The BEST Guacamole

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 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 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 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!  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 guacamole
  • Chopped chipotle in adobo: if you’d like a smokier guac
  • Bacon or chorizo: because…yum

Easy Guacamole Recipe

How To Store Guacamole

This guacamole recipe actually keeps really well in the refrigerator if stored properly!  To store it, simply 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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The BEST Guacamole!

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.

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)

Directions:

  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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  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: http://www.nigella.com/recipe/recipe_detail.aspx?rid=124.
    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!
    Amy

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