Easy 4 ingredient guacamole recipe with creamy avocados, garlic, jalapeno peppers and lime! Whip up a batch of this Mexican guacamole recipe in under 10 minutes!

Serve it with air fryer tortilla chips, smoked queso, Rotel Dip, pico de gallo and mango pico de gallo for a great Cinco de Mayo appetizer!

Favorite Mexican recipes to serve with this fresh guacamole recipe: Tacos al Carbon, Pollo Asado Tacos using Grilled Pollo Asado, Carne AsadaCarne Asada Tacos, Carne Asada Fries, Carne Asada NachosSteak Fajitas or Chicken Fajitas

4 Ingredient Guacamole

This easy guacamole recipe (Receta de guacamole) contains only 4 ingredients as to maximize flavor and minimize the prep work. The best guacamole recipes include: creamy avocados, garlic, jalapeno peppers, lime and salt. Since everyone has salt as a basic staple ingredient, I don’t count it as one of the “4 ingredients.”

Clear mixing bowls with avocado, jalapeno, salt and garlic in them. A cut lime and white napkin are next to the bowls.


This 4 Ingredient guacamole recipe is highly adaptable and a great “base” recipe to experiment with if you’re one who loves a ton of stuff in their guacamole dip. Instead of grabbing Trader Joe’s guacamole, Costco guacamole, or even a dreadful guacamole seasoning packet, learn how to make a healthy guacamole recipe to your exact specifications! Here are a few ideas:

  • Guacamole Recipe Without Cilantro – many folks HATE cilantro and are looking for a recipe without it. This is it, baby! Of course if you like cilantro, add in some chopped leaves, to taste.
  • Guacamole Salsa Recipe – It’s hard to simplify this recipe, as it’s the bare bones (in a good way), but it can be done. Just add about 1/4 cup of your favorite homemade salsa or pico de gallo in place of the jalapeños, garlic, salt and lime. Add more to taste.
  • Diced Red or White Onions or Pickled Red Onions
  • Diced Fresh Tomatoes
  • Pickled Peppers or Pickled Banana Peppers
  • Spices – cumin, chili powder or coriander
  • Fruit – pomegranate seeds, diced mango, diced pineapple

How To Make Guacamole

Only a few steps and 10 minutes are required to make guacamole (como hacer guacamole) : Dice the jalapeños and garlic and add to a large mixing bowl. Scoop out the flesh of the avocados and add them to the same mixing bowl along with the lime juice and salt. Either cut with a butter knife or smash with a fork until well combined. No need to chill – it’s best to ingest immediately!

a large mixing bowl with avocado, jalapeno and garlic unmixed. Empty small mixing bowls and a lime are nearby.

Best Avocados For Guacamole

The best varietal to make 4 Ingredient guacamole is ripe Hass avocados. They’re rich, creamy and easy to find at all grocery stores across the US as 80% of avocados are of the Hass variety.

How To Tell When An Avocado Is Ripe

There are two ways to tell when an avocado is ripe and ready to use! 

  • Gently squeeze the avocado in the palm of your hand. It is hard or mushy? If it is, put it back and find one that slightly yields to the pressure without leaving permanent indentions. Of course if you’re not using the avocado for 3-4 days you WANT the avocado that’s firm and doesn’t yield to pressure.
  • A ripe avocado will have dark green, almost black skin with ridges vs smooth and bright green. If you’re not using the avocado for 3-4 days opt for the bright green and smooth avocado.
a large mixing bowl with avocado, jalapeno and garlic being mixed with a butter knife. Empty small mixing bowls and a lime are nearby.

Chunky Guacamole vs Smooth Guacamole

The difference between the two final textures just depends on how the mixture is combined! For a chunky guacamole recipe, use a butter knife to “cut” through the avocado chunks and mix in the ingredients. For a smooth guacamole recipe use a fork, or traditional molcajete, to mash the avocados and ingredients together. If you’re not sure which one you prefer, start with chunky and continue to mash until your preferred consistency is reached.

How To Keep Guacamole From Turning Brown

You can’t keep it from turning brown altogether, but you can do a few things to prevent it from browning as quickly as it naturally would.

  • Cover the 4 ingredient guacamole with plastic wrap. The plastic wrap should sit on the surface of the guacamole itself, not across the top of the bowl. You want as little air touching the guacamole as possible. This is my preferred method.
  • Another option we’ve seen is to add enough water to cover the surface of the guacamole before storing. It works, but I prefer not to have any excess moisture added for storage purposes.


Three Carne Asada tacos topped with cilantro and onions on a white plate. Served with lime slices, cilantro and 4 ingredient guacamole..Frequently Asked Questions

Can You Eat Brown Guacamole 

Yep. The brown color is due to exposure to oxygen. It doesn’t affect the flavor, it’s just a bit unpleasant to look at vs the bright green color

Should You Refrigerate Avocados

Refrigerating avocados will stunt the ripening process, so leave them on the counter to ripen vs storing them in the refrigerator. If the avocado is already ripe, I do stick it in the refrigerator to lengthen its shelf life.

Can You Freeze Avocados

Yes, you can freeze avocados or guacamole, but don’t recommend. The texture and taste are altered after thawing so the traditional taste and creaminess you love will be missing. Of course many other websites don’t mind ingesting previously frozen avocados and recommend it, so it’s up to you. 

How Long is Guacamole Good For

When sealed in an air tight container, guacamole will last 3-4 days in the refrigerator. 

Two glasses of Michelada next to sheet pan nachos with 4 ingredient guacamole, lime wedges and Corona bottles.

What Drinks Go With Homemade Guacamole

NOTHING beats a bowl of chips and guacamole with a Michelada, Mango Michelada or Margarita. Or Corona. Or Modelo. You get the idea. 

Clean bowl full of 4 ingredient guacamole. 3 empty small clear bowls and lime slices are next to the guacamole.

4 Ingredient Guacamole Recipe

This 4 ingredient guacamole recipe is the easiest guacamole recipe you can make. All you need to make this easy guacamole is ripe avocados, jalapeños, garlic, lime juice and salt.
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 8 Servings
Calories: 165kcal
Author: Darcey Olson
Cost: $6.00


  • 4 Ripe Avocados
  • 2-3 Cloves Garlic, Finely Diced or Grated ((*Note 1))
  • 1 Jalapeno Pepper, seeded and finely diced ((*Note 2))
  • 1 Fresh Lime, Juiced ((*Note 3))
  • Salt, To Taste ((*Note 4))


  • Slice the avocados in half and use a spoon to scoop out the flesh and place into a large bowl. Discard the pits.
  • Add the garlic, jalapeno, lime and salt to the bowl.
    For Chunky Guacamole: Use a butter knife to cut through the chunks of avocado and mix the ingredients.
    For Smooth Guacamole: Smash the avocado with a knife until smooth and creamy.
  • Taste and adjust ingredients to suit your preference. Serve immediately for best flavor and texture.


Note 1- Start with 2 average size cloves and add an extra clove once combined and tasted. If you know you love garlic, go ahead and start with 3.
Note 2 – If you like spicy guacamole, use serrano peppers in place of jalapeno peppers. 
Note 3 – Use fresh lime juice for best results. If using bottled juice, use 1 tbsp.
Note 4 – Salt level will depend on what you’re serving the guacamole with. Some tortilla chips are super salty so you don’t need as much salt in the guacamole. I start with 1/4 tsp and go up from there.


Calories: 165kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 10g | Sodium: 7mg | Potassium: 503mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 170IU | Vitamin C: 15mg | Calcium: 16mg | Iron: 1mg
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