Tasty Guacamole Recipe Without Tomatoes

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by Eating Works @eatingworks
12 1/4 Cup
15 min

You won’t find anything unhealthy in this recipe, no mayonnaise or sour cream. Just pure vegan guacamole-y goodness. I love the intense lemony flavor of this guacamole and the slight heat it has from the roasted red pepper chili flakes.

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Why You’ll Love This Guacamole Recipe Without Tomatoes

I love the intense lemony flavor of this guacamole and the slight heat it has from the roasted red pepper chili flakes. But don’t worry, its not too spicy. My friends and family have been asking for this healthy guacamole recipe for years. So I finally had to share it!

  • Vegan
  • Gluten Free
  • Nut Free
  • Soy Free
  • Dairy Free
  • Mayo Free
  • Sour Cream Free
  • Paleo Friendly
  • Keto Friendly
  • Low Carb Friendly
  • Easy to Make
  • Only 6 Ingredients
guacamole recipe without tomatoes on a cutting board with homemade tortilla chips
Does Guacamole Have to Have Tomatoes?

Traditional guacamole is usually made with diced tomatoes but there is no reason that guacamole has to have tomatoes. Some people are allergic to tomatoes and cannot have tomatoes in their guacamole.

If you have an autoimmune disorder like rheumatoid arthritis or psoriasis night shades (including tomatoes) could increase inflammation and aggravate your symptoms. Another reason to make guacamole without tomatoes!

While tomatoes do add flavor to guacamole, they aren’t the star of the show. In fact, sometimes tomatoes can ruin guacamole if the watery seeds aren’t removed first. The seeds will make the guacamole runny and dilute the flavor.

There are tons of recipe variations without tomatoes. Some people simply leave tomatoes out while others use roasted peppers instead of tomatoes.

Ingredients for Tomato Free Guacamole Recipe

The most important part of this healthy guacamole recipe is its ingredients. With just a few household ingredients you’ll have beyond amazing guacamole.. in minutes! Here’s what you’ll need…

  1. Ripe Avocados
  2. Lemon Juice – without the pits!
  3. Fine Grain Sea Salt
  4. Cilantro
  5. Red Pepper Chili Flakes
  6. Dried Oregano

How to Make Guacamole Without Tomatoes

  • Step 1: In a bowl mash avocados with a fork until slightly chunky.
  • Step 2: Combine lemon juice, onions, cilantro, oregano, chili pepper flakes, and salt. Mix to combine evenly. Adjust seasonings according to your tastes. Enjoy!
process shots showing how to make guacamole recipe without tomatoes in a mortar and pestle
How to Pick Avocados for Guacamole

Making healthy guacamole that tastes great starts with ripe avocados. If the avocado is under ripe (too hard), then you won’t be able to mash it into a tasty guacamole. If it’s too soft or mushy the guacamole will have a slight bacon flavor. The perfectly ripe avocado will be hard with a slight give when you press on its flesh, like a hard memory foam mattress.

Pro Tip for Picking Perfect Avocados

When an avocado is picked, the stem is trimmed, leaving a small nub that looks like a tiny brown button. The best way to know when an avocado is perfect for making guacamole is when the nub on the top of the avocado pops off easily. When the avocados are under ripe the nub will not come off. But as soon as it’s ripe and ready to go, the nub will fall off with the flick of a finger.

Is Guacamole Healthy?

Guacamole is one of the healthiest foods you can eat! Most of the health benefits can be credited to “healthy” guacamole’s main ingredient, avocados! Avocados are high in monounsaturated fats, which are easy to digest.

guacamole recipe without tomatoes inside an avocado skin

Monounsaturated fats are great for our brain, nervous system and skin. The fact that they are easy to digest means that our bodies will be able to easily absorb nutrients from the avocados and secrete the waste.

Including lemon with avocado boosts it’s digestibility even more. The acids in the lemon juice help your body break down the fat in avocados.

The fats in avocados help us maintain healthy cholesterol levels and keep us full after meals! So eating avocados could help prevent you from over eating or getting hungry in between lunch and dinner.

Having guacamole for dinner is also a great idea if you have trouble sleeping. The fats from the avocado will help your body feel full (but not heavy). This will help you avoid getting hungry in the in the middle of the night and stumbling into the kitchen for a snack. Eating in the middle of the night is not good for you because it adisregulates your Circadian rhythms.

Best Equipment to Make Making Homemade Guacamole Easier

  • Potato smasher
  • Mortar and pestle

Ingredient Substitutions for Guacamole without Tomatoes

Lemons: If you don’t have lemons you can use limes in a 1:1 ratio.

