Fresh and flavorful guacamole made with just a few classic ingredients in minutes. Get all the tips, tricks and variations to make the BEST guac!

Guacamole is the quintessential Mexican appetizer – it goes well with everything including tacos, quesadillas, fajitas and more!

You can make restaurant quality guacamole at home – in minutes! These tips and tricks will take your guac up a notch!

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I looooooove guacamole. Maybe a little too much, honestly! Luckily it can be a healthy dip option, too! Check out my Avocado Mayo, guacamole bites and my mango guacamole for more incredible avocado love!

I make it just about every time we have friends over because it’s quick, easy and always a crowd pleaser. There’s never a bite left. Fortunately, it’s easy to scale up (or down) using the slider in the recipe card or simply doubling, because it’s not just a dip!

While I love serving it with tortilla chips or veggies, it’s also a great topping to so many of our favorite dishes. I love when a recipe multi-tasks to save time – especially when entertaining!

A white bowl full of fresh homemade guacamole.

What Makes this Guacamole Great

  • Classic
  • Customizable
  • Quick
  • Fresh
  • Packed with Protein

It’s naturally gluten free, dairy free, vegan, Whole30, and keto friendly!

★★★★★

5 STAR REVIEW

“This dip is so delicious and easy. I just LOVE avocados and this is my favorite!”

— BETH —
A white bowl full of fresh homemade guacamole., surrounded by tortilla chips.

Ingredients and Substitutions

  • Avocado – Learn How to Cut an Avocado here.
  • Onion – Red or white, your preference.
  • Jalapeño – Substitute with serrano chili if you prefer.
  • Cilantro – Omit if you don’t care for it.
  • Tomato – Roma or heirloom tomatoes are preferable. In the winter, grape tomatoes work well, too.
  • Salt and Pepper – To taste. For best results, use a grinder set to the largest setting for thick flakes of sea salt and fresh cracked pepper.
Ingredients for homemade guacamole laid out on a marble countertop.

Variations

  • Fruits – Diced mango, pineapple, apple, peaches or pomegranate seeds.
  • Cheese – Crumble on top or mix in cojita, chihuahua cheese, queso fresco, monterey jack, or cheddar.
  • Vegetables – Corn, black beans, even roasted vegetables!
  • Spices – Cumin, red pepper, paprika, cayenne and garlic.
  • Nuts – Pistachios, almonds or walnuts.
  • Meat – Bacon and chorizo are delicious protein packed additions.
  • Sour Cream or Greek Yogurt – Make it creamy by folding in sour cream.

Learn How to Dice a Jalapeño

A lot of the heat in jalapeños is in the membrane and seeds….

  1. Slice the stem off.
  2. Cut the jalapeño in half, longways.
  3. Scoop the membrane with a knife.
  4. Cut into strips. A knife and some cut up jalapenos on a marble countertop.
  5. Dice.

Learn How to Slice an Avocado

  1. Slice the avocado in half, length-wise. When you feel the knife reach the pit, rotate to cut all the way around it.
  2. Twist the two halves apart.
  3. Stab your knife into the pit and twist to remove.
  4. Using a spoon, scoop the avocado out of the flesh.
  5. Slice, dice or cube with flat side facing down. A knife and some cut up avocados on a marble countertop.

How to Make Guacamole

  1. Mash
  2. Mix In A white bowl full of the beginning of a homemade guacamole recipe, with a wooden pestle.
  3. Season

Tips

  • Use Ripe Avocado – A quick squeeze of the avocado while you’re shopping can tell you about ripeness. Soft to the touch? Just right for guac.
  • If you need ripe avocados for guacamole, check the organic section! I’ve found that often if the “regular” avocados at the store are too hard, the organic ones are just right!
  • Find Your Texture – Chunky or smooth? Mix it up to your favorite consistency.
  • Shortcut – Skip the tomato, onion and cilantro and substitute with Pico de Gallo, Watermelon Salsa or Pineapple Salsa

Scaling up, down or substituting? You’ll love this printable Measurement Conversion Chart!

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Frequently Asked Questions

How do you prevent guacamole from browning?

You cannot prevent guacamole from browning, but you can slow the process. *Add lime to guacamole.
*Cover it with plastic to prevent air from coming in contact (press it down directly onto the guac), and keep it cold.
*Refrigerate until serving (best served immediately).
*Consider filling a larger bowl with ice and placing the bowl of guacamole in it to serve to keep it chilled.

