Holy Guacamole: Tips and Tricks

There’s no problem that guacamole can’t solve. It’s creamy, delicious, and truly addicting, making it one of the best dips mankind has ever created. Originating from ancient Aztec society, a good guacamole recipe thrives on quality ingredients and gentle experimentation. Although guac may cost extra, these tips don’t.

  • Before you get to mashing, choosing the perfect avocado is key. In general, fully ripe avocados should easily yield to gentle pressure and be free of any bruises or discoloration. For a deeper dive, check out our guides on ripeness & handling.
  • In terms of texture, there are two ways you can go; chunky or smooth. While both have their merits, we find that the former is best; it creates numerous textures and gives your guacamole a more “natural” look.
    • Pro Tip: For an extra dash of texture, try adding some chopped red onion!
  • Spices are key to the success of your guac. Be sure to use more than just salt and pepper though, as a little cilantro, garlic powder, and jalapeño can go a long way. 
  • Besides being a zest seasoning, citrus has another purpose; it keeps your guacamole from prematurely browning. Interestingly enough, lime and lemon juice slows the oxidation process, extending the shelf life. 
    • Did you know? Leaving the pit inside your guacamole to keep it fresh is actually an urban myth! The pit only cuts off the oxygen flow to the guacamole directly underneath it, so the rest of your dip will quickly go bad. To keep your guac alive, you’re better off wrapping it in plastic wrap.
  • The approachable flavor of avocado makes guacamole adaptable to unique flavor profiles. We’ve seen chefs use ingredients like mangoes, kale, and parmesan cheese in their dip, so don’t be afraid to experiment and find out what’s right for you!