Best Guacamole Recipe

Guacamole is a favorite at home and also our quick breakfast or dinner when I am too tired or busy to make anything else.

Just making this famous Mexican dip takes 5 minutes and there you serve it – with toast or taco or tortilla. You can even make grilled sandwiches from guacamole.

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guacamole served in a black wooden bowl with a side black bowl of nachos and tomato salsa

About this Guacamole recipe

Decades back when living in Bangalore and Goa, I used to see avocados in the markets but did not know what to do with them. So they would never make it to my vegetable groceries until I was introduced again to this amazing fruit when a friend made the simplest guacamole.

We liked his version of guacamole recipe. From then on I have been experimenting with guacamole and finally, come to this version which we love at home. Much richer and better in taste than my friend’s version who introduced us to guacamole.

My guacamole recipe which I have been making for decades now is very easy and has fresh ingredients.

all the guacamole ingredients like avocado, onion, tomato etc on wooden chopping board

What ingredients you will need ?

To make this best homemade guacamole recipe all you need are ingredients that are easily found in your pantry. You don’t need any special ingredients.

  1. Ripe avocado: A well-ripened avocado has a soft creamy buttery pulp. If possible use Hass avocado due to their creamy texture. But do note that Indian avocado also works well.
  2. Onions: For the crunch and slight pungency.
  3. Tomatoes: Ripe tomatoes give a nice tang and crunch. Adding tomatoes are optional.
  4. Garlic:  A bit of pungency comes from adding garlic. But adding them is optional. Though personally I prefer garlic in guacamole, but you can skip it.
  5. Serrano peppers (green chilies): The heat and spice in guacamole mainly comes from peppers. For a more spicy taste, you can increase the quantity. You can even add jalapeño pepper.
  6. Lemon juice: The acidic element which really elevates the taste is lemon juice. So do not forget to add it. You can add less or more as per your taste buds.
  7. Extra virgin Olive oil: I always add a dash of olive oil as some fat makes the guacamole only taste better. You can skip olive oil though.
  8. Herbs: I always prefer guacamole with herbs and it tastes so good with cilantro (coriander leaves). I have made guacamole with basil and parsley too, but I prefer cilantro to both these herbs. You can choose your choice of herbs to be added to the guacamole.
  9. Spices: You can use either black pepper or cayenne pepper in the recipe. I prefer freshly crushed black pepper. Sometimes I have even added smoked paprika and it was good.

Is guacamole healthy

Avocado is the main ingredient in guacamole so obviously it is healthy. Avocado is a superfood.

Avocados are rich in vitamin E, the B group vitamins and vitamin K. They are also high in potassium. They are also rich in fiber. So it is good to include avocados in your diet.

They are good for kids too. When making guacamole for small kids, just skip the chilies and black pepper to avoid the spice & heat.

nacho dipped in guacamole dip in a wooden black bowl on a round black granite board

I love avocado and all the recipes that have it. Another favorite of mine is avocado toast. The rich buttery texture of avocado is so good and at times I simply slather it on toasts sprinkled with a bit of black salt and pepper.

How to make guacamole recipe

1. First, finely chop 1 small onion, 1 small tomato, mince or finely chop 1 small clove of garlic, 1 to 2 serrano peppers or jalapeño peppers or green chillies and cilantro (coriander leaves). You will need ¼ cup finely chopped onion, ¼ cup finely chopped tomatoes and 2 tablespoons chopped cilantro (coriander leaves). Garlic is optional and can be skipped.

chopped onions, tomatoes, garlic, serrano peppers, tomatoes, cilantro on a chopping board

2. Take all these chopped ingredients in a mixing bowl. Keep aside.

chopped onions, tomatoes, peppers, coriander leaves, garlic in a mixing bowl

3. Take a ripe avocado and cut it from the center horizontally or vertically into two equal halves. While cutting the avocado from the center keep on rotating the knife in a circle at the center so that you get two halves of the avocado. Note that while cutting you will feel the resistance from the inner seed.

cutting ripe avocado

4. So now you have the two avocado halves. Remove the seed with a spoon. Now you can scoop the avocado pulp with a spoon. With a knife you can even cut or slice the avocado directly in the fruit itself but be careful when doing this.

