Pomegranate Guacamole


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Pomegranate guacamole is a festive holiday spin on one of my most loved recipes. It’s a blend of fresh, simple ingredients that together create an unexpected pop of flavor. Serve it with a pile of tortilla chips for the perfect holiday appetizer.

Pomegranate guacamole in a bowl surrounded with tortilla chips.

Who needs store-bought guacamole when you can make a better, fresher version at home. With just 6 ingredients, my best ever guacamole is not to be overlooked. It’s a simple, delicious, and authentic recipe.

But today, I’m tweaking it. Just as I did when I made BLT guacamole, except today’s version is festive for the holidays. I’m swapping tomatoes for pomegranates, yellow onion for red onion, and adding a bit more cilantro for that vibrant green contrast.

Not only do the pomegranate seeds look beautiful against the guacamole’s green color, but they add a burst of sweet flavor with every bite. You’ll love this guacamole variation!

Pomegranate guacamole ingredients in a mixing bowl.

How To Deseed A Pomegranate

While you can buy boxed pomegranate seeds, I think fresh pomegranates have a much better flavor. Here’s a quick tutorial on how to deseed a pomegranate.

  1. Fill a large bowl with water.
  2. Slice the pomegranate halfway, but try not to cut all the way into the center. You want to avoid cutting into the seeds inside.
  3. Slightly pull apart the two halves using your hand.
  4. Place the halves in the bowl of water and push the skin outwards, opening the fruit.
  5. Using a large spatula or spoon, wack the back of the pomegranate. The seeds will begin to fall out here.
  6. Pick out the straggler seeds with your hand and drain the water.
A tortilla chip scooping up pomegranate guacamole.

How To Make Pomegranate Guacamole

This recipe comes together in just 10 minutes! Just follow the 4 steps below.

  • Add all the ingredients into the bowl, except for the pomegranate seeds.
  • Mash everything together using a fork, until it’s creamy and combined.
  • Add ½ cup of the pomegranate seeds and stir together. Then transfer this into a serving bowl.
  • Top with the remaining ¼ cup of pomegranate seeds. Add a sprinkle of cilantro for a vibrant pop of color.

Enjoy your pomegranate guacamole with tortilla chips, and wash it down with a pomegranate margarita (a great way to use up those leftover pomegranate arils!).

Scooping up pomegranate guacamole with a tortilla chip.

More Festive Appetizers To Serve

In charge of bringing an appetizer to your next party? Here’s a few ideas that your guests will love!

And if you’d like another red and green combo, try my guacamole stuffed tomatoes!

Pomegranate guacamole in a bowl surrounded by tortilla chips.

Pomegranate Guacamole (Christmas Festive!)

5 from 11 votes
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 0 minutes
Total: 10 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Author: Lisa Bryan


Pomegranate guacamole is a festive spin on one of my most loved recipes, guacamole! The vibrant red and green makes for a perfect Christmas appetizer recipe.


  • 3 avocados, ripe
  • ½ small red onion, diced
  • ¼ cup fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, seeds removed and finely diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • ¾ cup pomegranate seeds (divided)


  • Add all ingredients except the pomegranate seeds to a mixing bowl.
  • Use a fork to mash the ingredients together, until well combined.
  • Add 1/2 cup of the pomegranate seeds and stir together. Then transfer into a serving bowl.
  • Top with the remaining 1/4 cup of pomegranate seeds and an extra sprinkle of cilantro, for that red and green pop of color.


Calories: 281kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 23g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Sodium: 304mg | Potassium: 841mg | Fiber: 12g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 325IU | Vitamin C: 29mg | Calcium: 33mg | Iron: 1mg
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Christmas guacamole, festive pomegranate guacamole, holiday guacamole, pomegranate guacamole, pomegranate guacamole recipe
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Lisa Bryan

Lisa is a bestselling cookbook author, recipe developer, and YouTuber (with over 2.5 million subscribers) living in sunny Southern California. She started Downshiftology in 2014, and is passionate about making healthy food with fresh, simple and seasonal ingredients.

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  1. I am on the Baja and I’ve been getting Avos at the organic market every Friday. The deal is too good to pass up. Also the pomegranate trees in the yard have been keeping me looking for recipes to use both. This was perfect and so delicious with blackened fish tacos

    Thanks !5 stars

  2. I made this for a gathering last night. It was a hit. Many friends wanted the recipe. The pomegranates add such a burst of flavor and color for the Christmas season. Very delicious. Thank you Lisa for your wonderful healthy. recipes.5 stars

  3. Made this guac with a festive touch for Christmas nibblies, sooooo yummy!!! Love the vibrancy of the colour of the pomegranite and that little pop of extra flavour!5 stars

    1. Hi Mary – So glad everyone enjoyed this pomegranate guacamole! Definitely a festive appetizer to keep on hand :)

  4. Just made this for the weekend, and oh my goodness! It was so delicious and everyone finished it so quickly! Definitely needed to make 2 batches 😂5 stars

  5. Your original guac is my fav go to. Can’t wait to try this.

    NB: recipe states red onion but will try with yellow onion as mentioned in the notes5 stars