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How to Make Delicious Homemade Guacamole and Pico de Gallo - Easy Mexican Dip Recipes

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Homemade pico de gallo and guacamole

Homemade pico de gallo and guacamole

The Avocado and Your Health

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Guacamole vs. Avocado Dip

I love any kind of Mexican food, Mexican-style food, Tex-Mex, or whatever you want to call it! If there's a taco, a burrito, or an enchilada involved, count me in! That goes for the dips that go with that type of food. I've loved guacamole ever since I discovered it. I'm a purist when it comes to guacamole, so the "avocado dip" I see in stores doesn't appeal to me. It seems that it's called avocado dip because it does have SOME avocado in it but not necessarily very much. Or maybe avocado dip is just another name for guacamole. But I digress.

Although I've had wonderful guacamole with onions and tomatoes in it, I really prefer plain and simple. Here I offer up just that--a guacamole recipe that has few ingredients and is easy to make. You get a bonus pico de gallo recipe, too--a blend of just a few healthy ingredients. I love these two recipes. I hope you do, too.


Fresh Guacamole!

freshly-made guacamole

freshly-made guacamole

Recipe for Guacamole

Guacamole is really very easy to make and is so much better than what is sold in grocery stores. Even in restaurants, often guacamole is messed up, in my opinion, with added ingredients like sour cream that make it into a whipped creamy glob. I prefer real, chunky guacamole any day!

Start with ripe avocados. Ripe means that the avocados are soft and squeezable. The skins are no longer green but are turning black. Avocados will ripen quickly--in just a few days--if left out on the counter. They will take longer to ripen in the refrigerator and will last longer. Only a few times have I forgotten about an avocado left in the refrigerator that was too ripe to use. When avocados are too ripe, they start turning brown and are super, super soft.


Ingredients for Guacamole

Avocados, garlic, and spices to make guacamole.

Avocados, garlic, and spices to make guacamole.

Ingredients for Guacamole

  • 4 avocados, ripe
  • 2 cloves of garlic, crushed
  • 1tsp. or more lime juice, (or lemon; see what you prefer!)
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • Simple, huh?

How to Cut and Peel an Avocado

I like my old-fashioned masher.

I like my old-fashioned masher.

Instructions for Guacamole

  1. Peel off guacamole skins. I've heard that there is actually some easy way to do this, but I just cut a strip (long way on the avocado), pull it back on both sides and pull it off. Then I pull at the avocado with my (clean) hands until it all comes off the seed. Throw away the pit from the middle.
  2. Mash avocados with masher. You can also use a fork. I like my guacamole a little chunky.
  3. Add in garlic, lime or lemon juice, and salt and pepper to taste. I have tried both lime and lemon juice, and I prefer lime juice. I think it gives a much better flavor.
  4. That's it. You're done. Serve with chips.
  5. Although I like guacamole a little chunky, sometimes I have to use a mixer to beat it a little at the end if it's just too lumpy.

Smooth or Chunky Guacamole--Your Preference

Beat the final mixture if you need to.

Beat the final mixture if you need to.

Don't Let the Dog Eat the Guacamole!

Did you know that avocados are bad for dogs? They are on the no-no list of foods for canines. Don't let your dog eat the avocado or the guacamole, as much as he may want to. Give him a chip instead!

Oh--and throw away the avocado pits as soon as possible before the dog or small child picks it up and chokes on it. Seriously!


Storing Leftovers: Easy Tip for Keeping Guacamole from Turning Brown

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The first tomato was so big that I ended up not using the second tomato to make my batch for two people.

The first tomato was so big that I ended up not using the second tomato to make my batch for two people.

Recipe for Pico de Gallo

I have always loved pico de gallo in Mexican restaurants but never attempted to make it at home until recently. My, oh, my, is that stuff good! After looking over a bunch of recipes online, I settled on my pick of favorite ingredients and threw them together. It was delicious, I tell you. Absolutely delicious. I think it may be my new favorite dip for chips!

Pico de Gallo is easy to make and doesn't have any calories or fat to speak of! It's a healthy combination of mainly tomatoes, green onions, and cilantro.


Fresh Pico de Gallo!

Pico de gallo!

Pico de gallo!

