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Best Guacamole Recipe

The best guacamole recipe that takes just 10 minutes to make! Made with ripe avocados, lime juice, red onion, garlic, cilantro and a spoonful of salsa, this delicious Mexican appetizer is loaded with flavor in every bite. 

Bowl of homemade guacamole with tortilla chips.
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The Best Guacamole You’ll Ever Try

Today I have one of the best guacamole recipe for you! I think I’ve made this recipe at least 3 times this month. It is seriously so good and completely addicting. It has amazing flavor and the texture is creamy and chunky all at the same time. You are fair warned! ;)

The best part is, this recipe only takes about 10 minutes to make. It’s the perfect recipe to bring to a BBQ or enjoy as a mid day snack with some fresh chopped veggies. Serve with crisp tortilla chips or add it to your favorite Mexican dish like ground beef tacos or baked chicken taquitos. You can’t go wrong!

Recipe Ingredients

Guacamole ingredients on counter.

Find the full printable recipe with specific measurements below.

  • Avocado: The key ingredient to making guacamole, and why it is so important to use only ripe avocados.
  • Red onion: The sweetness and tang play perfectly with the creaminess of the avocado.
  • Lime: The acid helps elevate the flavors and cut some of the avocado. You could also use lemon juice.
  • Salsa: My secret ingredient to making this guacamole shine. Choose your favorite and thank me later.
  • Garlic: This gives the guacamole depth of flavor.
  • Cilantro: The brightness of the herb adds a nice touch to the dip.
  • Salt + Pepper: Salt is crucial to enhance the flavors and a dash of pepper or ground cumin never hurts.

Expert Tips

  • Choose ripe avocados. Look for avocados that are soft to touch and have a green stem. They shouldn’t feel too soft, but soft enough that they have a little give when squeezed. Ripe avocados make all the difference when making homemade guacamole!
  • Ripening avocados. If they still feel a little hard, place them in a brown paper bag and add a ripe banana or apple. Leave the bag on the counter overnight. The fruit gives off ethylene gas, which makes the avocados ripen more quickly.
  • Cutting an avocado. Learn how to cut an avocado with these simple tips and tricks.
  • Consistency. Use a fork or a potato masher to mash the avocados. You want to mash them well, but not ALL the way. Leaving a few lumps of avocado gives the guacamole the perfect consistency and flavor in each bite.
  • Salsa. One of my secrets to the best guacamole is mixing in some fresh homemade salsa. You only need a few spoonful’s to add great flavor and texture. You could also add tomatoes. Trust me, it’s an easy trick that will instantly ramp up the deliciousness.
  • Add cheese. Sometimes I add in about 1 Tablespoon of cotija or feta cheese. You could even add a dollop of sour cream. I tried this once at a restaurant and was a huge fan.

How to Make the Best Homemade Guacamole

2 step collage showing how to make guacamole.
  • Mash. Sprinkle avocados with lime juice in a large bowl. Add in the salsa, onion, garlic, cilantro, salt, and pepper. Mash with a fork until you reach your desired consistency.
  • Taste and adjust. After the guacamole is mixed together, give it a taste. Add in more lime juice or spices depending on your preference. This is where you can make it your own!
  • Serve. Dip tortilla chips to serve.

Make it spicy. If you like spice, try adding in some cumin, chili powder or even some chopped jalapeños.

Favorite Ways to Enjoy Guacamole

Dipping a tortilla chip in homemade guacamole.

Recipe FAQs

How can I keep Homemade Guacamole from turning brown?

Believe it or not, avocado pits actually help keep the guacamole from browning. Just add the pit on top of the dip and then cover the bowl tightly with saran wrap.

Make sure the plastic wrap is directly on top of the guacamole so that there isn’t any air coming in contact with it. This should help slow down the oxidation process, which in turn will keep it from browning too quickly. Even if there is a brown layer that forms, you can just scrape it off and find a nice green layer right underneath.

Why does my Guacamole taste bitter?

If you are getting a bitter taste from the guacamole, it may mean that your avocados weren’t ripe enough. Since there are so few ingredients in this recipe, it is crucial that each one is the very best it can be.

What are the best avocados for guacamole?

Hass avocados are my first choice. They have the best flavor and texture.

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Best Homemade Guacamole

5 from 21 votes
Author: Jamielyn Nye
The best homemade guacamole recipe that takes just 10 minutes to make! Made with ripe avocados, lime juice, red onion, garlic, cilantro and a spoonful of salsa, this delicious Mexican appetizer is loaded with flavor in every bite. 
Prep Time: 10 mins
Total Time: 10 mins
Servings: 6

Ingredients 

  • 3 avocados , peeled and pitted
  • 1 lime , juiced
  • 2 Tablespoons salsa
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped red onion
  • 1 clove garlic , minced
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro
  • 1/2 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • Dash of ground black pepper

For serving: Tortilla chips

    Instructions

    • In a large bowl, add the avocados. Sprinkle with lime juice.
    • Add salsa, red onion, garlic, cilantro, salt, and pepper. Mash with a fork until you reach desired consistency.
    • Cover tightly with plastic wrap and refrigerate until ready to serve. Enjoy with fresh tortilla chips!

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    Notes

    Note: Homemade guacamole is best served the first day.
    Extra mix-in’s: For spice, add in a little cumin, chili powder, or chopped jalapenos. Sometimes I add 1 to 2 Tablespoons cotija or feta cheese for extra flavor. 
    Keep from browning: Avocado pits will keep the guacamole from browning. Add them on top of the guac, then cover tightly with plastic wrap. Store in fridge until ready to eat. 

    Nutrition

    Calories: 169kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 10g | Sodium: 237mg | Potassium: 528mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 223IU | Vitamin C: 14mg | Calcium: 20mg | Iron: 1mg

    Nutrition provided is an estimate. It will vary based on specific ingredients used.

    Course: Appetizer
    Cuisine: Mexican

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