The BEST Guacamole

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My all-time favorite guacamole recipe is quick and easy to make, naturally gluten-free and vegan, and always the hit of a party.

Guacamole Recipe

Grab those ripe avocados, because today we’re talking about my all-time favorite easy guacamole recipe! ♡

I have made this guacamole dip literally hundreds and hundreds of times over the years, and my friends and family always rave about it.  It’s made with all of the usual fresh ingredients you would find in a classic authentic guacamole recipe, plus a dash of ground cumin, which I’m convinced rounds all of the flavors out perfectly.  But the thing I love most about this guacamole recipe is that the ingredients are all perfectly balanced.  It’s not too spicy, not too citrus-y, and it’s perfectly salted so that the avocados remain the stars of the show.  (As they always should be a well-made batch of guac!)

Of course, there are a million ways to use put this guacamole recipe to delicious use as well.  It’s perfect for spreading on toast and burgers, topping your tacos and nachos, loading up your baked potatoes and deviled eggs, filling your quesadillas and wraps, and serving alongside any number of Mexican dishes.  But about 99% of the time, we just serve it up with a big bowl of tortilla chips (plus maybe some homemade salsa and a round of margaritas).  And I’m telling you — this guac recipe is always, always a winner.

Let’s guac and roll!

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Guacamole Ingredients:

To make this easy guacamole recipe, simply gather up the following guacamole ingredients:

  • Avocados: The riper, the better.
  • Diced red onion: I love the flavor of red onion in guac, but if you would like to make it a bit milder, just rinse and drain the chopped onion in water briefly before adding it to the avocados.
  • Cilantro: If you happen to be part of the 14% of the population that doesn’t like fresh cilantro, just skip it.
  • Jalapeño: Or you can use serrano pepper instead.
  • Lime juice: Freshly-squeezed, please!
  • Fine sea salt: A critical ingredient to bring out all of those good flavors!
  • Ground cumin: I’ve always added a dash to my homemade guacamole, and I’m convinced it’s the secret ingredient that rounds out all of those flavors and makes people love it so much.
  • Diced tomatoes: I’m not a big fan of tomatoes in my guac, but feel free to add them if you would like!

Guacamole Ingredients

How To Make Guacamole:

Alright, let’s talk how to make guacamole dip!  Simply…

  1. Mash your avocados: Add them to a large mixing bowl and mash with a fork or spoon until they reach your desired consistency.  (I like mine slightly chunky, not completely smooth.)
  2. Mix in the remaining ingredients: Add in the onion, cilantro, jalapeño (or serrano), lime juice, salt, cumin, and tomatoes (if using) and stir until combined.
  3. Taste and season: Give the mixture a taste, and season with extra salt if needed.  Or…
    • For a tangier guac, add more lime juice.
    • For a spicier guac, add in another jalapeño or serrano.  (Or you can include the seeds for extra heat.)
    • For a herbier guac, add in extra fresh cilantro.
  4. Serve: Then serve it up and enjoy!!

How To Make Guacamole

Guacamole Add-Ins:

Want to customize your own personal best guacamole recipe?  There are all sorts of fun ingredients you can add in, such as:

  • Fruit: such as mango, pineapple, pomegranate, berries, apple, peaches, grapes, you name it!
  • Chopped nuts: such as pepitas, toasted almonds, cashews, etc.
  • Cheese: any soft cheeses such as feta, goat, blue cheese or queso fresco are delicious
  • Additional seasonings: I love adding everything bagel seasoning to my guac
  • Greek yogurt or sour cream: if you’d like creamier homemade guacamole
  • Chopped chipotle in adobo: if you’d like a smokier chipotle guacamole
  • Additional chopped chile peppers: if you would like an even more spicy guacamole
  • Bacon or chorizo: because…yum

Easy Guacamole Recipe

How To Store Guacamole

This simple guacamole recipe actually keeps really well in the refrigerator if stored properly.  To store it, just transfer your guac to an airtight container.  Then place a piece of plastic wrap directly on top of the guac, and press it down with your fingers so that the plastic wrap is covering the entire surface area of the guac (keeping the air out, which will help prevent browning).  Then just cover, and refrigerate for up to 1 week.

Enjoy, everyone!

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Best Guacamole Recipe

The BEST Guacamole!

  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 6 -8 servings 1x

Description

Truly the BEST guacamole recipe!  It’s quick and easy to make, naturally gluten-free and vegan, and always the hit of a party.  See tips above for potential ways to customize your own guacamole recipe.


