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Vegan Guacamole is the perfect healthy appetizer for Cinco de Mayo, Game Day, or any party! This is the best guac recipe in just 10 minutes and it’s a hit at every party. My version is flavored with garlic and scallions.

Vegan Guacamole in a bowl surrounded with lime, scallions, red onions, and tomatoes.
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★★★★★
“Best guac ever, so flavourful! Can’t make it any other way now! Thanks so much for sharing your recipe Nisha 🙂.”
– Mili


When eating Mexican cuisine, I need to have guacamole. I first learned to make guacamole while dining at Dos Caminos in New York City. It’s one of those trendy Mexican restaurants that offer tableside guac, and since then, I’ve always made my own guac.

If you have a ripe avocado lying around, the best way to use it is to make guacamole. This easy guacamole recipe is made with simple ingredients.

More Appetizer Recipes

If you love my traditional guacamole, give my Spicy Chipotle Guacamole a try – so good! For some more party appetizers, try my 5 Layer Mexican Dip, Enchilada Bean Dip, and Jalapeno Popper Garlic Bread. For a simple and easy salsa, give this 20-minute Chipotle Salsa a try.



Why You Will Love This Recipe

  • Quick, Easy & Simple Recipe 
  • Loaded with Healthy Fats
  • Ideal for Cinco de Mayo, Game Day, or a Party!
  • Perfect with Chips and Margaritas
  • Gluten-free & Vegan Recipe
  • Way better than store-bought guacamole

Ingredients

To make this delicious vegan guacamole recipe, you need all plant-based ingredients: 

Ingredients for Vegan Guacamole.
  • Avocado – Make sure your avocado is perfectly ripe when making guacamole. It shouldn’t feel hard to touch or too soft, instead, you should be able to gently squeeze the avocado.
  • Scallions – Scallions or green onions are optional in this recipe, however I love the addition of scallions.
  • Garlic – Some love adding chopped garlic, while others don’t. It’s personal. I love a touch of garlic in my guac.
  • Red Onion – Chopped red, white, or yellow onions work.
  • Tomato – You’ll need chopped tomatoes, and I highly recommend using Roma tomatoes – they’re the best!
  • Serrano Peppers – I love spicy guacamole, so I love adding serrano peppers with seeds. If you prefer less spice, use jalapenos with or without seeds.
  • Cilantro – You’ll need lots of fresh cilantro.
  • Lime – You’ll need 3/4 to a whole lime depending on how juicy your lime is.
  • Salt – I love sea salt or Himalayan salt when making guac.

*See the recipe card below for full information on ingredients and quantities.*


How to Choose the Perfect Avocado?

When buying avocados, keep in mind when you want to use them. Personally, I love Hass Avocados, they are the best avocados.

If I’m making guacamole the same day, I would choose an already ripe avocado. However, if I’m making guacamole 2-3 days later, I will choose an avocado that is not yet ripe.

Unripe Avocados – An unripe avocado will be green and hard to touch. Leave it at room temperature for a few days to ripe. If you want unripe avocados for a longer period, place the avocados in the refrigerator.

Ripe Avocados – A ripe avocado is brown and you’ll be able to gently squeeze it and it won’t be mushy.

Overripe Avocados – An overripe avocado is very brown and overly soft to the touch. This avocado will most likely be brown on the inside as well.


Substitutions & Variations

  • Corn – You can add fresh or frozen corn (rinsed under warm water) to your guacamole. It’s delicious.
  • Scallions – You can skip the scallions – it’s not a must-have ingredient in guacamole.
  • Serrano Peppers – If you prefer less spicy guacamole, use jalapeno peppers instead. I use both interchangeably.
  • Garlic – Garlic is optional in this recipe. I love garlicky guacamole but feel free to skip it.
  • Lime – If you don’t have fresh lime juice, lemon juice works.

How to Make The Best Vegan Guacamole Recipe

1. Add a ripe avocado to a bowl and season well with salt. (Image 1)

2. Add a squeeze of lime juice. (Image 2)

Avocado in a bowl with salt and lime juice.

3. Using a fork or potato masher, mash the avocado and add chopped garlic. (Image 3)

4. Add chopped red onions. (Image 4)

Add garlic and red onions to mashed avocado.

5. Now add fresh cilantro. (Image 5)

6. Add scallions and chopped serrano peppers. (Image 6)

Add fresh cilantro, scallions, and jalapeno peppers.

7. Add some fresh chopped tomatoes. (Image 7)

8. Mix. Adjust the salt to taste. Enjoy your homemade guacamole with lots of flavor. (Image 8)

Add tomatoes and mix vegan guacamole.

Expert Tips

Avocado – Make sure your avocado is perfectly ripe, so you should be able to gently squeeze it.

