Simplest Guacamole

Find me someone who doesn't like guacamole and, barring something like a life-threatening allergy, I'll find you a liar. (Did I go too far?) This is simple, fresh, and totally open to tweaking, but as-is this is my favorite guacamole to make and eat. It doesn't need to get fancier or more complicated because this combination of flavors is magic enough. Makes enough for me to eat, alone, with an entire bag of chips. Or, you know, to share with other people.


  • 2 avocados
  • 1 Roma tomato, seeds removed and diced
  • 1/2 white onion, diced
  • 1 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 jalapeno, seeds removed and finely chopped (optional)
  • 1/4 - 1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro (optional)
  • Juice of 1/2 lime (optional)


Step 1

Scoop out and mash avocado with large fork to your preference of smoothness. Season with garlic salt and black pepper, to taste. Add white onions and chopped tomatoes and stir to combine well.

Step 2

Top with jalapeno, cilantro, and/or lime juice and stir to combine just before serving.

Cook Notes

If you don't have garlic salt, combine garlic powder and salt to taste.

There is such a thing as too much onion in guacamole. I often use up to 1/2 onion and save the remainder in the fridge for later use. The bonus is that a peeled onion stored in the fridge will lose some of it's potency, which helps for using it raw or as a garnish on something else.

From the Kitchen

How other cooks made this recipe

I am one of those people who is, sadly, allergic to avocado, and I've been searching for a guacamole alternative (six-layer dip doesn't quite have the same ring to it...). I think this might be it. But truth to be told, I haven't had authentic guac since high school—almost 20 years ago, eek!—so I'm really not sure how much it tastes like the real stuff. But it does taste good. (h/t to, which I also borrowed from)

Our waiter made tableside guacamole using an orange instead of lime. I fell in love with the flavor.

My go to guac is almost the exact same...except I mince real garlic instead of garlic powder (and salt of course), and I usually leave out tomatoes unless the avocados are dry. We just prefer it that way usually. And since instead of dice the onions. But honestly, very similar to my recipe! And everyone raves about it!