Is there a better appetizer out there than a bowl of fresh guacamole with a side of chips (because if there is I want to know about it :)? And Is there anyone who doesn’t  love guacamole and want to devour the entire bowl themselves right upon making it?

Everyone in the world should know how to make a good batch of it. I love guac and love that it’s healthy and always a crowd pleaser. If you don’t know what appetizer/side to make for a party, make guacamole and bring some tortilla chips, even if it has no relation to the rest of the menu.

Bowl of Fresh Homemade Guacamole

How To Make Guacamole

Guacamole is really versatile. Everyone has their favorite way of making it. Below is one of my favorites. Sometimes when I’m in a hurry I will use powders, as in onion powder and garlic powder in place of the fresh. I also don’t always use the tomato and cilantro but love the light added flavor it gives.

The most important thing about guacamole – just be sure to use perfectly ripe, good avocados (not hard and not squishy – just slightly soft). I don’t like to add a lot of the other ingredients because I love the flavor of avocados so it really doesn’t need much else. That’s one reason that I rinse the onion before adding it to the mixture, to tone it down so it doesn’t overpower the delicious flavor of the avocados. I like a hint of onion, as well as all the other add ins, and a lot of avocado. Enjoy!

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Guacamole Recipe


  • 4 ripe Hass Avocados , seeded, diced and scooped from peel (about 26 oz before peeled and cored)
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp fresh lime juice
  • 1/4 cup + 2 Tbsp finely chopped red onion
  • 1 large Roma tomato , seeds and pulp removed then diced
  • 1 clove garlic , minced
  • 2 Tbsp chopped cilantro
  • 1 - 3 pinches cayenne pepper , optional
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper , to taste


  1. Partially mash avocados with a fork on a cutting board or in a large bowl, pour lime juice over top and continue to mash to reach desired consistency. Transfer to a mixing bowl. Run chopped red onions under cold water (to remove harsh bite from onion), drain well and add onions to avocado mixture, along with diced tomato, garlic, cilantro, cayenne pepper and season with salt and pepper to taste, stir to combine. Serve with tortilla chips or alongside Mexican entrees.
  2. Recipe Source: Cooking Classy

how to make homemade guacamole



  • Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar: No matter what guacamole will always be my favorite dip! Yum! June 11, 2013 at 2:34pm Reply

  • Kayle (The Cooking Actress): OMG I love your version of guac! Yum! June 11, 2013 at 2:36pm Reply

  • Jocelyn (Grandbaby Cakes): Oh that looks so incredible. I just had mexican food this weekend and this looks so delish! June 11, 2013 at 5:55pm Reply

  • Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious: I could have guacamole all day, every day! June 11, 2013 at 11:06pm Reply

  • Averie @ Averie Cooks: What a beautiful shade of green! I was just at a luncheon last week for Gaby’s book release about avocados and I have an avo post on Thursday. I really just wanted to make guac b/c I love it and seeing yours makes me still want to make some! June 11, 2013 at 11:54pm Reply

  • Radhika: Love guacamole. Your pictures are beautiful! June 12, 2013 at 1:08am Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks Radhika!! June 12, 2013 at 11:09pm Reply

  • Laurie: Yum! I absolutely love fresh guacamole. This recipe looks great! June 12, 2013 at 6:30am Reply

  • Cate @ Chez CateyLou: There is no better appetizer than guac!! I love tomatoes and cilantro in mine too. This looks delicious! June 12, 2013 at 10:54am Reply

  • Rachel @ Baked by Rachel: I don’t think I’ve ever seen a pretty shot of guacamole before in my life! Well done. June 12, 2013 at 11:05am Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks Rachel :)! June 13, 2013 at 9:13am Reply

  • Desiree: My husband is going out of town for work on Sunday for an entire week & I absolutely hate cooking for just myself. I might just have to make guac for dinner one night…. is that bad? Ok fine, maybe I’ll have guac with a side of taco salad! ;) thanks for the yummy recipe, Jaclyn! June 12, 2013 at 11:54am Reply

    • Jaclyn: You’re welcome Desiree! And no, definitely not bad :). I would eat this as a meal too (and maybe add some cheese to the nachos and melt it mmmm). June 13, 2013 at 9:13am Reply

  • Liz: Nice recipes. Thank you. Love the guacamole. June 12, 2013 at 1:37pm Reply

  • Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking: I love that you kicked up the spice with a little cayenne! This looks perfect for enjoying with chips and margaritas on our new deck… that is, once it’s finally finished! :/ June 12, 2013 at 1:39pm Reply

  • Nicole: I have been making a ton of guac already this year. The avocados are so soft and buttery this season. Your guacamole looks delicious! June 12, 2013 at 8:04pm Reply

  • angela @ another bite please: when i saw your blog post title i could not wait to see your photos knowing you capture the most beautiful green fresh guacamole pictures….and of course you did. seriously just want to grab the bowl from the screen and dig in!!! June 13, 2013 at 11:18am Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks Angela :)! June 15, 2013 at 12:16am Reply

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  • Shiela: Your guacamole absolutely delicious! I did not add cilantro b/c I am not a big fan but other than that very yummy! I also chopped the red onion in my ninja prep master and every little bite has a bit of a crunch to it that I love :) Thank you! I post lot of recipes on my page too! March 12, 2015 at 9:25am Reply

  • Leeanna Covingon: I have made this recipe bout three or four times now and it always turns out beautifully!!!! October 20, 2015 at 4:47pm Reply

  • Tonya: I just made this last night and it was absolutely delicious! My family wants me to make this once a week from now on!!! October 29, 2015 at 7:41pm Reply

  • Zita: Perfect :) Thank you :) April 17, 2016 at 5:45am Reply

  • Laura: We found this recipe on Pinterest a few months ago and have been making it regularly ever since! Perfect vegan dip, healthy and delicious! Served it at my daughter’s graduation party yesterday to rave reviews. Thank you :) May 30, 2016 at 6:40am Reply

  • Anna: How long would this be good for? January 10, 2017 at 1:00pm Reply

  • Charlene: This is such a delicious recipe!! Definantly will be making it often! June 23, 2017 at 5:13pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: So glad you like it – thanks Charlene! June 28, 2017 at 12:19pm Reply

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