Is there anything better than guacamole and chips!? It’s like this perfect snack that you can sit back and enjoy with friends. I love getting it at restaurants (especially because sometimes it’s the only vegan option on the menu????).
But what’s awesome about guac is that you can easily, and pretty quickly, make it yourself at home. It takes about 10 minutes, start to finish. It’s even kinda fun mashing the avocado tbh.
And you can get super creative with the spices you put in it! Cumin, smoked paprika, chili powder, garlic, jalapeño- your taste buds really get to decide this part. I def recommend tasting it as you make it so you can get a real feel for the flavors you like in it. (You also might notice I left out jalapeño in the how-to video- my mom is iffy with spice so I don’t really buy them here in Florida. Be sure to add one in if you like it spicy!)
What’s great about this guac is how versatile it is. You can have it just by itself with some baked chips, as a topping with quesadillas, tacos, burritos bowls, or pretty much anything else you’d like to add that glorious guac goodness too. (This cheese sauce goes really well with it on tacos or nachos.)
This recipe is one that comes out of the Quick & Easy Plant-Based Dinner Guide which you can download for free here. It’s 8 recipes of easy weeknight dinners plus 6 recipes of food prep ideas that you can use in lots of dinner ways for quick and easy dinners all week long.
I like to make the guac and serve it right away. Avocados don’t do too well when left chilling for too long, so if you’re prepping this to serve at a party- maybe make this the last thing you do.
While I usually don’t go too nuts with fats in what I eat, I love avocados and nuts (and definitely dig them more than oil). I just feel like I enjoy them more when eating the fat vs having something super oily.
Anyway, avos pack a nutritional punch too:
- They have Vitamin K, Folate, Vitamin C, Potassium, Vitamin E, Vitamin B6, and Vitamin B5.
- They even have more potassium than bananas which is kind of bananas. Some studies have linked high potassium intake with a decrease in blood pressure.*
- They’re loaded with heart-healthy monounsaturated fats which have been linked to a decrease in inflammation and possible beneficial effects on genes linked to cancer.*
- They’re also linked to helping lower cholesterol levels in the body. *
Also- avocados are just so FREAKING GOOD! Eating them in guac is the perfect way to highlight their delicious flavor.
Easy, Go-To Guacamole
- 2 avocados
- 1/4 cup red onion, diced
- 2 cloves garlic, shelled and minced
- 1/2 lime, juiced
- 1/2 tsp cumin
- 1/4 tsp smoked paprika
- 1 dash sea salt
- 1 dash cayenne pepper
- 1/4 cup cherry tomatoes, diced
- 1 jalapeño, seeds and ribs removed, diced, optional
- Cut two avocados in half. Gently remove the pit from each and scoop avocado flesh into a large bowl. Discard pits and shells.
- Using a masher or fork, mash avocado well.
- Add in red onion, garlic, and tomatoes, and stir well. If you want to add jalapeños, add in now.
- Squeeze in juice from half of a lime.
- Add spices, one by one, mixing and tasting as you go. Start with a little of each and make sure you taste test to get a guac you love. (This is the key to perfect guac!) Serve immediately.
Hope you enjoy this recipe!
Find out how to make the Plant-Based Cheese Sauce here
Get the recipe for Lentil Taco Meat here