Guacamole

A classic Guacamole recipe perfect for scooping, dipping and topping. With creamy avocado and the bite of red onion, this Guacamole makes a perfect appetizer or accompaniment to any Mexican meal. 

Bowl of chunky guacamole garnished with blue corn chips and cilantro

Are you a guacamole lover?

I know everyone who has an affinity for this avocado dip probably has a favorite recipe. Or a preference over creamy guacamole vs. chunky guacamole? 

I say, the chunkier the better!

Guacamole 

For me, the perfect bowl of guacamole is packed with chunks of juicy tomato and crisp red onions. It also needs plenty of tangy lime! I love this scooped with chips for a snack or appetizer and it’s also delicious on tacos, enchiladas, barbacoa, and Taco Chili.

Homemade guacamole is so much tastier than the prepared ones you find at the grocery store. Once you learn how to make guacamole you’ll never want the store bought stuff again! 

This guacamole recipe is super adaptable, too! Easy and delicious, it’s perfect for company or for snacking on all by yourself. 

Traditional guacamole typically has a good amount of cilantro in it. I love a bit of cilantro flavor in my guac but I know others are adverse to it. If you’re not a fan of cilantro, you can certainly omit it. 

Wondering how to keep guacamole from getting brown? A generous squeeze of lime juice in the recipe does the trick. The acid preserves the color of the guacamole while adding a tart flavor that compliments the creamy avocado. 

Step by step photos of making chunky guacamole

Guacamole Recipe

STEP 1. Mash the Avocado

In a large bowl, mash avocados with potato masher until desired consistency. I like to leave lots of chunks in my guacamole. Feel free to mash as smooth as you like to suit your preference. 

STEP 1. Add the Vegetables 

Add diced tomatoes, diced onion, lime juice, cilantro, salt and garlic to the bowl with the mashed avocado. Mix completely.

STEP 3. Chill

Cover the guac and refrigerate for an hour to allow flavors to blend. Serve with tortilla chips and enjoy (I love the blue corn tortilla chips)!

Whenever I make guacamole, I rarely have leftovers! But if you do, keep them covered in the fridge, adding an extra squeeze of lime juice on top if you like. 

How to make the best guacamole 

The key to excellent guacamole is choosing fresh, ripe ingredients. Look for tomatoes that are bright red and firm to the touch. Avocados should be ripe and never hard! 

Also, make sure you’re using California avocados (Hass avocados), not the big Florida avocados. The flavor and texture are totally different. 

The proportions of avocado to the other ingredients is important as well. I personally hate when a guac is too dominated by tomato and onion or other add-ins. This recipe is based on many years of trying out different combinations and proportions. 

Everyone I’ve served this too agrees–this is the perfect guacamole. 

Just the right amount of juicy tomato and spicy onions in balance with the fresh avocado. Completely delicious each and every time! 

Ingredients for chunky guacamole: avocado, red onion, tomatoes, salt, lime, garlic, cilantro.

How to tell if an avocado is ripe 

One of the trickiest things about buying avocados for guacamole is deciding which ones are at the right level of ripeness! If you’ll be making your guacamole right away, or within the next day, pick fully ripe avocados.

A perfect ripe avocado will give just a bit when squeezed. If it’s hard and doesn’t give at all it’s not yet ripe; if it feels mushy when touched it’s overripe. 

Ripe avocados should be used right away for peak flavor and color. If you’re shopping more than a day before you plan to make guacamole, buy an avocado that still feels firm. Like bananas, avocados can ripen very quickly so be sure to check your avocados daily and use them as soon as they reach ripeness. 

Avocados also tend to darken with ripeness. You’ll often notice an avocado change from bright green to deep green as it ripens. However, this isn’t always the case so the “squeeze test” is best! 

How can you get avocados to ripen faster? 

Every now and then I’ll buy some under ripe avocados, planning to make a batch of guacamole in a few days. Then, I invariably get a craving for this chunky guac the next day and just can’t wait.

When this happens to you, there’s a way to make your avocados ripen faster! Place the unripe avocado in a brown paper bag to speed up the process. Adding a banana or apple to the bag will help the avocado ripen even faster. The gases released by the fruits in the bag help activate the ripening! 

I love scooping this guacamole with sturdy tortilla chips or corn chips. It also makes a delicious topping for tacos, burritos, chilies and salads. 

Next time you’re headed to a party, bring a bowl of guac and a bag of chips and everyone will become you’re new best friend. 

