Italian Guacamole

August 4, 2014 by Ali

This Italian Guacamole recipe is a seriously delicious twist on this Mexican classic. So grab your fresh basil and make it happen!

Italian Guacamole -- fresh basil is the rockstar of this delicious twist on classic guacamole | #appetizer #dip #glutenfree #vegan

Oh my guac.

Guys, I have literally made hundreds of batches of guacamole over the years. Hundreds and hundreds. I’ve made single batches for myself. I’ve made huge batches for parties. I even choose to do most of my grocery shopping at the “Mexican” grocery store near me almost entirely because they have always have a bin of huge, ripe avocados waiting for me. And then once you come home with a bag of avocados each week, you’ve got to use them up quickly, right??

Most of the time I stick to my favorite (and humbly named) perfect guacamole recipe. Occasionally I’ll experiment with other ingredient combos, like my favorite chili/mango or bacon/smoked blue cheese guacamole recipes. But frankly, I’ve never found anything that comes close to the original in my mind…until now. Yes, I’m talking about Italian guacamole.

Italian guacamole!!!

Seriously, in all of my avocado-mashing, chip-dipping, guac-loving years, I have no idea how I never even considered swapping out fresh cilantro for fresh basil. But when I found myself with three perfectly ripe avocados a few weeks ago and zero cilantro in sight, my eyes landed instead on the pot of fresh basil sitting on the counter. So I decided to give it a whirl. And I am so glad I did.

Italian Guacamole -- fresh basil is the rockstar of this delicious twist on classic guacamole | #appetizer #dip #glutenfree #vegan

I know, I know, Italian guacamole — or basil guacamole — is nothing new to many people. I figured that out as soon as I googled it after devouring half of the bowl. But to this guac lover, it was Kind Of A Big Deal. (Oh, and crazy delicious.)

So for anyone else who has yet to veer from the classic or Mexi-based guacamole recipes, I had to share my discovery with you today. Here’s how to make it:

Italian Guacamole -- fresh basil is the rockstar of this delicious twist on classic guacamole | #appetizer #dip #glutenfree #vegan

The ingredients are similar to classic guacamole, featuring avocados, red onion, jalapeno, tomato and salt. But for the Italian twist, I added in fresh basil (in place of cilantro), fresh garlic (because, garlic) and lemons instead of limes (although either will work). For those looking to go the extra mile, you could also add in sun-dried tomatoes (in place of fresh romas) and sprinkle the guac with some toasted pine nuts and/or Parmesan cheese.

Italian Guacamole -- fresh basil is the rockstar of this delicious twist on classic guacamole | #appetizer #dip #glutenfree #vegan

But I only had ingredients handy for classic guacamole with an Italian twist.

Italian Guacamole -- fresh basil is the rockstar of this delicious twist on classic guacamole | #appetizer #dip #glutenfree #vegan

So I mashed them all together…

Italian Guacamole -- fresh basil is the rockstar of this delicious twist on classic guacamole | #appetizer #dip #glutenfree #vegan

…took a taste…

Italian Guacamole -- fresh basil is the rockstar of this delicious twist on classic guacamole | #appetizer #dip #glutenfree #vegan

…and then proceeded to “taste test” nearly the entire rest of the bowl. You know, for research’s sake. ;)

Seriously, though, I am very protective of good avocados and I was verrrry hesitant to donate them to this little “experiment”. But the second I gave it a taste, I decided it was ridiculous that the Mexican flavor profile should take complete claim of this classic dip. The fresh basil and garlic tasted absolutely perfect alongside the other ingredients! Neither were overpowering, but they were definitely noticeable and gave a completely different fresh and delicious twist to this beloved dip.

It’s perfect for spreading on paninis and such. It’s perfect for adding to some Italian nachos. But most of all, it’s absolutely perfect for dipping.

Trust me on this one. I have a feeling it’s going to completely rock your guac-loving world. :)

Italian Guacamole

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Yield: 4-6 servings


  • 3 ripe avocados, peeled and pitted
  • 2 large cloves garlic, peeled and minced
  • 1 jalapeno, stem and seeds removed, finely chopped
  • 1 roma tomato, cored and finely chopped (or 3 tablespoons chopped sun-dried tomatoes)
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped red onion
  • 1 Tbsp. fresh lemon or lime juice
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil leaves, finely chopped
  • 1/2 tsp. coarse sea salt
  • pinch of coarse black pepper


Mash together all ingredients together with a fork until combined. Season with additional salt and pepper if needed.

