How to Make a Basic Guacamole Dip With 3 Flavorful Variations

Use this base formula for guacamole and change it up with flavorful add-ins to make three completely different takes on healthy guacamole. What are you waiting for? Get mashin'!

three bowls of guacamole with different flavor variations
Photo: Carson Downing

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Guacamole Base Formula

Two tablespoons of any of these tasty guacamole versions has only about 50 calories.

Ready in 15 minutes. Makes 1½ cups


  • 2 medium avocados, halved, seeded, and peeled
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • ¼ cup fruit or vegetables
  • ¼ cup snipped fresh herbs
  • ¼ cup crumbled cheese (optional)
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons finely chopped spicy pepper or onion
  • ½ teaspoon salt


Mash together avocados and lime juice in a bowl. Stir in fruit or vegetables, herbs, cheese (if using), spicy pepper or onion, and salt. Serve with tortilla chips, plantain chips, or cut fresh vegetables.

3 Flavor Variations

1. Sweet Citrus Guacamole

Base formula + orange + cilantro + cotija cheese + jalapeño

guacamole with orange, cilantro, cotija cheese, and jalapeno pepper in a bowl with chips
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2. Mediterranean Guacamole

Base formula + pomegranate seeds + parsley + feta cheese + red onion

guacamole with pomegranate seeds, parsley, feta cheese, and red onion in a bowl with tortilla chips
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3. Cheesy Corn Guacamole

Base formula + roasted corn + green onion + goat cheese + serrano pepper

guacamole with roasted corn, green onion, goat cheese, and serrano pepper in a bowl
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This article originally appeared in the August/September 2020 issue of Allrecipes Magazine.

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