FREE BONUS: 5 Secrets to Be a Better Cook!

Home > Appetizers > Best Guacamole Recipe (VIDEO)

Best Guacamole Recipe (VIDEO)

Learn how to make the BEST EVER Guacamole with our easy video tutorial. This authentic guac recipe is loaded with avocados, tomato, onion, cilantro, plenty of lime juice, salt, and pepper.

Authentic Guacamole loaded with avocados, tomato, onion, cilantro, plenty of lime juice, salt and pepper.

This post may contain affiliate links. Read my disclosure policy.

We take our guacamole very seriously – we make this on the regular rotation (at least once a week) and after making hundreds of batches, it has been perfected over the years. This is the only guacamole recipe you’ll need.

Watch the Guacamole Recipe Video:

This classic guacamole is the base for so many awesome variations like Corn Guacamole, or even Spicy Guacamole if you wanted to add some heat. Watch the video tutorial and you will see just how easy it is to make an incredible batch of guac.

It’s so easy to master guacamole and once you have this basic recipe down, you can experiment with adding your favorite flavors. If you’re feeling adventurous, another combination we love is to replace tomatoes with diced mango (like our Avocado Mango Salsa).

3 bowls of guacamole with classic guac, corn guac and spicy guac

Ingredients for Authentic Guacamole:

Once you have selected your perfectly ripe avocados, getting the ratio of ingredients is important for the most authentic tasting guac. We use 1 Tbsp of FRESH lime juice for every 1 large avocado. The lime juice helps to prevent browning and the right amount will make your guacamole come alive (but not literally, don’t worry).

Can I Substitute Lime Juice?

Lime juice is the traditional choice, but we often substitute lime juice with lemon juice if that is what we have on hand. If substituting, use the same amount of lemon juice. The KEY is to use freshly squeezed juice and never from concentrate or it will taste like boring store-bought guac.

What is the Best Onion for Guacamole?

White onion is the classic choice for guacamole because of its crisp, fresh, and clean flavor profile. You can substitute for yellow onion or red onion like we did with the Corn Guacamole, but white onion is most commonly used in authentic guac.

Ingredients for guacamole with avocados, tomato, onion, cilantro, lime, salt and pepper

How to Select Avocados:

When you are buying avocados, consider when you will be making your guac. If you want guac tonight, select perfectly ripe avocados. If you are shopping ahead, you can get firm avocados and follow our tips below for faster ripening.

  • Select Ripe Avocados – ripe avocados should have stems attached and you should be able to push the sides in slightly with your fingertips.
  • Avoid Overripe Avocados – overly soft avocados or avocados with missing stems are more likely to have browned on the inside. Tip: to slow down ripening or if making guacamole another day, store ripe avocados in the refrigerator.
  • To Soften Hard Avocados – place underripe avocados in a paper bag with an apple or banana (which releases ethylene gasses to speed up ripening) and leave at room temperature for 2-3 days.

Ripe avocados mashed and combined with guacamole ingredients with tortilla chip

How to Make Guacamole:

We use the same basic process for all of our guacamole varieties and you will have it memorized in no time.

  1. Pit 3 avocado and use a spoon to scoop them into a mixing bowl then coarsely mash with a potato masher.
  2. Squeeze lime juice directly over the top to prevent browning.
  3. Add diced tomatoes, cilantro, and onion. Season with salt and pepper and stir just to combine.

Making guacamole process with mashed avocados, lime juice, tomatoes, onions, cilantro

Can I Make Guacamole Ahead?

Yes! You can whip up a batch of guacamole a day ahead. Air is the enemy of avocados and will cause it to brown. You can preserve your guacamole by placing plastic wrap directly over the surface of the guacamole, pushing out all extra air. Even if storing in closed tupperware, putting plastic wrap directly over the guacamole first will keep it looking green and vibrant.

Guacamole tastes best enjoyed within a day or so of making it and we do not recommend freezing since the veggies can get soggy when thawed.

Guacamole prepared in a bowl served with tortilla chips

Is Guacamole Healthy?

Check out the nutrition label below to see the calories and carbs for guacamole. Guacamole is naturally paleo, gluten-free and low carb so it’s keto-diet friendly. Also, avocados are nutrient-rich and contain a healthy kind of fat. You can read more about their health benefits.

More Appetizer Recipes:

Best Guacamole Recipe

4.93 from 14 votes
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
authentic guacamole loaded with avocados, tomato, onion, cilantro, plenty of lime juice, salt and pepper.

