Cheater’s Guacamole

Remember those locally grown avocados I received?  They ripened up just in time for Cinco de Mayo and I put them to use in “Cheater’s” Guacamole.

It’s hard to even call this a “recipe, and no one will ever suspect you didn’t hand slice and dice all your spices.

I’ve mentioned my guacamole recipe and called it “Cheater’s” Guac before, but figured the photo quality could use some sprucing up.  Plus, I had avocados to use up.



“Cheater’s” Guacamole

1 ripe avocado

1 tbsp lime juice (or lemon if that’s what you have on hand)

1 tbsp Mrs. Dash seasoning blend (I use the Griller’s Blend but use your fave or other seasoning blend, i.e TJs Salute Seasoning, McCormick seasonings, or old fashioned garlic, cumin, onions, cilantro, etc.)

1 tsp salt, or to taste


Peel the avocado and scoop out the flesh.  Add all ingredients into a bowl, mash avocado with a fork, and stir/mash until everything is combined, while retaining some texture.  Serve immediately.

Notes & Tips: If you like chilled guacamole, take an already ripe avocado that’s been refrigerated in advance, and then make the guac.  However, don’t try to ripen avocados in the fridge.  They need to ripen on the countertop.

Avocados oxidize (turn brown) when exposed to air.  There is nothing you can do to avoid this entirely but lemon/lime juice helps.

Also, covering unused guac with plastic wrap that’s placed directly on the guac helps.

If you are only using half an avocado, keep the pit in the unused half to reduce oxidation.  I’ve also seen people put the whole pit into a bowl of prepared guac in order to reduce oxidation.  Being that this recipe takes one minute, it’s not the kind of thing you really need to “make in advance”.


Lay out your very few ingredients.

Lime juice is probably preferred.  But if you have a cute baby Meyer lemon from the preschool teacher’s backyard tree, use that.

You won’t miss chopping all that garlic and raw onions.  I sure won’t.  I hate garlic and onions!

But in small doses like in the Mrs. Dash and in guacamole, I can embrace stinky veggies and spices.

Mash, mash. 30 seconds later your guac is ready.

Creamy and delicious.

Scott gave me two thumbs on on this one and that’s high praise coming from the man who “doesn’t like avocados”.

Really?  Because he sure liked this.

And Skylar loves guac, but she’s my 4 year old garbage disposal.  Here she is last summer out at a Mexican restaurant.

She’ll eat anything from chocolate kale chips to raw broccoli to peanut sauce baked tofu.

Chips + Guac = a perfect match for Cindo de Mayo or for summertime parties or just a great snack.

Embrace those healthy fats and get your guac on!

From my previous post about the Super Natural Everyday cookbook review, I am glad the book looked good you and I always enjoy hearing everyone’s cookbook finds and go-to books you can’t live without, too.

Most of all, it was great to read about who wants to write a book or cookbook.  I have no idea what the future holds for me.  As I said, I never say never. Fun to read about your plans, ideas, and goals, too.

If you’d prefer to use your avocados in a dessert recipe, you could try Raw Vegan Chocolate Mousse

You cannot “taste” the avocados.  Promise. It fools people, every time. And also is a 5 minute special.


1. Do you like guacamole?


But I also just love plain, sliced avocados on top of salads.   Creamy, rich, perfection.

2. How do you like to prepare your guacamole or do you buy store bought?

I never buy prepared guac in the plastic containers in the store.  Knowing what I know, too, about how fast avocados can oxidize, it’s a bit scary to me how they keep the guac in those containers so green!

It’s either full of green food coloring and/or tons of preservatives. I’m thinking there is just no other way.

I’ll make my own, thanks.  It only takes a minute after all!

3.  Any plans for Cinco de Mayo?

Being that I only live 10 minutes from the Mexican border and it’s 90F out right now (yes major heat wave!), I know that there will be massive fiestas around San Diego this week.

I live in the heart of a fun and hip part of town and the bars are already packed.  I can smell the fajitas wafting already.  The only thing left is to pour a cold drink or margarita!

However, I won’t be going out because I have to work.   Oh well.

Here we were last summer.  I’ll just enjoy these memories instead.

Happy Cinco de Mayo!

