Best Guacamole Recipe

January 29th, 2008

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The trick to making the ultimate guacamole is using quality ripe avocados. You can check for ripeness by gently pressing the skin of the avocado. If there is lack of give the avocado is not ripe yet. If there is a little give then the avocado is ripe. Make sure to use haas avocado, the fruit has dark, rippled skin and rich, creamy flesh that goes very well for guacamole. The lime juice is added not only for the flavor but to help keep the avocado from browning too

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Guacamole Recipe

3 ripe haas avocado
1 lime, juiced
1 garlic, minced
1/2 red onion, minced
1-2 serrano chiles, stems and seeds removed, minced
2 tablespoons cilantro leaves, finely chopped
1/2 teaspoon cumin
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
A dash of freshly ground black pepper

Procedure For Making Guacamole

  1. In a small non-reactive bowl mix lime juice, jalapeno, cumin and salt.
  2. Half the avocado, peels the skin, scoop the flesh with a spoon, reserve the pit.
  3. Dice 2 avocados, and mash the 3rd avocado with fork until desired consistency. I like my guacamole chunky so I don't spend too much time mashing.
  4. Mix all ingredients well, wrap it with plastic paper and set aside in the refrigerator for 30 min for the flavors to settle.
  5. Serve with tortilla chips and bottle of cold Mexican beer :)

Guacamole Variation

Call me a purist but avocado should be the main ingredient in guacamole. Personally I feel that you don't need to have tomatoes in your guacamole! But in addition to avocados, most guacamole recipes ingredients do include diced and de-seeded tomatoes. Ripe roma tomatoes are the most logical option here.

UPDATE(01/01/07): One recent upgrade to my guacamole recipe is the addition of the diced green onions and crumbled Cotija cheese. Adds a nice twist and frankly I love it. Thanks Mia !

Goes well with:
Classic Hamburger

What do you put in your guacamole? Please share your tips and leave comments below.

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30 Responses to “Best Guacamole Recipe”

  1. adminNo Gravatar Says:


  2. Guacamole LoverNo Gravatar Says:

    This guacamole recipe might work… :)

  3. dominoNo Gravatar Says:

    Nice recipe. I’m glad you’re not one of those people that tries to stretch the guac with sour cream. That’s just not right.

    If you have some leftover try pressing some plastic wrap on the guac to be sure none of it is exposed to the air which should keep it from turning brown.

  4. Device0002No Gravatar Says:

    At Su Casa, one of my favorite restaurants in La Jolla, they do table-side guacamole and I learned a very valuable and tasty trick for my guac recipe. They squeeze a half an orange in with the other ingredients. It changed guacamole for me forever, and my dinner guests always absolutely love it.

  5. SaraNo Gravatar Says:

    I add the left over guacamole to my cottage cheese in the morning. If there is any left over that is :)

  6. adminNo Gravatar Says:

    These are all wonderful suggestions minus the idea with sour cream. But that’s just me, purist over here :)

    Great thing about living in avocado country is that there is plenty all year long. I am going to try it this weekend!

  7. LindaNo Gravatar Says:

    Thank you for this wonderful guacamole recipe. I like sour cream but the idea of watering down guacamole is not cool. It sounds like the avocado flavored sauce that Kraft tried to pass along as guacamole. Contains less than 2 percent avocado with hydrogenated oils and artificial colors to make up the consistency. Yum-O, not.

  8. RosieNo Gravatar Says:

    The secret ingredient for my guacamole recipe is a tiny dollop of mayonnaise. It gives it a nice texture and a little pizzazz. Don’t believe it? Try it!

  9. JennNo Gravatar Says:

    I love chips and guacamole, its my favorite thing to munch on.

  10. momswhothinkNo Gravatar Says:

    I love guacamole and make it all the time. My guacamole recipe is pretty similar but I coriander and use jalepenos instead of serrano. Addition of coriander is very important here.

  11. Anti Sour CreamNo Gravatar Says:

    sour cream, are you serious?! wtf is wrong with these people who puts sour cream in their guacamole?

