Authentic Guacamole Recipe

The best Authentic Guacamole! Complex taste with simple ingredients, this recipe is fabulous as a snack or appetizer. Add to tacos, tostadas, or your favorite Mexican dish!

This recipe is plant-based, vegan, vegetarian and gluten free.

a bowl of guacamole with tortilla chips on the side.

***This post was originally published on June 2019. It has been updated to be more helpful.

The Best Guacamole!

Learn how to make homemade Guacamole with this easy, 7-ingredient recipe! It comes together in minutes, and it’s SUPER creamy, smooth & fresh.

What Makes This Recipe So Good

It’s great to know how to make all of the classic Mexican recipes like this Guac, Mexican Red rice and Refried Pinto Beans. Now you can have a Mexican fiesta anytime you want!

A hand with a tortilla chip and guacamole on top.

The ingredients

You only need 7 basic ingredients to make this easy guacamole recipe!

  • Avocados
  • Fresh lime juice – Squeeze it yourself for the best bright, zingy flavor.
  • Onion use white, yellow or red. Whatever you like)
  • Roma tomato
  • Jalapeño – if you like it spicy, you may substitute with serrano pepper.
  • Fresh cilantro
  • kosher salt & pepper to taste 

How to cut the avocado

  • Step 1 – Place the avocado on the palm of your hand or a work surface. Make a lengthwise cut, slicing until the blade hits the pit. Hold the avocado and give it a twist to separate the two halves. They should come right apart.
  • Step 2 – Pick up the half with the pit in it. Carefully whack the knife into the middle of the pit, then twist the pit and lift it out.
  • Step 3 – To remove the fruit from the skin, grab a spoon and slide it between the fruit and the skin. You can cut the avocado in slices or chunks with a knife prior to separating the skin.
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How to make Authentic Guacamole

  • Place the avocado in a bowl and smash it with the back of a fork (see photo below) until you reach desired consistency.
  • Add the lime juice, salt & pepper and mix well. Then the veggies to fit your taste buds: tomatoes, onions, cilantro, and jalapeños.
  • This guacamole tastes better if consumed within two days.

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Chef’s Tips

  • TOP TIP! I usually make Pico De Gallo when I make guacamole so instead of chopping the veggies for the guac, I just add a little bit of my pico de gallo to the smashed avocado. Just make sure you do this step prior to adding any tomato sauce to your pico de gallo to prevent the avocado from browning.
Smashing avocado in a white bowl with a fork.

How to keep your avocados from turning brown

I’m on the camp of adding lime juice plus keeping the pit on the guacamole from delaying it on turning brown.

The lime juice has relatively high acidity, along with its natural antioxidants and high vitamin C content, helps handicap PPO-driven oxidation.

According to the Earth Matters website “the scientific reasoning is that avocados have an enzyme called polyphenol oxidase (PPO) which causes the fruit to brown when it comes in contact with oxygen. The pit protects the guacamole only because it shields that little portion of the dip it touches from the oxygen in the air.”

Better yet, use lime juice, avocado pits and plastic wrap. Or just eat it really quickly lol!

I think no matter what you do, you’ll have some browning on the top layer. Just give your guac a quick mix again and you won’t even tell there was some brown on it.

Select the perfect avocado!

Seems like selecting the perfect avocado is an art right? To know if the avocados are ripe and ready for immediate use is to gently squeeze the fruit in the palm of your hand. It should be firm but will yield to gentle pressure.

What if my avocados are green still?

Wrap unripe avocados in a paper bag or newspaper and place inside the oven overnight (oven off). Or place on kitchen counter and they’ll be ready in one or two days.

A white bowl with guacamole and chips on the side.

Is guacamole vegan?

In a word, YES! Guacamole as a food category is generally classified as vegan, because it does not contain any animal products.

Classic guacamole is made with simple ingredients that are all plant-based. However, some people add mayonnaise, crema or top it with crumbled cheese so be aware of additional ingredients that may get sneaked in.

Store bought products can contain non-vegan ingredients that you have to watch out for. Be sure to read the label before you purchase.

How Many Carbs in Guacamole?

In about 1 cup of guacamole there are only 10 carbs. The ingredients include tomatoes, jalapños and onions. Avocados are higher in fats than carbohydrates placing this appetizer in the low carb category.

People Also Ask:

How do I make spicy guacamole?

The heat on a jalapeño is in the seeds and veins. If you would like your guac spicy, you can even add some serrano pepper.

Will it still taste good with no jalapeños?

Yes! If you don’t like jalapeños then it will taste better to you without them!

How much guacamole you get with two avocados?

Depending on the avocado size you may get about 2 to 2 1/2 cups. The more veggies you add, the more volume you’ll get.

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a bowl of guacamole with tortilla chips on the side.

THE best Guacamole!

Servings 4 servings
Ana Frias
5 from 6 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Total Time 10 mins
THE best Authentic Guacamole! This recipe is fabulous as a snack, as an appetizer or on favorite Mexican dish!
4 servings

Ingredients
  

  • 2 medium avocados
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • ½ small onion chopped finely (use white, yellow or red)
  • 1 medium roma tomato seeded, chopped finely
  • ½ to 1 jalapeño seeded, chopped finely
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • kosher salt & pepper to taste 

Instructions
 

  • Cut avocado and add to a medium bowl Mash avocado with the back of a fork. 
  • Add the remaining ingredients and mix well.
  • Season with salt and pepper taste. 
  • Eat within two days. 

*Ana’s Notes:

To know if the avocados are ripe and ready for immediate use is to gently squeeze the fruit in the palm of your hand. It should be firm but will yield to gentle pressure.

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NUTRITION

Calories: 132kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 272mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 2g

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  1. 5 stars
    The prep pictures were very helpful. I always have trouble handling avacados. haha This is an excellent “chunky” guac recipe. Just the way I like it!