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 281 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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637 comments on “Best Ever Guacamole”

  1. I bought a guacamole saver and it works like a charm to keep my guacamole fresh for multiple days..you just press the lid down..it lets the air out until you reach the surface of the guac.. it lets me nom on this recipe for 3-7days..5 stars

  2. Great taste of home5 stars

  3. This is the best homemade guac!!! Hands down. I amped up the lime w lemon juice too. Really good!!!5 stars

  4. I loved this recipe!  Roma tomatoes and fresh lime juice is a must.  5 stars

  5. Easy and delicious5 stars

    • Easiest way to preserve leftover guacamole and super effective – place a leftover/spare tortilla over the top and press down slightly to cover, then put a lid on the container. The tortilla will be a little soggy the next day but the guacamole is good as new!

  6. Love it! As good as my own…from your native N. Californian here. The trick is to keep one pit and stick it straight down in the middle of vuacomole in your serving bowl, with a little showing on top–for fun and color. It stops the oxidization, even in the fridge for a night or two. Guac. should be made fresh like yours, yum, and eaten that day…or next day at least.5 stars

  7. Perfect. Nothing else to say.5 stars

  8. This is the best guacamole I ever made. I’ve tried about 6 or 7 recipes over the years, all only slightly different but this one tastes better, fresher. I subbed green onions for the regular onion, it was great.5 stars

  9. Seriously, the best; simple recipe for guacamole I’ve ever made. I paired this with your salsa (bomb diggity) and Fajitas (bomb diggity x2) and I was the hero of the night to my family even more than usual because I’m blessed with amazing boys :)5 stars

  10. This was easy, and delicious. The texture is such a perfect mix of creamy, substance and crunch. Thank you!!
    Also, thanks for including “jump to recipe” button. (I have stopped visiting blogs that don’t have this.)5 stars

  11. Love your recipes. Do you have any for CKD renal stage 5 patients? Thank 

    • Unfortunately, I’m not quite too sure. But you can possibly find some individuals who are sharing the same experience in the Facebook Community Group! If you’re not part of it yet, come join and meet tons of Downshifters around the world :)

  12. I use a potato masher with square holes to mash avocados, pressing down only once on each part of the fruit.

  13. love this/ have to make it soon!5 stars

  14. Wonderful recipe, my preference is to use red onion.5 stars

  15. this really is the BEST! thank you!!! yum!5 stars

  16. A lot of  things have passed over my tongue in 87 years but cilantro was the nastiest.
    BTW, Julia Child didn’t like it!

    • (see previous comment) Otherwise the recipe sounds delicious.

    • Hi Dorothy, my family doesn’t like cilantro too so I always substitute it with parsley. Try it with parsley, it’s really the best guacamole recipe. 5 stars

  17. Some of the best guac I’ve ever had!!5 stars

  18. I loved the crunchy deliciousness! It’s my favorite recipe…..5 stars

  19. Made your recipe for my husband’s birthday & everyone said it was THE BEST guacamole they ever ate!!! Thank you so much for sharing.5 stars

  20. Go to recipe. Love this. Have made it multiple times. I have made it with and without cilantro depending on what I had in the house. Perfect, simple mix of ingredients that works every time. 5 stars

  21. It was very very good!5 stars

  22. Actually really good. Use a potato masher if you have one to smash the avocados quicker5 stars

  23. Love this recipe! I made it without garlic and topped it with some sliced scallions/spring onions. It’s very tasty and sooo fresh.5 stars

  24. I am very thankful for the avocado storage tip!

  25. AWESOME EASY DELICIOUS 5 stars

  26. So delicious!5 stars

  27. I worked for Whole Foods and made guacamole.  This recipe is just like how we made it!5 stars

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