Authentic Mexican Guacamole

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When it comes to making Guacamole from scratch, I’ve become a bit of an expert. Although I live in California, I’m blessed to spend about three months a year in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. In markets south of the border you can find gorgeous ripe avocados, Mexican limes, chilies and tomatoes year round.

Authentic Mexican Guacamole

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Although there are plenty of variations on this traditional Mexican favorite, let me tell you – from California to Mexico this is the best guacamole recipe I’ve found. What you’ll love most about this authentic restaurant-style guacamole recipe is that with a few basic ingredients it can be easily replicated in your own kitchen. For additional Mexican flavor, add a sprinkling of Mexican Cojita cheese on top of the guacamole. If you have a Mexican market in your city, you can find Cojita cheese there.

Authentic Mexican Guacamole Recipe

Serve this authentic Mexican guacamole alongside authentic Mexican salsa and restaurant-style tortilla chips. If you’d like to make a fresh batch of tortilla chips at home, it’s quick and easy to do! simply slice a small stack of corn tortillas into 4 triangles and fry them in cooking oil over medium-high heat until crisp. Transfer cooked tortilla chips to a platter or cookie sheet lined with paper towels. Blot off excess oil.

How to Make Authentic Mexican Guacamole from Scratch

Here in California I love to serve guacamole in my authentic Mexican molcajete which originally belonged to my Grandma Mercie. Grandma used it often and it graced her long kitchen counter. I feel so lucky that this precious family heirloom was handed down to me. It has a special place in my heart and home.

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Serve guacamole alongside a basket of crispy tortilla chips and watch it disappear! This appetizer recipe is perfect for all types of festivities, including football parties and Cinco de Mayo fiestas. Guacamole is also delicious when served as a topping for your favorite Mexican specialties.

Avocados for Authentic Guacamole Recipe

How to Select the Best Haas Avocados

At the supermarket you’ll notice that there are different types of avocados. For making the best guacamole you’ll want to select Haas Avocados. The avocados you use for this recipe should be perfectly ripe. Here’s how to select the perfect avocado for guacamole: When a Haas avocado is under-ripe it is green in color and very firm. A nearly ripe avocado is green-purple and slightly firm. A perfectly ripe avocado – the kind you want for this recipe – is purple-black in color and yields to gentle pressure. An over-ripe avocado is black and mushy.

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A Word About Molcajetes

When shopping for a molcajete look for one that has been imported from Mexico AND is made from authentic lava rock. Tourist molcajetes are often made from concrete and basalt. A mixed and molded molcajete can be easily spotted by the sharp angle it has on the top edge. Look for one that has been hand carved. If you’ve accidentally purchased a concrete and basalt one I would recommend that you not use it for food. Chemicals in the materials it’s made from might contain toxins that can be transferred onto your food. Instead, use it as a centerpiece when creating festive Mexican tablescapes or as a decorative feature in your kitchen. To season an authentic lava rock molcajete deeply grind large coarse-grain sea salt within the interior until the salt becomes a very fine powder. Then bake the molcajete and the grinding stone in a 450 degree oven for one hour. After the molcajete cools, rub a bit of cooking oil over the whole molcajete. Now your molcajete is properly seasoned and ready to use! I received these molcajete seasoning instructions from the owner of an authentic Mexican restaurant in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.

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How to Make Authentic Mexican Guacamole from Scratch

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A perfectly ripe avocado – the kind you want for this recipe – is purple-black in color and yields to gentle pressure. An over-ripe avocado is black and mushy.


  • 3 Haas Avocados
  • 1/4 cup red onion, finely diced
  • 1/4 cup Roma tomatoes, finely diced
  • 1/4 cup cilantro leaves, chopped (no stems)
  • 1 Jalapeno or Serrano chile (about 1 tablespoon), finely diced
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt (or maybe a little bit more!)
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice, squeeze the juice from 3 key limes
  • Optional Garnish: cilantro leaves on stems, or sprinkling of Mexican Cotija Cheese


  1. Using a knife or avocado tool, slice avocados in half. Reserve the pits for later.
  2. Remove the peels and place the avocado in a bowl.
  3. Mash the avocados until the consistency is smooth with just a few small lumps.
  4. Add remaining ingredients to the bowl. Gently fold all ingredients together.
  5. If serving guacamole as an appetizer, transfer Mexican Guacamole to a molcajete.
  6. Garnish with a few cilantro leaves on stems, or a sprinkling of Mexican Cotija Cheese.
  7. Serve guacamole with restaurant-style tortilla chips.