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Ingredients

  • 3 ripe avocados, peeled and pitted
  • 1 jalapeño, cored and finely diced (add more or less to taste)
  • 1/2 cup finely diced red onion
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
  • 1/3 cup fresh cilantro leaves, finely chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • (Optional: 1 roma tomato, cored and chopped)

Instructions

  1. In a medium mixing bowl, use a fork or a potato masher to mash the avocados to your desired consistency.
  2. Stir in the jalapeño, onion, lime juice, cilantro, salt, cumin until well-mixed.  (If adding tomatoes, stir them in at the very end.)
  3. Taste and season with extra salt (plus extra lime juice, jalapeño and/or cilantro) if needed.
  4. Serve immediately and enjoy!

Notes

Storage Instructions: To store this guacamole, cover the bowl with plastic wrap (so that the plastic is literally touching the entire top layer of the guacamole) and refrigerate for up to 2 days before serving.

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146 comments on “The BEST Guacamole”

  1. I can’t wait to try this because I can’t seem to make guacamole. I don’t know WHAT it is, but it just doesn’t come out the way I want it, so I’m excited to try this recipe!

  2. I find it very gratifying that my guacamole recipe is identical to yours other than the cumin! I will try that next time.

  3. Have you ever tried red bell pepper instead of tomatoes? I’m not a fan of tomatoes either but the red pepper adds great color and crunch!

  4. 4 stars
    Not sure how you can make guacamole without using garlic??? I always add granulated garlic and chipotle powder and chili powder to mine; kicks up the flavor a little bit more! Have not had a complaint in 25 years!

  5. 5 stars
    I love my guac but this was better! The cumin made the difference. Suggestion though, I store mine in a zip-lock bag and expel all the air. It stays so fresh.

  6. 5 stars
    Super healthy. My favorite dip.

  7. 5 stars
    We tried this recipe for a party last weekend, and it was the hit of the evening, everyone enjyoed it and we even had to make some extra in the middle of the party, because it disappeared so quickly. Thanks for sharing it, it definitely goes to my favourites’ list.

  8. 5 stars
    This recipe is perfection!!! We are every last bite. 🤗

  9. 5 stars
    Excellent recipe! I’ve made quite a few batches of guac over the years and this is a high quality, delicious recipe! The addition of cumin sets it above the rest!

  10. 5 stars
    I made this recipe a couple of times now and it’s mindblowing! Soooo good!

  11. 5 stars
    Great recipe. I make mine exactly the same except I like a little more zing so I add a little cayenne pepper and sometimes a few dashes of Tabasco. Works for me.

  12. 5 stars
    Really yummy. I added a little more of this and that.

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  15. 5 stars
    Yassss! The cumin really did add a great touch! Great recipe and so simple.

  16. 5 stars
    Yasssss! Great recipe. The cumin really did add a great touch.

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  18. 5 stars
    Turned out perfect…thanks for sharing this recipe.

  19. 5 stars
    I made this recipe yesterday for a family game gathering and it was a hit! I personally loved it – the wonderful combination of ingredients…..I’m making this my “go-to” recipe from now on!

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  22. 5 stars
    Superrr yummmm i love what i made

  23. 5 stars
    Your recipe is my favorite!!!

  24. 5 stars
    Wow! Seriously amazing! I replaced the jalapeños with ancho chili powder and added a touch of garlic and black pepper and what a treat! We ate the whole thing before dinner!😹😹😹

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  28. 5 stars
    Tried my first ever Guac and this recipe gave perfect result. Finger lickin’ good.

  29. 5 stars
    I have made this recipe three times now. This is a great guacamole recipe! I like that it doesn’t have any weird ingredients that I don’t tend to have on hand. I have found that I like a little bit less cilantro but that is just a personal taste thing. I have made it without jalapeno and I think the jalapeno is really a key ingredient. I also have added chopped up tomato to it and I do not think the tomato adds anything to the recipe. Just thoughts.

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  31. 5 stars
    I could not till I try enchilada recipe, thanksl

  32. 5 stars
    This guacamole recipe is really amazing. Thanks for sharing such an awesome recipe.

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  34. 4 stars
    Nice ,best l have seen,

    ✨✨✨✨✨. I love the recipe

    🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆

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  36. 5 stars
    Sounds amazing! Loved u added multiple variations to please every pallet! So many, I can’t wait to get started to try all of them. TY

  37. I’ll keep the tomatoes and pass on the jalapeno.

  38. 5 stars
    Delicious! Pretty easy too.

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  40. 5 stars
    This Guacamole was delicious just finished making it and the ground cumin gives it a special taste, very good!!! I recommend!

  41. keep one of the avocado pits and store it in there with your guac. for some reason it keeps it fresher longer.

  42. 5 stars
    I used to think I hated guacamole until I made this recipe. It is so delicious!

  43. We have an average avocado tree in our yard, so I make guac.almost all year.most recepies are similar, but I have never seen one with my secret ingredient. Camarillo sauce. Try it.