These days, avocados and guacamole are practically a global obsession. The once difficult-to-source fruit is becoming more and more widespread, and avocado aficionados can happily enjoy avocados all year round. While avocado toast may have certainly had its moment, guacamole is far and away the best thing to make with a few ripe avocados.
Finding the perfectly ripe avocado is nothing short of an art form, because the window of ideal ripeness is infuriatingly short. The easiest way to determine if an avocado is ripe is to gently squeeze the fruit in the palm of your hand. Ripe and ready avocados will yield to gentle pressure. Another trick is to lightly press down on the stem; if it gives just a little, your avocado is ripe; but if the stem sinks in too far, the avocado may be past its prime.
Making guacamole can be as simple or as complicated as you like. Stick to old-school methods and use a stone molcajete (a traditional Mexican version of a mortar and pestle); take a more modern approach and blitz in a food processor; or smash with a whisk or simply use a fork. As for the mix-ins, well, you can go as simple or as complicated as you like - some salt and a squeeze of lime, perhaps a tomato and some onion. Fancy a clove of garlic? Add it! Need some heat? Use some fresh chilies - jalapeño or even habanero if you're feeling brave. If you are looking for some seriously delicious avocado inspiration, read on for our 50 best guacamole recipes.
Another Perfect Guacamole
This recipe yields a solid guacamole base and, in terms of add-ins, allows for creativity and flexibility; deviate as you see fit.
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That's right, bacon. Need we say more?
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Instead of using a molcajete, toss your ingredients in the blender for an ultra-smooth texture.
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Blue Cheese Guacamole
Blue cheese and avocado make a truly delicious union that, as any fan of the Cobb salad can attest to, is not as odd as it sounds.
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Classic guacamole gets a smoky, spicy twist with just a pinch of ground chipotle powder. If you don't have chipotle powder on hand, you could try adding ground cumin for a similarly smoky flavor.
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Mash up your avocados, but leave some larger, whole chunks for a pleasing mouthfeel and textural contrast.
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The secret to this recipe lies in the method: Crush the onion, cilantro, salt, and chile into an intensely flavored, bright green paste before adding the avocado.
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Crunchy Herbed Guacamole
This recipe gets its crunch from the addition of fresh red radishes.
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This recipe rolls guacamole balls in crushed tortilla chips, and then deep-fries them.
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Dr. BBQ's Roasted Garlic Guacamole
Roasting the garlic brings out its sweetness, adding a deeper flavor to complement the jalapeños and creamy avocado.
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Deviled "Guacamole" Eggs Dip
This recipe goes far beyond your typical bowl of guacamole - so much so that cooked yolks are mixed into the guacamole before being piped back into the egg whites.
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The Food Charlatan
This easy guacamole is as simple as chopping up a few ingredients and then mixing them together.
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Made with avocado and edamame, this guacamole variation is both creamy and fresh. Serve with raw vegetables like celery, carrots, and radishes for dipping or alongside baked pita chips as a healthy snack or appetizer.
For the Edamame Guacamole recipe, click here.
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El Greatest Guacamole Recipe
The twist with this recipe? Pomegranate seeds.
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El Delfín Shrimp Guacamole
In Oaxaca they have grasshoppers, but in San Blas they have shrimp! Betty Vázquez, executive chef of the El Delfín restaurant at Hotel Garza Canela in San Blas, Mexico, incorporates locally caught shrimp into her guacamole; the addition makes the dish a meal in itself.
For the El Delfin Shrimp Guacamole recipe, click here.
Eva Longoria's Chunky Guacamole With Serrano Peppers
Actress Eva Longoria has a few tricks that give her guacamole great flavor and texture. First, she uses lemon juice, not lime, and then swaps jalapeños for serrano peppers.
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Stir in Tabasco Green Pepper Sauce to give your plain ol' guac a spicy bump in flavor.
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This guacamole features fresh salsa and can be made in five minutes. Just blend a few tablespoons of ready-made salsa in with the avocado, garlic, and salt.
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Forest Friendly Guacamole
America's insatiable taste for guacamole is endangering forests in central Mexico. To help, consumers can use creative substitutes to minimize their reliance on Mexican avocados. Brazilian chef Paulo Machado recommends a fruity reinterpretation of guacamole that uses a fraction of the avocado typically found in the dish. The recipe calls for mango, peach, and the savory texture of papaya to fill out the rest of the body.
For the Forest Friendly Guacamole recipe, click here.
Here is a basic recipe that will serve as a solid foundation for you to play around with, and, as the name suggests, it's best made fresh and served immediately.
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Instead of spending time peeling and mincing fresh garlic, use garlic flakes!
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Grand Residences Riviera Guacamole
Chef Yann Councesic of the Grand Residences Riviera in Cancún, Mexico, hails from France and has very particular ideas when it comes to guacamole. His secret: green apple. That might elicit gasps from traditionalists, but it actually adds a lovely bit of crunch for those who prefer a chunkier guacamole.
For the Grand Residences Riviera Guacamole recipe, click here.
