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Quick and Easy 4-Ingredient Guacamole

on May 8, 2020
last updated July 21, 2022
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This 4-Ingredient Guacamole relies on just a few fresh ingredients to level up your avocado and create the perfect creamy dip!
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Looking for a delicious and healthful appetizer, snack, or taco companion? You’ve found it in this easy peasy 4-Ingredient Guacamole recipe.

With the freshness from the pico de gallo and cilantro, creaminess from the avocado, and citrus from the lime, you really only need 4 delicious ingredients to make this wonderful dip come together!

overhead shot of guacamole with two slices of lime

Perfect Creamy Guacamole Tips and Tricks

Use Fresh Ingredients

Since there are just a few, we want to get the most out of our minimal ingredients. I would strongly encourage you to use fresh lime rather than lime juice and fresh cilantro rather than dried.

Here’s everything you’ll need:

avocados, pico de gallo, cilantro, and lime

Use a Mortar and Pestle

This recipe is packed with vibrant, flavorful, good-for-you ingredients! Breaking them down into small, fine parts is what allows their flavors to meld together to yield that perfect, creamy 4-Ingredient Guacamole.

I smash my pico de gallo and cilantro together before adding my avocado.

A mortar and pestle is a great kitchen tool to have! I use it while making spice blends, dips like this one, and to extract maximum flavor out of pricier spices like saffron.

If you don’t have a Mortar and Pestle, you can certainly use a wooden spoon to mash them.

using mortar and pestle to make guacamole

Choosing Your Pico De Gallo

Since this guacamole is made with only 4 ingredients, we have to rely on these ingredients to bring bold flavors. Choose a fresh pico de gallo with a spice level that matches your desired spice for your guacamole (I always choose spicy!)

You’ll usually find pico de gallo in the refrigerated section next to other cold dips like hummus and pre-packaged guacamole. Or you can make your own pico de gallo!

How To Know If An Avocado Is Ripe

The easiest way to tell is by pushing in the pit, and if it squishes into the avocado, it’s ripe! If it’s not ready, the pit will stay put. You can also just squeeze your avocado to gauge its ripeness. You’re looking for just a little give, but not a mushy mess.

Green tip: Organic farms rely on biodiversity to generate rich soil, avoiding the use of pesticides and fertilizers, which means no toxic runoff. Consider organic avocados and lime for this recipe!

squeezing lime into guacamole

Why Should You Make This Perfect Creamy Guacamole

  • It’s healthy. Packed with nutrients, antioxidants, and “good fats”.
  • It elevates your meal. Bring your tacos, burritos, quesadillas, or even morning eggs to life!
  • It’s simple. 4 delicious ingredients is all you need!

If you’re whipping up this 4-Ingreidnet Guacamole and are looking for things to serve it with, check out this Lentil Taco Meat Alternative, these Enchiladas with Homemade Sauce, and this Pan-Fried Sweet Potato Quesadilla!

overhead shot of guacamole with two slices of lime

Quick and Easy 4-Ingredient Guacamole

5 from 1 vote
Marley Goldin
This 4-Ingredient Guacamole relies on just a few fresh ingredients to level up your avocado and create the perfect creamy dip!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 4 servings



  • 3 tablespoons fresh pico de gallo
  • 1 handful fresh cilantro
  • 2 ripe avocados
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • salt and pepper to taste (optional)


  • Use a sturdy bowl or mortar and pestle to mash together your fresh cilantro and pico de gallo.
  • Add the flesh of your avocados and the lime juice, and work with the pestle to integrate all the ingredients.
  • Taste test to see if any salt and pepper is required. If so, add to taste.
  • Garnish with lime wedges, a little extra pico de gall, and cilantro, and enjoy immediately!

Pro Tips

  • This recipe is best with a mortar and pestle, but if you don’t have one, just get a little creative! You can use a sturdy bowl with a wooden spoon to mash.
  • I love my guac smooth, but if you like it chunkier, use 1 ripe avocado and one almost ripe avocado. It will leave you with some chunks.
Course Appetizers, Sides, Snacks
Cuisine Mexican
Diet Vegan
Keyword 30 Minutes or Less, Appetizer for Sharing, Easy, Guacamole, Happy Hour Food, One-Bowl
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