This 4-ingredient guacamole recipe is creamy, flavorful, and easy to make. Enjoy it as a dip for parties or a topping with your favorite meals. 

For more appetizer ideas, try my Jalapeno Artichoke Dip, Layered Hummus Dip, or Feta Cheese Dip

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Reasons to Love This Recipe

  • Simple: As the name suggests, four ingredients are all you need for this recipe, and chances are you already have most of them on hand. 
  • Easy: One of the best things about this homemade guacamole is how quick and easy it is to make. Just mash the avocado, and mix it with the remaining ingredients. 
  • Customizable: You can easily customize it to suit your tastes and preferences. Check out our Chipotle guacamole recipe for ideas.


See the recipe card for full information on ingredients and quantities.

ingredients for easy guacamole recipe.
  • Avocados: Form the base of the guacamole, adding a rich taste and creamy consistency. 
  • Garlic: Use whole, fresh garlic cloves, and mince them yourself for the best flavor. 
  • Lime Juice: Adds a bright, refreshing taste to the dip. 
  • Cilantro: Fresh cilantro will provide the best flavor and aroma to your guacamole. Wash and dry the leaves and remove any tough stems to eliminate any bitterness.

Variations and Add-ins

If desired, you can adjust the taste and texture of this guacamole recipe by incorporating different ingredients. Here are a few options to try: 

  • Herbs: Add to or replace the cilantro with fresh herbs such as parsley or chives. 
  • Spices: Enhance the savoriness with warm spices like cumin, smoked paprika, onion powder, or garlic powder. 
  • Veggies: Create a chunky texture by folding in diced tomatoes or jalapeños. Or chopped red onions for more flavor.

How to Make

Create this easy guacamole recipe in a matter of minutes. It tastes better than any store-bought variety! Check out the recipe card below for detailed instructions. 

mashed avocados in a bowl.

Mash the avocado with a fork until your desired consistency is achieved. 

garlic and cilantro over mashed avocados.

Add in minced garlic, chopped cilantro, and lime juice.

prepared guacamole in a bowl.

Mix in the aromatics. Adjust the seasonings to taste. 

guacamole covered with plastic wrap.

Serve right away or cover with plastic wrap so it is touching the guacamole and refrigerate.

Expert Tips

Make this simple guacamole even better with our expert tips: 

  • Feed a crowd: Double or triple the ingredients to make a batch big enough for a party. 
  • Serve at room temperature: Ripe avocados taste better when served at room temperature, and the guacamole will be far easier to scoop and eat. 
  • Prevent browning: Drizzle your guacamole with extra lemon juice or lime juice to prevent it from browning. 

Serving Suggestions

The fresh, savory flavors of this 4-ingredient guacamole recipe pair wonderfully with your favorite dippers alongside queso and salsa. Here are some pairing ideas: 

  • Tortilla Chips
  • Crackers
  • Pretzels
  • Carrot Sticks
  • Celery Sticks
  • Bell Peppers

This recipe also makes for a great condiment with Mexican-inspired meals such as: 

How to Store

Drizzle guacamole with lemon juice or lime juice before storing. This helps prevent it from oxidizing and turning brown. 

  • Transfer your guacamole recipe to an airtight container. If possible, cover it with plastic wrap so that the top layer is touching the guacamole. 
  • Store leftovers in the fridge for 2-3 days. 
  • Scoop off the brown layer that may form, and enjoy! Your guacamole recipe will taste as good as new! 
close up of prepared guacamole recipe in a bowl topped with limes.

If you love minimal ingredient recipes try our 3 ingredient barbecue sauce!

Recipe FAQs

What is the secret to good guacamole? 

The key to creating the best tasting guacamole recipe is to use ripe avocados. Ripe avocados will be dark green and feel slightly soft to the touch. If they’re mushy they’re too ripe! 

What do restaurants put in guacamole to keep it from turning brown? 

Many restaurants drizzle their guacamole with lemon juice to prevent oxidation and keep it fresh. 

What is traditional guacamole made of? 

Traditional Mexican guacamole consists of ripe avocados, cilantro, red onions, jalapeño, lime juice, and salt. 

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guacamole in a white bowl with a side of tortilla chips.

4-Ingredient Guacamole Recipe

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  • Author: Katya
  • Prep Time: 15 min
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x
  • Category: Appetizer
  • Method: No-Cook
  • Cuisine: Mexican


This 4-ingredient guacamole recipe is creamy, flavorful, and easy to make. Enjoy it as a dip for parties or a topping with your favorite meals. 


  • 4 large ripe avocados
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 Tbsp. fresh lime juice, plus more to taste
  • 2 Tbsp. finely chopped cilantro


  1. Slice the avocados in half lengthwise. Remove the pit and discard. Remove the avocado from the skin and place the avocado flesh into a large bowl.
  2. Mash the avocado with a fork. Make it as chunky or as smooth as you like.
  3. Add garlic, lime juice, and cilantro. Season with salt to taste. Give it a taste and add more salt and lime juice if needed.
  4. Serve right away or chill covered for 15-20 minutes. 


  • Storing Leftovers:  Leftover guacamole is best enjoyed within 2-3 days. Cover it with plastic wrap so the plastic is directly touching the surface of the guacamole. Less air gap means less oxidizing. Scoop off the brown layer that may form, and enjoy.


  • Serving Size: 1/2 cup
  • Calories: 388
  • Sugar: 0.8 g
  • Sodium: 19 mg
  • Fat: 35.5 g
  • Carbohydrates: 21 g
  • Protein: 4.6 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg