best homemade guacamole

January 17th, 2020

I love guacamole. 

In fact, the word ‘love’ might not be strong enough.  I’m enthralled, enraptured and a little bit obsessed with this recipe, in no small part because it’s one of the best-tasting good-for-you snacks I can imagine.  Avocados are full of healthy fats, and guacamole is basically just a combination of a few simple, fresh ingredients, tossed and served up.  It doesn’t get much yummier than that.

A few tips on storing guacamole without the avocados turning brown — first, don’t make this until the last possible minute.  But if you have to make it ahead (or, even more rarely, if this doesn’t get eaten in one sitting), save the pits and store them in the same container.  Rub some saran wrap with a little bit of lemon juice, and cover the top of the guacamole that would otherwise be exposed to the air, and then add an airtight lid. 

And on day two, throw this on some tortilla chips, add some sour cream and cheese, and viola — nachos!

Best Homemade Guacamole


2 ripe avocados
1 shallot, minced
1 plum tomato, seeds and pulp removed, chopped
2 tablespoons cilantro leaves, finely chopped
1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
Freshly grated black pepper


Cut avocados in half and remove the pit.  Scoop the flesh of the avocado into a mixing bowl.  Add the chopped onion, cilantro, tomatoes, lime juice, salt and pepper and mash with a fork until chunky and mixed.  Serve with chips or chopped veggies.

Tags: appetizers · food · salads · side dishes

14 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Pili // Jul 6, 2011 at 6:28 am

    I love guacamole, and home made must be even tastier!

  • 2 Carly // Jul 6, 2011 at 7:23 am

    This looks delicious…Homemade guacamole is one of the ONLY things I make well..I bring it to every party and always serve it at my own.
    My recipe is quite similar…except I also add finely chopped onion…and a dollop of light mayo to give it a creamier taste- oh and for some zest sometimes I add a little bit of jalapeno tabasco sauce.

  • 3 Hannah P. // Jul 6, 2011 at 8:24 am

    This looks delicious and your pictures are so beautiful!  It’s only 8:30 in the morning and I’m already craving guacamole!

  • 4 Rosemaryandthegoat // Jul 6, 2011 at 10:25 am

    I had 1-2 finely minced jalapenos to mine to spice it up. Afterall, we do live in Texas and we have to have spicy. A tip also for preventing avocados to darken — after peeling, just run under water. Something in the water prevents the browning. I was taught this at a sushi class where the chef ran a peeled avocado under water and put it on the counter uncovered, 2 hours later, still nice and green. He said that would carry over to your guacamole also.

  • 5 Sarah H // Jul 6, 2011 at 11:19 am

    Yum! Also, it doesn’t hurt to throw a little garlic and hot green pepper in there for a little extra kick!

  • 6 Mara // Jul 6, 2011 at 11:20 am

    Guacamole is one of the best foods on earth.
    Would it be weird to eat it for breakfast? Because, after reading this, that’s what I want to do.

  • 7 Cassie Lee // Jul 6, 2011 at 1:07 pm

    Oh my this looks so tasty!
    I am drooling right now just thinking about delicious homemade guac!

  • 8 Joanne // Jul 6, 2011 at 2:07 pm

    Guac is definitely one of god’s gifts to…everyone.  This recipe sounds fabulous!

  • 9 Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic // Jul 6, 2011 at 6:31 pm

    Great minds think alike – I just posted a guac recipe on my blog too! 😉
    I will have to try it next time with shallots…

  • 10 Rachael // Jul 6, 2011 at 8:06 pm

    This is eerily similar to my recipe, so I can vouch for how amazing it’ll taste! (The only real difference is that I add garlic.) I made a huge batch (6 avocados) for my brother’s college graduation party last month, and I had to make more within an hour. Even my boyfriend, who claims to hate guacamole, ate a handful of chips covered in it! And it made an excellent burger topping!

    Now I really want to make some guacamole. Thanks for the tip on keeping it fresh!

  • 11 Glamamom // Jul 6, 2011 at 8:40 pm

    I too love guacamole!  Never tastes the same when I make it though 😉

  • 12 leyla // Jul 6, 2011 at 9:45 pm

    This is pretty much how I make mine and it’s so good………….but what I really love about this post is the pictures.  Nice job.

  • 13 Marissa // Jul 7, 2011 at 10:35 am

    This is nearly the exact recipe I make.. substituting a red onion for the shallot! Guac is a staple in my diet – it’s so hard not to sit down and eat an entire bowl!


  • 14 Sara // Jul 8, 2011 at 2:26 pm

    LOVE LOVE LOVE let me say that again LOVE guacamole!!! The only thing is that I leave out the cilantro, I dislike the taste unfortunately… but I could easily spend the rest of my life eating guacamole all day long.

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