There are few tastes which set the tone for a relaxed summer late day with friends and family like guacamole. It pairs perfectly with a beer or a decadent cocktail. It can also take 10 or more ingredients and a bunch of preparation. But it doesn’t have to.


You can make a very good guacamole in about 3 minutes using 3 ingredients (plus some salt and pepper).

The most difficult step is getting 2 ripe avocados. Cut them in half, remove the seed, and scoop the flesh into a small food processor. Add about 1/3 cup of medium salsa. Add 2 tablespoons lime or lemon juice. Pulse and mostly purée the ingredients but try to leave a small amount of chunkiness. Add a pinch of salt and some fresh ground pepper to taste. Pulse a couple of times to incorporate.

You can serve the guacamole immediately but it is better if you can chill it for 30 minutes. 

A quick side note: I have one cheap (as in price) tool in my kitchen that makes this recipe especially easy – a Ninja Chopper. (They can be had for around $20 from various sources).