Ole! Guacamole

Guacamole (gwak-ah-MO-lee) is a Mexican dip made from avocados. It's yummy on just about everything! Serve plain with pita chips, or use as a spread on sandwiches, omelets, burgers, more!

Hands-on time:
15 minutes
Total time:
15 minutes

Kitchen Gear

Cutting board
Sharp knife (adult needed)
Spoon, for scooping
Fork, for mashing
Measuring spoons
2 small bowls


2 ripe avocados
1⁄2 fresh tomato, washed, cored, and chopped into pieces about the size of your thumbnail
1 scallion, chopped
1 heaping tablespoon fresh cilantro leaves, rinsed with cold water and chopped into little pieces
1⁄2 fresh lime
1⁄2 teaspoon hot sauce (if you like)
  pinch kosher salt


Wash your hands with soap and water, then gather all your equipment and ingredients and put them on a counter.

  1. Slice each avocado in half. Remove the pit and scoop out the insides. Put the avocado in a bowl and using a fork, mash it until it is still chunky, not smooth.
  2. Add the tomato, scallion, and cilantro leaves. Squeeze the lime and add the juice. Stir it all together, but not too much. Add hot sauce, if you like.
  3. Move the guacamole to a serving bowl and serve right away. Or, put the avocado pits in the guacamole (to prevent it from turning brown from the air), cover tightly with plastic wrap and refrigerate no more than four hours.


The avocado is also called an alligator pear because of its pear-like shape and thick lizardy skin.