Perfect Creamy Guacamole

By Marley Goldin
on May 8, 2020
last updated on July 29, 2021

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The perfect, creamy guacamole with a pinch of spice from cayenne, a hint of citrus from lime, and a bite of crunch from red onion and tomato.
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Looking for a delicious and healthful appetizer, snack, or taco companion? You’ve found it in this Perfect Creamy Guacamole.

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Let’s just start by saying I am absolutely obsessed with this Perfect Creamy Guacamole. There’s something about taking a salty chip and dunking it into a bowl of creamy green goodness that immediately feels cathartic.

It just transports me to the back patio of my favorite Mexican restaurant, chatting with good company over a bowl of fresh table-side guac and a pitcher of sangria.

That’s honestly my favorite thing about food. Different smells and tastes jog so many great memories! (Although, this works both ways. I have some issues with peas I’m still working through).

In our house, Mexican food night is a whole event. Whether it’s tacos, burritos, quesadillas, enchiladas—it’s ALL about the guacamole. It’s just so fresh and creamy and full of nutritious vitamins, minerals, and good fats, which somehow makes it taste even better 😊

Restaurant quality guacamole at home was absolutely a game-changer for us and I’m sure it will for you too!

Perfect Creamy Guacamole Tips and Tricks

Use a Mortar and Pestle

This recipe is packed with vibrant, flavorful, good-for-you ingredients! Breaking them down into small, fine parts is what allows their flavors to meld together to yield that Perfect Creamy Guacamole. I smash my tomatoes, onion, and cilantro before adding my avocado.

If you don’t have a Mortar and Pestle, you can certainly dice your ingredients or use a wooden spoon to mash them. If you’re looking for one, I would highly recommend the one I have. I’ve had it for years and love it.

So what are you waiting for? Get your very own Mortar and Pestle!

How To Know If An Avocado Is Ripe

The easiest way to tell is by pushing in the pit, and if it squishes into the avocado, it’s ripe! If it’s not ready, it will stay put. You can also just squeeze your avocado to gauge its ripeness. You’re looking for just a little give, but not a mushy mess.

What Makes This Perfect Creamy Guacamole, Well… Perfect?

It’s all about the fresh ingredients.

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Is there anything better than a perfectly ripe avocado? I mean it’s a creamy fruit that’s absolutely packed with nutrients. It’s not surprising to me they’ve spiked in popularity and become an American treasure and trending food on menus and social media platforms alike.

The avocados are the foundation of this dish, providing that perfect consistency, richness, and buttery flavor you want in a dip. (Notice how many times I’ve said “perfect “in reference to this dish… told you I was obsessed!)

Onions are so versatile and turn up in A LOT of my recipes. They’re a great way for you to infuse flavor without dumping in tons of sodium. Red onions are one of two onions that I am happy to eat raw. They are relatively mild and add a much needed crunch without detracting from the cumin and cilantro.

The tomato in this recipe plays two important roles. First, it provides some extra color and texture. And more importantly, it works with the lime to balance your dish with a punch of acidity. I use vine ripe tomatoes, but any will work. I would avoid cherry or grape tomatoes—they have too much skin and not enough juice.

Why Should You Make This Perfect Creamy Guacamole

  • It’s healthy. Packed with nutrients, antioxidants, and “good fats”.
  • It elevates your meal. Bring your tacos, burritos, quesadillas, or even morning eggs to life!

So are you ready to try this Perfect Creamy Guacamole with a pinch of spice from cayenne, a hint of citrus from lime, and a bite of crunch from red onion and tomato?

It tastes great with this Lentil Taco Meat Alternative, these Enchiladas with Homemade Sauce, and this Pan-Fried Sweet Potato Quesadilla!

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Recipe by Marley Goldin Course: Appetizers, One Pot, Sides, SnacksCuisine: vegan


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The Perfect Creamy Guacamole with a pinch of spice from cayenne, a hint of citrus from lime, and a bite of crunch from red onion and tomato. Enjoy as-is for a scrumptious dip, or as a topper for tacos, burritos, and quesadillas.


  • 3 medium Hass avocados, ripe

  • 1/4 red onion

  • 1/4 vine ripe tomato

  • Juice of 1/2 lime

  • Handful of fresh cilantro

  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper

  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin

  • Pinch of salt

  • Pinch of pepper


  • Dice your tomatoes and onions and remove cilantro from the stems. Prep your avocados by slicing in half and removing the pits, and prepare your limes by rolling on the table to loosen juice and slicing in half.Perfect Guacamole Ingredients |
  • Crush your diced onion, diced tomato, and cilantro with mortar and pestle for about 1 minute. Put some muscle into it! You really want to crush the cilantro and release all the juices from the onion and tomato.Creamy Guacamole - Ingredients
  • Add the rest of your ingredients and crush and stir until smooth. Garnish with extra diced tomato, onion, and cilantro.

pro tips

  • This recipe is best with a mortar and pestle, but if you don’t have one, just get a little creative! You can use a sturdy bowl with a wooden spoon to mash.
  • If you like jalapeños in your guac, you can absolutely add them in step 2. My preference is without, but I know some people LOVE jalapenos!
  • I love my guac smooth, but if you like it chunkier, use 2 ripe avocados and one almost ripe one. It will leave you with some chunks.

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