Spicy Guacamole Recipe

This easy Spicy Guacamole recipe lights a small fire in your mouth forcing you to eat it slowly and savor each bite. Don't forget the chips!

“If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” My husband doesn’t share my stubborn approach. He’s always pushing me to improve recipes and somehow makes a great recipe even more amazing!

Our first guacamole was delicious; we probably made it more than 50 times! We’ve changed it up a little and spiced it up a lot! This spicy guacamole lights a small fire in your mouth forcing you to eat it slowly and savor each bite.

Ingredients for Spicy Guacamole:

3 avocados
2 firm medium tomatoes, seeded
1 small/medium onion, finely chopped
(or use 1/2 onion and 1/2 bunch chopped chives)
1/2 bunch of cilantro
2 jalapeno peppers, finely chopped
2 cloves garlic, pressed
3 Tbsp Lime juice
1/2 tsp kosher salt, or to taste
1/4 tsp ground black pepper, or to taste
1/2 tsp Cumin

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How To Make Spicy Guacamole:

1. Cut avocados in half, remove the seeds and scrape them out into a flat bottomed bowl (a flat bottom will make it easier to mash). Smash with a potato masher or a fork (leave some chunks; don’t puree it).

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2. Chop onion and add it to the bowl.

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3. Remove seeds from jalapeños. Chop jalapeños finely. We double chop them through our Vidalia Chop Wizard which makes chopping a cinch!

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4. Cut the tomato in half parallel with the top and remove seeds (either by scraping them out with a small spoon or by squeezing them out). Dice your tomatoes. Add chopped tomatoes to your bowl. We often just leave the seeds in (that’s ok too).

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5. Press garlic than finely chop your cilantro and add it to the bowl.

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6. Add 1/2 tsp dry cumin powder, 1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper, 1/2 tsp kosher salt (regular salt is ok too) and 3 Tbsp of lime juice.

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If you’re really bored, serve guacamole in the avocado shells. Hopefully you didn’t have to fish them out of the garbage can. I’m not admitting to anything.

This easy Spicy Guacamole recipe lights a small fire in your mouth forcing you to eat it slowly and savor each bite. Don't forget the chips! This easy Spicy Guacamole recipe lights a small fire in your mouth forcing you to eat it slowly and savor each bite. Don't forget the chips!

Notes:

If you want to make this ahead, mix all the ingredients except the salt, pepper and cumin. Place plastic wrap directly onto the guacamole and push out any air. I made this earlier in the day and enjoyed it in the evening and it looked perfectly green, not a brown spot in sight! Just know that it loses some of it’s spiciness if it sits in the fridge. Just before serving, mix in the salt, pepper and cumin.

If you’ve handled jalapenos, DO NOT pick your nose. Trust me.

Spicy Guacamole Recipe

4.89 from 18 votes
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
This easy Spicy Guacamole recipe lights a small fire in your mouth forcing you to eat it slowly and savor each bite. Don't forget the chips!
Author: Natasha of NatashasKitchen.com
Skill Level: Easy
Cost to Make: $5
Servings: 4

Ingredients

  • 3 avocados
  • 2 firm medium tomatoes seeded
  • 1 small/medium onion finely chopped
  • 1/2 bunch of cilantro
  • 2 jalapeno peppers finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic pressed
  • 3 Tbsp Lime juice
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt or to taste
  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper or to taste
  • 1/2 tsp Cumin

Instructions

  1. Cut avocados in half, remove the seeds and scrape them out into a flat bottomed bowl. Smash with a potato masher or a fork.
  2. Chop onion and add it to the bowl.
  3. Remove seeds from jalapenos and finely dice them.
  4. Cut the tomato in half parallel with the top and remove seeds. Dice your tomatoes and add them to your bowl.
  5. Press garlic and chop your cilantro than add them to the bowl.
  6. Add 1/2 tsp dry cumin powder, 1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper, 1/2 tsp kosher salt (regular salt is ok too) and 3 Tbsp of lime juice. Serve right away.

Recipe Notes

If you want to make this ahead, mix all the ingredients except the salt, pepper and cumin. Place plastic wrap directly onto the guacamole and push out any air. Just before serving, mix in the salt, pepper and cumin.

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  • Alena
    June 8, 2018

    Natasha,

    This tastes so authentic and the perfect spice level. Loved it! And so did my guests.