How healthy is guacamole?

Health benefits from guacamole are primarily from the goodness of avocados. They are full of good fats, which can help lower your risk of heart disease and stroke.

A little girl dipping a chip into a bowl of guacamole.

Serving Suggestions

With a margarita, of course!

A white bowl full of fresh homemade guacamole.

Dietary Considerations

  • Gluten Free
  • Dairy Free
  • Vegan
  • Whole30
  • Keto Friendly
A white bowl full of fresh homemade guacamole.

How to Store

  • Room Temperature – You can leave guacamole sitting out at room temperature for up to two hours while serving.
  • Refrigerate – Add to an airtight container. Cover in a thin, visible layer of lime juice or water. Press plastic wrap onto the surface to cover. Refrigerate up to 3 days.
  • Freeze – Guacamole without tomatoes and onion, freezes well. Store in a ziplock bag removing air, up to 3 months. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator or by running cold water over the bag.
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Homemade Guacamole

Fresh and flavorful Guacamole made with just a few classic ingredients in minutes. Get all the tips, tricks and variations to make the BEST guac!
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 0 minutes
Total: 10 minutes
Servings: 8 people
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Ingredients  

  • 2 avocados
  • ½ onion chopped
  • 1 jalapeño
  • 1 tomato chopped, seeded
  • ¼ cup cilantro
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions 

  • Mash your avocados (see notes about how, below)
  • Dice remaining ingredients.
  • Mix all ingredients together in a medium bowl.
  • Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Tips

Substitutions

  • Onion – Red or white, your preference.
  • Jalapeño – Substitute with serrano chili if you prefer.
  • Cilantro – Omit if you don’t like cilantro.
  • Tomato – Roma or heirloom tomatoes are preferable. In the winter, grape tomatoes work well, too.

Variations

  • Fruits – Diced mango, pineapple, apple, peaches or pomegranate seeds.
  • Cheese – Crumble on top or mix in cojita, chihuahua cheese, queso fresco, monterey jack, or cheddar.
  • Vegetables – Corn, black beans, even roasted vegetables!
  • Spices – Cumin, red pepper, paprika, cayenne and garlic.
  • Nuts – Pistachios, almonds or walnuts.
  • Meat – Bacon and chorizo are delicious protein packed additions.
  • Sour Cream or Greek Yogurt – Make it creamy by folding in sour cream.

Tips

  • Use Ripe Avocado – A quick squeeze of the avocado while you’re shopping can tell you about ripeness. Soft to the touch? Just right for guac.
  • Keep it Green – You cannot prevent guacamole from browning, but you can slow the process. Add lime to guacamole. Cover it with plastic to prevent air from coming in contact (directly on the guac), and keep it cold. Refrigerate until serving (best served immediately). Consider filling a larger bowl with ice and placing the bowl of guacamole in it to serve to keep it chilled.
  • Find Your Texture – Chunky or smooth? Mix it up to your favorite consistency.
  • Shortcut – Skip the tomato, onion and cilantro and substitute with Pico de GalloWatermelon Salsa or Pineapple Salsa

How to Dice a Jalapeño

  1. Slice the stem off.
  2. Cut the jalapeño in half, longways.
  3. Scoop the membrane with a knife.
  4. Cut into strips.
  5. Dice.

How to Slice Avocado

  1. Slice the avocado in half longways. When you feel the knife reach the pit, rotate to cut all the way around it.
  2. Twist the two halves apart.
  3. Stab your knife into the pit and twist to remove.
  4. Using a spoon, scoop the avocado out of the flesh.
  5. Slice, dice or cube with flat side facing down.

Serving Suggestions

With chips, tortilla, vegetables as a dip or on tacos, quesadillas and salads.

To Store

  • Refrigerate – Add to an airtight container. Cover in a thin, visible layer of lime juice or water. Press plastic wrap onto the surface to cover. Refrigerate up to 3 days.
  • Freeze – Guacamole without tomatoes and onion, freezes well. Store in a ziplock bag removing air, up to 3 months. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator or by running cold water over the bag.

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Calories: 87kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 5mg | Potassium: 290mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 254IU | Vitamin C: 10mg | Calcium: 9mg | Iron: 1mg

Estimated nutrition information is provided as a courtesy and is not guaranteed.

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  1. 5 stars
    Yes, please!! Love fresh, homemade guacamole on so many things! This is the perfect amount of smooth & chunky!