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Ingredients & Instructions for Pico de Gallo

These recipe amounts represent a ratio, as I just made a small amount of pico de gallo that would serve two people. Double the ingredients, or even triple or quadruple for crowds. I generally use one green onion to two small or medium tomatoes. You may alter the ratio, but this is what I found to work really well.

  • 2 small to medium tomatoes
  • 1 green onion
  • a handful of cilantro (seriously, get as much as you want; you won't use too much)
  • 1/2 tsp or so of lime juice
  • garlic salt to taste (or a couple of crushed garlic cloves)
  • pepper to taste (I do several twists of a pepper grinder)

Many recipes call for jalapenos, but I think the heat might take away from the delectable flavor of the mixture. Chop up tomatoes, onion, and cilantro very fine. Add the rest of the ingredients to taste.

You're finished! Grab some tortilla chips to go with your fresh guacamole and pico de gallo!

Chips with Guacamole and Pico de Gallo

Don't forget the chips!

Don't forget the chips!

Buy your own unique dip bowls. Mine were picked up by a friend of mine on vacation in Mexico! I love them!

More Mexican Style Recipes from Victoria Lynn

Comments

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on August 17, 2018:

Thanks, Sarah!

Sarah from Europe on August 17, 2018:

Looks and sounds super tasty! I'm seriously hungry now after reading and will save your recipes on Pinterest for future reference! :)

Thailand Travel Guide from Phuket on July 20, 2018:

Ok food

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on June 06, 2014:

Aw, Kenneth, you made my night, too. Thanks for your beautiful words and your ongoing friendship. I hope your health gets better. I will see you around the Hub! :-)

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on June 06, 2014:

Susan--I love these recipes! And I have started putting finely chopped onions in my guacamole at times. A friend of mine uses red onions, so I tried that, and they are wonderful in it!

Kenneth Avery on June 05, 2014:

Thank you, dear Victoria. You have definitely made my night. YOU are a tremendous blessing to me. You just remember that.

That goes for me too, not getting around to your hubs as much as I would like to, but I will do my best depending on my health which is up and down, mostly-down, right now, but that does not mean that I do not appreciate your friendship and following, Victoria.

You and I go back three years ago when I joined HP. Seems like HP is changing all of the time, but I can testify to the fact that YOU are a constant in my life and I like that.

I will holler at you now and then, but in the meantime, you keep turning out great hubs such as this one.

Have a peaceful night.

Kenneth

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on June 05, 2014:

You're sweet, Kenneth. And I can use the blessings, that's for sure. I don't get around to your hubs as often as I would like, but you'll see me now and then. We will definitely keep in touch!

Kenneth Avery on June 05, 2014:

Hi, Victoria,

You are very welcome. You ARE young. That is why I am not at ease saying you are an "old" friend. And it was great to see you too. Keep in touch with me.

I still appreciate you following me. God bless you richly.

Kenneth

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on June 05, 2014:

Kenneth--Thanks for saying I'm young! :-) Good to see you, my friend. I hope you are doing well!

Susan Zutautas from Ontario, Canada on June 05, 2014:

How did these two great recipes get past me ..... YUM!!!! Sometimes Ill add a bit of chopped onions to my guacamole. I tend to use dried cilantro but I know fresh is much better. Pinning and sharing.

Kenneth Avery from Hamilton, Alabama on June 04, 2014:

Nicely-written, Victoria. I started to say old friend, but my better sense stopped me for you are a young woman and not old. You are a long-time friend. Great hubbing.

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on December 04, 2012:

That's awesome, Wesman! Thanks for the tips. :-) I should always have some frozen cilantro on hand, as much as i love it--just for backup!

Wesman Todd Shaw from Kaufman, Texas on December 04, 2012:

Chopped and frozen is the next best thing to fresh. You don't lose much flavor that way.

Cilantro is known to have a terrific effect in regards to detoxing the body of toxic metals.

For instance...you somehow or another ingested a bit of mercury...cilantro flushes it out of your system.

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on December 04, 2012:

Wesman--I wondered about freezing it. I'll try that. Is the paste good? I've tried the flakes, but they don't seem to retain that great flavor for too long.

Detox, huh? I'll have to look into that more!!