  12. Traci ScovelNo Gravatar Says:

    I tried the guacamole over the weekend. What, with all the rain & winds, it was a weekend to stay in with friends, have some beers, play our new Wii (I have a 7-year old), and enjoy some faithful favorites. Nia (my daughter) and I made the guacamole together–cooking is indeed a fun time for bonding! After tasting & serving to guests, and eating more & more as the night went on, we decided it was pretty much gorgeous! All of the flavors sang beautiful melodies in our mouths, and though next time we’ll likely add a couple of roma tomaotes, perhaps a tiny bit more salt and picante (again, we went mellow b/c of the youngster) we give this a thumb’s up for sure! In fact, I’ll be cruising the site later today for this week’s recipe…maybe something in the poultry family. Until then, thanks for sharing. Your passion for food comes through very strongly and you’re inspiring a lot more cooking at our house…Cheers!

  13. adminNo Gravatar Says:

    Traci! Thanks for reading and sharing your feedback. It is greatly appreciated. Sounds like you had a great time with your friends. Have you tried the Cooking Mama on Wii? It’s very addictive!

    Writing is not a forte of mine so the website always got neglected for whatever excuses that I can come up with. Your kind words are encouraging and I would do my best to share my personal culinary experience with everyone.

    The weather has been terrible around my neck of woods so I had planned on posting some soup recipes throughout the week. But I will see if I can muster up some poultry dish in between.

    Thanks again.

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  18. Jeff F.No Gravatar Says:

    You know what else is good for making Guacamole…. It’s gonna sound weird, but just a tablespoon of Extra Vergin Olive Oil, and it tastes soooooooo much better.

    Seriously, it does.

  19. adminNo Gravatar Says:

    @Jeff – I would suspect that you use the quality extra virgin olive oil for this. Thanks for the tip, going to try this next time we make guacamole!

  20. KristelNo Gravatar Says:

    I just made this and it is superb! I made it with the green onions as well and I must say that it’s the best guac that I’ve ever made. My daughter is into dipping her food, so next I will try the hummus:)

    Thanks for all the yummy food ideas!

  21. adminNo Gravatar Says:

    @Kristel We are glad to hear that you like our ultimate guacamole recipe. Do try the hummus and let us know what your daughter thinks!

    Thanks for stopping by and don’t forget to subscribe to our recipe updates :)

  22. CameronNo Gravatar Says:

    @ domino. Citric acid is another good way to keep avocados/guac fresh. Since many recipes include lime, that or lemon are the two best ways to incorporate it. Before you wrap your leftover guac in plastic, squeeze a little lemon or lime juice on the top exposed part of the guac. If you have a cheese cloth or something similar, that will help minimize the excess juice soaking into the recipe and affecting flavor.

  23. Fumi MatsubaraNo Gravatar Says:


    Thanks for stopping by. I like the idea of adding fresh squeeze citrus to the top before covering. The thing is that we never have left overs, maybe I just don’t make enough guacamole?

  24. CJinCarlsbadNo Gravatar Says:

    Wow, lots of good ideas. As someone from the restaurant industry from my past life, I have seen too many Guac recipes to mention but I have learned some tricks from the chefs and cooks along the way. First, make your own salsa to add to your Guac and make it good. You literally only need that if you do it right. I like the orange idea and I will try that. Good salsa has fresh garlic and roasted tomatoes with lots of cilantro and those are the only secrets I will give at this time.

  25. Fumi MatsubaraNo Gravatar Says:


    Speaking of salsa, here is the Fresh Tomato Salsa recipe. I think you tried this at the office.

  26. JamesNo Gravatar Says:

    Yep..your recipe is just like mine and it is awesome. I like mine super hot so i add lots of fresh jalapenos, and dash of cayenne pepper.

    Top it with fresh tomatoes to add a lil bit of coolness…..

  27. JamesNo Gravatar Says:

    Yep..your recipe is just like mine and it is awesome. I like mine super hot so i add lots of fresh jalapenos, and dash of cayenne pepper.

    Top it with fresh tomatoes to add a lil bit of coolness…..

  28. TomNo Gravatar Says:

    Looks like the best recipe I’ve seen. Will try it right now as a matter of fact!

  29. JanNo Gravatar Says:

    Has anyone heard of a Guacamole dip with pumpkin seed, cotija cheese, red onions, tomatoes, jalapeno and cilantra. I’m looking for these recipe. I had this at a Z tejas and would love to try and make this at home. We don’t have this restaurant where we live.

  30. adminNo Gravatar Says:

    Never had it but I can see that spiced pumpkin seeds would add a nice crunch to the guacamole! My guess is that you can coat the raw pumpkin seeds with melted butter, sprinkle chile powder, lime juice, season with salt and mix well. Spread the pumpkin seeds on to a baking sheet and bake at 350 degrees F until its nicely toasted.

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