How to make the BEST EVER Guacamole. This authentic guac recipe is loaded with avocados, tomato, onion, cilantro, plenty of lime juice, salt and pepper. The only guacamole recipe you’ll need!

Author: Natasha of NatashasKitchen.com
Skill Level: Easy
Cost to Make: $5-$7
Keyword: guacamole
Cuisine: American, Mexican
Course: Appetizer
Calories: 171 kcal
Servings: 6 people as an appetizer

Ingredients

  • 3 avocados (large, ripe)
  • 1 tomato (medium), seeded and diced
  • 1/2 white onion diced
  • 1/2 cup cilantro (1/3 bunch) finely chopped
  • 3 Tbsp lime juice
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper freshly ground

Instructions

  1. Cut 3 avocados in half lengthwise, remove pits, scrape the flesh of the avocado out with a spoon. Place in a medium bowl with a flat bottom and mash avocados with a potato masher to a chunky consistency.

  2. Squeeze 3 Tbsp of fresh lime juice directly over avocados while prepping the rest of your ingredients.

  3. Add diced tomatoes, onion, and chopped cilantro. Season with 1/2 tsp salt and 1/4 tsp black pepper. Stir just until combined and serve.

Nutrition Facts
Best Guacamole Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 171 Calories from Fat 135
% Daily Value*
Fat 15g23%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Sodium 203mg9%
Potassium 565mg16%
Carbohydrates 11g4%
Fiber 7g29%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 407IU8%
Vitamin C 16mg19%
Calcium 16mg2%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

If you make this recipe, I’d love to see pics of your creations on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter! Hashtag them #natashaskitchen

This classic guacamole recipe was first published in 2010 (the photo below reflects our photography skills from that era). We added new photos and a video tutorial and perfected the ingredient proportions, making this the ultimate guacamole!

classic guacamole in orange bowl

FREE BONUS: 5 Secrets to Be a Better Cook!

Natasha Kravchuk

Welcome to my kitchen! I am Natasha, the blogger behind Natasha's Kitchen (since 2009). My husband and I run this blog together and share only our best, family approved and tested recipes with YOU. Thanks for stopping by! We are so happy you're here.

Read more posts by Natasha

Read comments/reviewsAdd comment/review

  • Adelita Albert
    September 24, 2020

    Try using oregano instead of black pepper for your guacamole. To me, it makes it taste much better. My Guatemalan tip 🙂

    Reply

    • Natasha
      September 24, 2020

      Thanks for sharing! That sounds like a fun experiment. Dried oregano, correct?

      Reply

  • Bernadine
    September 6, 2020

    Cant wait to try your guacamole!! Looks divine!!
    Can you send a link to the food scraper you use in your videos please?

    You are awesome!
    Bernie

    Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      September 6, 2020

      I think you will love it! You can see the kitchen tools that I use here in our Amazon Page.

      Reply

  • Jane
    August 9, 2020

    Quite literally the best guac recipe! I’ve already made it twice and friends told me it was the best guac they’ve ever had. Thank you for sharing this one with us!

    Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      August 9, 2020

      Love it! Thanks for sharing your great experience with us, Jane.

      Reply

  • Rex Kraft
    August 5, 2020

    No garlic? Gotta have garlic!

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      August 5, 2020

      No garlic but you are definitely welcome to add that!

      Reply

  • Amber
    August 4, 2020

    Hey,
    Love your recipes 🙂
    Can you please add the link for best garlic crusher you used ?
    Thanks

    Reply

  • Jen
    July 13, 2020

    Hi Natasha, I am new to your blog. In your video, you mentioned that you will add the link to where I can find the gloves you used. I can’t find it here. Please help. I’d like to get one the same as what you used. Many thanks.

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      July 13, 2020

      Hi Jen, you can find our favorite tools in our Blog Shop HERE and in our Amazon Shop HERE. I hope that helps

      Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      July 13, 2020

      Hi Jen, here’s the link to the gloves that I used in that video.

      Reply

  • Sheri
    June 17, 2020

    This is so good! Any good recipes for French onion soup?

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      June 17, 2020

      Hi Sheri! This is at the top of our list! We hope to have one on the blog soon.

      Reply

  • Toni
    June 16, 2020

    This is such an amazing guacamole recipe! Everyone at my house loved it!

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      June 16, 2020

      Sounds like you found a new family favorite! That’s so great!