Serve immediately, or cover the bowl with plastic wrap (so that the plastic is literally touching the entire top layer of the guacamole) and refrigerate.

Italian Guacamole -- fresh basil is the rockstar of this delicious twist on classic guacamole | #appetizer #dip #glutenfree #vegan

About Ali

Ali Ebright is a freelance recipe developer and food writer/photographer, and blogs at Gimme Some Oven and Gimme Some Life. She also loves all things music, traveling near and far, actually making things from Pinterest, cozying up with a good book and her sweet pup, Henry, and spending time with a wonderful group of friends. Come say hello and follow Ali on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google+ & Instagram.

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33 thoughts on “Italian Guacamole

  1. I love good old guacamole, and have experimented with different additions, but never thought of adding basil. Now really must try it, thank you for the suggestion! It sounds wonderful

    - Galina Varese

  2. I definitely never thought of this either! But I’m excited to try it because I always have basil on hand, but rarely have cilantro. I like the idea of sundried tomatoes too. Yum!

    - Caitlin

  3. You are such a smartie, and this goes so well with NACHOS *wink* XO

    - Heidi @foodiecrush

  4. fresh basil in a guac – very nice. this will be perfect time to use my basil from the mini garden.

    - Dixya @ Food, Pleasure, and Health

  5. I love the basil and garlic in this, so good!

    - Laura (Tutti Dolci)

  6. I am not a huge fan of cilantro. I love this concept and I cannot wait to try it!!!!!

    - Kristen

  7. Incredibly delicious! I love the Italian twist!

    - Meredith

  8. I make a salad that uses avocado, lemon juice, and basil. It is fantastic! It sounds a little strange, but it really is a great combo!

    - Annie @Maebells

  9. Instead of lime juice, try white vine vinegar. Also I add grated parmesan and pine nuts, just a thought.

    - Shan

  10. I need an entire bowl of this in front of my face STAT. :)

    - Laura (Blogging Over Thyme)

  11. YAYYYYYYYYYYYYYY!!!! I love Italian food so this twist on the classic? RIGHT UP MY ALLEY!

    - Kayle (The Cooking Actress)

  12. I have a few friends that are not fans of cilantro, but like guacamole. This seems like an amazing way to really push em over the edge! I love the classics, but I also LOVE basil. What a yummy idea! :)

    - A Young Wife

  13. Ahh yum. I am such a fool for any kinds of guacamole, this sounds fantastic!! I have to try adding basil to mine the next time I make it.

    - Shaina

  14. It’s like you took genius to a whole other level with this recipe!

    - Julie @ Girl on the Move

  15. Ooh love the idea of adding sun dried tomatoes to this too….looks great!

    - Sarah (@ People, Places & Plates)

  16. love the garlic and basil!!! trying this soon, Ali!!

    - Alice // Hip Foodie Mom

  17. This is ingenious. I like getting creative and swapping ingredients in classic recipes. Toasted walnuts makes a great alternative for pine nuts in homemade basil.

    - Matt @ Plating Pixels

  18. I love guac but I’ve never been a huge fan of cilantro so this recipe is perfect for me!

    - Michelle @ Healthy Recipe Ecstasy

  19. I’m always up for a big bowl of guacamole! The flavors in this sound pretty fabulous… And your photos are so beautiful!

    - Sues

  20. Oddly enough, I have not been able to buy cilantro in the grocery store for the last few weeks. Guess it’s time to try basil in my guac! Love it!!

    - Cassie

  21. Loving this, Ali!

    - Tieghan

  22. I am not a cilantro fan — I love basil so much more. This is perfect!

    - Cookbook Queen

  23. You know I’m on team cilantro (obviously) but my aunt despises this – this would be PERFECT for her!!

    - Liz @ The Lemon Bowl

  24. Basil guacamole is definitely new to me, but I’m intrigued! I’m glad you experimented for the rest of us. :)

    - Maryea {happy healthy mama}

  25. I love this idea because cilantro doesn’t last as long as basil and I always find I’m out of cilantro but my Basil plant is going strong.

    - lisatberry