Homemade Guacamole

Homemade guacamole is a staple for any Mexican feast! It’s really easy and so very worth it to make at home. Loaded with ripe avocados and the perfect amount of red onion, jalapeño, garlic, cilantro, fresh lime juice, and salt.

Homemade Guacamole in a bowl with tortilla chips on the side

how to make the perfect guacamole

A great guacamole starts with great avocados. You’ll want to find ripe avocados – soft enough to mash up easily, yet still vibrantly green with minimal brown spots.

Use a sharp knife to cut the avocados in half, circling the knife around the pit until fully split. You can then use your hands to twist the halves and pull them apart.

To remove the pit, you can use a knife to carefully cut into it, twist, and remove it. Or, use your hands to wiggle it out. Finally, use a large spoon to scoop out the avocado flesh and transfer it into a large bowl.

avocados cut in half

guacamole ingredients in a bowl

Once you’ve got all of your avocados cut, pitted, and scooped, it’s time to mash. My favorite way to do this is by using a large fork. The tines of the fork should easily cut through ripe avocados.

Use them to mash the avocado up until you’re left with a fairly smooth mixture that’s still full of texture. You can really get the avocados as smooth or chunky as you’d like.

homemade tortilla chips

Homemade Guacamole in a bowl with tortilla chips on the side

The rest of the guacamole ingredients are traditional – red onion for a sharp onion bite, jalapeños for heat, garlic for flavor, cilantro for freshness, and lime juice for acidity.

The key to a great homemade guacamole is the salt. You need enough of it to bring out all of the other flavors. Start with 1 ½ teaspoons, and then taste the guacamole to make sure it doesn’t need any more.

And a final note – I personally leave tomatoes out of my guacamole. I’d rather make pico de gallo or salsa for something tomato-based. However, if you love tomatoes in your guacamole, dice some up and add them in!


Homemade Guacamole

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how to make the best guacamole that’s simple, classic, and big on flavor

yield: approximately 3 cups of guacamole


  • 8 medium ripe avocados, halved and pitted
  • ½ cup diced red onion
  • 2 jalapeños, stemmed + minced
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 4 limes, juiced
  • 1 ½ tsp kosher salt
  • tortilla chips, for serving


  1. Scoop out the avocado flesh into a bowl and discard the skins. Use a large fork to roughly mash the avocado until almost smooth, yet still full of texture.
  2. Mix in the red onion, jalapeños, garlic, cilantro, lime juice, and salt. Taste the guacamole and season with more lime or salt if desired.
  3. Transfer the guacamole to a serving bowl. Serve with tortilla chips.

Homemade Guacamole in a bowl with tortilla chips on the side

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