Best Ever Guacamole

This is the BEST guacamole recipe as it’s 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 with a chip dipping in.

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 working alongside Mexican chefs, I can confirm that this guacamole is the real deal. Fresh, easy and authentic! Just as you’d get in Mexico.

Ingredients for making guacamole on a counter.

Guacamole Ingredients

With just 8 simple ingredients you can make one of the all-time-best dip recipes.

  • Avocados: I’ve got a few tips for picking ripe ones below.
  • Onion: I’m using yellow onion which is most often used in Mexico, but you could use red onion as well.
  • Tomatoes: Choose Roma tomatoes which are less juicy. No one wants a watery guac.
  • Cilantro: One of my favorite herbs and a staple in Mexican cuisine.
  • Jalapeno: You can also use serrano pepper for a little extra heat.
  • Garlic: Some people like their guac with garlic, others like it without. I love just a little.
  • Lime: Freshly squeezed is a must. Don’t use jarred lime juice!
  • Salt: A pinch of salt brings it all together.

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 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.

A bowl of fresh, authentic guacamole next to tortilla 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 oxidation. 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?

A scoop of guacamole on a tortilla chip.

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!

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, tasty BLT Guacamole, and bite-sized Guacamole Stuffed Tomatoes!

Guacamole recipe in a bowl next to tortilla chips.

Best Ever Guacamole (Fresh, Easy & Authentic)

4.98 from 374 votes
Prep Time: 10 mins
Total Time: 10 mins
Servings: 4 servings
Author: Lisa Bryan
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!

Ingredients

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

Instructions 

  • Slice the avocados in half, remove the pit, and scoop into a mixing bowl. 
    Scooped avocado 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. Give it a taste test and add a pinch more salt or lime juice if needed.
  • Serve the guacamole with tortilla chips.
    Guacamole in a serving bowl next to tortilla chips.

Lisa's Tips

  • Look for large avocados for this recipe. If you can only find small avocados, feel free to add one more!
  • 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

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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807 comments on “Best Ever Guacamole”

  1. I’ve made this a couple times and love it but i leave out the cilantro. Just don’t like it. Mine doesn’t seem to be as thick as yours looks for some reason.

  2. Delicious!!!  Simple with just few ingredients but it tastes just like it did when vacation in Mexico.  Perfect!5 stars

  3. Made this today and omg so delicious!!!! I always add a little more cilantro to mine because I’m addicted to it 😁 thanks for sharing!5 stars

  4. This guac is excellent! Thank you for the tips on how to keep it fresh. I have stretchy reusable silicone bowl covers and placed one upside down over the guac – similar to how one would use plastic wrap. I’m excited to see how it works!

  5. Great recipe…but I omitted the jalapenos & cilantro. Sorry, just cannot tolerate those items. I’m one of those that cilantro tastes like soap to me.I substituted a more mild parsley & a more mild pepper. Delicious 😋.5 stars

  6. Soo delicious! It’s just for me, so I cut it in half and it was so good!5 stars

  7. Excellent recipe! I scaled it up because I used more avocados than it called for, and the guac was delicious as intended.5 stars

  8. Great recipe even better tips!!!

  9. Tried this for the first time for NYE appetizer; delicious! Also easy, and as snack/appetizer options go, comparatively healthful. I went very slightly light on the tomatoes and slightly heavy on the onions and garlic, but the tweaks were minimal. Family loved it – to the point where the storage tip wasn’t relevant!

    Thanks for sharing this recipe – it’s my new go-to for guacamole.5 stars

  10. Thank you, this is fantastic!5 stars

  11. Have made this several times and it is perfect every time!  Followed the recipe and wouldn’t change anything!!5 stars

  12. Vaccume pack left over guacamole to prevent oxidation and keeping it fresh.5 stars

  13. Huge hit at our NYE party today! 5 stars

  14. This recipe is perfect! I couldn’t stop eating.5 stars

  15. I’m 79 years old and love learning more from you!!5 stars

  16. Great recipe and hack5 stars

  17. Tried this recipe for the first time and I’d highly recommend. Super easy recipe and really delicious!!! 

  18. excellent, I did not have lime so used lemon.5 stars

  19. So perfect, nothing else was needed!!
    Will keep this recipe for future use.5 stars

  20. Question: can you use canned diced tomatoes if you drain them really well?5 stars

  21. This truly is the best guac I’ve ever made! My family raved about it over Thanksgiving break and none of us could stop eating it. Perfect amount of salt just put it over the top. This is a keeper and super simple. I’m never buying store bought or making a different guacamole recipe again. Thank you, thank you! 5 stars

  22. Recipe is great BUT water added to prevent turning brown did not work for me! Very frustrated! Guacamole is now like soup even after straining. I added only enough water to cover guacamole. I’ve had success covering with plastic wrap in the past and worked fine. 5 stars

  23. great…..simple to prepare and great tasting5 stars

  24. I’ve been looking for a great recipe for guac. I struck gold! This recipe is awesome.5 stars

  25. I just made this recipe! So yummy! I love it! 😍5 stars

  26. My guacamole knowledge is very limited – I’ve only really understood that it’s something delicious made from mashed avocados. Also, in the past, I’ve had guacamole with both red wine vinegar and lemon juice as the acid in the dish instead of lime, and while both of those acids work, I’m completely enamored with the magic a little bit of fresh lime juice can do – the lime, specifically, adds particular and unique brightness, and a very beautiful balance to the other ingredients – definitely the most delicious guacamole I’ve had, and I was SO delighted at how easy it is to make. Thank you so much for sharing this – I can’t wait to put my guacamole on absolutely everything.5 stars

  27. Awesome first time I made my own guacamole. It’s delicious!! and easy 5 stars

  28. Great authentic recipe thank u5 stars

  29. Easy and Delicious!  The best! 5 stars

  30. I just made this a few minutes ago. I was going to bring it to a friend’s house tonight but ate it instead. I put it on a homemade keto-friendly tortilla! So good!!5 stars

  31. I made this for a potluck and I barely got any, it was so popular! Definitely saving this!5 stars

  32. This is the best guacamole I’ve had in my life. The ingredients are incredible and you have to have all of it in there. Amazing and love sharing food with friends and family. This is always a hit!! Thank you for the recipe. 5 stars

  33. Made it and I was a success at dinner time with my family. THANKS5 stars

  34. Best guacamole ever!5 stars

  35. This is my new go to Guac recipe! It’s so delicious!! 5 stars

  36. BEST Guacamole I’ve ever made. My “go to” recipe from here on

  37. This is very delicious! I made it with fresh tomatoes, jalapeños and onions from our garden. Definitely will be making this again!5 stars

  38. Looks awesome will be making soon5 stars

  39. This recipe is delicious! What is the serving size of the 4 servings? Thank you!5 stars

  40. i truly enjoyed making this guacamole dip! and the storage tip was perfect..finely a way to brown proof my guacamole! Many Thanks5 stars

  41. Great Recipe!, I’ve made it 3 times in 5 days. It’s also a Great Hit with the Family!

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