Perfect Guacamole

August 2, 2012 by Ali

Yesterday I had one of those blogging “cringe” moments.

While making guacamole to go with my salmon fajitas, I decided to peek back at the “perfect guacamole” recipe that I posted back when I began my site. My tried-and-true recipe was still there, but the photo for my favorite guacamole was far less than “perfect”. It sadly was out of focus, shot in the evening with terrible indoor lighting, and I apparently had all of these weird spiky chips sticking out of the guac. (Any of you bloggers relate looking back at your beginning photos?!?)

It definitely seemed like time for a reshoot. While these new photos still may not be perfect, I’m happy to say that I totally still stand by the recipe. It is totally my version of perfect guacamole! To each his own with guac, but I love this one because it is simple and allows the flavor of the avocadoes to really shine through, with just subtle hints of fresh cilantro, lime, red onion, jalapeno. Reminds me a lot of the guacamole from Chipotle that I adore. So fresh and delicious!

What is your idea of perfect guacamole?

Perfect Guacamole

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 5 minutes

Yield: 4 servings


  • 3 ripe avocados, peeled and pitted
  • 1 jalapeno, stem and seeds removed, minced (add more or less to taste)
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped red onion
  • 1 Tbsp. fresh lime juice
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro leaves, finely chopped
  • 1/2 tsp. coarse sea salt
  • dash of cumin
  • (Optional: 1 roma tomato, cored and chopped)


Mash together avocados, jalapeno, onion, lime juice, cilantro, salt, cumin with a fork until well-mixed. (If adding tomatoes, stir them in at the very end.) 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.

filed in Appetizers, Veggies

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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48 thoughts on “Perfect Guacamole

  1. This looks YUMMY. I can’t wait to try it. I love the guacamole at Chipotle, so, you really caught my attention with that comparison.
    My perfect guacamole has NO tomatoes, so this looks like a winner to me. Thanks!

    - Amy Birch

  2. Hello! Found your blog via Pinterest and am loving this guacamole recipe. Definitely made it on the 4th of July and it was a hit (and featured it on my blog). Cheers!

    - HL (Wander & Wine)

  3. Love this recipe! This is my go-to for an appetizer or a dish to bring to a get together. Good with or without the jalapeño.

    - Shalynn

  4. I like to add a little honey to mine, making it slightly sweet and tangy.

    - Alix

  5. I’ve re-shot several things and though some REALLY needed it bad, the truth is that I fear I could keep at that process forever…most photos over 2 years old make me cringe; which means in 2015 I’ll be re-doing what I’m shooting today!

    I keep my guacamole so simple…avocado, lime, garlic, salt and pepper. I’ll put some condiments on the side for those that prefer spicier or ‘cilantroier’ but I just love it in all it’s plain Jane glory.

    - Barbara | Creative Culinary

  6. I go with avocados, chopped jalapenos, some Sriracha sauce, soy sauce, and chopped onions. And lime juice. Yum.

    - R Baker

  7. Our perfect guacamole has lots of lime, garlic, fresh cilantro, grilled corn and tomatoes. We use about 4 Avocados. Mmmmmmm….serve with corn chips or on a burger. Can’t beat it.

    - Sandra cooper

  8. Made this tonight for our New Year’s Eve gathering. It is delicious. Perfect is the right word for it.

    - Grace Parry

  9. I have found if you put the seed of one avocado in the guacamole’ your guacamole wont turn brown
    It works!

    - roberta e

  10. *face plant*
    I. Heart. Guac. And this guac looks fantastical!!

    - Hayley @ The Domestic Rebel

  11. My perfect guacamole is simply avocados, chopped garlic, sometimes red onion, lime juice, and salt to taste.

    - Ichen

  12. I still look at my photos and cringe like that all the time :) This sounds delicious, I love simple, classic guacamole!

    - Anna @ hiddenponies

  13. I have soooo many photos to reshoot, even right now I have so many that are not great. It’s such a learning process for me, but I’m working on it. This guac looks lovely, and I love a good guacamole

    - carrian

  14. I don’t have a perfect version just because I don’t eat it, but my husband loves it! I’ll bookmark this for the next time he’s in the mood for some guacamole. :)

    - Erin @ Texanerin Baking

  15. My perfect guacamole has a lot of lime juice! This looks delicious!

    - Riley

  16. Absolutely nothing better than homemade guacamole!!

    - Cassie

  17. Thanks for the great recipe! My husband and I really enjoyed it!

    - Taryn

  18. You dont need to add cumin to the gaucamole

    - rena

  19. Excellent recipe. I also add some cream cheese. This makes it smoother and adds bulk, so you end up with more guacamole without having to add avocados.

    - Robyn Sheppard

  20. WOW! That looks so delish!

    - Tanya

  21. dumb question: I have toyed with making guacamole a few times, once very unsuccessful because the avacodo was hard. Do you have a type on determining which avacados to pick at the grocery or market?

    - Scott C

    • Basically you can feel it. I’ve learned that if you pull out the stem and the core is darker, then it could be too ripe.

      - Debbie

  22. When you make this -how long before you serve can you make it? I am gathering closer to consumption is always preferred but when taking to a party….can you make the morning of -of say an evening party?

    - SMM

  23. Guac is one of my favorite foods! We just bought a ton of avocados and I will be eating them in guacamole form :) great recipe!

    - Natalie (The Sweets Life)

  24. Gorgeous… I love guacamole. I will definitely have to give this a try!

    - Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction

  25. My husband says he also once had the perfect guacamole recipe, starring a tomatillo as well. We are both guac lovers from way back, too, though I don’t often make it at home — we’d both just inhale it! Too bad avos are on sale at our local market, too…

    - The Nervous Cook

  26. I started eating guacamole on toast because of this recipe:
    I usually add a red onion and some tomatoes (without pulp) as well. And a lot of fresh ground black pepper. When I have arugula lying in my fridge I use it too (on top of the guacamole). It’s the best way to start the day and so fast, when using a processor. When I make guacamole for non-breakfast purposes, i’ll add garlic too! But next time I’ll definitely try it your way!

    By the way, I saw you featured on Elise’s blog and became an immediate fan, love the food and your lovely pictures!

    - Sarah

  27. This is really similar to the guac we make. I love LIMEY guacamole!

    - Elysabeth

  28. One time in Austin, I had tableside guac. and they squeezed an orange into it in addition to the lime- OMG what a nice, different and fresh twist. I tried it again at home- just as good!!

    - Dana

  29. I’m always eating avocados, and guacamole is a favorite. I usually make it when I whip up a batch of salsa in my food processor. After the salsa, and leaving a little in the processor, I add the avocados and any extras, and have a great quick guacamole. Sometimes I use a big mortar/pestle guacamole bowl I received for Christmas a few years back too.

    - Misty