This 4 ingredient guacamole recipe could not be easier. Seriously. You'll only need avocados, salsa, lemon juice and salt. And just mash 'em together. My 5 year-old made this on her own...several times!
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WHY WE LOVE THIS GUACAMOLE
🥑 So easy! I cannot stress enough how simple this is. Only 4 ingredients, no special tools needed, and ready in 5 minutes. And little kids can even make it on their own.
🥑 Healthy! Avocados have tons of health benefits and are high in fiber and healthy fats. And even jarred salsa has so many health benefits. Among the many reasons salsa is good for you are that it's low calorie, heart-healthy and choc full of nutrients. Make your guac even healthier by dipping raw veggies into it.
🥑 Customizable! This has definitely been a just-throw-it-all-in-the-bowl snack for us, so it seemed weird to measure and make a formal recipe. What I'm trying to say is...this can be whatever you want it to be. We use our fave salsa: mild so the kids will eat it. Use whatever kind you like. As for the salt and lemon juice, play around with the amounts til you get it just right.
🥑 Special to us! This guacamole has become our favorite COVID snack. My 5 year-old was in a Montessori school when COVID hit. For a little while after the school closed, the school made little activity videos for the kids to do at home, which was very cute. My daughter gravitated towards the ones involving food...she is my kid, after all. Lol. Anyway, the school had a simple guac recipe that we adopted, tweaked and made all the time.
THE ENDURING QUESTION: HOW TO KEEP GUACAMOLE FROM TURNING BROWN
I've tried so many things, but there is only one thing that seems to work. Spread your leftover guacamole evenly in Tupperware, cover with a tiny layer of water (just enough to cover the guac), and seal with lid or tight plastic wrap. The water keeps the guacamole green and fresh. When you are ready to eat it again, strain out the water and dig in!
I will say...this is not a perfect solution. Your guacamole can get watered down with a little flavor dilution, depending on how thick it is. I ended up adding some extra salt on the leftover guac because of this.
THE 4 INGREDIENTS
Notes on ingredients: Pick your favorite salsa. Because my kids are spiciness-averse, I always use mild salsa. And, if you want this to be even faster, use bottled lemon juice instead of squeezing fresh.
HOW TO MAKE THIS GUACAMOLE
TOOLS: medium bowl, regular kitchen fork, knife and spoon, 1/8 cup, 1 tsp and 1/4 tsp
KIDS STEPS: If you're a kid, you can do every part of this recipe. Just one special tip - we used a potato masher to mix up the guac, and it worked way better than a fork.
Note: save your avocado skins for the kids avocado boat craft below.
FOR PICKY EATERS: If your kids aren't yet ready for the whole experience, a good place to start is by mashing together just the avocados and salt. It's still delicious and can be a stepping stone to more flavors in the future.
What can you eat with guacamole?
Guacamole is a delicious dip for chips! It can also be served with veggies, tacos, and fajitas or as a topping on toast or meat. This guacamole goes really well as a topping for our:
Additionally, you can swap the avocado slices for guacamole in our Three Bean Salad and eat as a salad or turn the dish into a very hearty dip.
WHAT TO DO WITH YOUR AVOCADO SCRAPS
Make our adorable Avocado Boat Craft! Get all the flesh out of the avocado skins and set them aside while you make the guacamole. To make the avocado boats, all you do is add a mini sail and figurine, and place in a bowl of water. Voilà, it floats!
Note: the craft works best when you give the avocado skins a little time to dry.
Are Avocados Healthy for you?
Yes, avocados are extremely healthy! Avocados are high in Vitamin C, Vitamin E, potassium, fiber and healthy fats. In fact, avocados have more potassium than a banana! Combined, these nutrients help with your body's digestion, heart and blood pressure, healthy skin and hair, and joint health.
Other Recipes with Avocados
- Easy Carne Asada with Corn Salad and Creamy Chimichurri Sauce
- Three Bean Salad
- Southwest Quesadillas with Turkey and Cheese
4 Ingredient Guacamole Recipe
- 2 avocados
- 1/8 cup salsa
- 1 t lemon juice
- 1/4 t salt
- Cut avocados in half lengthwise. Remove pits and scoop out the flesh into a medium bowl.
- Add remaining ingredients to the bowl and mash together until evenly integrated.
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