Grand Residences Riviera
Grand Solmar Land's End Guacamole
This guacamole hails from the Grand Solmar Land's End Hotel in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. It's finished with fresh pico de gallo, which makes for a stunning presentation.
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Grand Solmar Land's End
Grilled Corn and Poblano Guacamole
Because this is such a substantial guacamole, chef Rick Bayless likes to serve it less as a dip for chips and more as an accompaniment to smoky grilled shrimp, chicken, fish, or pork.
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Quickly grill your avocados before mixing them with fresh tomatoes, cilantro, and lime juice to give your favorite dip a slightly smoky flavor.
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Guacamole del Sur
There are grasshoppers in this guacamole, but don't let that scare you off. Grasshoppers add a pleasant crunch to this regional take on traditional guacamole. In Oaxaca, grasshoppers are delicacies known as chapulines.
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Guacamole Le Blanc
Chef Marco Antonio Cázares of Le Blanc Spa and Resort in Cancún, Mexico, has discovered that by adding tiny cuts of fresh zucchini to his guacamole, it prevents oxidation but won't affect the overall taste of the dish.
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Le Blanc Spa and Resort
Guacamole of the Sea
This award-winning guac recipe calls for a whopping 13 ingredients; lime-cured flounder and pickled red onion included.
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No stress, no fuss: Make this basic guacamole recipe any day of the week.
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Guacamole With Bacon, Grilled Ramps (or Green Onions), and Roasted Tomatillos
Ramps are only available in the spring and only in certain parts of the United States, but green onions are easy to find anywhere any day.
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Guacamole With Garlic Confit
Some would say that garlic is an absolute no-no in guacamole, but the chefs at Rosewood San Miguel de Allende buck tradition in the name of flavor.
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Rosewood San Miguel de Allende
If you can handle the heat, make this guacamole recipe that calls for a full tablespoon of habanero paste.
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This easy-to-make dip keeps all of the bright, citrusy, and peppery flavors of your favorite guacamole recipe but adds an extra layer of deep, smoky flavor by roasting the jalapeño in the oven.
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This super-simple, super-easy guacamole recipe only has five ingredients: avocado, onion, cilantro, salt, and lime.
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Add kefir, a slightly tangy fermented milk drink popular in Eastern Europe, to guacamole for extra vitamin D, calcium, and a hit of live and active cultures.
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Lean and Green Guacamole
Whether you pair this guacamole with whole-grain chips or vegetable sticks, your body will benefit from the avocado's healthy fats. This light dip can even add flavor to your meal without the excess calories of other sauces.
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The sweetness of the mango pairs well with the spiciness of the chile. Enjoy this chunky twist on everyday guacamole.
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This renowned guacamole is by far one of the most famous dishes at Dos Caminos in New York City. In each of the seven Dos Caminos locations, the guacamole is prepared tableside in a lava stone molcajete according to each guest's specifications.
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Quick and Easy Guacamole
Add the tomatoes, lime juice, sour cream, avocados, and salt to a bowl then mash it all up with a fork - that's it!
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Rancho La Puerta Guacamole
The flavor in this recipe from Rancho La Puerta in Baja, Mexico, is heightened by mashed peas. But as the chef notes, instead of peas you can also substitute well-cooked broccoli, edamame, or even cooked asparagus.
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Step up simple homemade guacamole with sautéed chorizo, which adds savory and spicy notes.
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Roasted Garlic and Chia Guacamole
Elevate your guacamole game with roasted garlic and chia seeds.
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Roasted Garlic Guacamole With Custom Garnishes
At your next party, lay out a create-your-own guacamole bar; you can serve this guacamole alone and lay out various toppings such as fresh cheese, jalapeño, tomatillo salsa, lump crab and/or crumbled bacon.
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Vegan Feast Catering
This is a guacamole that has graduated from snack to proper appetizer - it's loaded with lump crab meat and shrimp, making it hearty and filling.
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Sun-Dried Tomato Guacamole
For a twist on traditional guacamole, try this recipe that features sun-dried tomatoes and green chiles.
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Sweet Plantain Guacamole
This savory recipe for guacamole made from avocado and plantains is completely gluten-free and paleo-friendly.
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The St. Regis Mexico City Guacamole
Olives, cheese, and radishes? This one certainly goes off the guacamole grid, but chef Guy Santoro's innovative take on this dish is a winner.
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The St. Regis Mexico City
Tomatillo Guacamole Dip
Tomatillos resemble small green tomatoes except that the tomatillo has a papery husk surrounding the fruit. Look for firm fruit with dry, intact husks when making this recipe.
For the Tomatillo Guacamole Dip recipe, click here.
Viceroy Riviera Maya Guacamole
Chef Jetzabel Rojas Barragan, of the Viceroy Riviera Maya Hotel in Playa del Carmen, Mexico, uses chicharrones, or pork rinds, as the special ingredient that gives this guacamole a special crunch.
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Viceroy Riviera Maya Hotel
Wolfgang Puck Edamame Guacamole
Here, edamame is puréed along with ripe avocados and seasonings. The result: a lighter take on traditional guacamole punctuated by a stunning pale-green hue. This recipe is totally delicious and one of many great reasons to eat an avocado every day.
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