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April 30, 2024

Perfect Guacamole

Our homemade guacamole recipe shines at its craveable best when scooped up by crunchy, salted homemade corn chips—a bite of paradise, if you ask us.

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a bowl of homemade guacamole with red onion, jalapeño and cilantro surrounded by tortilla chips
Photography by Gayle McLeod

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The Best Guacamole Recipe

When you’re eating fresh guacamole, it’s a necessity to have Homemade Corn Tortilla Chips and Restaurant Style Salsa on the side or go all out with our Seven Layer Dip. This is the holy trifecta, and we think it’s important to have all three, plus plenty of thirst-quenchers, like aguas frescas and margaritas. While we’re here, we’ll point you in the direction of our Best Taco Recipes, including our Carne Asada Tacos and Chicken Tinga Tacos if you’re in need of a way to eat all of that delicious guacamole.

avocados, garlic, pepper, cilantro, jalapeño, red onion, limes and salt in prep bowls to make guacamole

Ingredients For Our Homemade Guacamole Recipe

  • Fresh garlic cloves

  • Freshly ground black peppercorn

  • Cilantro leaves

  • Ripe avocados

  • Fresh jalapeño peppers

  • Red onion, finely minced

  • Fresh squeezed lime juice

  • Coarse salt

avocados, garlic, pepper, cilantro, jalapeño, red onion, limes and salt in a glass bowl
guacamole made with avocados, garlic, pepper, cilantro, jalapeño, red onion, limes and salt in prep bowls to make guacamole

How Do You Make Guacamole?

  1. Place the avocados in a medium bowl. Using a fork, smash the avocados to your preference. You can also use a molcajete, a traditional Mexican mortar and pestle, to smash your avocados.

  2. Stir in the garlic, pepper, jalapeño, onion, cilantro, lime juice, and salt until incorporated.

  3. Serve with tortilla chips.

a bowl of homemade guacamole with red onion, jalapeño and cilantro surrounded by tortilla chips

How to Store + Tips

  • Our guacamole recipe serves four as it is written—or one, if you’re a true guac lover like we are. Feel free to double, triple or even quadruple it.

  • Use a light touch when folding the avocado into the rest of the ingredients, and taste as you go. We like our guacamole with a slightly chunky texture.

  • If you really need to make it ahead, be aware that the color may begin to dull from its bright brilliant green and that jalapeño’s heat will increase and spread the longer the dip sits. In other words, the longer you let the finished guacamole sit, the spicier it will be.

  • How to keep guacamole from turning brown: You can delay the browning of the avocado somewhat by laying lime slices on top of the guacamole—when you’re ready to serve, just remove the lime slices and give the dip a little stir.

  • Leftovers, if there are any, will last 3-4 days, and in the freezer for 3 months.

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Perfect Guacamole

  • Serves: 4
  • Prep Time:  15 min
  • Cook Time:  0 min
  • Calories: 192

Ingredients

  • 3 ripe avocados, halved and pitted
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • ½ teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper
  • ½ jalapeño pepper, seeded, finely chopped
  • ¼ cup finely minced red onion
  • ½ cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice (from 1 lime)
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • Corn tortilla chips, for serving (optional)

Method

  1. Place the avocados in a medium bowl. Using a fork, smash the avocados to your preference.

  2. Stir in the garlic, pepper, jalapeño, onion, cilantro, lime juice, and salt until incorporated.

  3. Serve with tortilla chips, if using.

Nutrition Info

  • Per Serving
  • Amount
  • Calories192
  • Protein3 g
  • Carbohydrates13 g
  • Total Fat17 g
  • Dietary Fiber8 g
  • Cholesterol0 mg
  • sodium10 mg
  • Total Sugars2 g

Perfect Guacamole

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  • Sue

    Please could you convert cups into grammes or tablespoons as I don’t want to get the quantities incorrect! Thanks

    HI Sue, unfortunately our site doesn't have that capability. Best bet would be to google the conversions.

  • Heather

    Hi!! I love your guac recipe. Do you have a tip for how to avoid it turning brown? I want to make it a couple hours ahead of serving it for a party I’m hosting. Thank you!!

    Yes! I know this sounds strange but cover the top of the bowl with water. Then when you are ready to serve, dump off the water and stir it a few times so that the top isn't wet. You can also press some plastic wrap on the entire surface!

  • Carla

    Made it to go with a revised version of the fajita bowl. It was a hit!

    Thanks Carla, so glad you loved it!

  • Jenn

    This really was perfect guacamole! I don't normally put jalapeno and red onion in mine but the crunch and little bit of heat it added was so good!

    Thanks Jenn! We are so glad you liked it!