Chef John's Classic Guacamole


There are few things as easy, healthy, and delicious as this ubiquitous dip. However, unless you're grinding your aromatic vegetation in a molcajete, or against a cutting board, you're really not tasting a classic guacamole. The flavors not only become more intense, but actually change in character. This is just what those bland, fatty, but delectable avocados need. That and a thoughtful seasoning of lime juice, and maybe some more salt.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
20 mins
12 servings


  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh serrano chili

  • ½ cup chopped fresh cilantro, divided

  • ¼ cup finely diced white onion

  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt for grinding vegetables, plus more to taste

  • 4 large Hass avocados

  • 1 cup diced ripe tomatoes, drained (Optional)

  • 1 lime, juiced, or more to taste


  1. Place minced peppers, 1/4 cup of the chopped cilantro, and the diced onions on a cutting board. Chop them together into very small pieces. Sprinkle with kosher salt. Using the flat side of the knife blade, smear the mixture to work it into a paste, and chop again to achieve as fine a texture as possible.

  2. Stem, halve, and pit the avocados. Scoop out flesh and place in a bowl. Add 1/4 cup chopped cilantro, onion and serrano mixture, salt, and fresh lime juice. Mash with a potato masher to desired texture (smooth or chunky), 5 or 6 minutes. Taste and adjust seasonings. If not serving immediately, cover and refrigerate.

    close up view of Classic Guacamole in a glass bowl, served with tortilla chips in a basket
    Chef John

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

158 Calories
14g Fat
10g Carbs
2g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 158
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 14g 18%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Sodium 89mg 4%
Total Carbohydrate 10g 4%
Dietary Fiber 7g 24%
Total Sugars 1g
Protein 2g
Vitamin C 14mg 72%
Calcium 17mg 1%
Iron 1mg 3%
Potassium 519mg 11%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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