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The Best Authentic Mexican Guacamole Recipe

Inside: Learn how to make this delicious, homemade, and authentic Guacamole recipe with simple ingredients that my Abuela taught me how to make when I was growing up in Mexico. Also, Bonus tips for how to keep guacamole from turning brown. 

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Learn how to make this delicious, homemade, and authentic Guacamole recipe with simple ingredients that my abuela taught me how to make when I was growing up in Mexico.

This homemade Mexican Guacamole is easy to make and goes perfect as an appetizer or side dish.

Guacamole is a staple of Mexican cuisine. Although it is pretty simple to make, it can be tough to get the perfect flavor. With this authentic Mexican recipe, though, you will be an expert in no time. 

Some of my favorite memories from my youth are when I would spend time cooking with my abuelita (grandma). She didn’t have any daughters of her own (she had 10 boys though), and that is why she always loved spending time with her granddaughters. My sister and I had the privilege of growing up in close proximity to her. That gave us the opportunity to learn so much from her.

Every day at dinner time it was like a party – lots of people, lots of food, and lots of smiles. One of the most requested appetizers was always this homemade guacamole. My Abuela had an avocado tree in her yard that grew some of the biggest avocados that I have ever seen. That, combined with this delicious recipe, made for some amazing guac.

I saw her make this recipe more times than I can remember. That’s why I already had the recipe memorized by the time I was about 7 years old. I always looked forward to gathering the avocados from the tree each day, and I was always thrilled when she asked me to make the guacamole.

Fresh veggies and herbs for guacamole

What Ingredients Do You Need to Make Guacamole?

This guacamole recipe is also great because it only contains fresh, nutritious ingredients, and it only takes about 10 minutes or less to make! All you need for this particular recipe is the following:

  • Avocado
  • Cilantro
  • Onion
  • Jalapeno (optional)
  • Lime Juice
  • Salt
  • Tomato

This will be perfect to take to that next get-together where you are supposed to bring something. Your guests will love it!

I can’t think of any time when I have made this recipe where people didn’t ask for the recipe. It must be the combination of authentic flavors, choosing quality avocados, and making it with lots of love. 

Authentic Guacamole made in a molcajete

How Do You Choose The Perfect Avocado For a Perfect Guac?

Speaking of using fresh avocados, it is super important to choose an avocado that is not too firm, but also not too soft. Make sure you give it a quick (gentle) squeeze at the store before buying it. There should be a little bit of give to it, but it shouldn’t feel too soft. If it doesn’t have any give at all, then it is probably too firm. If you aren’t planning on making the guacamole for a day or two, then the firmer avocado will do, but just make sure that you plan ahead.

How Do You Keep Guacamole From Turning Brown?

One of the most common questions that people ask me about guacamole, is how to keep it from turning brown? You know the feeling – you worked so hard making guacamole, only to have it turn brown right when it is time to eat.

There are a couple of different ways that I have found that really seem to work. 

  1. Add the pit of the avocado to the guacamole dish. 
  2. Add an extra teaspoon of lime juice.
  3. Cover in plastic wrap.

I would recommend doing all three if you can, but remember, as much as you try, the guacamole is going to turn brown if you don’t eat it relatively soon after making it, so plan ahead!

I am so glad that you made it to my site and are getting ready to try this guacamole recipe. It really is easy, but if you have any questions or run into any issues, please feel free to leave me a comment below! If you love this recipe, please rate it with 5 stars at the end of your comment!

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Products Used For This Recipe

  1. Molcajete. This is a small stone bowl that is used all the time in Mexico for making fresh salsas and guacamole. It makes it really easy to mash the avocados and is a great serving bowl as well! You can get one here to try out for yourself. 
  2. Food ChopperYou will need to chop up some veggies for this recipe, so it is helpful to have a food chopper like this one on hand. It makes everything so much easier!
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Homemade Mexican Guacamole Recipe

Guacamole recipe - homemade, authentic Mexican version with simple ingredients that my abuela taught me how to make.
Prep Time10 minutes
Total Time10 minutes
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: appetizer, guacamole, mexican food
Servings: 20 tablespoons
Calories: 79kcal


  • 2 ripe avocados
  • 1/4 onion finely chopped
  • 1 jalapeno finely chopped (optional)
  • 1/4 cup Cilantro finely chopped
  • 1-2 teaspoons of lime juice
  • salt to taste
  • 1-2 tomato finely chopped


  • Peel the avocado and remove the core.
  • Mash the avocado in a molcajete until it reaches your desired consistency
  • Add the onion, jalapeno, cilantro and tomato and mix well.
  • Add lime juice and salt to taste.


Serving: 2tbsp | Calories: 79kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 5g
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Tuesday 15th of August 2023

I made your guacamole tonight to go with tacos. I had saved the recipe and finally made it. Going to delete all my other guacamole recipes. Loved it !!! I will be making only yours.


Friday 4th of August 2023

Hi...glad I found your blog. I made it and I love it, however I think I put too much cilantro/coriander in the mix, either that or I didn't chop it finely enough, maybe? Thank you for sharing the recipe and to other commenters for their hints and tips.

James B

Sunday 25th of June 2023

The way I learned how to make guacamole in Mexico was so simple.

Just garlic, kosher salt, serrano, cilantro, lime juice, and of course, avocados. We mashed it all together using a traditional molcajete we seasoned beforehand.

Interestingly enough, many restaurants I visited omitted the tomato and onion altogether, similar to how I learned it in that cooking class.

Just found it interesting when I came back to The States that every recipe I see for traditional guacamole uses chopped onion and tomato.

I'm sure different regions, even within the area where I was staying, all have different ways of making guacamole. All of which are delicious.

Thank you for all the work you put into your blog. They've helped me connect to my heritage without having much cultural influence when I was a child.

All the best, James

Mary Skurka

Tuesday 11th of April 2023

Delicious easy and very clean tasting. Thank you!

Sunday 12th of February 2023

I have tried other recipes in the past that were Meh. I made the recipe today for the Super Bowl. My dad said “keep this recipe for guacamole. It’s Excellent!!”.

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