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on December 04, 2012:

I hear ya, SkeetyD!

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on December 04, 2012:

I do, too, Audrey! :-)

Wesman Todd Shaw from Kaufman, Texas on December 03, 2012:

Keeping cilantro fresh is a real problem!

Sometimes I chop it and freeze it...but of course fresh is best.

One time I bought some stuff called "Cilantro Solutions," and it was ...a tube of it...like a paste...and recently, I bought some spice shakers of dried cilantro flakes.

That stuff is seriously wonderful insofar as detoxing the crap out of your system goes.....but it just doesn't keep so well.

I think lots of lime juice helps guacamole to keep, and cilantro too.

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on December 03, 2012:

Wesman--I'm glad you were selfish with your dog--LOL!

Seriously about the pico? I need to do that b/c I love it and could put it on everything! Then my fresh cilantro wouldn't ever go bad! I don't know if I can do the Habanero pepper, though. Thanks for the comments!

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on December 03, 2012:

rasta--Wholesale avocados? That doesn't sound like a bad deal!

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on December 03, 2012:

Thanks, Daisy, for reading my recipes and for the birthday wishes! :-)

SkeetyD on December 03, 2012:

Two great and simple recipes. I love tex-mex or mexican food as well. And I agree, homemade guacamole is much better.

Audrey Howitt from California on December 03, 2012:

I love both of these! Thank you!

Wesman Todd Shaw from Kaufman, Texas on December 03, 2012:

Absolutely with ya on the guacamole. I like the simple style because it is the avocado I really want to taste.

I had no idea avocado was dangerous to dogs....it was always my lust for guacamole that prevented them getting any!

I never stop making pico...because I'm always eating it...I'm forever slicing and dicing to add to the big batch already made.

I do like mine much hotter than you though...I put a Habanero pepper in the last one...you have to be careful with those!

Marvin Parke from Jamaica on December 03, 2012:

I have to buy avocados wholesale. I will use this technique to help with storage and preservation.

Daisy Mariposa from Orange County (Southern California) on December 03, 2012:

Vicki,

Thanks for publishing these great recipes. I'm going to have to try them.

Happy December 3rd Birthday!

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on October 15, 2012:

Me, too, ElleBee! Love 'em!

ElleBee on October 15, 2012:

Yum, yum! I love pico and gucamole.

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on October 15, 2012:

Zpatricias--Glad you like! I love these two recipes!

2patricias from Sussex by the Sea on October 12, 2012:

Two things that I have never tried making - and they both look good. I will seriously consider these next time I have a buffet party.

Meanwhile, I am adding this to my Recipe Index for HubPages.

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on July 05, 2012:

Deb--that recipe sounds great, too. That cup of tomatillo salsa probably gives the guacamole some extra tang to it. Sounds good! Thanks for checking out my recipes!

Deborah Neyens from Iowa on July 05, 2012:

Yum! I'm always on the look out for good guacamole and pico de gallo and yours look great! My favorite guacamole recipe is from the back of a jar of Frontera Grill brand tomatillo salsa - 3 avocados, 1 cup tomatillo salsa, 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro, and salt. So easy and always a crowd favorite.

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on June 30, 2012:

teaches--Yeah, I get rid of the pit right away. I'm always paranoid about my dog getting it in his mouth and choking. I have heard there is a special way to take off the avocado peel; maybe I'll try it one day! Thanks!

Dianna Mendez on June 29, 2012:

Love guacamole! Your warning on throwing out the pit is great advice for everyone. I have my own special way of taking the peel off the avocado but it is something that takes practice. Great recipes.

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on June 28, 2012:

Glad to share, random! I know--homemade is the best! Easy to make, too, so no reason not to. Doesn't take long!

Rose Clearfield from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on June 28, 2012:

Homemade pico de gallo and guacamole are THE BEST! One you get used to the real thing, you can never go back. Thanks for sharing your great recipes.

