Let's be honest: our favorite restaurants charge more for guacamole because they know just how much we want it. Guacamole has been front and center at parties and get-togethers for years due to its versatility, bursts of flavor, and how easy it is to make at home. Once you find the perfect avocado and tomato half the battle is already won and you can mix up the ingredients you add in afterward. Learning how to make guacamole perfectly not only ups your party cred but will also have people lining up to pay extra for your recipe!

Before You Get Started

a split avocado in a white bowl

Before jumping into your guacamole you need to keep a few pointers in mind. Selecting the proper produce and ensuring ripeness is just as big a part of the creation. Knowing what to look out for is going to help you make the best guacamole.

Picking The Right Avocado

The first tip is that you obviously need the proper kind of avocado. With so many different avocados out there it can be tough to choose the right one for your guac. But, you should be gravitating towards Hass avocados as they're a perfect consistency and make for a delicious dish.

Now you'll need to focus on its ripeness. Hass avocados will turn from a rich green to a darkened color when they're ripe and that's your first telltale sign. You can also gently squeeze the avocado in the palm of your hand and apply gentle pressure using your palm and the base of your fingers. Avocados are a sensitive fruit and will bruise easily, so squeezing it just right will avoid ruining the perfect avocado. If your Hass avocado yields to gentle pressure without being too mushy or firm, you've found the right one.

Picking The Right Tomato

Depending on who you talk to, some people may not even add tomatoes to their guacamole. This isn't to say that you should skimp on them or hold the belief that tomatoes will ruin your dish. Just like with avocados there are a ton of different tomatoes out there to choose from. Tomatoes on the vine, beefsteak or cherry tomatoes are all good choices if you'd like to include some extra acidity in your dish.

Ripeness is a huge part of picking the best tomato too. Things like the feel, look, firmness, and color of your tomato will all help you to determine whether it's ready to be used. Avoid tomatoes that are too mushy, still have a hint of green in color, or don't give off any scent.

Keep Things Chunky

Some people are prone to tossing the ingredients in a blender and creating a smooth guacamole. But, guac should be a little chunky and you should take to mashing the avocado with a fork rather than relying on any appliances. Mix everything together until the flavors are combined, but don't mash or stir until it's creamy.

Easy Guacamole Recipe

guacamole and a cracker in a bowl

Alright, enough talk. Let's get into a simple recipe for guacamole!

What You'll Need

  • 3 medium hass avocados
  • 2 medium chopped tomatoes
  • 1/2 teaspoon of kosher salt
  • 1/2 half cup of finely chopped onion
  • 1 minced garlic clove
  • 1-2 tablespoons of minced cilantro
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons of lime juice
  • 1 small, finely chopped jalapeno


  • Halve the avocados, take out the pits, and remove their flesh with a spoon.
  • Place the flesh in a bowl and mash with a fork.
  • Add the lime juice, tomatoes, salt, garlic, cilantro, and jalapeno.
  • Stir everything together.
  • Serve immediately.

If you're looking to store your guacamole you can place a sheet of plastic wrap over the top of the bowl and leave it in the fridge for 1-2 days.

guacamole and a fork

Guacamole is a terrific side that can be added to lots of different dishes such as deviled eggs, toast, with fried fish or salmon, or even as a salad dressing. With only a 5-10 minute prep time, learning how to make guacamole will guarantee you a great add-on come dinner time!

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