I debated about sharing a guacamole recipe because it seems like it’s such a simple thing to make, and my version really doesn’t have anything out of the ordinary.  But I’ve eaten enough mediocre guacamole at restaurants to realize that maybe there IS a need.  NO ONE SHOULD SUFFER MEDIOCRE GUACAMOLE!  And if I can save one person from a life  of mediocre guacamole, this post will have served it’s purpose.  But now things seem to have taken a turn and it’s become a HOW MANY TIMES CAN SHE WRITE GUACAMOLE situation.  So I’ll leave you to it, a no-fail exceptional guacamole recipe!  xx- Sarah

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Yield: 4 servings as an appetizer

Serving Size:



  • 1/2 small red onion chopped
  • 1 small jalapeño
  • 5 small ripe avocados, pits removed
  • 1 teaspoon + 2 hearty pinches salt
  • 3 juicy limes
  • 1 large handful of chopped cilantro


  • Rinse, deseed and finely chop jalapeño.
  • In a large mixing bowl combine chopped onions, avocados, juice of 2 1/2 limes, chopped jalapeño, and salt. Mash with a fork leaving large chunks. Add additional lime juice and salt to taste.
  • Place 3 avocado pits in guacamole (some people believe this keeps the guacamole from browning, I personally just love how it looks.
  • Garnish with a hefty handful of chopped cilantro and serve immediately.


- Quality avocados are critical for a bowl of exceptional guacamole, and they have to be ripe! I always search out organic and a perfectly ripe avocado is soft to the touch, but still have a bit of firmness. If it's hard it's underripe and if it's very soft it's overripe!

- We usually eat all the guacamole we make, but I found a trick for storing it here that I can't wait to try!

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  1. Jensen|

    I grew up eating these tortilla chips that have a bit of soy sauce in them (have’a chips is what their called) and one time during a bit of home sickness decided to put a little soy sauce in my guac — it’s been my (not so) secret ingredient ever since

    • Sarah Yates|

      Thank you Kate! The jalapeño isn’t that spicy when the seeds are removed, and it’s finely chopped- It just adds a nice bit of flavor and freshness. (I can’t eat spicy these days so I can totally relate). :)

  2. Connie|

    Your guacamole recipe looks really similar to mine! Everyone has their own “perfect” method of making guacamole, I love the variety. I totally agree that guacamole success lies in the quality of avocados. Perfectly ripe and creamy ones are definitely the key!

    • Sarah Yates|

      They really are! Too ripe or not ripe enough and it’s just never as good.

  3. Nina|

    Love your presentation of the guacamole! My guacamole recipe is super similar to yours, but I add some diced mango. Mmmm.

  4. Kelly Jo|

    Mmmm, I think I could eat that whole bowl right now! And I’m thinking a margarita (or 2) would go just perfect with this :)

    • Sarah Yates|

      IT is SO upsetting! I get so frustrated when it happens at restaurants because the guac is usually WHY I ordered the dish! ha!

    • Sarah Yates|

      I’ve heard about the cumin addition but I’m so resistant to try it for some reason! I guess because I just love guacamole so much I don’t even want to make one batch that isn’t my favorite. So silly! Ok, I’m committing to giving the cumin a shot!

  5. JuliAnne|

    My family makes guacamole at least once a week and love putting it on traditional foods as well as hamburgers! Our recipe is quite similar except we find adding garlic salt and garlic powder adds something extra to it.

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