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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.

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

Guacamole in a bowl surrounded by chips.

Guacamole in a bowl surrounded by chips.

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?

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, Pico de Gallo and Taco Soup. And you can wash all of those down with my Mango Margarita or Classic Margarita.

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

Guacamole on the edge of a chip.

5 from 87 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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240 comments on “Best Ever Guacamole”

  1. Lovely guac. Eating it right now, while watching the snow fall outside. Good call on the squeezed (vs. bottled) lime. Thanks for the recipe.

  2. Absolutely delicious, the entire family demolished this eagerly. Thank you Lisa you are giving me inspiration in the kitchen. 

  3. The best dip I ever made. I make this at least once a week.
    The BEST.

  4. Very simple to make. So flavorful! Will definitely use this recipe again.

  5. Simple enough, practical and Delicious.

  6. This recipe was fantastic and full of flavor!!  We had extra so I put in storage jar and put little water on the top as you demonstrated in one of your videos.  The next day I poured the water off and it was beautiful green.  Thanks for the tip!!  I put avocados on my list for next grocery shop.  I look forward to making again.  As always, I so appreciate you, Lisa

  7. It was flavourable and delicious! Thanks for sharing!

  8. This REALLY is THE best ever guacamole!! Since first making it I would never make it any other way. Thanks Lisa, you really are a genius x

  9. Superb. And we’re having a great avocado season this year (2019/2020). I reckon red onions are best here.

  10. If you want to keep your guacamole from turning brown, save the pit and put it back in the guacamole after you’ve made it. Lemon juice does work, but I sprits the top layer. I don’t mind the lemon flavor, i grew up eating it that way.
    Store it in a tightly slealed container. Should last a week in the fridge. To prevent further discoloration, refrain from opening the container to snack on it it too many times.

  11. Does it matter what color onion you use? What is your preference? 

    • Hi Denise – You can use either red or yellow onion :) In my most recent pomegranate guacamole, I used red onion.

      • Thank you! This guacamole lived up to its name! It is delicious and your storage hack worked like a charm. :) Thanks for sharing. 

      • Yay, I’m so happy you loved the recipe Denise! And yes, that little water trick is amazing, isn’t it? Can’t let good guacamole go to waste. ;)

  12. This is the same as my recipe except I use more cilantro and jalapeño but I’ve seen many people add the garlic does it really taste better with garlic?

  13. I had bought toooooooo many avocados for the holiday dinner so 2 days after I of course went to your guacamole dip!!! Also did the water trick to save and it worked!!! Thank you so much. #downshiftologyrecipesALWAYS

  14. This one is really the best ever guac. I’ve made it for friends, family, basically everybody and they’re asking for it since all the time. I also make it for myself a lot and put it on my nachos. I’m obssessed with it 😊

  15. I generally skip recipes touting to be “the best ever “ but I’m sure glad I tried this one.