This tasty guacamole recipe has become one of our most preferred staples in Tex-Mex cuisine.

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Recipe: GuacamoleFresh avocado and lime juice are essential to guacamole. Other ingredients vary by recipe. Onions, chiles, garlic, tomatoes, and cilantro are most commonly included. You'll be amazed how easy it is to create your own delicious combination. Avocados are relatively high in fat, but it's the good kind that actually helps lower the risk of heart disease. They are also nutrient dense, cholesterol free, and a great source of fiber.

How To Freeze Avocados for Easy Guacamole

You can actually freeze mashed, fresh avocado to keep on hand for an "emergency" guacamole. Just add 1⁄2 tsp. of lime or lemon juice per avocado, mix well, and store in a zip-top plastic bag, making sure to remove all the air before sealing. Thaw in the refrigerator or in a bowl of cool water. Related: 25 Ways with Avocado

How To Purchase the Best Avocados for Easy Guacamole

A perfect avocado should have clean, unblemished skin. Ripe avocados should yield slightly when gently squeezed. Store unripe avocados at room temperature until ripe, or place in a loosely closed brown paper bag to accelerate the process.

How To Keep Your Guacamole From Turning Brown

While storing in the refrigerator, keep your guacamole from changing color by placing a layer of plastic wrap directly on the surface of the mixture.