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on June 28, 2012:

LOL! And I'll make chili the next time I make guac and pico! :-) We could throw in some corn chips instead of crackers!

emilybee on June 28, 2012:

Oh yum!! Yes Mexican food is the best. Good idea!! I will make guac and pico de gallo next time I make chill! :)

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on June 28, 2012:

Funny, emilybee, I was just reading your chili recipe! What a coincidence. You will love pico de gallo if you try it. Thanks for the compliment! Yum--guac and pico de gallo would go well with chili and crackers, too. Maybe we could combine our recipes!

emilybee on June 28, 2012:

We make guacamole sometimes and now suddenly I'm on an avocado kick-I've been craving them lately! But I've never made Pico de Gallo. Great instructions and pictures!

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on June 28, 2012:

Thanks, Time2spare, I'll see if I can come up with more!

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on June 28, 2012:

Thanks, carrie! Maybe I'll come up with some more avocado recipes!

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on June 28, 2012:

Gypsy--guac on toast! wow--that's a must try! Thanks!

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on June 28, 2012:

HawaiiHeart--be brave and fix them! They are so easy!!!

Time2Spare from Richmond, Virginia on June 28, 2012:

Great recipe. pretty much easy to make too. Expecting more easy to make dishes from you. voted up.

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on June 28, 2012:

Mariachis, lord! JaJa! Margaritas would be a nice, touch, too!

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on June 28, 2012:

Thanks, Vellur! It is good!!

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on June 28, 2012:

shim--Have you already made this once? Then by all means, make it again! :-)

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on June 28, 2012:

Ron, I'm glad to keep you hungry! LOL!

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on June 28, 2012:

Thanks, lovedoctor! Much appreciated!

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on June 28, 2012:

Thanks, Suzie! I love any kind of Mexican food! thanks for sharing and voting!

carriethomson from United Kingdom on June 28, 2012:

both the receipe are mouth watering and surely i will try both of them at home with lots of love with it.......i do love avocados....hope to see more recipe on it

Gypsy48 on June 28, 2012:

Great recipes. I'm with you on chunky guacamole! I love guacamole on toast for breakfast. Voted up.

HawaiiHeart from Hawaii on June 27, 2012:

I LOVE Mexican food, pico de gallo especially. Those look so good and so easy to make too! Maybe I'll be brave enough to try the recipes. =)

Joseph De Cross from New York on June 27, 2012:

Guacamoles, tortillas and extra jalapenos..go with our sense of humor... This was a wonderful recipe... Where are the Mariachis Hermana?

Nithya Venkat from Dubai on June 27, 2012:

Great recipe, the pics look so yummy. Easy to make too. Loved it.

shimlahillstation from India on June 27, 2012:

That I want to eat. How we can make it again.

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on June 27, 2012:

Hi, missolive! I'll try the guac with lime. I love lime in the pico de gallo! Thanks for the input...and the compliments!

Ron Hawkster from United States of America on June 27, 2012:

Yummy! Now I'm officially hungry. And I had just eaten dinner half an hour ago. Thanks a lot, Victoria, for keeping me in perpetual state of being hungry!

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on June 27, 2012:

Thanks, ytsenoh. I love guac, too! Glad you liked the images. That is something I've been working on. :-)

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on June 27, 2012:

Thanks, Tammy! Yes, it's so easy to make at home. Glad you appreciate the hub!

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on June 27, 2012:

No problem, Mhatter!

lovedoctor926 on June 27, 2012:

Wow! This is delicious! Voted up awesome!!!!!

Suzanne Ridgeway from Dublin, Ireland on June 27, 2012:

Love it Victoria Lynn - So simple and sounds delicious!! I love Mexican food, one of my favorite cuisines, and a massive guacamole lover!

Lookin forward to trying this a.s.a.p!! Will share this and voted!

Marisa Hammond Olivares from Texas on June 27, 2012:

Perfect! You'd fit right in our south Texas community! I'm with you, I like my avocado/guacamole nice and simple. I prefer lime instead of lemons though. I love your traditional bowls too - so pretty and authentic. When we make pico de gallo we use, 'chile serrano'. These are the small and long green chiles. I try to keep them seeded and finely chopped. I could live off your two recipes! I really do love the stuff - yum!

Thanks for a great hub. :)

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on June 27, 2012:

I hear ya, Dave. That you really like this one means a lot. And I made it into the summer menu planner? A first? Wow! I don't really know what to say except thanks so much!