      Reply

  • Julia F
    June 16, 2020

    So much flavour I can barely stand it!! Thank you for yet another winner!

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      June 16, 2020

      That’s so great! I’m so glad you enjoyed that Julia!

      Reply

  • Natalya
    June 15, 2020

    This guac was perfect, I love a good chunky style guac and this was the perfect addition for our taco night.

    Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      June 16, 2020

      Wonderful to hear that Natalya. Thanks for giving this recipe great feedback!

      Reply

  • Helen
    June 10, 2020

    Link for those gloves please. Thank you for the awesome recipes. I will definitely be making those guacs.

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      June 10, 2020

      Hi Helen! I hope you love this recipe. Here’s the list of kitchen tools that I am using and I think the gloves is also in this list.

      Reply

  • Melissa
    May 27, 2020

    Is there a link for the scoop spoons?

    Reply

  • Mary Ann Ackerman
    May 26, 2020

    San Diego is the avocado capital of America and I have been enjoying them almost for 50 years. I get very annoyed when I open a new one from the grocer and find so many bruised spots! (squeezing to see if it’s ripe?) I find just holding it in my hand and gently squeezing with my palm will tell me if it is soft inside and just ripe. I have also inserted a paring knife tip into it and if it goes in easily it is ripe enough. If not, just set it aside for another day… the knife slit will not hinder it in any way. Another tip: sprinkle a little “Fruit Fresh” into the guacamole and it keeps its bright green color.

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      May 26, 2020

      Thank you so much for sharing those tips with us Mary Ann!

      Reply

  • Barb Lerman
    May 26, 2020

    Hi Natasha:

    Love the way you explain recipes! Definitely going to try this guac recipe. I may have missed it, but I didn’t see the reference to the kind of food prep gloves you use. The ones we have are too large for my hands. Thanks!

    Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      May 26, 2020

      Thank you Barb, I’m so glad you love the recipes that I have. Yes please give this a try and let us know how it goes! Here’s the list of kitchen tools that I am using and I think the gloves is also in this list.

      Reply

  • faye gardner
    May 25, 2020

    I made this just like you said. loved it. so simple

    Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      May 25, 2020

      So glad you enjoyed it Faye!

      Reply

  • Mollymae
    May 21, 2020

    Hi Natasha,

    I just watched your video on making spicy guacamole and you mentioned adding 1/2 tsp cumin. Yet in your written recipe, it is omitted. Should we still add it?

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      May 21, 2020

      Hi Mollymae, the cumin was added to the Corn Guacamole Recipe, not the ‘Best Guacamole Recipe’ I hope that helps.

      Reply

  • Wendy
    May 7, 2020

    LOVE the new photography!! Congrats to your husband.

    Reply

  • Robert
    May 6, 2020

    I made this last night. Very good.

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      May 7, 2020

      I’m so glad you enjoyed it!

      Reply

  • Julie Board
    May 2, 2020

    Natasha, just a hint if you leave the seed in avocados it stops it from browning.

    Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      May 2, 2020

      Oh is that so? Thanks for the tip! I should try that next time.

      Reply

  • Tim
    May 2, 2020

    What can I use instead of cilantro?

    Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      May 2, 2020

      You can omit it or try parsley? Let me know how it goes.

      Reply

  • Dave
    May 2, 2020

    Exactly like I make it – chunky. I substitute 1/3 of a can of diced, fire roasted tomatoes, drained for the fresh because out of season tomatoes are basically flavorless. Freeze the remainder. A pinch or two of ground cumin and garlic powder finishes it off.

    It stores well in a nifty container called a guaclock. Another trick is to level the container of guac then float a thin layer of water over the top to seal out air then cover with the lid.

    Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      May 2, 2020

      So awesome thank you for the tip and thanks for sharing how you prepare your guacamole!

      Reply

  • Jerry
    May 2, 2020

    I have used some of your recipes with my6 smoked neat. Delicious,

    Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      May 2, 2020

      So nice to know that, Jerry. Thanks for sharing!

      Reply

  • zolzaya
    May 1, 2020

    Super women !!!

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      May 1, 2020

      Thank you!

      Reply

  • Ella
    May 1, 2020

    Natasha how did you know? Haha I was just talking about making our own guacamole a few days ago. Can’t wait to try it!

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      May 1, 2020

      I love when that happens! I hope you enjoyed this recipe!

