Homemade Guacamole is one of the worlds greatest foods! Simple ingredients come together to create something so fresh and satisfying. It makes an incredible chip dip or a delicious topping.

This is my idea of the best guacamole and it really is so easy to make! It’s just like the guacamole they’ll come to your table and make fresh at Mexican restaurants, but better!

homemade guacamole in large white bowl with tortilla chips

The BEST Guacamole Recipe

Everyone in my family has a weak spot for homemade guacamole. I make a batch, and you wouldn’t believe how quickly we polish it off!

I mean, microwave nachos (tortilla chips with Mexican cheese melted in the microwave) with a batch of this easy guacamole is frequently a weekend lunch at our house. It’s pretty much the fanciest meal you’ll ever have the pleasure of enjoying.

Honestly though, it’s straight up comfort food at its best!

Homemade Guacamole Ingredients

  • Perfect avocados (I’m kidding — sort of. Good guacamole starts with good avocados so use the best you can find.)
  • Roma tomato
  • Red onion
  • Jalapeño
  • Cilantro
  • Garlic
  • Salt and pepper
  • Lime

ingredients for guacamole

How to Make Guacamole

First, cut the avocados into halves and remove the seed. Place them into a large bowl.

eight sliced avocados in large bowl for guacamole

Using a pastry cutter or fork cut into avocados and keep cutting until it’s about the texture you want (I like mine like mine to have a bit chunky with texture).

mashing avocados in a bowl using pastry cutter for guacamole

Next add in tomatoes, red onion, cilantro, garlic, jalapeño, salt, pepper and lime juice.

smashed avocados diced tomatoes red onion minced cilantro garlic jalapeño and lime juice in bowl making guacamole

And last, toss mixture together and serve with tortilla chips and all your favorite Mexican food!

finished guacamole in bowl

Can I Omit the Jalapeño?

If you don’t like your guac spicy, feel free to leave out the jalapeño pepper. But if you’ve never had homemade guacamole with jalapeño in it, I recommend trying it!

If you don’t like spicy foods, take out the seeds in the pepper and finely dice it before adding it to the guac.

Can I Double This Recipe?

Very easily! You can also halve this recipe if you’ll be feeding a smaller crowd.

How to Store Guacamole

To my knowledge, there’s no perfect way to store homemade guacamole to prevent it from browning. But I have found that storing fresh guacamole in an airtight container with a piece of plastic wrap pressed directly on top of it slows the browning somewhat.

If you’re worried about your guac browning before you eat it, my advice is to wait to make it until you’re ready to serve. But believe it or not, this batch didn’t brown allll day.

Every now and then I’ll get great avocados that hold their color, but it’s not common so prep everything else earlier if you wan’t, but wait to cut up those avocados.

homemade guacamole in a bowl with tortilla chips

Tips for the Best Guacamole

  • The pastry cutter is my favorite way to cut up the avocados. It’s the fastest, and it leaves you with some texture rather than guacamole mush.
  • Use the best avocados. It seems that picking good avocados is a fine art and one I’m still working on. Use Hass avocados if you can find them. Definitely don’t use rock solid or mushy avocados, they should have some give but not too much. And the darker shade of avocados are more ripe, if you’re avocados are still nice and green give them a few days before making this guacamole.
  • Add garlic for flavor. Some people might say authentic Mexican guacamole doesn’t have garlic, I say I don’t know what’s official but I do know the garlic makes it taste better, so go with it.
  • Rinse red onions to remove harsh bite from the red onion. Rick Bayless suggests this, and I think it really does help. If you want a milder onion flavor, go with green onions instead.
  • Dice/mince everything (other than avocados) small. It’s just better this way, trust me.
  • Make more than you think you’ll need. Somehow this is a tip for the best guacamole :). No, it’s just a little word of advice. This goes fast, so double up the batch for a party.

dipping a tortilla chip into fresh guacamole

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Homemade Guacamole Recipe

4.86 from 7 votes

The BEST homemade guacamole! It's easy to make yet so perfectly flavorful and totally irresistable. Perfect as a chip dip or serve it with all your favorite Mexican entrees. Double for a crowd or half the recipe if only serving a few people.

Servings: 6
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes


  • 4 ripe Hass Avocados, seeded and scooped from peel (about 26 oz before peeled and cored)
  • 1/3 cup finely chopped red onion, rinsed under water in mesh strainer and drained
  • 1 large Roma tomato, seeded then diced
  • 2 Tbsp finely chopped cilantro
  • 1/2 - 1 jalapeño, seeded and minced
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp fresh lime juice
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste


  1. Add avocados to a larger bowl and cut into avocados with a pastry cutter until you've reached the texture you like (or use a fork if you don't have a pastry cutter). 

  2. Add red onion, tomato, cilantro, jalapeño, garlic, lime and season with salt and pepper to taste. 

  3. Toss mixture then serve immediately for best results.

Recipe Notes

  • Rinse the red onions to remove their harsh bite. 
Nutrition Facts
Homemade Guacamole Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 204 Calories from Fat 162
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 18g 28%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Sodium 9mg 0%
Potassium 633mg 18%
Total Carbohydrates 12g 4%
Dietary Fiber 8g 32%
Sugars 1g
Protein 2g 4%
Vitamin A 6%
Vitamin C 22.3%
Calcium 1.7%
Iron 3.8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: Guacamole
Calories: 204 kcal
Author: Jaclyn


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  • Erin Lewis: Not bad for my first time making guacamole! Thanks for the recipe! I’d use a bit less lime juice but it’s pretty good! September 14, 2018 at 12:39pm Reply

  • Rodney Owens: This recipe is great I had been looking for one for a long time I cant stop making it now. June 1, 2018 at 3:12pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks for the 5 star feedback! June 4, 2018 at 10:47am Reply

  • Karin: I don’t remember where I saw this but if you soak your peeled avocados in a tablespoon or so of salt for 15 minutes, the guacamole will keep it’s green color for a couple of days. I tried it and it works!! I do this all the time now and double even triple my recipes! May 1, 2018 at 11:45am Reply

    • Jaclyn: Great tip! I’m going to try it! May 1, 2018 at 12:50pm Reply

      • Julie: Hi…PLEASE clarify. Soak peeled avocados in salt or salt water? May 1, 2018 at 5:30pm Reply

  • Tamara Young: This is the recipe I was taught by a wonderful Mexican older lady years ago. Put the lime juice with avocado before other ingredients so avocado can soak it up and not make dip juicy and she used garlic salt to add some salt taste. May 1, 2018 at 11:10am Reply

    • Jaclyn: Yum! May 1, 2018 at 12:57pm Reply

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