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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!

Guacamole in a bowl surrounded by chips. One chip in the guacamole.

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.

After numerous trips to Mexico and having grown up in Southern California, I can confirm that this guacamole is the real deal. Fresh, easy and authentic! Just as you’d get in Mexico.

Watch My Guacamole Recipe Video

While this recipe is easy to make, I have some tips for making the best guacamole recipe you’ve ever tasted. Watch my step-by-step tutorial video below!

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.

Guacamole recipe ingredients in a bowl ready to be mixed.

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.

Guacamole in a bowl surrounded by chips.

How to Store Leftovers (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 two. But I’m striving to reduce my plastic consumption and just don’t love this method.

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 firmly 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. It stays perfectly fresh and delicious. Though I will admit by the third day it does start to get a little more watery. But who has guacamole last that long anyway?

Guacamole on the edge of a chip.

More Delicious Mexican Inspired Recipes

For all my Mexican food lovers, give these reader favorite recipes a try:

And you can wash all of those down with my Mango Margarita, Strawberry Margarita or Classic Margarita. Or my Agua Fresca for a non-alcoholic option.

For tasty guacamole variations, try my festive Pomegranate Guacamole and tasty BLT Guacamole!

4.98 from 188 votes

Best Ever Guacamole (Fresh, Easy & Authentic)

Prep Time: 10 mins
Total Time: 10 mins
Servings: 4 servings
Author: Lisa Bryan
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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


  • Slice the avocados in half, remove 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.
  • 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.


Calories: 184.8kcal, Carbohydrates: 12.3g, Protein: 2.5g, Fat: 15.8g, Saturated Fat: 2.2g, Sodium: 305.5mg, Fiber: 7.6g, Sugar: 1.7g
Course: Appetizer, Snack
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: authentic guacamole, easy guacamole, Guacamole, Guacamole Recipe, How to make guacamole
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Recipe originally posted August 2014, but updated to include new photos and video May 2018 and again today. 

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447 comments on “Best Ever Guacamole”

  1. Hey! This guacomole recipe is cool as hell!!! fresh yo! Now I will put it on my twitter to self promote this to my 20 mil twitter followers. Hope youll enojy it bro.

  2. FYI,It is easier to use a potato masher then a fork. Great recipe!!!!

  3. I only have heirloom tomatoes on hand…do you think that would taste okay in this?

  4. This is my go to recipe for Guac. Whether it’s just for dipping for a party, or to add on to my dinner selection, this one is always good. Easy, simple, quick, and everyone loves it. Thank you for this recipe!

  5. Excellent guacamole! We added cracked black pepper and it was perfect. We did not have fresh jalapeños, so we substituted with 10 jalapeño slices (deseeded) from a jar. So good! 

  6. It’s as good as you said! And thanks for the tip on keeping it green – a tip that finally worked!

    • Glad the tip worked out :)

      • YES THE PITS WORK!!! If you use 3 avocados… use the 2 or 3 pits (NOT just ONE) & the quac stays green for days!!!! No browning at all. Something keeps them when they’re sitting at the store…. so put them in the mix once it’s made. 

  7. My family asked for this recipe every time I make tacos it’s one of the best ever thank you

  8. I am a bit of a guacamole snob…no store bought as it always has a chemical overtone. THIS recipe is the only one I use anymore…every family gathering it disappears. The ultimate compliment was when my niece took a flour tortilla and loaded it with JUST guacamole…if that isn’t proof it’s a great recipe, I don’t know what is.

    I use only half of the recommended hot pepper because usually guac is the cooler for the super hot and spicy!


  9. Best Ever! I am whipping up a bowl again tonight. I served it on top of my beef tacos and they were delicious. I think this time I will serve it with nacho supreme!

  10. Best ever 

  11. Great ideas and recipe.

  12. Thanks.

  13. How would I scale up this recipe?

  14. Made this guacamole and just finished dinner. My husband and I both loved it. Thank you so much for the recipe.

  15. Lisa, thank you for a wonderful recipe. Great fresh flavor!

  16. So delicious! My kids, who hate cilantro and onion l, asked for more! Super easy to make!

  17. Awesome. And my kids wolfed it down!

  18. I made this without the jalapenos (unintentionally for sure). I could have kicked myself for forgetting to buy them. I had some cayenne pepper and threw that in instead and honestly I didn’t miss the jalapenos. It came out so good and it couldn’t have been easier. I’ll be making it again. Soon!

  19. I made your recipe and the overall flavor was good but I was a little surprised and disappointed that the jalapeño flavor and bite was on the almost non distinguishable side.ava 

    • Hi Ava – I can certainly taste the jalapeno flavor in mine (everyone’s taste buds are different), but you can always add more to your preference or keep the seeds in the pepper which would increase the spicy flavor.

  20. I just finished making this guacamole. OMG!! It’s the best I’ve ever had. There were 2 changes I made. My local grocer was out of jalapenos. I had to make do with pickled jalepenos. It was delicious anyway. My wife suggested I add a little Tanjin to it and that kicked it up another notch. I will make this again, but I will hopefully have fresh jalepenos. I higly recommend this recipe!

    • Hi Jessie- So glad you enjoyed this recipe so much! And great idea on the Tajin. I might have to try that next time :)

  21. This is the BEST guacamole recipe!  Showcases every ingredient but not one is overpowering.
    Making it this weekend for Fsther’s Day!

    • Hi Maureen- This will definitely be perfect for Father’s day, and just about any weekend this summer!

  22. Thanks so much Lisa! I really love how well thought-out and how you take extra steps to make sure your recipes are foolproof and the best! I am yet to try this guacamole recipe of yours but I have tried so many of your other recipes and I have learned so many things about cooking so far! I really admire your dedication! I always recommend your blog to people I know who wants to learn how to cook by trying some recipes online! And by the way, since I know from your Instagram stories that you like to know where your followers are from, I am a Filipino who lived the past 5 years Singapore and now relocated to Texas! Hoping to attend some downshiters event soon since I know you are also thinking of that (when the right time comes) ☺️

    • Hi Aurora- You’re so sweet! Thanks so much for sharing my recipes with everyone and that you’re enjoying them yourself as well. I really hope to do some sort of meet up soon with all my Downshifters :)

  23. Well presented, informative, tasty, and simple. Thanks

  24. Amazingly delicious guacamole!  This will be my go to from now on.  And what  a great tip about about keeping leftover guacamole fresh and green.  We didn’t have much left over (like I said, it was delicious)  but put what we did have left in a container, pressed it flat, put saran wrap directly over the top of guacamole to seal, added some cold water on top to cover and then put a lid on it and placed it in the refrigerator.  We had it again the next evening along with some chips and it looked and tasted like I had just made it.  Perfect!

    • Hi Cindy- Happy to hear you’ve found a winning guacamole recipe! And glad that the tip to keep it fresh worked til the next day :)