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Best Ever Guacamole

This is the best guacamole recipe as it’s is simple to make and uses fresh, high quality ingredients. Authentic guacamole doesn’t contain fillers and unnecessary ingredients. All you need is avocados, onion, tomatoes, cilantro, jalapeno pepper, lime juice, garlic and salt. Easy and delicious!

This guacamole recipe is simple to make and uses fresh, high quality ingredients. It's easy, authentic and delicious!

I’m not one for hyperbole, but this really is the best guacamole recipe. When it comes to crowd-raving guacamole the key is to not get too fancy or try to be too unique. Guacamole is meant to be easy to make and delicious. Plain and simple. It’s a blend of a few high quality ingredients with flavors that meld together beautifully.

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Pick Ripe Avocados for the Best Guacamole

The best guacamole starts with the freshest ingredients. Look for avocados that are ripe, but firm. You definitely don’t want soft and mushy avocados.


So how do you pick good, ripe avocados? First, grab avocados that still have the stem attached. If the stem has been removed in the store, it’s more likely to have brown spots on the inside. Then, gently press on one end. It should be firm, but have a slight give to it.

This guacamole recipe is simple to make and uses fresh, high quality ingredients. It's easy, authentic and delicious!

This guacamole recipe is simple to make and uses fresh, high quality ingredients. It's easy, authentic and delicious!

How Do You Make Guacamole?

Slice three ripe avocados in half, remove the pit and skins and scoop them into a mixing bowl. Then use a fork to gently mash them to your desired level of chunky or smooth. Add the onions, tomatoes, cilantro, jalapeno pepper, garlic, lime juice and salt and stir everything together.

That’s it. The most delicious, easy guacamole.

How to Store Leftover Guacamole (and Keep it Green!)

Guacamole oxidizes and turns brown pretty darn quick. The lime juice helps to slow this process, but it’s inevitable that leftover guacamole will eventually start to brown.

Now, I’ve tried every kitchen hack imaginable to keep guacamole green (I eat a lot of guacamole). So what doesn’t work? Well, let’s start with leaving the pit in the guacamole. This does nothing to prevent browning and there’s no scientific justification for it. Consider it an old wives tale.

Next, many say to add lemon juice. And this helps a bit, but I don’t like that it changes the flavor profile of my beloved guacamole.

The most common guacamole preservation hack is placing plastic wrap directly on the guacamole to prevent oxidization. And this may work for a day or so. But I’ve found that the brand of plastic wrap makes a difference (who knew?) and given that I’m striving to reduce my plastic consumption, I just don’t love this method.

This guacamole recipe is simple to make and uses fresh, high quality ingredients. It's easy, authentic and delicious!

This guacamole recipe is simple to make and uses fresh, high quality ingredients. It's easy, authentic and delicious!

So in my quest to keep my guacamole green I stumbled on this hack – and it’s brilliant.

Here’s how to keep guacamole green:

  • Place your leftover guacamole in a storage container and pat it down with a spoon so it’s nice and flat on top.
  • Add about 1/2 inch of water on top (I used cold water).
  • Place the lid on the storage container and store it in the fridge. That’s it!
  • When you want to enjoy the guacamole, drain the water off the top, give it a stir and you’re good to go.

I tested this method for three full days and it worked like a charm. And no, your guacamole doesn’t get soggy or mushy. It stays perfectly fresh and delicious.

For more delicious Mexican inspired recipes, make sure to check out my Carne Asada, Carne Asada Tacos, Carne Asada Fries, Shrimp Tacos with Cilantro, Lime and Bacon Slaw, Citrus Shrimp Ceviche and Taco Soup.


This guacamole recipe is simple to make and uses fresh, high quality ingredients. It's easy, authentic and delicious!

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Best Ever Guacamole

A tried and true guacamole recipe that’s easy to make, uses fresh ingredients and is loaded with flavor. It’s the best guacamole dip hands down. Watch the video above to see how quickly it comes together!


  • 3 avocados (ripe)
  • 1/2 small onion, finely diced
  • 2 Roma tomatoes, diced
  • 3 tbsp, fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, seeds removed and finely diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt


  1. Slice the avocados in half, removed the pit and skin and place in a mixing bowl. Mash the avocado with a fork and make it as chunky or smooth as you’d like.
  2. Add the remaining ingredients and stir together.

Lisa's Tips

Definitely use fresh limes rather than lime juice in a bottle. The flavor difference is worth it.

