How to Make Guacamole: Classic Recipes + Endless Variations

If you love guacamole as much as we do, you're going to love our from-scratch & shortcut recipes, plus all the variations you can use to make it your own.

Published March 12, 2024
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There's nowhere that avocados shine quite so brightly as they do in guacamole. We love a creamy & chunky guac that's made from fresh ingredients in just a few minutes as a dip on Tex-Mex night or topping our favorite burger.

We have two quick and easy guacamole recipes for you — one made from scratch and the other that you can put together in just minutes. Plus, we have all the yummy options to help you make your guac uniquely yours. 

Scratch Guacamole Recipe

Just because you're making it from scratch doesn't mean it will take a ton of time. This classic guacamole recipe takes 15 minutes, tops. 


  • 2 ripe avocadoes, peeled, pitted, and cut into chunks
  • Juice of ½ a lime (we love using this juicer to get every last drop)
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • ½ red onion, minced
  • ½ jalapeño, seeds and ribs removed and minced
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro


  1. In a small bowl or in a mortar and pestle, combine the avocado cubes, lime juice, salt, and garlic.
  2. Mash with a fork or the pestle to your desired consistency. We like to leave a few chunks.
  3. Stir in the red onion, jalapeño, and cilantro.
Helpful Hack

If you have leftover guacamole, store it in the fridge with plastic wrap directly touching the surface of the guacamole so no air can reach it. It should keep for a day or two that way.

Shortcut Guacamole Recipe

If you have to have your guac right now (and who can blame you really?), then this shortcut guac recipe is super fast and easy. We promise you'll love it.


  • 2 ripe avocados, peeled, pitted, and cut into chunks
  • Juice of ½ lime
  • ⅓ cup of prepared salsa, picante sauce, or pico de gallo 
  • Salt and garlic powder to taste (optional)


  1. In a medium bowl, use a fork to mash together the avocadoes and lime juice to your desired consistency.
  2. Stir in the salsa, picante sauce, or pico de gallo.
  3. Taste and adjust seasonings as necessary with salt and garlic powder. 

Guacamole Variations

We love guac in its simplest form, but there's lots of stuff you can stir in to suit your tastebuds. The only things guac 100% needs are avocadoes, lime juice, and salt. 

  • Teaspoon of cumin powder (keep your spices fresh and organized with these spice jars)
  • Teaspoon of chili powder
  • Teaspoon of dried oregano
  • Teaspoon of taco seasoning mix
  • ¼ teaspoon of cayenne pepper
  • Minced serrano pepper to taste
  • Can (4½ ounces) of diced green chili peppers, drained
  • ¼ cup of cooked black beans (drained)
  • ¼ cup of cooked, crumbled bacon
  • 4 ounces of cooked baby shrimp (drained)
  • 4 ounces of lump crab meat (drained)
  • Fresh corn
  • Chopped green onion
  • Pomegranate seeds
  • Chopped fresh mango
  • Chopped papaya
  • Chopped peaches
  • Chopped pineapple
  • Chopped tomatoes
  • Grated cotija cheese
  • Thinly sliced radish
  • Chopped jicama
Quick Tip

You can use any type of avocado for your guac, but we especially love Hass avocados for their texture and flavor.  If you have leftover avocado, keep it fresh with an avocado saver... I use mine all the time. 

Enjoy Guacamole Your Way

Whether you're dipping it with plantains or tortilla chips or enjoying it in a breakfast burrito, guacamole adds color, tons of flavor, and a creamy texture to your favorite foods. And it's so easy to make that it's time to stop saving it for Taco Tuesday and enjoy it all week long.

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How to Make Guacamole: Classic Recipes + Endless Variations