two avocado halves

5. I scoop the avocado pulp and then place these on the chopping board. You can even place the scooped avocado pulp directly in the mixing bowl.

scooping avocado pulp with a spoon
6. Then chop them.

chopped avocado on a wooden chopping board

7. Place the chopped avocado in the mixing bowl.

chopped avocado added in the mixing bowl
8. Add 2 teaspoons lemon juice or add as required.

lemon juice being added
9. Drizzle 2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil.

extra virgin olive oil being added
10. Lastly, season with salt as per taste and ¼ teaspoon crushed black pepper or ground black pepper. You can add a dash of cayenne pepper instead of black pepper. You can use kosher salt, crushed sea salt or even black salt. Black salt gives a really good taste with hints of sulfur and the guacamole tastes almost eggy.

seasoning with salt and black pepper
11. Mix very well. Mash the avocado whilst mixing. Check the taste and add more salt, black pepper or lemon juice if required.

mixing and mashing all the ingredients.

12. Serve this best guacamole with toast, tortilla chips, nachos or as an accompaniment with a burrito or quesadilla. You can garnish with a few coriander leaves while serving.

avocado served in a black wooden bowl with a side black bowl of nachos and tomato salsa

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This guacamole recipe post is from the archives (27 January 2012) and has been recently republished on 17 February 2020. 

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Guacamole Recipe

4.89 from 9 votes
Learn to make the best guacamole from scratch with easily available fresh ingredients.
guacamole recipe
Author:Dassana Amit
Prep Time:5 mins
Cook Time:0 mins
Total Time:5 mins
Course:side dish
Difficulty Level:Easy
Servings (change the number to scale):2
(1 CUP = 250 ML)


  • 1 avocado - ripened
  • ¼ cup finely chopped onions or 1 small onion
  • ¼ cup finely chopped tomatoes or 1 small tomato - optional
  • 1 to 2 serrano peppers or green chillies or jalapeno pepper - finely chopped
  • 1 small garlic clove - finely chopped or minced - optional
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly crushed black pepper or ground black pepper - add as required
  • 2 tablespoons chopped cilantro (coriander leaves)
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice or add as required
  • salt as required - can use rock salt, black salt, kosher salt or crushed sea salt
  • a few coriander leaves - for garnish, optional


  • Cut the avocado into two equal parts. Remove the ripe pulp with a spoon.
  • Mix it with the rest of the chopped ingredients, salt, olive oil and lemon juice. Add the seasonings - salt and freshly crushed black pepper. You can even chop the avocado pulp and then mix with the remaining ingredients.
  • Mash the avocado while mixing.
  • Serve this best guacamole with toast, tortilla chips, nachos or as an accompaniment with a burrito or quesadilla. You can garnish with a few coriander leaves while serving. 


Tips and variations
  • Optional ingredients: you can skip tomatoes, garlic and olive oil in the recipe. 
  • Avocado: Always use a ripe avocado.  If the avocados are not ripe, then cover with a paper towel or brown paper and place them on the kitchen counter for some days till they ripen.
  • Some more crunch: you can add 1 small to medium-sized cucumber and 1 small bell pepper. 
  • Substitutions: Instead of cilantro, you can add fresh parsley. If you do not have fresh herbs, then replace with dried parsley or basil. 
  • Cumin: You can even add a bit of ground cumin in the guacamole. 
  • Servings: The recipe serves 2 and can be easily scaled by decreasing or increasing the ingredients. 
  • Ground peppers: You can add black pepper or cayenne pepper. You can even add sweet paprika or smoked paprika. 
  • Salt: Use your favorite salt. I prefer to add rock salt, Himalayan pink salt or rock salt - alone or in combination. 

Nutrition Info (approximate values)

Nutrition Facts
Guacamole Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 177 Calories from Fat 135
% Daily Value*
Fat 15g23%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Sodium 591mg26%
Potassium 561mg16%
Carbohydrates 12g4%
Fiber 7g29%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 357IU7%
Vitamin B1 (Thiamine) 1mg67%
Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin) 1mg59%
Vitamin B3 (Niacin) 2mg10%
Vitamin B6 1mg50%
Vitamin C 18mg22%
Vitamin E 2mg13%
Vitamin K 24µg23%
Calcium 12mg1%
Vitamin B9 (Folate) 88µg22%
Iron 1mg6%
Magnesium 31mg8%
Phosphorus 58mg6%
Zinc 1mg7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Dassana Amit

Dassana Amitnamaste and welcome to which i started in feb 2009 and is a pure vegetarian blog. i have been passionate about cooking from childhood and began to cook from the age of 10. later having enrolled in a home science degree greatly enhanced my cooking & baking skills and took it to a different level which i now share as foolproof recipes. i was formally trained both in mainstream indian as well as international cuisines.