Make sure to read my tips above for keeping leftover guacamole green and fresh. It’s truly amazing! And I store the leftover guacamole in these food storage containers.

Nutrition Information

Yield: 4 servings, Serving Size: 1/4 of recipe

  • Amount Per Serving:
  • Calories: 184.8
  • Total Fat: 15.8g
  • Saturated Fat: 2.2g
  • Sodium: 305.5mg
  • Carbohydrates: 12.3g
  • Fiber: 7.6g
  • Sugar: 1.7g
  • Protein: 2.5g
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Recipe originally posted August 2014, but updated to include new photos and video. 

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72 comments on “Best Ever Guacamole”

  1. ❤ I made this today. THE BEST guac ever! Oh, I am a coward and didn’t use the jalepeno…. still great! And it is now stored in a tight packed bowl with cold water on top in my fridge (or I’ll eat the entire thing!). Thanks so much!

  2. How early in the day can you make this for an evening party so that it isn’t starting to turn brown? (Without having to add the water before serving it.)  I want to make it early enough in the day so I can fix it if I mess it up, but don’t want to have it turn brown before the party. 
    Also, how much does this recipe make? I am needing to provide guacamole for approx 24 people – but it will mostly be used for a taco/enchilada topping – not as a dip on the tables. Do you have any thoughts on how many times I should multiple the recipe? I am a guacamole newby and am sort of clueless. Thanks for any advice!!

    • Personally, I would make this only 15 minutes before the party. Guacamole is best fresh when the flavors are most vibrant. I don’t think you’ll mess up this recipe either. :)
      For that many people I would probably triple the guacamole recipe.

  3. It truly is a great recipe, and the water hack…PURE GENIUS! Thank you!

  4. This recipe is downright GOLD. A+++ for deliciousness.

  5. BEST   GUACAMOLE   RECIPE   EVER!  I’ve tried so many recipes and none ever hit the mark like this one.  Thank you!

  6. I didn’t want such a large batch, so I used just 2 avocados, adjusted other ingredients. Just 2 of us eating it.
    I also used a combination of sweet onions, Peru in winter, with green bunch onions – I prefer their texture & the green they add to the dish. I also add a bit of dried pepper flakes – not much, maybe a strong pinch.
    The best thing about this recipe is how to keep it from oxidizing & turning brown. I’ve used plastic for years. Never thought to put water on it. Works GREAT!! BEST HACK EVER! THANKS!!

  7. Did you use regular white onions or sweet onions? Thank you!

  8. Article is correct. This is the perfect guacamole recipe. It is very easy and tastes great. Kudos to author!!

  9. Loved this!  So simple and yummy.  You have a great delivery.  Thank you

  10. I didn’t have fresh limes…but I needed to use the avocados so I used lime juice instead.. It was delicious! I will use fresh juice next time to compare. This recipe is a keeper!

    Rating: 5
  11. Best guacamole I’ve ever made!

    Rating: 5
  12. Love Guac but this tastes better than the ones in stores.

  13. I have made a very similar recipe for years now. Lime and lemon juice does little to prevent browning. Saran wrap is a PITA. Adding the pit is just silly.

    Small airtight containers are the best. I am lucky enough that my sister works in a restaurant and I get free unlimited takeout sized (1/2 pint, pint, quart) containers. But the same can easily be done with any small container.

    Smaller sized is best. Like what you will eat in a day or two. I make larger batches using about 8 avocado, 1 canned diced, and a large onion. That makes about 8 or so 1/2 pint containers. Pack the guacamole to the point where it pretty much squeezes out of the container when you seal it. You want no air. I have not timed it exactly, but the guacamole I have done this way stays green and normal looking for a week easily. You are getting into it going bad I guess after that, I have always pitched it when too old. But maybe I will try it for longer.

  14. Great we can make our own for about a 5th of the price of the stuff in the shops. Buy local. Buy fresh. Buy cheap. Lower our carbon footprint and less waste. Win Win. Put the leftover in a bowl and level it off flat. Add a little olive ir grapeseed oil to the top so it stays fresh in the fridge. Later you can just mix the oil in and eat it.

    Rating: 5
  15. I suppose that my onion was too large, because even though I cut it in half I thought there was too much onion in it, so I ended up adding another small avocado and it was perfect!

    Rating: 5
  16. Made this easy recipe by following the video. Sorry, had to substitute Tabasco sauce for the jalapeño pepper.  It tastes great now, so after an hour or so resting it will blow their socks off!Thanks too for the avocado tips. Simple but clever.