    Thanks for another great recipe

    -Alena Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      June 8, 2018

      Hi Alena, I’m glad you enjoyed it! Thank you so much for sharing that with us! Reply

  • Teresa
    November 17, 2017

    Hi Natasha. Great recipe. Just a tip: keep the avocado pits and place them in the guacamole. Aside from the plastic wrap they help to keep it from turning brown and it stays fresh much longer. Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      November 17, 2017

      Hello Teresa! I’m glad to hear you enjoy the recipe! Thanks for sharing your great tip with other readers! Reply

  • Colleen
    October 26, 2016

    I love love love your recipe!! I make it for every event we have and let me tell you it is a big hit with the fighter squadron here in NM! Thank you so much for posting 😊 Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      October 26, 2016

      Colleen, thank you for such a great review 😁. This recipe is a regular at our house as well, we make it almost every week 😋. Reply

  • John Horn
    October 22, 2016

    Just to let you know, this is a great recipe. And you don’t need to limit yourself to jalapenos if you want spicier. I made a delicious guacamole with 2 pieces of carolina reaper (only the flesh, no seeds). Turned out great! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      October 22, 2016

      I love that you got creative with it! Thanks for sharing! 🙂 Reply

  • Zoe
    September 5, 2016

    I love this recipe , only changes I did was I add cummin about 3/4 teaspoon as that made it more flavorful for my friends ! Apart, recipe is a killer Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      September 5, 2016

      I love the extra cumin idea! We have made it that way before as well and it does taste really good with more. 🙂 Reply

  • Janet Marzan
    July 24, 2016

    Hi Natasha, I love a good guacamole and I made your “spicey” recipe today, but without the jalapenos, and used 2 small shallots chopped fine instead of regular onion. I also added a couple dashes of cayenne pepper and a few tablespoons of mild salsa. It was so delish! Thanks again for another great appetizer! Janet Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      July 24, 2016

      Janet, thank you for the nice review 😀. I will be trying cayenne pepper next time myself, thanks for the tip. Reply

  • Tom
    May 10, 2016

    Another great recipe, Natasha! I used serrano pepper instead of jalapeño for a little more heat 😉 Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      May 10, 2016

      We love fiery guacamole also. I’m always drizzling mine with tabasco. Next time I’m trying your serrano pepper suggestion! 🙂 Reply

      • Tom
        May 27, 2016

        Actually, it was a red habañero pepper. That is the way to go if you want some real fire. I am making it again tonight 🙂 Reply

        • Natasha
          natashaskitchen
          May 27, 2016

          Mmm I do love adding some real fire to my food. I accept the red habañero challenge! 🙂 Reply

  • Greg
    May 2, 2016

    My family wanted tacos yesterday and avocados were on sale so I tried your guac recipe. Very good. I prefer to soak chopped onions in ice water for a bit to mellow them out and I used a fresh lime so that was all I did differently.

    One other reader commented about mellow jalapenos and it’s true that sometimes they are. Ithink they have bred the heat out of jalapenos. Try Tabasco chipotle sauce to add in some heat when that happens. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      May 3, 2016

      I love your tip about the onions and yes I agree about the jalapeños. It’s hit and miss – sometimes they are blazing fiery hot and sometimes they are so bland you can hardly tell they are there! Reply

  • Tzivia
    April 20, 2016

    Wow Natasha luv ur guacamole recipes the spicy and the 1 made by vadim mmmmmm yummmm wondering if it would work with red onion may wanna try it with the addition of jalapeno muy caliente baby lmao would be a gr8 Passover starter Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      April 20, 2016

      Thank you Tzivia for the nice comment 😀. We used red onion in the past and it works great as well. We add fresh jalapeños or canned. Both work nice in the recipe. Reply

      • Tzivia
        April 20, 2016

        Ur welcome Natasha sweetheart always a pleasure to be on this really way cool awesome site ok so red is good to use got it canned or fresh jalapenos wow gr8 way to really ooooomphhhh the spice Reply

  • Luba
    February 8, 2016

    Made it today and it was delicious!
    Thank you !!! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      February 8, 2016

      Luba, you’re welcome! I’m so happy you enjoyed it 😀. Reply

  • YanaP
    February 1, 2016

    Made it and it was delicious!
    The only thing was that it wasn’t spicy.. not sure why. Either way it was great! Thank you! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      February 1, 2016