      Reply

  • Lily
    May 1, 2020

    What a delicious recipe, I love adding guacamole to my breakfast toast and this was the perfect guac. with the perfect hint of citrus. Thank you. I will defiantly be using this again for Cinco de Mayo.

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      May 1, 2020

      I’m so happy you enjoyed that. Thank you for sharing that with us!

      Reply

  • Chelsea
    May 1, 2020

    This Guac is unbelievably good! We’re so obsessed! Thanks for sharing!

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      May 1, 2020

      You’re welcome! I’m so happy you enjoyed it!

      Reply

  • Darlene
    May 1, 2020

    Trying to find the grilled corn guacamole recipe. Looks delish.

    Reply

    • Natasha
      May 1, 2020

      Hi Darlene, we have a link in the recipe above for future reference but here is a direct link to the Corn Guacamole recipe. Also, anytime you are looking for a recipe, you can click the search bar on my site and type in the name and it should come up quickly.

      Reply

  • Debi
    May 1, 2020

    Can you tell me where to get the kitchen tool you use to scrape up ingredients. It’s a half circle of stainless with a black handle edge? Thank you

    Reply

  • atlya
    April 5, 2012

    I have also tried this recipe as a salad, not a dip by adding a little less avocado, plus black beans, red peppers and roasted corn. It’s for the time when avocados are not as cheap anymore 🙂

    Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      April 5, 2012

      Oh that’s brilliant! Thank you!

      Reply

  • CYCAHA
    October 7, 2011

    you should add jalepeno pure or cut up a small amount. it adds some nice spice and the avocado really soothes at the same time. mmm so good! P.S. my advice is to slightly mash the avocados with a fork leaving a few chunky pieces seems to taste so much better! 🙂

    Reply

  • Charlie
    June 2, 2011

    Very good recipe. Thank you. I would recommend to substitude onion for red onion and lemon juice for lime juice. Also add some halapeno or some hot sauce to make it more authentic.

    Reply

  • Tex
    May 30, 2011

    I lived in Mexico for a year and never saw a lemon. Lime is the ticket. Try it in the guacamole, but great squeezed in a bowl of chicken soup too. Just moved to Ukraine in October. Trying to learn the language. Great to see some recipes that I can completely understand. keep up the good work.

    Reply

    • Natasha
      May 31, 2011

      We will try that. We have been using lime in guacamole but not salsa. Sounds like lime will make it more authentic.

      Reply

  • Whitney
    March 29, 2011

    I really like this version of guacamole. If you want Cali style, sub the lemon with lime and add a dash of cayenne pepper and your favorite finely chopped chilis to suit your heat level. We make this dip into a spread for turkey, swiss and spinach wraps. It’s amazing!

    Reply

    • Natasha
      March 29, 2011

      Those are some great tips! We are huge guacamole people 🙂 Using it as a spread like you mentioned sounds great. Thanks Whitney!

      Reply

      • christine merlino
        October 22, 2013

        it is deilcious as a spread in a wrap instead of mayo. also great on a grilled chicken with toasted bun. YUM!

        Reply

        • christine merlino
          October 22, 2013

          I meant “grilled chicken breast”…And yes, use Lime instead of lemon.
          If you are in a major hurry(someone pops over without calling) I just add a good “fresh salsa that has been made with all the ingreidients listed”
          use a “slotted spoon(to get rid of excess liquid) add to mashed Avacoda, and “you are “set to go!”…Just make sure its not a brand like “Taco bell”. Buy deli made…This saves chopping time.

          Reply

        • Natasha
          natashaskitchen
          October 22, 2013

          Oh great ideas! Thanks Christine 🙂

          Reply

  • morgan
    January 25, 2011

    Amazing taste

    Reply

  • Alina
    August 3, 2010

    sounds a lot simpler than my recipe. will deffinatly need to try yours out!

    Reply

  • anna
    June 14, 2010

    this dip is the bomb, i’ve made it a couple times, fedor loves it!

    Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      February 18, 2013

      I’m glad you guys like it :).

      Reply

  • Veronica
    May 3, 2010

    I LOVE GUACAMOLE! Thanks for sharing Vadim’s tried and true recipe.

    Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      February 18, 2013

      You are welcome Veronica :).

      Reply

Add comment/review

Leave a comment

Recipe Rating




As Featured On

FREE BONUS: 5 Secrets to Be a Better Cook!

Never Go "Hangry" Again!

Get weekly updates on new recipes, exclusive giveaways plus behind the scenes photos.