4 Ingredient Guacamole Recipe

This 4 ingredient guacamole recipe is quick and easy to put together for Taco Tuesday or your next game night. There may only be four ingredients, but nothing is missing from this recipe.

It’s all about the avocado.

How to pick an avocado

The best avocados for guacamole are Haas avocados.

a bowl of four ingredient guacamole, chips, avocados, limes, and cilantro.

Oops, no wait. They are Hass avocados, named after Rudolph Hass.

These California avocados are creamier and have more flavor than other avocados. And when you’re making guacamole with only three other ingredients, those avocados need to be the best.

Avocados are ripe when they are just slightly soft to the touch. You usually can’t tell by color or by smell.

Unripe avocados should be kept at room temperature until ready to eat, and after that you can refrigerate them to slow the continued ripening. If you’ve only got a half left, leave in the pit to minimize the browning from oxidation.

Tips and tricks for this 4 ingredient guacamole recipe

The ingredients

Perfectly ripe avocado, fresh cilantro, freshly squeezed lime juice, and a bit of salt. That’s all you need to make the perfect four ingredient guacamole.

cutting board with avocado, lime, cilantro, and salt for this 4 ingredient guacamole recipe.

Guacamole is hundreds of years old, so there isn’t one classic recipe at this point. At minimum, it needs avocado, salt, and cilantro. It may have an allium like garlic or onions, chile peppers, or even tomatoes. Diana Kennedy in the Art of Mexican Cooking actually says that guacamole shouldn’t have lime, because it upsets the balance of flavors. It does, however, slow your guacamole from browning.

Make with that last bit of information what you will.

Cutting the avocado

You may or may not know that cutting an avocado is a common way that people injure themselves with knives. Read more here about other hazards in the kitchen that may surprise you.

First slice the avocado around the circumference of the fruit from top to bottom and back around (i.e. not the equator). Twist the two halves to separate them.

To remove the pit, carefully embed your knife into the pit (Panel #1, below) and lift it out (Panel #2). Very carefully knock off the pit from your knife.

removing the pit of the avocado with a knife.

For guacamole, you don’t need to perfectly remove the peel from the flesh, but it’s easy to do by first separating the avocado from the peel. Then use a large spoon to remove the flesh in one big, smooth scoop.

scooping the flesh of the avocado.

Add all of the ingredients to a bowl or mortar or molcajete if you want to be traditional. And mash with a pestle or potato masher. Make sure not to overmash, because you want to leave some chunks of avocado.

two panels showing the 4 ingredient guacamole recipe in a metal bowl with potato masher and mortar and pestle.

FAQs about this 4-ingredient guacamole recipe

What is the origin of the word “guacamole”?

Guacamole comes from Nahuatl, the language spoken by the Aztec and Toltec, from ahuacatl (the word for avocado) and molli (sauce). That molli is the same word that gave us “mole,” refering to a variety of sauces that come from the Oaxaca and Puebla regions of Mexico.

Can you freeze avocados?

Well, you can freeze them, but I would not recommend using them for this guacamole. Perhaps they’d be fine in a smoothie?

a chip with guacamole and the four ingredients in the background.

Related recipes

Serve this 4 ingredient guacamole recipe with my taco meatloaf and these spicy pickled onions.

If you’re looking for other things to go with chips, check out this mango pico de gallo recipe. Or make a cocktail like this spicy margarita, spicy skinny margarita, or jalapeño raspberry Bramble.

4 Ingredient Guacamole Recipe

5 from 1 vote
Category: Appetizer
Cuisine: Mexican
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 0 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 8
Calories: 81kcal
This 4 ingredient guacamole recipe is quick and easy to put together for Taco Tuesday or your next game night. There may only be four ingredients, but nothing is missing from this recipe.
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  • 2 Hass avocados each about 7 ounces (200 grams)
  • 2 tablespoons chopped cilantro
  • 2 teaspoons freshly squeezed lime juice plus more as desired
  • ½ teaspoon salt


  • Add all of the ingredients into a small bowl, mortar, or molcajete and mash using a pestle, potato masher, or large spoon until desired consistency.
    2 Hass avocados, 2 tablespoons chopped cilantro, 2 teaspoons freshly squeezed lime juice, 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Taste and adjust the amount of salt and lime juice to taste.
  • Serve immediately to avoid discoloration. If intending to serve later, cover the guacamole with plastic wrap, pushing it down onto the surface, and refrigerate. Guacamole can be refrigerated for up to 3 days but it is best eaten fresh.


This recipe with 2 avocados will make about 1 cup of guacamole.
Add to this 4 ingredient guacamole recipe with any of the following:
  • minced garlic or onions
  • minced jalapeño or other chile pepper
  • perfectly ripe tomatoes, seeded and chopped


Calories: 81kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Sodium: 149mg | Potassium: 246mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 81IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 6mg | Iron: 1mg
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