Best Guacamole

You'll LOVE this easy guacamole recipe! With just 6 simple ingredients you'll have creamy, zesty, spicy guacamole in no time - pass the chips!

The Best Guacamole Recipe

Everyone loves guacamole, right? I mean, what’s not to love? It’s creamy, tangy, salty, and addictively delicious. Well, fun fact – my husband Jack, of all people, does not like guacamole! Rather, he used to not like it until he started eating this guacamole. Everyone has their own guac preferences, but the key to this recipe (that’s even Jack approved) is that it’s somewhat chunky so that you can taste the texture in the avocado without it being all mushy.

The Best Guacamole Recipe (so easy!)

Perfect guacamole doesn’t have to come from a restaurant! It’s ridiculously easy to make with just a handful of ingredients – all you need is a few limes, a little diced red onion & cilantro, a jalapeño, and, of course, some perfectly ripe avocados. Put everything in a bowl, mix, and mash (but not too much!), and voila! You’ve made THE BEST guacamole in minutes.

How to Make Guacamole

  1. Start by dicing your mix-ins – the best guacamole I know uses red onion, cilantro, and jalapeño for a little heat.
  2. Next, zest one lime, and juice two.
  3. Now you’re ready for the key ingredient: avocados! Slice three in half lengthwise, making one long, oval-shaped cut around the pit. Separate the halves and remove and discard the pits.
  4. Without cutting through the peels, score the avocado flesh into a grid with a knife. Scoop it out of the peels and into a bowl along with the onion, cilantro, jalapeño, lime juice & zest, and salt.
  5. Mash and stir everything together, until the components are well combined but the avocado retains a slightly chunky texture.
  6. Get out the chips, and dig in!

Easy guacamole recipe ingredients

Guacamole Tips

  • Taste and adjust. The key to making great guacamole is making it suit your own taste. Everyone has different guac preferences, so be sure to create something that matches yours! If you like it tangier, add more lime. If you want more spice, toss in extra jalapeño or pickled jalapeños. And always, always salt to taste.
  • Make it just before serving. No one likes brown guacamole, so mix yours up just before serving. It’s so easy, there’s no need to make it ahead. In the unlikely event that you end up with some left over, press a layer of plastic wrap over its surface before sealing it in an airtight container and storing it in the fridge.
  • Use ripe avocados. We all know that avocados can be fickle. The ones you want for perfect guac will be just a hair overripe, with a slight give when you squeeze them. If they’re mushy, they’ve gone too far. If you can’t find ripe avocados at the store, let them ripen on your counter for a few days and transfer them to the fridge when they soften.
  • Try coarse salt. The best guac is chunky guac, and I like chunky salt to go with it. I use flaky Maldon salt in place of my usual fine grain sea salt for extra texture and salty bites. If you don’t have it on hand, that’s ok – regular salt will work just fine.

How to make guacamole

Easy Guacamole Recipe Variations

You’ve made some simple guacamole, but you want to dress it up! Try stirring in any of the following:

  • Roasted jalapeño or poblano peppers
  • Grilled corn
  • Cotija or feta cheese
  • Diced mango or pineapple salsa
  • Dollops of adobo sauce from a can of chipotles (my favorite variation!)

How to make guacamole (easy recipe)

What to Serve with Guacamole

Obviously, tortilla chips are a must. But guac is also great with sliced veggies! For more of a meal, try making a DIY fajita or taco bar with mango salsa and guacamole as toppings. Dollop it onto these nachos, serve it alongside baked taquitos, or make a burrito bowl with cauliflower rice. And of course, don’t skip the margaritas!

Mashing guacamole recipe ingredients in a bowl

More Favorite Appetizer Recipes

If you love this guacamole, try one of these dip recipes next:

For more appetizer recipes, check out this post!

The Best Guacamole

rate this recipe:
5 from 10 votes
Prep Time: 10 mins
Total Time: 10 mins
Serves 4 to 6
You'll love this easy guacamole recipe! With just 6 ingredients, it's simple to make, but it’s creamy, tangy & spicy.


  • 3 ripe avocados
  • ¼ cup diced red onion
  • ¼ cup finely chopped cilantro
  • Zest and juice of 2 limes
  • 1 small diced jalapeño
  • ½ teaspoon coarse sea salt, more to taste
  • ½ teaspoon cumin, optional
  • Tortilla chips, for serving


  • In a large bowl, combine the avocados, onion, cilantro, lime zest and juice, jalapeno, salt, and cumin. Mash until the ingredients are combined but still a bit chunky. Season to taste.
  • Serve with tortilla chips.



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Rate this recipe (after making it)

  1. Courtney

    5 stars
    I made this today, but with more onion, because I wanted to use my entire small red onion so I didn’t have to put half of it in the fridge, and it was still so good! It was citrusy and spicy and fresh, and I even forgot to zest the lime, so I bet the next time I make it, it’ll be even better. I’m waiting for the mangos I bought to ripen so I can make your mango salsa and this guacamole at the same time for a full fiesta in my mouth. Thanks, Jeanine! This recipe is so much better than how I used to make guacamole. This one has a really exciting, fresh flavor. I can see why it’s still enjoyed by someone who doesn’t love avocado.


    5 stars
    I made this again today, this time remembering to add the lime zest. That took it from a really delicious homemade guacamole to a restaurant quality recipe for guacamole, which, I think, is something you are famous for. You are brilliant at making recipes. Thank you for sharing.

    • Jeanine Donofrio

      Hi Courtney – wow, twice! I’m so glad the zest put it over the top! 🙂

  3. Nina Arora

    5 stars
    So simple, but OMG. This is SO GOOD. Lime zest adds another dimension to the flavor all together!

    • Jeanine Donofrio

      I’m so glad you loved it!

  4. Julia

    5 stars
    Hubby said it’s the best guacamole he’s ever had!

  5. Hi Jeanine! I work for Pollinator Partnership, the largest nonprofit in the world dedicated exclusively to the health of pollinators through conservation, education, and research. We are currently in the midst of creating a pollinator cookbook: a compilation of recipes that include pollinator reliant ingredients. Would it be ok if we included this recipe in our cookbook (with your fantastic imagery)? We would of course credit you and your website, and link out to the original recipe. Let us know! Thanks.

  6. mary veldman

    5 stars
    So good. I’m so glad I made it. Zest of lime is a must.

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