White Onion: If you don’t have white onion you can use Spanish or yellow onions.

Red Pepper Chili Flakes: If you don’t have red pepper chili flakes you can use smoked paprika or cayenne pepper instead.

How to Store Tomato Free Guacamole

The best way to store this guacamole recipe without tomatoes is by placing it in an air tight container and cover it with thin layer of lime or lemon juice. This storage method will keep guacamole fresher longer and prevent it from turning brown.

Can you Freeze This Guacamole Recipe without Tomatoes?

Yes you can freeze this guacamole without tomato recipe for up to three months. Place it in an air tight container with a little bit of lemon or lime juice.

tortilla chip dipped into guacamole
Tips and Tricks to Make the Best Guacamole Recipe Without Tomatoes

  • Use a mortar and pestle
  • Grind up the onions first
  • Add smoked paprika and red pepper chili flakes
  • Use course salt.

Is Guacamole Gluten Free?

The basic ingredients used to make guacamole include avocados, onions, lemon, lime, salt, and onions which are all naturally gluten free. So guacamole is naturally gluten free!

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Is Guacamole Keto Friendly?

The basic ingredients used to make guacamole include avocados, onions, lemon, lime, salt, and onions which are all naturally low carb keto friendly. So guacamole is naturally low carb and good for those on a ketogenic diet!

How to Serve Guacamole Recipe with no Tomatoes

  • Make Lettuce Tacos! Load this guacamole onto tacos, serve it as a party dip. My favorite way to eat guacamole is on lettuce tacos. For a guide on how to make great lettuce wraps check out this Fresh Garden Salad Use individual whole leaves from romaine hearts. The leaves have a perfect “V” shape for holding guacamole. These leaves are also sturdy enough to hold guacamole and other toppings without falling apart.
  • Serve with Homemade Tortilla Chips and Salsa
  • Load Guacamole onto Burgers, Salads, Sandwiches and Wraps to add a flavor twist to your favorite lunches.
  • Use as a garnish on top of Grilled Chicken
  • Serve with fish tacos or shrimp tacos

How To Keep Your Guacamole From Turning Brown

Even though it’s safe to eat brown guacamole (as long as it doesn’t smell spoiled) it’s not the most appetizing color to look at. When you think of guacamole you think of vibrant green creamy goodness. Not brown slop! Here are three of my top tricks you can use to keep your guacamole green longer.

Tip Use the Pits

Don’t throw out the pits from the avocados, and place them back into the guacamole when its done.

Tip Use Plenty of Acid

The natural acids present in citrus fruits like lemons inhibit polyphenols from reacting with oxygen, slowing down the rate of oxidization. using lime will help guacamole last up to 3 days in the fridge. This Healthy Guacamole with Lemon and Cilantro uses plenty of lemon juice so it stays fresh longer than other guacamole recipes.

Tip The Water Lock Method

This method sounds weird and gross but it works. Put water on top of your guacamole when storing it in an airtight container and in the fridge. The water acts as a barrier between the air and avocado.

This watery blockade prevents oxygen from reaching the guacamole. Simply dump off the water before serving your guacamole. I’ve done this in the past, but I prefer combining method one and two. I can usually get about 4 days out of my guacamole this way.

Tip Mix It

Sometimes all you have to do is mix the guacamole to make it look green. The oxidization process only happens on the surface of the guac. So by mixing it up you’ll reveal the green guacamole underneath that has not been exposed to oxygen yet.

Tip Lemon or Lime Lock

Add a thin layer of lime or lemon juice to the guacamole to prevent it from going brown.

How Does Pre-Packaged Guacamole Stay Green?

Manufacturers package processed guacamole with a combination of lime juice and citric acid. Citric acid is a preservative that helps conserve guacamole’s green coloring.

How to Make Guacamole Taste Better

Sometimes store bought guacamole just doesn’t have a ton of flavor. Don’t worry if you’re disappointed with the flavor of the store bought guacamole dip you have. Just dump it into a large mixing bowl and doctor it up! If you have bland store bought guacamole you could make it taste better by trying these four things.

  • Adding more fresh herbs like cilantro.
  • Include dry herbs like smoked paprika, cayanne pepper, black pepper.
  • Add more salt!
  • Consider adding more lemons and limes for an extra kick

Common Questions and Answers

The section below will have the answers to your most burning questions about homemade guacamole!

Can you eat guacamole when it turns brown?

Yes you can eat guacamole when it turns brown as long as it’s not spoiled. Some brown is O.K. but if it’s completely brown then it’s gotta go. Totally brown guacamole is not safe to eat because it’s a sign of spoilage.