      Hi Yana! I’m so glad you liked our favorite guacamole :). You can take the spice level up or down with the amount of jalapeno you add to it, the size of your jalapenos and some jalapenos are just spicier than others. I go all out and even drizzle my portion with a bunch of tabasco sauce because I love it fiery hot! Reply

  • Polina
    January 16, 2016

    Made this twice already in the past two weeks… what can I say – it’s tasty! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      January 16, 2016

      Thank you Polina 😀, we make it at least twice a week. Reply

  • Lilia Flores
    May 28, 2015

    Hi Natasha,

    I’m from Mexico and I was curious about this recipe when I saw the title “Spicy Guacamole”. Just want to say Congratulations! because it is really close to the Mexico’s home made Guacamole. What is more, I loved to see the comments of the people who liked this dish 😉
    I’ve seen some of your recipes and I definitely gonna try them! Thanks!! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      May 28, 2015

      That’s fantastic! I’m so happy to hear that. Thank you for sharing that with me Lilia 🙂 Reply

  • Michelle
    May 21, 2015

    you are too cute! Thanks for the laughs and the awesome recipe! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      May 21, 2015

      You are welcome Michelle :D. Reply

  • Alissa
    May 19, 2015

    Making this tonight and can’t wait to try it! Already have your slow cooker chicken tacos going and already made your delicious roasted salsa. My family and I have become your biggest food fans! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      May 19, 2015

      Aww that’s awesome! Thanks so much for sharing that with me. Can I come over? 😉 Reply

  • Elya
    January 8, 2015

    i made this last night for our family gatehring and everyone LOVED it! thank you for sharing such great recipes! I have loved every one i made from your website 🙂 Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      January 8, 2015

      I’m so happy you all loved it and that you are enjoying my recipes :). Thanks for the awesome review! Reply

  • November 11, 2014

    Hi Natasha,
    We are doing a guacamole roundup on Friday for Guacamole Day and wondered if we could include a link to your recipe in our post. We would also like to use your picture and will feature it with your blog’s name.
    Thanks so much. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      November 11, 2014

      Linda, thank you for asking and I sure appreciate the feature. You have my permission :). Reply

  • Gosia S
    May 12, 2014

    I made it yesterday for Mother’s Day brunch. DELISH! Everyone loved it and said that they want to see it every Sunday for our family summer pool get-togethers! Served with black bean tortilla chips. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      May 12, 2014

      The contrast of the green guacamole and the black tortilla chips sounds nice! It sounds like you’ve found a new favorite 😉 Reply

  • Lesa
    February 22, 2014

    Can’t wait to try this. How long will the left overs keep in the fridge? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      February 22, 2014

      Leftovers can stay in the fridge for up to 3 days, just put plastic wrap directly on the guacamole to eliminate any air pockets. Stir before serving. We just made this recipe few days ago :). Reply

  • fatima.
    January 29, 2014

    Soy Fatty, me gusta mucho tu blog y todas tus recetas
    Feliz Año!! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      January 29, 2014

      Thank you Fatima, I hope that you’ll find many new favorites and Happy New Year to you as well :). Reply

  • Inna
    December 24, 2013

    Hey Natasha this recipe is great, but you got to try guacamole with pomegranate seeds mixed it… So GOOD! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      December 24, 2013

      Yess!!! I just purchased a whole box of pomegranates at Costco!! Thanks for the tip! Did you change anything else? Reply

  • Jesse
    July 2, 2013

    Great recipe, I have a friend that doesn’t like lime though and was wondering if I substitute lemon if it would take away the integrity of the recipe? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      July 2, 2013

      You can definitely use lemon instead. We use whichever one is in the fridge 🙂 Reply

  • Natalie
    May 30, 2013

    Hi, i LOVE your website! Thank you so much for al the amazing recipes.
    I was wondering is it ok to use parsley instead of cilantro because I’m not a big fan of it or will it change the taste? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      May 30, 2013

      It will taste way different, but it is the best substitute for cilantro if you absolutely have to do it 🙂 Reply

  • Inna
    April 16, 2013

    Made this for my daughters bday party everyone loved it was so delicious. I only used one pepper because by the time I was done slicing it my hands and nails where on fire lol. Note wear gloves if chopping peppers w knife! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      April 17, 2013

