Published Apr 27, 2022, Updated Oct 03, 2023
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The best guacamole recipe made with avocado, grape tomatoes, garlic, red onion, jalapeño, fresh lime juice and cilantro. It comes together quickly and is the perfect appetizer with chips or topping for tacos, burritos and so much more.
Who doesn’t love guacamole?! It’s by far my favorite dip. I already have a guac recipe on the site that’s made with frozen peas (yes, peas!), but I thought it was time to share a real deal guacamole recipe. And just in time for Cinco de Mayo next week!
If you’ve never made homemade guacamole before, it’s super easy to whip up (from start to finish this recipe comes together in about 15 minutes) and tastes way better than store-bought guac, trust me!
Why You’ll Love This Recipe
- Who doesn’t love fresh guacamole? This guacamole is bursting with flavor and loaded with fresh veggies.
- It’s perfect as an appetizer with chips or makes for an awesome topping for tacos, burrito bowls and so much more!
- Avocados are full of healthy fats and fiber, but they also are a concentrated source of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants!
- All you need is a cutting board, knife and one bowl! Easy peasy.
- avocado – can’t have guacamole without avocados! Look for avocados that give slightly when you press on the skin. If they’re too firm that means they aren’t ripe yet! I’m sharing more on this below.
- lime – a must for guacamole! I recommend using freshly squeezed lime juice as opposed to the lime juice you can buy at the store.
- grape tomatoes – cherry tomatoes or roma tomatoes work as well! I love the sweet flavor explosion that small tomatoes add to this guacamole.
- red onion – adds a little zest, crunch and a ton of flavor to the salad. If raw red onion feels too pungent you can soak the onion slices in bowl of ice cold water for a 10-15 minutes before using. After soaking, just drain and use! This will mellow out the flavor a bit.
- jalapeño pepper – to add a little kick! You can omit or swap for a bell pepper if you don’t like spice.
- cilantro – I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: fresh herbs instantly elevate a recipe! Cilantro is the perfect herb accompaniment to avocados and a key ingredient in this salad. You can use the stems and the leaves here. The stems pack in a ton of flavor.
- garlic – adds a ton of flavor!
- sea salt – to bring all the flavors together!
How to Make Guacamole
This recipe is so easy to whip up! First, slice your avocados in half, remove the pits and scoop the avocado flesh out into a large bowl. Then add the remaining ingredients and mash together with a fork, until combined, but still chunky. That’s it!
How to Pick Ripe Avocados
My number one tip for making the best guacamole is using avocados that are perfectly ripe. The first sign of ripeness is color. You want your avocado to be dark green, almost black in color. An avocado that is bright green is almost always unripe.
To check if your avocado is ripe enough, you want to press gently on the outside of it. You want avocados that are firm and smooth, but give slightly when you press on the skin. If there is no give that means your avocados aren’t ripe enough and if there is too much give, the avocado might be overly ripe.
Here’s a more detailed guide on how to tell if an avocado is ripe.
pro tip! If you need to speed up the ripening process of your avocado you can place it in a brown paper bag with a banana. Bananas produce ethylene gas, which helps fruits ripen.
How to Serve Guacamole
- As a dip with tortilla chips or fresh veggies – I love serving guacamole dip as an appetizer with tortilla chips and fresh veggies! It would also be delicious served as a dip with fresh jicama or my baked jicama fries.
- As a topping – guac is a delicious topping for pretty much any recipe. Here are some ideas: vegan burrito bowl, taco salad, fish tacos, healthy chicken enchiladas, cauliflower nachos, asian tofu tacos, vegetarian enchilada bake, tempeh tacos and sheet pan shrimp fajitas.
- As a spread on sourdough bread. Avocado toast amplified!
How to Store Guacamole
Guacamole is best served right away! Avocados oxidize, which is why guacamole usually turns brown pretty quickly. The acid from the lime juice helps to slow down the oxidation process, but eventually, your guacamole will start to brown.
That said, if you store guacamole properly it should last 2-3 days in the fridge. To store, transfer the guac to an airtight container and cover it with a layer of plastic wrap, making sure to press down the plastic wrap on top of the guacamole. This helps to keep air out, which will slow down the browning process.
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- 3 large ripe avocados
- Juice from 1 lime, 2 Tablespoons
- ½ cup grape tomatoes, diced
- ½ cup red onion, chopped
- 1 jalapeño, seeded and minced
- ¼ cup fresh cilantro, chopped
- 2 cloves fresh garlic, minced
- ½ teaspoon sea salt, plus more to taste
- Slice your avocados in half, remove the pits and scoop the flesh of the avocados into a large mixing bowl.
- Add the rest of your ingredients to the bowl.
- Stir together with a fork, until combined, but still chunky, mashing the avocado as you stir.
- Taste and adjust seasoning as needed. Serve with an assortment of raw vegetables and tortilla chips.
Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.