Perfect Guacamole

This is my all-time favorite guacamole recipe!  It’s easy to make, tastes delicious, and always disappears instantly at a party!

Who’s ready to guac and roll?!?

Well I hope you’ve got a bunch of ripe avocados ready, because today I’m sharing my all-time favorite recipe for perfect guacamole.  And after making it — oh — probably now hundreds of times of the years (no kidding), I think it’s safe to say that I’ve tweaked it until it really is perfect.

It’s chocked full of the classic fresh ingredients we all love, including lots of creamy, ripe avocados.  It’s super quick and easy to make, and can also be made hours advance (without browning!) thanks to my refrigerator tip.  And it is always — always, always, always — a total crowd pleaser, and never lasts long enough to become leftovers.

So if you love guacamole as much as I do, bookmark this puppy, because it’s the go-to recipe I promise you can count on.

Guacamole Recipe — 1-Minute Video

So let’s do this!  Gather your ingredients, including:

  • ripe avocados
  • diced red onion
  • fresh cilantro
  • fresh jalapeno (<- use more/less to taste)
  • freshly-squeezed lime juice
  • Kosher salt
  • ground cumin

Chop them all up, and then combine everything in a bowl.

And then use some spoons, or forks, or a potato masher, or whatever you have on hand to mash everything together until it reaches your desired level of smoothness.  Or if you like a chunkier guac, hey, just keep it chunky.

Once it’s ready, give it a taste and add extra salt or lime juice if needed to season it to your preferred taste.  Then either serve it immediately and dive in.  Or if you want to save it for later, use a spoon to level out the top surface of the guac in your bowl until it is completely smooth.  Then place a layer of plastic wrap directly on top of the guac (touching it) so that there are no air bubbles and the plastic is completely covering every inch of its surface.  Oxygen is the culprit of browned avocados, so we don’t want any air getting there.  Then pop it in the fridge and leave it there for up to 2 days, until it’s ready to serve.


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Perfect Guacamole

The perfect guacamole made fresh and simple!


  • 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 tablespoon fresh lime juice
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro leaves, finely chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarse sea salt
  • dash of cumin
  • (Optional: 1 roma tomato, cored and chopped)


  1. 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.)
  2. 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 for up to 2 days before serving.
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96 comments on “Perfect Guacamole”

  1. 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.

  2. 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!!

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

  4. 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!

  5. 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…

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

  7. 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!

  8. 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?

  9. 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?

    • 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.

  10. WOW! That looks so delish!

  11. 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.

  12. You dont need to add cumin to the gaucamole

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

  14. Absolutely nothing better than homemade guacamole!!

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

  16. 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. :)

  17. 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

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

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

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

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

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

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  25. 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.

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

  30. 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.

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

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  44. 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.

  45. 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!

  46. 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!

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