How Long Does Guacamole Last?

Fresh guacamole will only last for a few days. Even store bought guacamole will only last for a few weeks at most. If you’ve had open guacamole sitting in your fridge for a week it’s already too old to eat.

How to Tell If Guacamole Has Gone Bad

Fresh guacamole without tomatoes spoils so quickly it’s important to vigilantly check guacamole before you eat it. Especially if you’re serving it to children or older adults who may not have the acuity to know if the guacamole is safe to eat.

Here are the 5 signs of food spoilage in guacamole to look for:

  • Change in Taste. If the guacamole tastes off it’s no good.
  • Mold or dark spots on the surface of the guacamole indicate that it’s bad. If you see any fuzzy spots just assume it’s no good anymore.
  • If it’s over a week old. Since fresh guacamole only lasts for a few days.
  • There is a funny smell.
  • The most unique indicator of spoiled guacamole is if it’s completely brown. Not just brown on the top.

What to do with leftover guacamole?

There are tons of ways to repurpose leftover guacamole!

  • You can put it on toast!
  • You can use it as pasta sauce.
  • Mix it with olive oil to make avocado dressing.
  • Garnish chicken.
  • Use it for potato salad.

Best ways to store guacamole?

The best way to store guacamole is in an air tight container covered with a thin layer of lime juice. The lime juice will keep the guacamole from turning brown.

How do you keep guacamole from turning brown without lemons?

The best way to keep guacamole from turning brown if you don’t have lemons is to use limes, apple cider vinegar or to put the pits from the avocados into the guacamole. You can also cover the guacamole with water to create a water lock. The water will prevent oxygen from oxidizing the guacamole.

How do restaurants keep their guacamole green?

Restaurants store guacamole with a combination of lime juice and citric acid. Citric acid is a preservative that helps conserve guacamole’s green coloring. If the restaurant doesn’t use any preservatives then chances are that they use a lime lock.

A lime lock is a method of storing guacamole that involves spreading a thin layer of lime or lemon juice across the surface of the guacamole. This keeps oxygen from coming in contact with the guacamole’s surface and turning it brown.

Why do you put lime in guacamole?

Most people put lime in guacamole to add a nice zesty flavor that helps balance out the fattiness of the avocados.

Does taco bell use real guacamole?

According to Taco Bell’s website they use guacamole made with real Hass avocados.

Is Guacamole Vegan?

Yes, vegans can eat guacamole since it’s typically made from only plant based ingredients. Guacamole is usually made from avocados, tomatoes, onions, lemon, lime, cilantro, pepper and salt!

Some guacamole recipes use non vegan dairy including sour cream or yogurt. There are a few ingredients that some vegans consider not to be vegan that can be found in store bought guacamole. If you are a strict vegan the best way to have vegan guacamole is to make it yourself or buy guacamole that is labeled vegan.

Tasty Guacamole Recipe Without Tomatoes
Recipe details
  • 12  1/4 Cup
  • Prep time: 10 Minutes Cook time: 5 Minutes Total time: 15 min
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For the Guacamole
  • 6 Avocados save pits
  • 1/2 C White Onion small dice
  • 2 Lemons juiced
  • 1/2 tsp Chili Pepper Flakes
  • 2 tbsp Oregano dried
  • 1 tsp Kosher Sea Salt
  • 1/2 C Fresh Cilantro finely chopped
Make the Guacamole
In a bowl mash avocados with a fork until slightly chunky.
Combine lemon juice, onions, cilantro, oregano, chili pepper flakes, and salt. Mix to combine evenly. Adjust seasonings according to your tastes. Enjoy!
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  • Bryant James Bryant James on May 31, 2023

    Laughed when i read the first line…”intense lemony flavor”…it’s guacamole…who eats that for it’s “intense lemony” flavor?

    • Mer50815445 Mer50815445 on May 31, 2023

      If it's Intensely lemony it is already ruined ed.

  • Ada24923583 Ada24923583 on May 31, 2023

    Please add cumin.

    • Brenda Traughber Jerles Brenda Traughber Jerles on Jun 01, 2023

      If the recipe is not for you, then simply don’t make it and click off the page. No need to bash someone’s recipe that likes things differently than you do. She can’t eat tomatoes so she found a way to still make it flavorful.

      I happen to love cilantro and can’t get too much of it. I know a lot of people don’t like it, so just leave it out if you don’t care for it.

      As a child,I learned if you can’t say something nice, then don’t say anything at all!