  1. Control the heat factor: Jalapeno chiles are milder than Serrano chiles!
  2. If your guacamole will not be enjoyed right away, add in an avocado pit or two, and squeeze a bit more lime juice on top. This will help the guacamole from turning brown.
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Category: Appetizer, Lunch, Dinner
  • Method: By hand
  • Cuisine: Mexican, Tex-Mex

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What type of Mexican food do you enjoy most with guacamole? I personally love guacamole on chicken and beef tacos, on top of enchiladas, inside burritos, on top of tostadas, as a garnish for taco salads, and in 7-layer dips! And of course, I love it straight out of the molcajete with authentic Mexican-style tortilla chips. Share your love for this authentic guacamole recipe in the comment section below.

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  1. This is exactly how traditional guacamole is made! I’ve been making it this way for years as has my Mom. Happy to see a great recipe posted without the use of the extra unnecessary ingredients, KUDOS!!

      1. I make guacamole as often as I can procure Avocados. I use the Indian Avocado which are quite good, along with tomatoes, chillies and onions. I use local coriander leaves instead of cilantro and fresh limes. We just love it and eat it with rice and Indian bread.

        1. Hello Chandrabali. Indian avocados sound so delicious! I’ve heard they have a slightly nutty flavor. I would love to try them. 🙂 The word “cilantro” is actually the Spanish name for coriander leaves. Enjoying guacamole with rice and Indian bread sounds amazingly tasty! Yum. Yum.

  2. I made this guacamole because the photo of the Salsa Turkey Burger recipe that I had decided to try showed it topped with guacamole. The burger itself was ok but this guacamole recipe put it over the top! Delicious!!!!!! I’m not a fan of cilantro, so I substituted parsley. This recipe is definitely a

    1. Hi Trudy! You are just too sweet! Thank you so much for letting me know that you tried and liked this authentic Mexican guacamole recipe. I hope you and your family have a fun weekend. Thanks again for stopping by to visit me here and leave a comment. I appreciate it. :-)

  3. You are absolutely right, this is definitely one of the best-tasting guacamole recipes I’ve found. I made it last night and added a big scoop to my bunless burger and it was fabulous! Such great flavors and the perfect amount of spice.

  4. Great recipe! We used this to use up three avocados we had laying around. We didn’t have jalapeños but used pepper sauced in a pinch.

  5. I believe the name of the cheese mention is COTIJA not cojita. Thought you should know. Thanks for the recipe ideas.

    1. Fernando, thank you so much for pointing out the misspelling I made of Cotija cheese! I really appreciate that. I just went in and made the correction. Many good wishes are sent your way for a wonderful weekend. :-)

    1. Hello Rebecca. Sitting out on an appetizer table, your Mexican Guacamole will last the length of a football game! But I have a feeling it will be eaten and gone before then. Two tips to prevent your guacamole from browning: 1. Keep an avocado pit inside the bowl with the guacamole. 2. Squeeze a little bit of lemon juice or lime juice on the top portion of the guacamole that’s exposed to the air and gently mix it in just on the top there. :-)

  6. Oh I have always wanted to go to Mexico and what better way to capture the Mexican spirit than through some guac. Your recipe looks delicious and I like how you have set the photos with cactuses in the background x

  7. This looks like the absolute perfect guacamole recipe. Yum! I love the addition of the serrano peppers. I am totally trying it the next time I make guac!

  8. The photos looks amazing. I love the decorations you used. It goes well with the guacamole

  9. I love guacamole! Now I need to get a molcajete! We are about an hour from the Mexican border, so I should get one from Mexico!

    1. I Just made this recipe (minus the jalapeno peppers)and it is absolutely delicious. It’s mild and perfectly balanced in flavors. No overpowering onions or cilantro. I diced the onions super fine because I don’t like to bite into raw onions but love the flavor. My favorite! Thank you!

      1. Jackie, you just made my day! Thank you so much for coming back and sharing your delicious experience with this guacamole recipe. Many good wishes are sent your way for a sunny, beautiful week!

  10. Darling, this looks PHENOMENAL! I’m drooling! I absolutely love guac, especially homemade. Thanks so much for sharing this recipe!

    xx, Taylor (

  11. THIS! This is exactly how I like my guacamole. I learned to make it in Mexico too :). And you are so right about Molcajetes! I brought mine home from Mexico even. Talk about heavy luggage!

  12. I love guacamole or anything with avocados so much! This is making me so so hungry! I’ll keep the recipe in mind! xx corinne

    1. THAT’S awesome that you’ve got a good friend that you can love & cook for!!! I hope that he knows HOW much it means to you that you think enough of him to cook! MAKE SURE her show you sum LOVE for that!

  13. Nice Guacamole recipe! But I will skip that onion cause I hate them. >.< Will try it sometime soon!