This is the best homemade Guacamole Recipe made with fresh pico de gallo and just the right amount of zing! A total crowd-pleasing dip every time that will be gone in a flash!
The Best Guacamole Recipe
A party or game day gathering without guacamole is just a crowded room, I say. HA. My family and friends – some who don’t really even love avocados – can polish off an entire bowl of this guacamole in lightening speed. And they swear my homemade guacamole recipe is the best.
Made with ripe avocados, fresh pico de gallo, and just the right seasonings, it’s bursting with flavor and the perfect texture for dipping those tortilla chips into!
What’s In Guacamole?
This guacamole recipe is made with fresh ripe avocados and the best homemade pico de gallo.
(Scroll below to the printable recipe card for details and measurements.)
- Avocados – Our star ingredient. They should be ripe and without blemishes or brown spots. Peeled and pitted.
- Lime juice – Fresh lime juice is an absolute must. Skip that bottled stuff, you will taste the difference.
- Seasonings – Salt, cumin, and cayenne pepper season the smashed avocado perfectly.
- Pico de Gallo – Made from white onion, tomatoes, jalapeño, cilantro, lime juice, and salt, this adds amazing flavor and pop of color. You can buy it or make my favorite pico de gallo recipe.
- Cilantro – Fresh chopped cilantro, for garnish.
How To Make Guacamole
It’s so easy! Buy ripe avocados, halve them, and remove the pit. Scoop the flesh out with a spoon into a bowl. Add in pico de gallo, lime juice, salt, cilantro, and some cumin and cayenne (these are optional, but not in my opinion. HA), then mash with a fork to your desired consistency. We like ours smooth, but with texture, so I make sure it’s still slightly chunky.
(Scroll below to the printable recipe card for all the details and measurements.)
Finding perfectly ripe avocados can be a challenge depending on the season and where you live. If all you can find are unripe avocados, place them in a paper bag with a banana, kiwi, or apple, then fold the top of the bag over and place in a warm spot (like a sunny window.) This will increase the amount of ethylene gas, which helps fruit ripen. You should notice a difference within 12 hours.
The only thing that can delay browning is to create a barrier between the exposed surface of the dip and oxygen in the air. This protective layer can be in the form of olive oil, lime or lemon juice, water, or plastic wrap (pressed directly and completely on the mixture), then sealed tightly. Olive oil and citrus juice will change the flavor, though, and water is sort of gross IMHO. So plastic wrap is your best bet. My solution is simply to serve it right after I make it!
Actually, yes! Avocado is high in protein, low carb, and contains the good fat. Fresh pico de gallo, lime juice, and seasonings are also healthy. Just go easy on the dippers (like tortilla chips) and this dip is a very nutritious snack or appetizer.
How Long Does Guacamole Last?
In my house? Minutes. HA. But really… homemade guacamole only lasts 1-2 days and it should be kept refrigerated if you won’t be eating it right away. It should only sit out at room temperature for no more than 2 hours. You’ll know it’s gone bad when it has a substantial puddle of brown liquid and the layers below the surface have lost their rich green color.
Technically, you can freeze it, but that doesn’t mean you should. I remember spending the day with Chef Rick Bayless who specializes in all things Mexican cuisine, and he was pretty against it, explaining “Exposing avocados to extreme heat or extreme cold changes their flavor. Plus, many of the mix-ins you probably have in your guacamole may become mushy when frozen-then-thawed (I’m looking at you, tomatoes).”
What to Eat with Guacamole
There are countless ways to put your guacamole to good use!
- Spread it on avocado toast
- Smear it on a burger
- Add another layer of flavor to walking tacos or tachos
- Put a dollop on Taco Soup
- Use it on baked chicken taquitos or chicken enchiladas
- It’s a great side for this Mexican Rice Skillet
- And of course just serve it with tortilla chips
More Mexican Inspired Recipes:
Best Guacamole Recipe
- 3 medium ripe avocados , peeled and pitted
- 1 medium lime , juiced
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/4 teaspoon cumin
- 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 1 cup pico de gallo
- fresh chopped cilantro , for garnish
- tortilla chips , for serving
- Scoop the avocado flesh into a large glass bowl. Drizzle with the lime juice; toss to coat. Drain, and reserve the lime juice.
- Add in the salt, cumin, and cayenne; mash with a fork until desired consistency is reached (we like it with some texture.)
- Fold in the pico de gallo and 1 tablespoon of the reserved lime juice.
- Let sit for 15 minutes, then serve and enjoy!