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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.

Enjoy!

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!

Ingredients

  • 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

Directions

  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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18 comments on “Best Ever Guacamole”

  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. authentic and simple is the way to go when making guac. I couldn’t agree more!

    Rating: 5
  6. 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!

  7. 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
  8. I love a good guacamole! I cannot wait to try your recipe out and eat it all up!

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

    Rating: 5