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21 comments/reviews

  1. Thank you very much Dassana! I am definitely gonna try all these tips and will let you know..
    About app, the issue is I mark few dishes as favourites and then it never opens, I have to go back on browser or use my phone app. My iPad is completely updated.

    • welcome rutuja. regarding the app, do update to the latest version. there was an issue with the saving of favorites in the previous version, but its rectified now. do let me know if still the issue persists.

  2. Halo Dassana! I love your recipes, always turn out to be delicious..I am always looking forward to your additions.. Thank you for creating this blog..
    Just couple of questions though. I have this app downloaded in my iPhone and iPad, but somehow iPad app doesn’t work. It’s really a technical issue but I hope you can help with it.
    Secondly can you also mention recipes for various gravies which can be stored in freezer for couple of weeks, it’s mainly for my husband who loves to have homemade food but can’t really whip up things from scratch.
    I am very much looking forward for your positive reply. Thank you.

    • thanks a lot rutuja. let me know what issue you face with the ipad app. meaning what error it gives. then i can troubleshoot.

      the gravies which can be stored in freeze is bhuna masala gravy, onion paste and tomato based gravy. so any dish can be made by just sauteing and mixing everything. for bhuna masala, you will need to fry onion paste till golden. then add ginger-garlic paste. then add tomato puree and saute till the masala leaves the sides of the pan. also add dhania powder, red chilli powder, haldi powder and garam masala powder. you can use equal proportions of both onion and tomato puree or onion more than tomato puree. another paste is the tomato-cashew paste. you can check my paneer butter masala recipe to see how this paste is done. a third one is simple tomato paste made by sauteing tomato puree with haldi, red chili powder, garam masala powder and coriander powder.

  3. Hi
    I always used to come to us blog for recipes .All your recipes are foolproof and extremely delicious. For a change I tried to search for guacamole recipe by someone else but I landed in your blog again.
    You are simply amazing . My interest in cooking has grown manifold after visiting your blog… Keep up the good work

    • krithika we are pleased to know this thankyou so much for your positive and encouraging words 🙂 may you become a great cook and god bless you.

  4. Nice recipe. yet to try. You explained it very well in simple language. Thank you dassana amit

    • welcome deepika

  5. Thank you for this lovely & easy recipe made with Indian ingredients! I made this for b’fast for cheese & guacamole roll! This recipes is for keeps 🙂5 stars

    • welcome sudha. thanks for sharing positive feedback on guacamole.

  6. Hi dassana, I have been subscribing to your blog last couple of months I read them avidly but yet to try out any recipes , I’m going to start on guacamole I love the descriptive pictures and simple language.way to go girl being older I am looking at mostly salads and soups for dinner hope to make the transition soon thank you for the effort God bless.5 stars

    • welcome madhu. thanks for your best wishes but do try some recipes.

  7. hey dassana,

    nice recipes happy to visit this site so simple and yet explained step by step.. keep the good work on tc.4 stars

    • thanks archana for this sweet feedback

  8. Dassana just try adding olive oil to guacamole. It tastes fantastic.

    • i have had guacamole with olive oil many times. it is simply superb.

  9. i stumbled by seeing your’s this avacado recipe wonderful supperrbb……… i wil definetely try tomorrow

  10. Hi Dassana, quick dip recipe, will surely go well with bread or nachos and rich in vitamin e too!! Your clicks are awesome, specially the guacamole with bread toast one.

    • thanks anamika for appreciating the clicks. i still feel i am doing a poor job on taking photos.

      i don’t use much props and i still take the photos in semi automatic modes. i am still learning to take photos in manual mode. also when time permits i read about the elements in photography and my camera manual:-)

      • Same holds true for me also, I am also in learning mode and a newbie to the blogging world too!!

  11. Looks yum! I love avacado!