I am a huge fan of avocados in just about any arrangement but there is something special about guacamole. This jalapeño guacamole is the perfect appetizer with chips or as a topping on a variety of dishes. It’s full of fresh veggies and really packs a lot of flavor.
You are going to love the fresh ingredients in this dip and how easily it comes together in as little as 15 minutes. Buckle up summer, we’re about to get our guac on!
The Best Part About Homemade Guacamole
Ok, I admit it, there’s more than one thing to love about this easy guacamole recipe. Here are a few!
- Easy to make
- Fresh ingredients
- Healthy fats
- Great for Cinco de Mayo
Basic Ingredients Needed
Look no further than the produce section for these delicious and simple ingredients. Your taste buds will thank you!
Here’s what you need:
- Ripe avocados – You can’t have guac without the main ingredient. You’ll want to be sure your avocados give a little when you squeeze them but aren’t so soft that the avocado flesh has become mushy or discolored.
- Red onion – I love the flavor and color of red onions. But if you have another kind, that will work just fine.
- Tomatoes – Tomatoes add lovely texture and color to this simple dip.
- Fresh cilantro – I am firmly on team cilantro. It adds a fresh and citrusy layer to the guacamole.
- Jalapeno peppers – The fresh jalapeños are here to bring the spice! For a little kick, remove the seeds. For hot and spicy guacamole, keep the seeds in or replace with serrano peppers.
- Garlic – Minced garlic really adds depth to the guacamole dip and really compliments the saltiness of tortilla chips.
- Limes – Fresh lime juice is used to improve the texture and also retain the color of your homemade spicy guacamole. You can also use lemon juice if you prefer.
- Kosher salt and black pepper – Added to taste.
- Cayenne pepper – For a deeper spice and intense flavor.
How to Make it
Now comes the fun part. This simple recipe will teach you how to make your own guacamole but at the end of the day you can include or omit many of these ingredients! This is what I call next level quacamole. It’s the good stuff.
But trust me when I say it’s just as good with a little garlic powder, lime juice and seasonings!
Place a large mixing bowl on the counter.
On a cutting board cut the avocados in half by running a knife around it lengthwise, then twist the avocado to pull it apart. Remove and discard the pit. Then, with a spoon, scoop the flesh into the large bowl.
Use a fork to roughly mash the avocados as smooth or chunky as you like. I prefer to keep it a little chunky.
If you really want to go to town, you can use a potato masher or pastry cutter to smash the avocado. Or add the avocado chunks to a food processor. This will result in a more creamy guacamole.
Chop the remaining ingredients and add them to the bowl. Set aside a scoop of diced veggies for garnish if desired.
Gently stir the rest in with the avocado until evenly distributed.
Adjust to taste more seasonings as needed. And for an even spicier kick to your tasty dip, add the jalapeño seeds in.
Serve fresh with a side of tortilla chips or as a topping with some pico de gallo on tacos or a burrito bake.
If you would like to chill it before eating, cover guacamole with plastic wrap and place it in the fridge for 30 minutes to an hour.
Stir before serving and enjoy!
Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Add a layer of lime juice on top to keep the guacamole from discoloring and cover well for up to 2 days.
Stir well before serving.
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This easy spicy guacamole recipe is perfect for the guacamole lover in all of us.
The added jalapeño pepper really kicks it up a notch and you will want to add it to everything from tacos to turkey sandwiches or for game day with a big bag of chips and a spicy margarita.
I hope you love it!
Jalapeno Guacamole Recipe
Be sure to check out my tips and tricks in the post. Scroll up to read!
- 4 avocados large and ripe
- ½ red onion medium, diced
- 2 tomatoes seeded and diced
- 3/4 cup cilantro about half a bunch, chopped
- 3 jalapeno peppers seeded and diced
- 2 garlic cloves minced
- 2 limes juiced
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon black pepper
- ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
- Halve the avocados by running a knife around it lengthwise, then twist the avocado to pull it apart. Discard the pit. Use a spoon to scoop the flesh into a large mixing bowl.
- Use a fork to roughly mash the avocados as smooth or chunky as you like. I prefer to keep it a little chunky.
- Dice the remaining ingredients and add them to the bowl. Mix together until well combined. Adjust seasonings to taste. For an even spicier kick, add the jalapeno seeds back in.
- Serve fresh with a side of tortilla chips and enjoy!
Nutrition information is estimated. For the most accurate info, always doublecheck with your ingredients.