      I’m glad that everyone loved the recipe :). Reply

  • Alina D
    February 4, 2013

    hi! can i put ground cumin instead of cumin powder? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      February 4, 2013

      That should be fine 🙂 Reply

  • Julia
    February 4, 2013

    Hi Natasha,
    I have noticed that you have not included cilantro in the ingredients list. Would you be able to tell us how much you put it?
    Thanks! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      February 4, 2013

      Oh sorry about that; half a bunch of cilantro Reply

      • Julia
        February 4, 2013

        Thank you! Reply

  • Angela
    September 28, 2012

    This looks amazing cant wait to try it!:) just a quick question where does the lime juice come in? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      September 28, 2012

      Oops, thanks for catching that, lime juice goes in at the end when adding salt and pepper. I also updated the post 🙂 Reply

  • Nella
    July 6, 2012

    This sounds so good. My husband loves salsa with extra jalapeno peppers so this will be great alternative that still has some heat for chips. And thanks for ‘chopper’ tip :)) Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      July 6, 2012

      You are welcome Nella. Yes, that chopper comes really handy, especially for Olivye. Reply

  • Healthy and delicious appetizer. My family loves it when its spicy especially kids.
    I like that you add cumin to it, will defiantly make your version 🙂

    Stop by my place and check out my Housewarming Giveaway!!
    http://www.grabandgorecipes.com/grabandgorecipes-housewarming-giveaway/

    Thank you 🙂 Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      July 5, 2012

      Thank you Inessa! I definitely will check it out! Reply

  • Tanya
    July 4, 2012

    OR YOUR MOUTH!! lol trust me 🙂 Thanks for a new twist on it, gonna try it soon 🙂 Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      July 4, 2012

      No finger lickin’ I guess lol Reply

  • July 3, 2012

    You are funny! I like the comment about the nose too…:) and dont belittle your garden! if it grows things, its a garden… its tough for us who live in the big cities with tiny lots… but hey we still manage to grow things! 🙂 Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      July 3, 2012

      I am proud of my little garden even if it does just grow herbs 🙂 what do you plant in yours? Reply

  • Olviya@olivehealth.tumblr.com
    July 3, 2012

    I love this! It’s like salsa-mole:) I once rubbed my eyes after touching jalapeños.. It was all bad! Lol

    I love my chop wizard as well.. Cute/ uniform pieces in half the time it takes to chop?! Yes please:) Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      July 3, 2012

      Oh man ouch! I can imagine 😉 . That’s exactly how I feel about my vidalia (maybe I should contact them to sponsor another giveaway hmmm…) Reply

  • Katerina
    July 3, 2012

    BAHAHAHA I loved the comment about not picking your nose! too funny! This is perfect for the 4th of July bbq! Thanks i’ll definitely try it! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      July 3, 2012

      ha ha. What’s a post without a good laugh in it? 🙂 Reply

  • July 3, 2012

    This looks delicious…..my daughter could eat a bucket of this and then not eat for a week. I’m going to try your recipe…love your pics, step by step.
    Thanks for sharing one of your recipes. 🙂 Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      July 3, 2012

      Sounds like an interesting diet 😉 I hope you and your daughter love this recipe! Reply

  • I love avocados! My husband finally starting liking it too. I made a salad with it this week and he absolutely raved about it and requested that I make it again. Guacamole is awesome. I really like it with fresh tomato salsa and some sour cream. Yummy! Plus, it’s so perfectly refreshing for summer AND healthy too. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      July 3, 2012

      Mmm yes, I do love avocados in salad. It’s nice that they aren’t too pricy right now. It’s a good time to experiment with avocados. Reply

  • Tanya
    July 3, 2012

    This looks and sounds like an AMAZING recipe!!! My hubby and I love to make and eat guacamole lol.. one of our favorite snacks 🙂 Totally looking forward to trying this recipe! Thanks for sharing it 🙂 Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      July 3, 2012

      Oh we definitely have something in common. I hope you love it as much as we do!! 🙂 Reply

    • Nancy
      February 1, 2015

      Just made this recipe and OMG!!! It’s soooooo yummy! This is a 5 star recipe but I couldn’t get it to put 5. Reply

      • Natasha
        natashaskitchen
        February 1, 2015

        Thank you Nancy for the awesome review. Sometimes that feature acts up on mobile devices. I’m not sure why. Thank you anyways, I appreciate that you took the time to share your results with me. 🙂 Reply

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