How to Make Guacamole

Guacamole is a treat that comes from the Aztecs of Mexico but is enjoyed all over the world. Some people get fancy with the ingredients, while others stay traditional. Whichever the case, knowing how to make great guacamole is a great tool to have with you when hosting a party for food lovers! Luckily, has a great recipe for an easy and quick way to make guacamole that will leave your guests begging for more!

IngredientsHow to Make Guacamole, Ixtapa Mexican Restaurant and Cantina, Massachusetts

  • 2 avocados
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 ripe tomato, chopped
  • 1 lime juiced
  • Salt and pepper to taste


Peel and mash avocados in a medium serving bowl. Stir in onion, garlic, tomato, lime juice, salt and pepper. Season with the remaining lime juice and salt and pepper to taste. Chill for half an hour to blend flavors.

Now, if you are looking to be a little more daring and test your guests’ taste buds, try one of the following guacamole recipes.

Mango Pomegranate Guacamole

This first recipe is from Epicurious and is an interesting twist on the original guacamole idea. It makes about eight servings and takes a total of 20 minutes to make.


  • 4 ripe avocados (2 pounds total)
  • 1 cup finely chopped white onion
  • 2 fresh serrano chiles, finely chopped (2 tablespoons), including seeds
  • ¼ cup fresh lime juice
  • ¾ cup pomegranate seeds (from 1 pomegranate)
  • ¾ cup diced peeled mango
  • ½ cup chopped cilantro
  • Garnish: lime wedges


Halve, pit and peel avocados. Coarsely mash in a bowl. Stir in onion, chiles, ¼ cup lime juice, and 1 ¼ teaspoons salt, then fold in pomegranate seeds, mango, and cilantro. Season with salt and additional lime juice.

Cook’s Note: Guacamole can be made 4 hours ahead and chilled, its surface covered with parchment paper or plastic wrap. Bring to room temperature and serve before serving.

Kicked Up Guacamole with Lump Crab Meat

Food Network also has a great guacamole recipe. This recipe actually includes crabmeat in it, but if you prefer you can also use imitation crab. This recipe takes about 20 minutes to make and makes four servings.


  • 3 large, ripe avocados, peeled, pitted and cut into ½-inch pieces
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 1/3 cup minced cilantro leaves
  • 1 tablespoon minced jalapeno
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • ½ teaspoon minced garlic
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup minced red onions
  • ½ cup finely chopped, seeded tomatoes
  • ½ cup finely chopped fresh jicama
  • 2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil
  • ½ pound lump crabmeat, picked over to remove shells and cartilage
  • Tortilla chips for dipping


In a large bowl, place all but ¼ cup of the avocado pieces. Add 2 tablespoons of the lime juice, 2 tablespoons of the cilantro, 1 teaspoon of the jalapeno, ½ teaspoon of the cumin, ¼ teaspoon of the garlic, ¼ teaspoon of the salt, and a pinch of cayenne, and mash with the back of a fork until smooth. Add ¼ cup of the onions, ¼ cup of the tomatoes and ¼ cup of the jicama to the avocado mixture, and stir well to combine. In a separate bowl, combine the remaining ingredients with the crabmeat and gently toss to combine. Fold the crabmeat mixture into the mashed avocado mixture, stirring to combine, but being careful not to break up the crabmeat. Season to taste. Divide among 4 chilled martini glasses and serve with tortilla chips.

Cranberry Guacamole

Avocado Central shares this great recipe, where they incorporate cranberry into the guacamole. It is interesting all the variations of guacamole that can be made. When finished, it consists of about four servings and only takes about 20 minutes to make.


  • 2 ripe, Fresh Hass Avocados, seeded and peeled
  • ½ cup salsa verde
  • 3 tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro or parsley leaves
  • 1 jalapeno, seeded and deveined, finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon coarse garlic salt
  • 2/3 cup dried cranberries soaked in hot water, drained and squeezed dry


Coarsely mash avocados.

Fold in remaining ingredients and serve.

*Large avocados are recommended for this recip. A large avocado averages about 8 ounces. If using smaller or larger size avocados adjust the quantity accordingly.

It is amazing the kinds of recipe variations that people can come up with that taste so good! Guacamole is always a great side to any meal when you pair it with a nice basket of tortilla chips. You could even be adventurous just like these recipes and experiment to find something else to pair with your new guacamole varieties. If you want to taste what real, authentic guacamole tastes like, you can visit Ixtapa Mexican Grill and Cantina located in Groton, Lexington, Lunenburg, and Woburn, Massachusetts and we will make sure you are satisfied.