Cathy from Louisiana, Idaho, Kauai, Nebraska, South Dakota, Missouri on June 27, 2012:

Oh my goodness, this looks so good. I love guacomole. Great hub, Victoria, and nice accompanying images too! Keep writing, keep cooking!

Tammy from North Carolina on June 27, 2012:

Excellent recipes! I am a big, big fan of Mexican food and like you I prefer simple guacamole. I have never considered making my own, but this looks simple and wonderful. Guacomole and avacados seem to be on everything these days, even Subway subs. Excellent hub!

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on June 27, 2012:

Yay, Effer, I got ya back!!!! Mexican food is my FAVE! Authentic Mexican food is wonderful. Yummy!

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on June 27, 2012:

CC, I'm eating the stuff right now! We both say "guac," too! Hope you get some, make it up, and think of me, cyber sis!

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on June 27, 2012:

KoffeeK--Yep, avocado is bad for dogs. Too bad. I think my dog would like it. LOL. Glad you like the recipes!

Martin Kloess from San Francisco on June 27, 2012:

mmm mmm thank you

David Stillwell from Sacramento, California on June 27, 2012:

Victoria Lynn: You know I don't approve of much these days... but this has been printed and added to my summer menu planner.... A first from Hubpages!

Suzie from Carson City on June 27, 2012:

OK OK ya got me on this one. I'm a sucker for Mexican food...especially pico de gallo!! We had a mexican restaurant nearby for awhile (don't know why they closed!) and they made the BEST home made Mexican everything. They were directly from Mexico, so you know they did a good job! Their pico de gallo....I could eat a gallon! UP++

Cynthia Calhoun from Western NC on June 27, 2012:

Aw, man, now you made me crave some pico and guac. I HAD to stop by to see how you make it, and of course, it's not that different from my own family recipes. Go figure, cyber-sis. :D This looks tantalizing and I have to tell you that I'm going to have to go get more avocados tomorrow to make and eat guac while I prepare a hub for Mexican wedding cakes. :D

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on June 27, 2012:

Ruchira, I love garlic in it. I love garlic in just about anything. :-) Yeah, give them a try. Thanks!

Susan Hazelton from Northern New York on June 27, 2012:

Great recipes. I'll be trying them. I had no idea that avocado was bad for dogs. You learn something new everyday. Up, useful, and interesting.

Ruchira from United States on June 27, 2012:

i am a big fan of avocado but using garlic in guacamole is new. will give a shot.

pico de gallo is so simple...wow!

thanks vicki. with 4th of july coming, will give it a try!

voted up and sharing it across!

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on June 27, 2012:

Thanks, Dave! What a nice comment. I would like to become a better gardener in order to have my own pico de gallo ingredients! so fresh! Thanks for the thoughtful comments. I'm glad you approve! :-)

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on June 27, 2012:

rmcleve--You're welcome. I'm about to finish off the batch I made already! LOL

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on June 27, 2012:

Glad you like this, kelley. And I'm glad you could use the dog tip. Thanks!

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on June 27, 2012:

Angelo--Yep. It would be easy to add some heat to either of these recipes!

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on June 27, 2012:

WhydThatHappen--so true! This stuff could go with so many foods. Thanks for the input!

David Stillwell from Sacramento, California on June 27, 2012:

Victorialynn has created the essense of why I garden in this beautifully laid out hub. Additionally, both of these recipes are in season and ready to be created whether you garden or you buy produce from a market. This is a homemade verison of an entire grocery store isle.... the difference is that this will bring an awesome fresh taste to your table all summer long... I completely approve of this hub!

rmcleve on June 27, 2012:

That looks absolutely delicious and also easy! Thanks for the great recipes!

kelleyward on June 27, 2012:

I love avocados so this is a fantastic hub for me! Also I has no idea dogs should not eat avocado. Good to know since we hope to get a puppy soon. Voted up and yum. Kelley

Angelo52 on June 27, 2012:

Good basic recipes that can be easily altered for those of us that like to spice it up.

WhydThatHappen on June 27, 2012:

Great recipes! I like when the recipes are for seasonings and dip because so many options open up once you have them: for every entre you've ever made you now have an additional option, and the same goes for snack food. Good job.

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