Best Guacamole Recipe

One of the hardest questions we are often asked is, “what is your BEST guacamole recipe?” That’s a tough questions to answer, especially since different people prefer slightly different tastes. But its my job here at to answer these difficult questions, so I’ve thought long and hard about it. I’ve spent countless taco nights tasting different guacamole, and collecting other people’s opinions on which one is their favorite. Finally, I reached the answer: the best guacamole recipe is one that gets the basics PERFECT and leaves room to easily make slight adjustments to the flavor. Get ready, because I’m about to share the best guacamole recipe in the whole wide world with you!!

To Make The Best, You Must Use The Best

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Fresh Ingredients are Key to Great Guac!

I’m talking about ingredients of course.  And when its guacamole we’re making this mean fresh, ripe avocados!  As the foundation for our guacamole, the avocados we use are by far the most important ingredient to get 100% right.  To figure out if an avocado is ripe, press gently on the side.  It should push in slightly, but not too easily. If it doesn’t push in at and seems firm, the avocado isn’t ripe yet. If it pushes in too easily or seems mushy then it’s overripe.  We’re looking for a “Goldilocks avocado” as I call them, not too firm and not to soft.  In the middle is just right (and means its ripe). To do one final test, pull off the small stem attached to the top of the avocado. If the underside of the stem is brown, there will also be brown spots inside of it. Instead, look for a nice green spot on the underside of the stem. Now that we’ve done both of our tests we can start making the guac!

For the other ingredients we’re going to use fresh is also best. We need to make sure our tomatoes and limes are ripe, and our garlic, limes and herbs are fresh. Follow this approach all the way down to the small details, which means using freshly ground sea salt and freshly crushed black pepper.

The Foundation Recipe for Our Best Guacamole

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Preparing all the ingredients!

Okay, its time I reveal the simple, homemade guacamole recipe that will serve as our foundation. Here it is:

Best Guacamole Recipe:

  • 2 Ripe Avocados
  • 1 Ripe Tomato, chopped into tiny pieces
  • 1 Ripe Lime, squeezed for the juice
  • Sea Salt, freshly ground – to taste
  • Whole Black Pepper, freshly ground – to taste
  • 1 Clove of Fresh Garlic, minced – optional
  • 1 Small Onion, chopped into tiny pieces – optional
  • Fresh jalapeño pepper, chopped into tiny pieces – optional
  • Fresh cilantro, chopped – optional

Simple, no? You’ll notice many of these ingredients are marked as optional. This is where we can customize our recipe and make it our own “best guacamole”.

How To Make Your Best Guacamole

The last step in making our perfect guacamole is to put all the ingredients together. To begin, cut the fresh avocados in half and remove the pit. Then scoop the avocado from the peel on both halves. Put these prepared avocados in a large glass bowl and squish them either using a fork or your hands if you don’t mind getting messy (it can actually be really fun, try it!). Next, chop your ripe tomatoes into the size pieces you want (cut into small squares for chunky guacamole, dice them if you want a smooth consistency) and add them to the bowl. Now comes your decision. Figure out if you’d like to mix in minced garlic or onion. Both of these ingredients have strong flavors, so start by adding a small amount at first (you can always add more, but its hard to remove too much!). Now, sprinkle in a little sea salt and crushed black pepper. Stir the whole thing together then taste. Add any extra salt, pepper, onions or garlic if you need to.

Taste your fresh guacamole and decide if you need to add any additional salt, pepper, onion, garlic or lime juice. If you want your guacamole to be a bit spicy, this is the point you can add in the chopped up jalapeño pepper. Chopped up fresh cilantro, which I highly recommend, can also be added at this point.

Once you like the taste and consistency of your guacamole, squeeze the fresh lime halves over the bowl so the juice covers the blend. The citric acid in the lime juice will add flavor AND help preserve your guacamole a bit longer. Once you like the flavor, cover the bowl and put it in your refrigeration for about an hour. Serve your best guacamole with a side of tortilla chips and enjoy!

- Chef Christopher

P.S. Don’t forget to write down the exact amount of each ingredient you used since this is now YOUR recipe specific to your tastes!