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Yield: 12

Guacamole

Guacamole
Prep Time 15 minutes
Additional Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes

A classic Guacamole recipe perfect for scooping, dipping and topping. With creamy avocado and the bite of red onion, this Guacamole makes a perfect appetizer or accompaniment to any Mexican meal. 

 

Ingredients

  • 5 ripe avocados
  • 2 Roma tomatoes, diced
  • 1 small red onion, diced
  • 1 1/2 limes, juiced
  • 1/4 cup cilantro, fresh, snipped
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 2 cloves garlic, pressed

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl, mash avocados with potato masher until desired consistency. I like to leave lots of chunks in my guacamole.
  2. Add diced tomatoes, diced onion, lime juice, cilantro, salt and garlic. Mix completely.
  3. Cover and refrigerate for an hour to allow flavors to blend. Serve with tortilla chips and enjoy (I love the blue corn tortilla chips)!

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

12

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 141 Total Fat: 12g Saturated Fat: 2g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 10g Cholesterol: 0mg Sodium: 201mg Carbohydrates: 9g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 6g Sugar: 1g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 2g
*Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate. Please see a registered dietitian for special diet advice.

Recipe originally published May 1, 2013. Photos updated 2020.

A classic Guacamole recipe perfect for scooping, dipping and topping. With creamy avocado and the bite of red onion, this Guacamole makes a perfect appetizer or accompaniment to any Mexican meal. 

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59 comments on “Guacamole”

  1. I had that same fear for a while too. The first time I had guacamole I was in love! And I agree, the chunkier the better! Now I totally want some guac for lunch today 🙂

  2. We must be twins – I used to hate guac and wouldn’t go anywhere near it. Then one day I just tried it and really enjoyed it! I love mine chunky as well!

  3. I accidentally tried guacamole when I was like 4 or 5. I’ve loved it ever since, even though it took my parents a long while to catch on. I’ve never found my *favorite* recipe, because pretty much anything with avocado is amazing to me 🙂

  4. No guac, no sour cream!?! Glad you came around, I can’t imagine life without these covering my tacos. 🙂

  5. I was totally the same! A few years ago I finally was like “Eh I’ll give it a try” and was so surprised that I loved it! your recipe looks delish

  6. Your guacamole ingredients are exactly the way I like mine — I just don’t normally add red onions. Guacamole is one of my favorite things about Mexican food!

  7. I was like you with guacamole then I feel in love in love with it. Love you rrecipe! Now I wants some chips and guac!

  8. GUH, I LOVE guacamole! This looks amazing. I usually don’t make mine with garlic, I should totally try it!

  9. Love your scrumptious, simple guacamole! It looks outrageously good and perfect for a Cinco de Mayo party!

  10. I do that too. No guacamole but then I had avocado in a soup and loved it!!

  11. Charlotte Moore

    Just bought my first avocado a few weeks ago. I made a couple dips and my husband really liked them. I eat salsa like your husband. Just the juice must of the time. Hehehe!!!

  12. I, too, was once scared of avocados. That first bite of guac was life changing thoguh. I now eat guac as often as possible! This looks delish!

  13. I used to be just like you. Totally scared of avocados and guac. Now I inhale it like I might die without it. Thanks for the linky love!

  14. I prefer mine chunky and this looks delicious! Love your photos.

  15. I’m Mexican and my birthday is May 5, so I’m always a little wary of recipes tagged as “Cinco de Mayo appropriate”–they just make me miss real Mexican food! But yours looks like the guacamole my mom taught me to make. Brownie points for authenticity! 🙂

  16. Guacamole is the best food every!!! Looks so fresh and creamy Aimee, I could pretty much eat this in one sitting.

  17. I think chunky guacamole is def the better option – especially with some nice blue corn chips. This recipe looks fab Aimee! 😀 Forget cinco de mayo – just all year long heehee

  18. I love, love, love guacamole (well, anything with avocados)! Your version looks delicious!

  19. Yummy guacamole! Love the versatile recipes out there!

  20. How did you know I’m responsible for making guacamole for a party on Sunday and have been searching for just the perfect recipe? Thanks so much!

    We’d love for you to share your posts with our readers at our weekly Finished Friday Link-up.

  21. Yum! I love some chunky guacamole 🙂 this looks amazing!

  22. This looks SO GOOD. Avocados were a later in life food for me, too, and now I don’t know what I’d do without them!! 🙂

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