This Chunky Guacamole with Tomatoes Recipe will get you in the mood for summer pool parties and barbecues. Mashed avocado is mixed with chopped onions and tomatoes, and topped off with lime juice and fresh cilantro. The flavor of this guacamole dip is amazing!
This classic Mexican appetizer is so good, and easy to make. The key to the best guacamole recipe is to use fresh ingredients. You want to make sure that the tomatoes and avocado are ripe.
I like my restaurant style dips chunky. Because whoever lightly dabs a tortilla chip in dip is just kidding themselves. I want my chip loaded with authentic guacamole. The great thing about this recipe is that it doesn’t have to be chunky, if that is your preference. It all depends on how finely you chop the fresh vegetables and how well you mash avocado.
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Best Guacamole Ingredients
To make this quick and easy homemade guacamole dip, you will need the following ingredients (print the full recipe below for specific amounts):
- Avocados: make sure you have ripe avocados so they are easy to mash. Use large avocadoes for this great recipe.
- Tomato: use one regular tomato or 2 Roma tomatoes. You can also used canned diced tomatoes.
- Sweet onion: You can use yelllow onion or red onion. Red onions add more color and a stronger onion flavor.
- Limes: You can use bottled juice, but fresh lime juice really makes this recipe.
- Avocado oil: You can substitute extra virgin olive oil.
- Cayenne pepper
- Black pepper
- Garlic: Adding fresh minced garlic is a personal preference. You can add a little or a lot. Guacamole already has a lot of strong flavors, so adding minced garlic is up to your personal taste.
- Tortilla chips: for serving. You can use white corn or yellow corn tortilla chips.
Special Tools Needed
I believe the key to great guacamole is fresh limes. Of course you can use lime juice, but it doesn’t compare to freshly squeezed limes. I highly recommend investing in a sturdy lime/lemon squeezer. It will change your life!
How to Make Best Guacamole from Scratch
Making this easy guacamole recipe just takes 3 steps.
- Prepare all the vegetables. Chop the Roma tomatoes and onion into large pieces. Finely chop the cilantro and mince the garlic. Juice the limes.
- Mash the avocado. Cut the avocados in half and remove the pit. Scoop out the flesh and mash the avocado to your liking and add to a large mixing bowl. (Tip: Use a fork or a potato masher.)
- Mix the ingredients. Add the rest of the ingredients to the mixing bowl with the mashed avocados. Mix gently and serve immediately with tortilla chips.
Avocados will turn brown when exposed to oxygen, so put in an air tight container or cover tightly with plastic wrap, and store in the fridge. It will last for up to three days in the refrigerator.
Jalapeno Pepper – Like a little spice? Adding minced jalapeno is the perfect way to turn up the heat in your own guacamole.
Green Chilies – These peppers have varying spice levels and are a tasty addition.
Lemon Juice – You can substitute lemon juice. Lemon juice is not as tart as lime juice.
If you need to make guacamole ahead of time, do not add the lime juice until you are ready to serve. Do not make guacamole too far in advance, because the avocado will start to brown.
There are a few ways to test the ripeness of an avocado. First, give it a little squeeze. Ripe avocados should feel soft. A firm avocado is not ripe. A mushy avocado is overripe. Second, look at the color of the skin. A bright green avocado is not yet ripe. They get darker as they ripen. An avocado that has almost black skin that has dried up is past ripe and will be brown inside. Your avocados will ripen in 1-2 days if left out on the counter. They will take longer to ripen in the refrigerator.
Chunky guacamole is fun to dip with tortilla chips or use as a topping on tacos along with sour cream. Here are some other ideas for what to serve with guacamole.
- Instant Pot Mexican Street Corn
- Strawberry Margarita
- Tequila Lime Sheet Pan Chicken Nachos
- Instant Pot Barbacoa Burrito Bowl
- Black Bean and Corn Salsa
- Flank Steak Tacos
- Sheet Pan Steak Fajitas