99 comments on “Cheater’s Guacamole”

  1. I love fresh guacamole, so easy and delicious! Your daughter is adorable!!

  2. Your photos are so amazing!!! I love guac and this recipe is so easy!! LOVE IT!!

  3. Looks sooo good, I make mine the same way! Avocados are so naturally delicious, you don’t even miss all those other ingredients that are usually in guac! Beautiful photos as always!

  4. Hi Averie! I’ve missed you lately :)

    I saw that you won Heidi’s cookbook. I have made tons of stuff from it already and I am absolutely in love. Dig in :)

  5. this post has me so excited for cinco de mayo….sooooo excited!

  6. Guacamole is so great. My bf made a great version last year with raw corn that was delicious! I hadn’t been thinking about Cinco de Mayo but I will now!

  7. ahh – your daughter is too cute!
    I love guacamole and I’m so ready to try your version, so I can eat it more often! If I’m REALLY lazy, I’ll just buy all-natural store bought and mix it with some all-natural pico de gallo and copious amounts of Tapatio.
    I will be celebrating Cinco de Mayo with TWO midterms!

  8. Love avocados and love guacomole even more! Def going to try this and yes the pics add a lot. Makes me hungary now.

  9. Yum!!!! Maybe this is boring but I like my guacamole to be just avocado, salt and lemon or lime. I like focusing on the avocado taste! I don’t like when there are like tomatoes and other things in it.

  10. Yummy! My hubby saw your guac and told me I need to make some, haha. And I have avocados that are almost ready :D I usually like mixing in tomatoes and stuff into mine or at least on top so some people can eat them and others don’t if they don’t want to. I also usually wing it, haha. I also want to try your chocolate mousse. Maybe I’ll scale the recipe down, I think I’m the only one that will eat it, no one else really likes pudding type stuff.

  11. I love guacamole, and yours looks wonderful!!!

    I have plans for a Mexican dinner for Cinco De Mayo :-)

  12. Yum! This is pretty much how I make my guac but I usually add a tablespoon of salsa or toss some chopped tomatoes in there as well!

  13. These photos are seriously GORGEOUS! I love how bright green guacamole is. And the fact that it tastes like heaven. I love it either with corn chips or on top of a big salad!

  14. Love it simply… I am sure it tastes amazing.. i will surely try this.. :P

  15. Yum Yum! I love avocado, it’s a healthy fruit too. If I’m not busy, I’ll surely try to make this Guacamole recipe at home. Nice photos :)

  16. Happy Cinco De Mayo!
    I’ll be working too, but it will be a fun work day-getting to take a trip!
    Thanks for all the great avocado recipes, I love your chocolate mousse recipe, better than any of the dairy-based ones I had as a kid.
    Enjoy that sunshine! :)

  17. GREAT ez guac “recipe,” averie!
    i’ve never bought guac – like you say, so easy to prepare it from scratch, at home. i’ll take sliced avacado, plain, any day – love the texture and flavour. (and non garlic or onions, please, either!).
    cinco de mayo is not celebrated at all up here (the first time i heard of it was in aruba). i think we’re too far from the mexican border!
    have a great day!

  18. There is nothing more fresh and wonderful than homemade guacamole! This reminds me, I need to get some avocados!

  19. No way, this is pro-guacamole! Cheater’s guacamole would have to be the icky pureed stuff available at the supermarket. Look, you mashed and stirred! :P

  20. Your food photography inspires me! This looks absolutely delicious. It’s Mexican week on my blog as well…I could make every week Mexican week and be pretty happy about it. So jealous of your Cinco de Mayo location!

  21. I love guac! My brother is the guac master though, his guac gets better every time he makes it!

  22. I eat a few avocados as week and suggest the Salt-Free Mrs. Dash in the Tequila Lime flavor. It’s very “Cinco de Mayo” and festive :)

  23. Your guac looks so good and simple! I’ll adding it to my Cinco de Mayo menu!

  24. Great article. Any kinds of fruits and vegetables grown locally in the garden adds so much more to the meal. I’ve actually just loaded a post on my own site that shows some of the produce from my own garden, helped along with coffee compost.
    Keep up the great work on the site.

  25. I love your cheater’s guac recipe — and that baby lemon is so adorable!!!

    For guac I usually just mash up an avocado and add a few TBSPs of salsa and mix together. Or, I’ll chop up some onion and a small tomato and mix that in instead. Honestly usually we just eat the mashed avocado and call that guac!

    You know I love your choc mousse too — that recipe is the best!

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