    Rating: 5
  17. Excellent guacamole. Husband said “best ever.”

    Rating: 5
  18. Hi Lisa! Do you have any recommendations for the chips? I am trying to cut vegetable oil from my diet and all chips I’ve seen are made with vegetable oil. Also, do you have an opinion about vegetable oil? Thanks for all the help, I am enjoying your website and videos so much!

    • The main oils I use are organic olive oil and avocado oil. And you can make any of my chip recipes without oil, like my plantain chips or cassava flour tortilla chips. Just place them on parchment paper so they don’t stick and watch the cook time as it may need to me tweaked. So happy you’re enjoying my recipes Ian!

  19. To keep it fresh put the guacamole in a little bit of a smaller container than you need so qhen you put the lid on it smashes down and there is no air. Once you take more guacamole out just keep putting it in a smaller container. Stays really green and fresh :)

  20. I have made this recipe 4 times now and my family and friends agree- it’s the best Guacamole ever! It’s so simple and delicious. No more store bought guacamole for us!

    Rating: 5
  21. Hi Lisa!  What makes this the best ever Guacomole, is the tip for keeping GREEN and FRESH! Thank you So much, I’ve been looking for this tip forever!! 😍

    Rating: 5
  22. Hey,To keep guac fresh, just line the bottom of your bowl with purple onions, and then place slices of purple onion on top of the guac. The gases released from purple onion do the opposite from the gasses from bananas and pears–that is to say, they slow the ripening process. Great recipe, but instead of Jalapeño pepper, just add some diced jalapeños, this really makes it better.

    Rating: 5
  23. I find cilantro/coriander really really bitter, even a tiny bit will ruin a dish for me- I have no idea why! Is there something I can substitute or will it still be flavoursome without it? 

  24. It appears that exposure to the air causes browning of the guacamole. Covering with water would block exposure to the air, but the water will invade the tiny spaces in the guacamole, hence the suggestion to pat the guacamole down.

    HOWEVER, if you apply a layer of plastic wrap, and then cover with water, that may be a more elegant solution.

  25. This is almost identical to my recipe except I add a TSP of cumin. So good!

    Rating: 5
  26. I have made this guacamole twice and have been told it was the best! I love this recipe. It truly is so delicious and easy!

    Rating: 5
  27. Almost exactly the recipe I use befor I found your site. But thank you SO MUCH for the no-browning tip. I will try it tomorrow. A friend recently gave me the “leave the other in” idea, and yup, wives’ tale for sure. 

    Rating: 5
  28. I made this for the race track crowd this weekend and it was a big hit! I could have eaten by the spoon full it was so good – but I was polite and used chips. Ha!

    Rating: 5
  29. This is much like mine homemade guacamole.Thanks for the tip about putting water on top when storing! I’ve been using the plastic wrap. I’ll give the water s try on my next batch. 😎👍🏼

    Rating: 5
  30. Definitely a recipe to make again and again.  We had them on our carne asada and there wasn’t any left afterwards.  It’s different from what I normally make – everyone loved it so Lisa 1 – Mummy 0 haha! My daughter said I was the best cook, I said ‘no, Lisa is, I just copy her’, she said ‘Lisa? I would like to meet her and say thank you’.  I was apprehensive about the onion being too overpowering for the avocado, but you could taste a hint.  Awesome!

    Rating: 5
  31. I love guacamole! It’s one of my favorite dips and I always look for avocado season every year just so that I can make it! Looks so delicious!

    Rating: 5
  32. authentic and simple is the way to go when making guac. I couldn’t agree more!

    Rating: 5
  33. Lisa, I’m the lady in Oklahoma that made your fabulous chocolate cake, and each time I wast your  video  You ask us to give it a thumbs up but I never know where it at?

    I want the vita mix lol

    • Hi Hannah – the thumbs up is on YouTube. Unfortunately, there’s no thumbs up on my website, but good reviews here count as two big thumbs up in my books. ;) Make sure to subscribe to my YouTube channel for a chance to win the Vitamix next week!

  34. This looks like some really stellar guacamole. I’m lazy and usually just mix in some fresh lime juice and salt. I’ll try your recipe!

    Rating: 5
  35. I love a good guacamole! I cannot wait to try your recipe out and eat it all up!

    Rating: 5
  36. Looks so fresh and delicious! A must make for Cinco de Mayo!

    Rating: 5