How to make the most incredible homemade Guacamole! Packed with flavour from punchy garlic and onion, spicy jalapenos, fresh tomato, and zesty lime juice. This guacamole is insanely delicious and super easy to make (under 10 minutes), serve it with tortilla chips for an easy party dip or load it on top of nachos or tacos to take your dinners to the next level!
Did you know that along with alsa, Guacamole is the most popular dip in America? It’s not hard to see why, this Mexican inspired dip is loaded with flavour, it’s fresh, easy to make, and healthy too! The thing is that stuff you buy in jars at the supermarket just doesn’t compare, it doesn’t taste nearly as delicious and is full of unnecessary added ingredients. Seriously homemade guacamole is on a whole other level!
Serve it up with some tortilla chips and a margarita and you’ve got yourself the best Mexican appetizer you could ask for. My recipe is super simple, uses fresh ingredients, and can be whipped up in about 5 minutes. See my step by step recipe below including my favourite ways to use it and how to adapt the flavour!
WHAT YOU NEED TO MAKE THIS RECIPE
Avocados – they must be ripe for the best flavour and texture. Lightly press the top of the avocados and if they are soft they are ready, firm and they aren’t ripe enough.
Red onion – I like to use red onion because it’s milder and not as strong as white or brown onions but feel free you use what you prefer. You can also use shallots.
Garlic – this is an essential ingredient for me, it adds so much flavour! Make sure you use fresh garlic cloves, ground garlic or garlic powder won’t give you the same results here.
Tomatoes – tomatoes are added to traditional and authentic guacamole recipes they add freshness and sweetness plus I love that pop of colour. Make sure to buy Roma, plum, or San Marzano tomatoes (I use Roma) because they have less juice and seeds.
Cilantro – cilantro or coriander is used in a lot of Mexican recipes and guacamole is no exception, if you don’t like it then you can skip it. Make sure to use fresh cilantro!
Jalapenos – you can easily adjust the amount of chilli to taste, it should have a mellow heat level and not be overly hot.
Limes – fresh lime juice is a must it brightens up the flavours, don’t use bottled stuff!
Salt – use sea salt to enhance all the flavours.
Finely chop the cilantro, jalapeno and tomato and set aside.
Finely chop the onion and mince the garlic, add them to a bowl with the lime juice.
Halve the avocados and carefully remove the stones. Use a knife to cut into the stone, twist, and remove. Scoop out the avocado and add to the bowl with the onions and garlic.
Mash the mixture together. I used a potato masher but a fork will work too. Leave larger chunks if you enjoy some more texture in your guacamole.
Add the jalapeño, cilantro, tomato, and sea salt to the mixture. Mix until the combined, taste and add more ingredients to taste if needed (jalapeno, lime juice etc). Serve.
Fresh and good quality ingredients will make the best-tasting guacamole, make sure your avocados and tomatoes are ripe and all other ingredients are good quality.
To cut an avocado safely, cut it in half then remove the stone by gently tapping a sharp knife on top of the stone so it's embedded, twist the knife to dislodge the stone, and remove it from the flesh. The avocado should be ripe enough to scoop the flesh out with a spoon into a bowl.
You can use a fork or potato masher to mash the avocados to the consistency you like (chunky or smooth).
Make sure to finely mince the garlic you don't want to come across any big chunks.
Taste your guacamole as you go, add salt, extra lime garlic jalapeño, etc at the end if needed.
If your avocados are on the small side and you don't seem to have enough you can add a little sour cream to bulk it out.
Marinating the onions and garlic with the lime juice as you work on the rest of the recipe takes the bite out and imparts a great more mellow flavour. You can reserve some of the marinated onion and add it back in at the end to taste if you're not the biggest fan.
You can use this guacamole to fill deviled eggs, it's so delicious!
Additions - you can mix up the flavours by adding in creamy hummus or spices such as cayenne pepper, cumin, or paprika.
You can easily double or even triple this recipe to serve more people.
Storage - sprinkle over more lime juice and place plastic wrap directly on top of the guacamole. Store in the fridge for 3-4 days.