This guacamole recipe is simply the best! Ready in only 10 minutes, it’s a delicious Mexican classic that will quickly become a staple in your kitchen. Serve it with tortilla chips, on a salad, in tacos, on toast, and more! It’s the perfect appetizer and snack for Cinco de Mayo, game day, and any time of the year.
Made with the perfect balance of avocados, cilantro, onions, tomatoes, lime juice, salt, and jalapeños, this guacamole recipe is a must-have in your Mexican cooking arsenal.
Whether you’re hosting a party, snacking on a lazy afternoon, or looking for a healthy and tasty dip, this recipe is sure to impress.
Here’s how to make the best guacamole at home!
- Avocados: Ripe, but slightly firm. Not too soft and squishy.
- Cilantro: A staple Mexican herb that adds brightness and freshness.
- Roma tomatoes: Ripe, but slightly firm. We don’t want it to be too watery.
- Onion: White or yellow are best.
- Lime juice: For that tangy acidity that pairs beautifully with the cilantro.
- Jalapeño: You can remove the seeds if you don’t want it too spicy, or use a serrano pepper instead of some extra heat.
- Salt: Really brings all the flavors together!
How to Make Guacamole
- Cut the avocados in half and remove the pit with a sharp knife. Then scoop out the fruit using a spoon and transfer it into a medium mixing bowl.
- Mash the avocados using a fork, a potato masher, or a molcajete. Using a potato masher is the easiest method because it’s not as messy and gives you a little more control than using a fork, but either works fine.
- Mix in the chopped cilantro, tomato, onion, lime juice, jalapeño, and salt. Taste and adjust the seasoning if necessary.
- Use ripe avocados. To make sure your avocado is ripe, it should be a little soft when you give it a squeeze, but still firm. If it’s too soft and leaves a big indentation, then it’s overripe. You can also remove the little brown stem at the base to check. If you’re able to remove it easily and the color underneath is green, then there’s a good chance it’s ripe. If the color underneath is brown, it’s likely overripe.
- Season generously with salt. Don’t be afraid of adding salt. Start with the suggested amount in the recipe and then taste it to see if it needs more.
- Finely mince the onion. If you have people who don’t like the bite of an onion, use a food processor or a cheese grater to finely mince the onion. The flavor will still be there but it will be less pronounced.
Substitutions and Variations
- Don’t enjoy tomatoes in your guacamole? That’s okay! Some people prefer guacamole without tomatoes. You can leave it out.
- Use a shallot instead of an onion. Shallots are typically milder than regular onions and lack the bite.
- Top with cotija cheese for the ultimate delicious salty Mexican bite!
- Add a bit of honey (about 1 tablespoon) to give the guacamole a hint of sweetness.
Frequently Asked Questions
About 2 to 5 days, depending on how it’s being stored.
There are a few popular methods, but the one I’ve had the most success with is to transfer the guacamole to a container, spritz a little lime juice on top, and cover it completely with plastic wrap so that the plastic is touching the guacamole and the sides of the storage container. This helps prevent any oxygen from getting in and turning it brown.
It depends. I don’t recommend freezing guacamole if it contains tomatoes, onions, cilantro, and jalapenos. Those ingredients tend to make it a little watery when defrosted. However, you can successfully freeze it if you leave those things out.
Simply combine the mashed avocados, lime juice, and salt with 2 teaspoons of olive oil to help prevent it from browning. Place it in a freezer-safe storage bag and freeze it. A day before you’re ready to eat it, take it out and let it thaw in the fridge. Then mix in the other fresh ingredients to make it tasty!