salt and black pepper in a small bowl.
If you're using dried cilantro instead of fresh, add it to this mixture.
How to make easy homemade guacamole
First, make the seasoning mix above and set aside.
Then, chop the cilantro (if using).
Next, slice each avocado in half, removing the pit.
Scoop out the flesh and add to a mixing bowl.
Mash with a fork and then mix in the fresh cilantro (if using) and the seasoning mix.
Now, mix in some freshly squeezed lime juice.
You can enjoy the guacamole right away, but it is best served after being refrigerated in an airtight container for 30 minutes to 1 hour.
I hate cilantro! Can I leave it out?
Yes! If you happen to be a part of the population of cilantro haters, feel free to omit the cilantro.
The guac will still be delicious! 😉
Ideas for serving guacamole
Aside from the obvious tortilla chips, this guac also makes a great topping for our sheet-pan nachos (Recipe #5 in our free lazy vegan recipes e-cookbook), vegetarian nachos, chickpea tacos, pinto bean tacos, or a sweet potato black bean burger.
How do I store leftover guacamole?
Homemade guacamole is best enjoyed on the same day.
However, if you do have some leftover, check out how the site Avocados from Mexico suggests storing guacamole to keep it from turning brown.
Homemade Guacamole Seasoning & Easy Guacamole
- 4 ripe avocados, pitted
- 2 teaspoons onion powder
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- ⅛-1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper, depending on taste and heat preference
- ⅛ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes, optional
- 1 teaspoon fine sea salt or kosher salt
- ⅛ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro, optional (you can also use 1 tablespoon of dried cilantro in place of fresh or omit completely if you don't prefer cilantro)
- juice of ½ large lime
- Combine onion powder, garlic powder, cayenne pepper, crushed red pepper flakes, kosher salt and black pepper in a small bowl and set aside (If you are using dried cilantro, add it to the seasoning mix).
- Scoop out the flesh of the avocados and add to a mixing bowl. Mash with a fork.
- Stir in fresh chopped cilantro (if using), seasoning mix, and lime juice.
- Refrigerate in an airtight container for 30 minutes to 1 hour for best flavor. Stir before serving.
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