The Best Guacamole Recipe!  This classic guacamole has a secret ingredient that makes it the absolute best!  An easy recipe for guacamole and how to make it!

guacamole in a bowl with chips

What is Traditional Guacamole Made of?

Traditional Guacamole is simply made of ripe avocado, red onion, salt, cilantro and lime juice. Tomato is sometimes added and sometimes not. My secret ingredient is Salsa Verde! It adds a nice kick of flavor and even more tang without taking over the flavor of the avocado. If you’re an avocado lover try our Avocado Salad and Avocado Pesto too!

How to Make Guacamole:

Making guacamole at home is a very simple process with only a few minutes of time, and a few simple steps!

The first thing you will want to do is chop up your red onion, tomato, and cilantro then set them aside.  Next, you will want to cut open your avocado and remove it from the peel.

You can see in the video below how simple it is to slice an avocado and remove the pit.  You will simply want to slice through the avocado lengthwise until you hit the pit.  Then, simply rotate the avocado around the knife while keeping the knife nice and steady.  This is how you cut around the pit.

Next, pull the avocado apart by gently twisting.  You will see the large pit in the middle.  With your chef’s knife aimed at the pit, carefully whack into the pit using enough force that the knife does not slip.  Then, twist the knife to pull the pit out.

Alternately, if you aren’t comfortable whacking the knife into the pit, simply place the knife directly on the pit and press firmly so that the knife doesn’t slip.  Once the knife has pierced the pit, you can pull it out.

Once you have the pit out of the avocado simply scoop the green flesh out with a spoon and add it to a large bowl.  You can then use a fork to mash your avocado along with your lime juice, salt, hot sauce, and garlic powder.

Once you have your desired consistency, stir in your remaining ingredients.

ingredients for the best guacamole recipe in a large bowl

Guacamole Recipe Notes:

While guacamole is easy to make, there are a few things that make one recipe stand out from another!

I call this recipe “the best” because I have made my guacamole at home for years, and have found the perfect combination of ingredients for the absolute best flavor.

The secret ingredient in my guacamole recipe is salsa verde!  Adding a couple of tablespoons of green salsa takes the flavor to the next level without taking away the freshness of the avocado.

A note here, if you are a cilantro hater, feel free to leave it out!  If you are a cilantro lover, add more to your hearts desire!

If you don’t have salsa verde, I recommend adding a couple of tablespoons of red salsa, but it is ok if you leave it out all together!

Sealing the guacamole as tightly as possible with plastic wrap is a great way to keep if from turning dark.  You will want the plastic wrap to actually touch the guacamole.  Simply smooth the plastic wrap right over the surface.

Another great tip is to add the avocado pit into the guacamole until time to serve!  Add the pit, then, cover tightly with plastic wrap and chill.

If you are looking for an easy dinner to serve with this guacamole I recommend my One Pot Mexican Rice Casserole or these Shredded Beef Enchiladas!

guacamole in a serving bowl



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4.95 from 18 votes

The Best Guacamole Recipe

The Best Guacamole Recipe!  This classic guacamole has a secret ingredient that makes it the absolute best!  An easy recipe for guacamole and how to make it!
Prep 10 minutes
Total 10 minutes
Servings 10


  • 3 Ripe Avocados Cut in half and pit removed
  • 2-3 Tablespoons Salsa Verde
  • 1 Tablespoon Fresh Lime Juice
  • 1 Jalapeno stems and seeds removed and chopped (optional)
  • 1/2 Red Onion finely chopped
  • 1 Tablespoon Cilantro chopped
  • 1 teaspoon Garlic Powder or Fresh Minced Garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt, more to taste
  • 1 Small Tomato seeded and chopped
  • 1/2 Teaspoon hot sauce


  • Mash avocado slightly in a large bowl using a fork. Add the salsa verde and lime juice and keep mashing until you have your desired consistency.
  • Stir in the chopped jalapeno, red onion, cilantro, garlic, salt, tomato and hot sauce until combined.
  • Taste and season as necessary.
  • Serve immediately or cover bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate.



Serving: 2TBSP, Calories: 55kcal

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American, Mexican
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  1. If I want to make a ton of this for an open house, do I equally increase every ingredient? I’m expecting around 60 people. How many avocados would you recommend?

    1. Hi! I haven’t made quite that large of an amount before. If you multiply the servings, you would want to use about 18-20 avocados. I would definitely plan to equally increase each ingredient, or, you can always start smaller and keep adding to taste.

  2. I love homemade guacamole. So easy to make, and not full of preservatives. This looks fantastic. Perfect for all the BBQ parties that are just around the corner.

  3. 5 stars
    My first try at guacamole was a success thanks to your recipe! Easy to make and delicious! I will definitely be using this recipe again.

  4. 5 stars
    Loving all the ingredients you have in this. I have never tried salsa in my guacamole before. Looks like I will be now 😉