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What’s In YOUR Guacamole?

by jenny sansouci on May 5, 2014

Hey avocado lovers, guess what? It’s Cinco de Mayo. I didn’t realize that until someone told me this afternoon. I was like, YO, I gotta make some guac! And the person said, “or take tequila shots instead!”

Let’s just say I decided on the guac.

Guacamole is a hilarious thing. It’s like everyone has their own “special twist” on it. And doesn’t it seem like everyone claims they have “the best gucacamole recipe ever“?  People get so serious about it!!! Myself included.

I’ve even heard of guys having “guac offs.” (If you are having one, please consider inviting me, I will provide adequate instagram coverage and create hilarious hashtags).

Doesn’t it also seem like even if a guy can’t cook or prepare any other food, he somehow seems to have his own famous guacamole recipe? That’s fine with me – something about a guy making guacamole just gets me excited. Watching it take place is like some sort of primal delight. Last summer, I even seriously considered making a calendar called “Guys Making Guac.” (DO NOT STEAL THAT IDEA, K THANKS). I still might make it.

Anyway, in the spirit of Cinco de Mayo, I thought I’d share MY personal guacamole recipe, because obviously I have one. And guess what? It doesn’t include tomatoes. Because tomatoes ruin guac. Yeah, I said it. Avocados are one of life’s greatest pleasures and they don’t need to be diluted by space-hogger tomatoes. Or onions, for that matter, if we’re truly being honest (and we are). We are in the trust tree, in the nest.

You know what’s disgusting? When restaurants use bagged guacamole paste instead of fresh guacamole. You know what I’m talking about.

So – what does a good guacamole ALWAYS NEED if you wanna be guac royalty?


  • Avocados
  • Garlic
  • Lime juice
  • Cilantro
  • Salt

That’s it. Combine it all and please, keep it chunky. The only things that are sometimes added, from time to time, are something to make it spicy (i.e. a pinch of cayenne, a chopped jalapeno pepper, or a splash of hot sauce). Otherwise, this guac is perfect and there is nothing else that needs to be done to it.

Let’s touch upon the cilantro issue right now, as I know at least 40% of you are thinking it. I wrote a little about it here in 2009, when clearly I was so enthralled by it that I was rallying for the government to start funding cilantro tastebud research.

The truth is…there are certain human beings in this world that have a genetic defect that causes them to hate cilantro. You know immediately if you’re one of them. To you, cilantro tastes like biting a soapy penny, and I’m so sorry about that. Let’s all have a moment of silence for those people. 

The answer to your question “what can I substitute the cilantro with?” is, quite frankly, nothing. It is irreplaceable.


Ok now that I just blasted you with my incredible 5-ingredient guacamole recipe, here are ESTIMATED amounts, although if you are a guacasseur you know it’s a good idea to add ingredients in the amounts that taste good to you. For instance, I am obsessed with raw garlic and copious amounts of cilantro, so I use a lot. Other peeps run for the hills when they even think about that.

2-3 avocados
1-2 cloves chopped raw garlic
Juice of one lime
1/4 cup chopped cilantro
Pinch of sea salt

Now here’s the REAL point of this blog post: I wanna hear what you put in your guacamole. Do you have a secret special ingredient? Do you LOVE putting tomatoes in your guac? Do you want to pick every last cilantro leaf out of my guacamole recipe? (It’s ok, we can still be friends, I am sure you have at least a few other redeeming qualities).

Do you have a crazy guacamole recipe that I can’t even imagine? Let’s have a comment guac-off!!!! We can all learn from each others ideas and MAKE EPIC GUACAMOLE EVERY DAY!


Let’s all go ahead and listen to this while we make our guac.

Yep. I’m officially way too excited…again.

What’s in YOUR guacamole recipe? Let’s hear it!!

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{ 13 comments… read them below or add one }

michelle May 6, 2014 at 6:49 am

My guacamole is exactly the same as yours. I always add a small piece of jalapeno though. My house is always fully stocked with avocados. Thanks for your awesome post!


jenny sansouci May 6, 2014 at 10:56 am

A house fully stocked with avocados = my dream house!


Kathryn May 6, 2014 at 7:03 am

You are hilarious. I do add a tiny bit of chopped red onion, and chopped jalapeño, but otherwise mine is the same.


jenny sansouci May 6, 2014 at 10:57 am

YOU are hilarious. Jade probably adds grapefruit juice.


Heidi Symonds May 6, 2014 at 10:51 am

I LOVE, LOVE LOVE cilantro. Can’t get enough of it! I’m totally with you on the tomato. Blech. I add bit of lemon juice to my guac, not only does it add flavor, but it helps to keep it looking “fresher” longer. Garlic is nice sometimes too.


jenny sansouci May 6, 2014 at 10:57 am

Mmmmm. Lemon and lime together would be exquisite. High fives, cilantro lover!


Aly Arnone May 6, 2014 at 2:43 pm

This post is amazing, I’m dying because this is exactly my boyfriend. Doesn’t cook much but loooooooves to make his guac and he think it’s amazing. But between us, I can’t stand it. I love garlic, but he kills it with garlic and I don’t even know what else. When my friends come over I totally cut him off before he can even think about it and I say “I’ll make the guac!!” Mine is very similar to yours, I use all the same ingredients (if I don’t have fresh cilantro I won’t make it). However, I do add a tiny bit of organic salsa.

One trick someone taught me is if you don’t eat it all and don’t want it to go bad quickly, save the pit and throw it in with the guac. It won’t turn brown as fast 🙂

now I want some guac….


Becca May 6, 2014 at 6:38 pm

Put the jalapeño through your garlic press!! Makes for guac that’s evenly spicy throughout, no secret hidden chunks of jalapeño waiting to burn your tongue. Also: Diced green onion!


stephanie May 7, 2014 at 2:00 pm

my recipe is identical to yours, except I add red onion. I made a huge batch for my office on Monday. It was devoured within ten.

I’ve also been making guac smoothies with spinach, avocado, cilantro, lime juice, water, and ice. delish!


Jen @ Existential Evolution May 7, 2014 at 2:52 pm

I’m a total lazy butt when it comes to guac prep! Open up a few avocados, pour in some garlic and onion powder, a dusting of sea salt and a few scoops of our coop’s super duper awesome homemade salsa that is chock full of organic tomatoes, red onions, cilantro and jalapenos!

P.S. I think the earlier comment from Stephanie is pure absolute genius — a guac smoothie????? Um…..that’s a new and exciting combo!


Julie May 14, 2014 at 12:45 am

It depends each time! Sometimes it fruit ranging from pears to tropical fruits. Sometimes it’s different herbs and spices from Nutmeg to Cilantro. I call it creative cooking. It’s never the same. I have so many Guac recipes…love avocados!


Jenny May 19, 2014 at 12:33 am

I, too, love me some cilantro! And my name is Jenny too, so hopefully I get bonus points for having an awesome name. In MY guac, there are always avocados, lemon OR lime juice (never tried both together–I usually just have one or the other), copious amounts of cilantro, and some good salt. Ideally I also add a small amount of green onions, and yes, tomatoes! Just a little bit though, say 5-6 grape tomatoes cut into fourths. I’ve never been a fan of garlicky guac. I do like it super cilantroey, though.


Amara November 10, 2014 at 3:50 pm

I use the same ingredients as you, but I also add shredded carrot. I Highly recommend it!


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