Cheap & Simple Guacamole (& How to Store It!)
A frugal guacamole recipe you can make with ingredients you probably already have at home! Plus how to store guacamole without turning it brown.
Guacamole is one of those foods that I eat all the time, but I don’t eat it the right way.
Know what I mean?
When you are trying to save money and eat healthy, you don’t always make food the right way. I don’t make Macaroni and Cheese with a roux sauce made from butter, flour, and milk. Instead, I use a shortcut that makes the Cheapest One-Pot Macaroni & Cheese, and also kinda the easiest.
This guacamole is the same.
It’s for that day when the avocados are on sale, but the red onion, tomatoes, and cilantro are not.
This recipe is for when you are dairy-free, but you need something creamy and delicious on your tacos or Cumin Beans, but you don’t want to make real guacamole.
This recipe is made from staples you probably already have in your kitchen, so all you need is that avocado sale.
Frugal Guacamole is Also:
All real food
Keeps for 3-4 days
And takes 2 minutes to make
Try it With These Recipes:
5-minute slow cooker recipe that is super flexible. Add meat if you like, or keep it vegetarian! Use it for your next taco bar, in burritos, salad, burrito bowls, nachos, and more.
Nachos can be as simple and frugal as Chips + Salsa + Cheese. Perfect for a quick, easy meal, made with fairly clean ingredients, and naturally gluten-free.
We use these slow cooker and Instant Pot beans for burrito bowls or simply served in a bowl and topped with cheese, guacamole, and tortilla chips.
Cheesy, frugal, delicious Nacho Dip made with real food and only 50 cents per serving. Dairy-free, vegetarian, and vegan versions too!
Possibly the easiest crowd-pleasing real food dip. No fuss, no measurements, and sure to please the pickiest eaters. Serve this alongside guacamole for the perfect real food Game Day duo.
- 2 large avocados
- 3 tbsp lemon juice
- 2 cloves garlic, minced, (or 1/2 tsp garlic powder)
- 1 tsp cumin
- 1/2 tsp salt
- Slice the avocados in half lengthwise and remove the pits with a fork or spoon. Set aside the pits for later. Scoop avocado flesh into a small bowl, and add the rest of the ingredients.
- Use a fork or potato masher to mash the guacamole ingredients until only a few small chunks of avocado are left, and the texture is fairly uniform.
- Serve immediately or store until ready to use.
- Store the guacamole in a small container and place the pits in the bowl with it.
- Press a sheet of plastic wrap against the surface of the guacamole, making sure there are no air pockets. This prevents the avocado from turning brown.
- Store like this for up to 4 days.
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Nutrition InformationYield 8 Serving Size 1/4 cup
Amount Per Serving Calories 83Total Fat 7gSaturated Fat 1gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 6gCholesterol 0mgSodium 151mgCarbohydrates 5gFiber 3gSugar 0gProtein 1g
Please note: The actual calories and nutrition of this dish will change depending on what ingredients you use. Nutrition information is not always accurate.
How to Store Guacamole
Store the guacamole in a small container and place the pits in the bowl with it.
Press a sheet of plastic wrap against the surface of the guacamole, making sure there are no air pockets. This prevents the avocado from turning brown. Store like this for up to 4 days.
Frugal & Green Living Tip:
I don’t typically buy plastic wrap, because plastic waste is bad for the environment and my budget. However, it works better than anything else I’ve tried when storing guacamole.
If you don’t have plastic wrap, try using a container that fits the amount of guac perfectly, so that when you put the lid on it, there is no air touching the surface of the avocado. This is tricky, but it works!