Fresh Ingredients – I can’t stress this enough, in order to make the best guacamole, you need to use fresh ingredients. 

Chunky Guacamole – Don’t mash or overmix the guacamole ingredients at the end. 

Serving Suggestions

→ Guacamole is best with tortilla chips.

→ It tastes great in burritos and also works as a side to enchiladas and tacos.

→ Of course, don’t forget the margaritas with your chips.


How to Store Leftover Guacamole?

To prevent oxidation, try these tips:

  • Put your guacamole in an airtight container and smooth the surface of the guacamole. Place a plastic wrap directly on top of the guacamole and gently press down to prevent any air bubbles. Seal the container and refrigerate.
  • Additionally, leaving the avocado pit in the guacamole helps prevent oxidation.

Recipe FAQs

Does guacamole have garlic?

Adding garlic to guacamole is a personal choice. After visiting Mexico, I loved the addition of garlic in guacamole. You can take it one step further and roast the garlic too.

Is guacamole good for you?

Avocado is loaded with good fats which can help lower bad cholesterol. With that said, guacamole is a calorically dense food and should be eaten in moderation.

What can I eat guacamole with instead of chips?

Carrots, celery, cucumbers, crackers, and bread. You can also enjoy guacamole with tacos, fajitas, and enchiladas.


Chunky Guacamole in a bowl with 2 chips surrounded by scallions, red onions, and tomatoes.


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5 from 6 votes

Vegan Guacamole (Best Guac Recipe)

By: Nisha
Vegan Guacamole is the perfect healthy appetizer for Cinco de Mayo, Game Day, or any party! This is the best guac recipe in just 10 minutes and it's a hit at every party. My version is flavored with garlic and scallions.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 3 servings

Ingredients 

  • 1 large avocado
  • salt to taste
  • 1/2 – 3/4 of a lime, freshly squeezed
  • 1 clove garlic, chopped
  • 1/3 cup red onions, chopped
  • 1/2 cup cilantro, chopped
  • 2 tbsp scallions, chopped
  • 1-2 tbsp serrano peppers with seeds (jalapeno peppers work too), chopped
  • 1/4 cup tomatoes, chopped
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Instructions 

  • Add a ripe avocado to a bowl and season well with salt.
  • Add a squeeze of lime juice.
  • Using a fork or potato masher, mash the avocado and mix well.
  • To the mashed avocado, add a clove of garlic.
  • Add chopped red onions.
  • Followed by fresh cilantro.
  • Add scallions.
  • Now add chopped serrano peppers.
  • Add some fresh chopped tomatoes.
  • Mix. Adjust the salt to taste. Enjoy your homemade guacamole with lots of flavor.

Notes

This recipe was first published on February 6, 2013, and has since been updated.
 
  • Avocado – Make sure your avocado is perfectly ripe, so you should be able to gently squeeze it.
  • Fresh Ingredients – I can’t stress this enough, in order to make the best guacamole, you need to use fresh ingredients. 
  • Chunky Guacamole – Don’t mash or overmix the guacamole ingredients at the end. 

Nutrition

Calories: 128kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 9mg | Potassium: 451mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 538IU | Vitamin C: 28mg | Calcium: 27mg | Iron: 1mg

Additional Info

Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Mexican
Diet: Gluten Free, Vegan
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Hi, I'm Nisha!

I'm a foodie who is passionate about healthy-ish living and mindful eating. You'll find a bit of everything here. I use mostly organic real ingredients and incorporate seasonal produce in my cooking. I believe food is medicine. Join me on this soul-searching journey as I share my love for good food, and I hope I inspire you to eat better somewhere along the way.


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29 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    This guacamole is so good! Very flavorful and I couldn’t stop eating straight from the bowl. I won’t go back to making any other way. Thanks Nisha for this awesome recipe, would be making guacamole more often now.

  2. 5 stars
    Best guac ever, so flavourful! Can’t make it any other way now! Thanks so much for sharing your recipe Nisha 🙂

  3. 5 stars
    I came across this recipe by accident and tried it some months ago and LOVED it.. Today I tried another recipe to see how it might differ, and it was just not the same and didn't hit the spot. I had to come back and search for this again and I will never follow another guacamole recipe! Thank you for sharing 🙂

    1. @Anonymous – that is so sweet of you to say, thank you for your comment. I really appreciate it. Glad you enjoyed this guac, thanks to Dos Caminos, I mastered it. 🙂

  4. Hi there. The current Food on Friday on Carole's Chatter is collecting links to posts about Mexican dishes and flavours. I do hope you link this one in. This is the link . Please do pop back to check out some of the other links – there are a lot of good ones already. Have a great week.