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Homemade Guacamole (GFDF, Paleo, Keto, AIP, Whole30, Vegetarian, Low-Iron)
July 4, 2020
Fresh chunky guacamole in colorful bowl sitting on bright green plate garnished with raw carrots and green peppers and cilantro surrounded by raw vegetables

I love guacamole! There’s nothing quite like fresh guacamole made table-side at an authentic Mexican restaurant. So good and it’s actually really simple to make at home! I make homemade guacamole at least once a week.

You can serve guacamole on anything. Of course, it’s perfect for any Mexican or Mexican inspired dish – tacos, burritos, carnitas, enchilada omelets, etc. You can also dip fresh veggies in it or serve it on the side of pretty much anything.

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How to Choose a Ripe Avocado

The key to good guacamole is good avocados. I find that many people struggle with picking ripe avocados. They’re either super green and hard as a rock or too ripe and brown and mushy.

I have a few tips for choosing a perfectly ripe avocado:

  1. Make sure the belly button is intact. You know, the little brown stem that’s left after the avocado is picked. If it’s missing, you won’t be able to tell how ripe the avocado is.
  2. Look for avocados that are dark but not black and there should be no sunken in areas or mold (obviously).
  3. Gently squeeze them with your forefinger and thumb. You’re looking for a little give but not mush.
  4. If 2 and 3 check out, you’re probably good. You can also remove that belly button and check to see if the flesh inside the fruit is green or brown. I reserve this as a last resort though, since you’ll be leaving avocados with missing belly buttons for other customers.
  5. Pro Tip: If you end up with an avocado that is not yet ripe, just let it sit out on the counter until meets the above criteria and then store it in the fridge.

Once you have your perfect avocado, it’s really all about mushing it together with the rest of the seasonings and munching down!

Viola! Homemade guacamole in minutes!

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Fresh chunky guacamole in colorful bowl sitting on bright green plate garnished with raw carrots and green peppers and cilantro surrounded by raw vegetables

Homemade Guacamole (GFDF, Paleo, Keto, AIP, Whole30, Vegetarian, Low-Iron)

  • Author: Heather Cooan
  • Prep Time: 10 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 Minutes
  • Total Time: 41 minute
  • Yield: 2 1x
  • Diet: Gluten Free


There’s nothing like fresh guacamole and it’s so easy to make at home. Here’s how I make my homemade guacamole in minutes!


  • 1 Large Ripe Avocado
  • 1 Lime, Juiced
  • 1 Teaspoon Salt
  • 1 Teaspoon Garlic Powder
  • 1 Teaspoon Onion Powder
  • 1/2 Diced Tomato (optional – omit for AIP)
  • 1 teaspoon Cayenne (optional – omit for AIP)


  • In a medium bowl, mash together avocado, lime juice, garlic powder, onion powder, and salt.
  • Mix in optional ingredients if you choose.
  • Refrigerate 1 hour for best flavor, or serve immediately.
  • Category: Sauces
  • Method: Non-Bake
  • Cuisine: Mexican

Keywords: homemade guacamole, guacamole, fresh guacamole


About author

Heather Cooan

Heather is a marketing executive turned nutrition consultant and educator. Heather advocates for informed consent, bodily autonomy, and healthcare authorship. She speaks and writes on nutrition and lifestyle design interventions for health recovery. Heather successfully recovered her health from vulvar cancer, Hashimoto's, and lichen sclerosus. She reversed estrogen dominance, insulin resistance, arteriosclerosis, and fatty liver utilizing a food-as-medicine and integrated clinical treatment approach. Heather is a certified Functional Diagnostic Nutrition® Practitioner and Nutrition Therapy Practitioner.

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