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Fresh Zesty Guacamole

A classic favorite, this simple guacamole recipe is perfect on its own, but also makes a marvelous platform for creative add-ins! Use this easy guacamole recipe as the topper for all your Cinco de Mayo dishes!

Easy Guacamole Recipe + Ideas for Add-Ins! #guacamole #fresh #avocado #cincodemayo

Guacamole is one of the foods that when set in front of me, I have zero self-control.

And I do mean ZERO.

I’m suddenly at the mercy of a bowl of green obsession and a bag of chips. Nothing will stop me from scooping and munching, scooping and munching, scooping and munching, until someone identifies the issue at hand, and out of mercy, literally picks up the bowl and moves it out of my reach.

Apparently there aren’t therapists for this…

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However, I justify my addiction by continually telling myself that a good simple guacamole recipe is healthy. Which it is.

But the 1 pound bag of tortilla chips, not so much.

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Even so, my favorite easy guacamole recipe is something we make almost every week when avocados are ripe and in season. We dollop guacamole on top of salads and Mexican favorites. We serve it with cocktails and chips on Friday afternoon. We even make our easy guacamole recipe with breakfast scrambles and warm tortillas on the weekends.

And since no one is my family is in a hurry to stop the cycle of never-ending guacamole, I think I’ll just keep making it.

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I do like to mix up my simple guacamole recipe. Although I believe it to be fabulous on its own, sometimes it’s fun to add an element of surprise!

Try making this easy guacamole recipe with the addition of:

  • Crumbled Bacon
  • Cooked Chorizo
  • Crumbled Blue Cheese
  • Drizzled with Buffalo Sauce
  • Fresh Pineapple, Mango, or Strawberries
  • Chopped Radishes or Jicama
  • Feta Cheese + Sun Dried Tomatoes
  • Chipotle Peppers
  • Capers
  • Smoked Almonds

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I usually stir in just one surprise ingredient, although the blue cheese and buffalo sauce is awfully nice together. Cinco de Mayo is just a few days away, why not set up a guacamole bar with stir-in toppings your friends can add themselves.

That, and a margarita bar sounds like pure Cinco de Mayo bliss!

Easy Guacamole Recipe

Yield: 8 servings

Prep Time: 10 minutes


  • 3 large ripe haas avocados
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 2-3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 jalapeno, minced
  • 1/4 cup chopped green onions
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro
  • 1 plum tomatoes, diced
  • Salt and pepper


  1. Cut the avocados in half, remove the pit, and scoop the flesh out with a spoon. Place the avocado flesh in medium bowl and pour the lime juice over the top. Use a spoon and fork to mash the avocado until mostly smooth.
  2. Smell your jalapeño to test the heat--you can usually tell if you got a spicy one. Stir in the garlic, jalapeño (half or all), green onions and cilantro. Salt and pepper to taste. Then stir in the diced tomato at the very end.
  3. Serve immediately, or press plastic wrap down over the surface of the guacamole, removing all air bubbles, and refrigerate until ready to serve.

Making this recipe? Why not take a quick shot and share it on Instagram! Make sure to tag it #ASpicyPerspective so we can see what you're cooking!

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18 Responses to “Fresh Zesty Guacamole”

  1. Taylor @ Food Faith Fitnessposted May 2, 2014 at 4:38 am

    YES. JUST YES. I Love guac, and have the same obsession as you. I’ve never searched for therapy because this is a love I don’t want to get over! Love your ideas for additions! Chorizo? YUM! pinned


  2. Robinposted May 2, 2014 at 6:21 am

    I have no shame in my Guacamole consumption either! Besides, it’s the “good fat,” right?!


  3. dcposted May 2, 2014 at 6:25 am

    Yum! Learned the blue cheese addition from Michael Symon a few years back! Buffalo sauce…ok I’m in!


  4. Liz @ The Lemon Bowlposted May 2, 2014 at 6:56 am

    Here’s a fun twist: imagine having a husband who doesn’t like guacamole. Can we say “hello stretch pants?” I have zero control also. But just think of all the healthy fats we are getting! :)


  5. Kevin @ Closet Cookingposted May 2, 2014 at 7:01 am

    Homemade guacamole is the best and this one is fabulous!


  6. Melanie @ Carmel Momentsposted May 2, 2014 at 7:37 am

    Perfection Sommer! I love easy.
    Have a BEautiful weekend!


  7. Heather Christoposted May 2, 2014 at 7:38 am

    I have no control with guacamole either! This looks so good- I would devour it all!


  8. Sandy @ ReluctantEntertainerposted May 2, 2014 at 8:28 am

    Perfection in a bowl. Love anything with guacs. Happy weekend, Sommer!


  9. Sammi @Sammi Sunshineposted May 2, 2014 at 1:48 pm

    I am the same way with guacamole! If it is in front of me with a bag of chips, I will devour it! By the way, one of my favorite words is zesty. It makes this recipe so much better! Haha!

    Sammi Sunshine
    A Food Blog


  10. Amandaposted May 2, 2014 at 2:31 pm

    I absolutely love guacamole. Yours looks delicious.


  11. Tieghanposted May 2, 2014 at 9:02 pm

    GIMME!! This look amazing, Sommer!


  12. Jeanette | Jeanette's Healthy Livingposted May 3, 2014 at 10:18 am

    My kids and husband LOVE guacamole. Love the extra zip yours has!


  13. Karlyposted May 4, 2014 at 9:26 am

    This looks like perfect guac! I’m craving some for breakfast now.


  14. Kristen Dukeposted May 4, 2014 at 5:56 pm

    Yum thanks for sharing! The additions you shared sound good too, I might have to mix it up a bit!


  15. Jessica @ Sweet Menuposted May 4, 2014 at 10:45 pm

    Looks beautiful Sommer! Craving a serving of it right now!


  16. Missposted May 5, 2014 at 6:29 am

    I could eat guacamole everyday, this looks fabulous!


  17. Christine from Cook the Storyposted May 5, 2014 at 7:12 am

    I need this guac, a bag of chips, and a big ‘ol margarita, STAT!


  18. Annie @Maebellsposted May 6, 2014 at 12:09 pm

    We had this last night, loved it! Thanks for sharing!


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