Guacamole

Total Time:
1 hr 20 min
Prep:
20 min
Inactive:
1 hr

Yield:
1 batch
Level:
Easy

Ingredients
  • 3 Haas avocados, halved, seeded and peeled
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne
  • 1/2 medium onion, diced
  • 1/2 jalapeno pepper, seeded and minced
  • 2 Roma tomatoes, seeded and diced
  • 1 tablespoon chopped cilantro
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
Directions
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In a large bowl place the scooped avocado pulp and lime juice, toss to coat. Drain, and reserve the lime juice, after all of the avocados have been coated. Using a potato masher add the salt, cumin, and cayenne and mash. Then, fold in the onions, jalapeno, tomatoes, cilantro, and garlic. Add 1 tablespoon of the reserved lime juice. Let sit at room temperature for 1 hour and then serve.

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Really wanted to love this recipe, but unfortunately I felt the spices and other additions overpowered the avocado wayy too much. I included all the ingredients, minus the jalapeño pepper, and followed the instructions to the letter. Personally, I like guacamole where you can really taste the freshness of the avocado. If I were to leave anything out next time, I would leave out the ground cumin (which was the one spice that refuses to be ignored when you taste or smell it). A lot of reviewers seem to like the cumin, so I would say that if you prefer a more fresh and clean-eat kind of taste, leave out the cumin, and if you like your guacamole with kick and flavour, go ahead and put it in. 3/5 stars for me.  item not reviewed by moderator and published
Instead of a potato masher to break up the avocados, I use a pastry blender.  I've used that for years and it works great.<br /> item not reviewed by moderator and published
Best guac ever. A lot of my friends' recipes call for at least double the avocado, and where I'm from, they're super expensive. I like it so much better when you get a bite with a little bit of everything, which you get from this recipe, instead of a bite that's mostly avocado and maybe a tomato chunk. I doubled the recipe and brought it to the party, and they were surprised that I only had to use 6 avocados to produce SO MUCH. Needless to say, I didn't have leftovers.<div><br /></div><div>Hint with jalepenos: some are hotter than others, and the longer they sit the hotter they get. You could make a batch of guac and have it be mild, or a batch that's super hot, so make sure you check.</div> item not reviewed by moderator and published
I love this guacamole recipe!  <br /> item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is the world's worst guacamole I have ever made and I followed the recipe letter for letter. Cumin has a way of ruining anything that has an otherwise good reputation or potential &amp; Mr. Brown's taste buds are questionable. item not reviewed by moderator and published
So good! My hubby started making this recipe and it is our go to guacamole recipe.  item not reviewed by moderator and published
guacamole was delicious. never used cumin in mine. brings out a flavor that is very appetizing. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is my go to guacamole recipe. Guests always rave about it and ask for the recipe. The cumin is the extra that makes this guacamole stand out over other (or more traditional) versions. The only thing I vary is the heat, which depends on who I'm serving it to. This is the only way I'll make it now.  item not reviewed by moderator and published
great recipe! I would use less cumin though, it was much too strong. I added less the second time I made it and it turned out perfectly.<br /> item not reviewed by moderator and published
<span>First time I made I made it I thought i had did something wrong. It was awful. Come to find out that the cilantro was ruining the flavor of the dish. Wow, that is a really vile herb. Without the cilantro it was absolutely great. 4 stars, minus one star for including cilantro.</span><br /><br /><br /> item not reviewed by moderator and published
The best guac I have ever tried. Thank you for a great recipe!  item not reviewed by moderator and published
Yeah, I will not add cumin.. that's for sure item not reviewed by moderator and published
This recipe is absolutely one of the best! I added a tablespoon on sriracha and a couple splashes of tequila. Amazing item not reviewed by moderator and published
Followed the recipe exactly. Perfection! You'll never want to buy the prepared stuff again. item not reviewed by moderator and published
OMG, this is the best guacomole I've ever tasted!!!!  item not reviewed by moderator and published
Amazing recipe and really easy! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I own a restaurant and ran across this recipe online. I dont sell at my restaurant but this is by far the best quac ever. I make at least 2-3 times a month and my entire family loves it. Thanks for sharing item not reviewed by moderator and published
Really good and very easy! I didn't have fresh tomato so I used a can of diced tomato with green chilis and minced them up. Didn't have cilantro so I just skipped it - but it's even better with that! I will definitely be making this again. My family loved it. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I love this recipe. So easy and simple item not reviewed by moderator and published
With this recipe...it is, indeed, a super bowl day ! Great recipe. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made this the other day for the first time and it was delicious. my spouse liked it and co workers as well so i think this will be on the table for super bowl...i must say i did not use the cumin, cayenne, or jalapeno instead i used more cilantro, garlic and also added olive oil and to be honest it came out better than i expected. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Hands down, the best guacamole I have ever had! Fabulous! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Your french toast made me a Sunday morning rock star, but your guacamole made me a GIANT among mere mortals. Thank you Mr. B, thank you, thank you. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I have made this several times and there is not way I would leave out the the cumin or cayenne........it's what makes it real guacamole. It is the most authentic and yummy guacamole ever! My daughter begs me to make it every few months or so! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I really enjoyed this recipe, but took a couple of shortcuts. Not having fresh tomatoes or a jalapeno, I instead used a drained can of Rotel (sorry, Mr. Brown.) I also cut the cayenne pepper in half. This was delicious! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I like Alton's recipes quite a bit. However, here he makes the mistake that most Americans make when it comes to Mexican food: they add cumin to everything; Mexican cooks use it very sparingly, and only in a few dishes. Guacamole in Mexico tends to be very simple: avocados, tomatoes (preferably seeded), a bit of onion, serrano pepper, and cilantro (and salt and pepper, of course). Leave an avocado pit or two in the mixture, to delay oxidation (the darkening of the avocado). Some people even forgo the tomatoes, but that is personal preference. A way to get creative is to add finely grated cheese (queso fresco, or some other fresh, salty cheese; I have used feta with great results), but not too much. Forget the cumin, lime, and garlic - let the avocado shine. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is great! I rated this based on feedback after making this multiple times for many different people over a few years...not my own personal taste (but I do love it)! Stop with the "authentic" comments. No claim it's authentic. And, really, who can say what's authentic? You'll find multiple different recipes from different regions of Mexico. Really? item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is such a pathetic recipe. My mouth tasted like onions after eating this.. too much onion abolishes the taste of avocado... it was a huge disappointment item not reviewed by moderator and published
I have used many guacamole recipes and this is my favorite! item not reviewed by moderator and published
The best guacamole ever! Made it several times and its a hit each time. I eat it with a spoon. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Delicious guac recipe. I think the cumin adds flavor; loved it. Followed recipe exactly. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Delicious and easy recipe. I added more cayenne and chopped jalapenos to turn up the heat. I recommend. item not reviewed by moderator and published
The best guacamole I have ever had. If your favorite comes in a jar or can in the store, just keep on walking. This is the recipe that will redefine what you think guacamole should taste like. And have something cold to drink standing by. Just saying. item not reviewed by moderator and published
gross. i wanted to switch it up and try a new recipe for guacamole. now I realize if it aint broke dont fix it! this recipe calls for 1/2 tsp of cumin waaay too much bc all i can taste is the cumin . I tried adjusting somethings to no avail bc i keep getting this overwhelming cumin flavor I dont think cumin belongs in a gacamole recipe. also it calls for 1/4 tsp of cayenne just stick with a pinch i used about 1/8 of a tsp and that was a lil too much. this recipe is a no go for me. i feel like i wasted avocao and their prices as as they are right now I dont likr wasting food.... I tried a few of his recipes b4 and i wasnt a fan either. Sry Alton I love ur show but not your recipes item not reviewed by moderator and published
I adore this recipe! I used one large avocado and halved the recipe except for the lime juice. I used cowhorn peppers rather than jalapeno, because I just plucked one from my garden. Honest to gosh, I forgot to add the tomato, and by the time I remembered my husband was finishing off the last of it. The batch did not last two hours from the time I started it to when my husband wiped out the last of the bowl. I'll be making this one again! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I would like to bring your attention to the guacamole dip recipe. In the printed version you call for a ½ teaspoon of cayenne which is too much, in the video you call for ¼ teaspoon which is still too much heat, for most people to enjoy. I suggest a pinch or two. item not reviewed by moderator and published
YUM Alton!!!!! 5 Exclaims! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I didn't have any onion, tomatoes, garlic, or lime. So I used everything else, and it still turned out great! Just needed a quick recipe to do something with my leftover avocado. Thanks! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I realized just as I was making it that two of my avocados weren't good so we made it with one avocado which turned it into more of a salsa but it was still delicious! Also added some garlic and onion powders instead of the cayenne and jalapenos. It made a great salsa and we'll definitely try it again when we have more avocados. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This guacamole is amazing! I am more and more impressed with Alton's recipes. I followed the recipe almost exactly. There wasn't any lime juice to drain so I just mashed it up as is. I also used a fork to mash as I do not have a potato masher and it was just fine. The roma tomatoes work great for the guac because they are very meaty and not very watery. I was also a little afraid of the jalapeno but it added great flavor and wasn't too hot. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is great guacamole recipe when my sister makes it. For some reason I mess it up every time I make it. It's weird because the recipe is easy to follow. I'll keep trying. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Delicious! I followed the recipe exactly, but added about half of the onion, jalapeno and tomatoes, only because that is a personal preference of mine. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Very tasty! this recipe is great, but if you want to take your guac to a whole new level try adding some bacon into the mix ;) item not reviewed by moderator and published
I will have to say this is my favorite guacamole recipe. It has been a huge hit at our parties. Many people will park themselves in front of the bowl. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Good recipe but try using Serrano peppers instead or even Guajillo Ancho chilis for a nice smokey spicy flavor. Alton sure loves his Jalapenos! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Kosher salt???? item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is the best guacamole I have ever made Everyone raved about it. Especially good with the blue corn chips item not reviewed by moderator and published
OMG....after you make this guacamole all others will pale by comparison. I just returned from San Diego where my favorite Mexican restaurant resides. I also stopped by a roadside stand claiming the best guacamole in the area. Neither of them have the robust flavor of this recipe. I hate winter in Minnesota (for a number of reasons) because I can't get decent avocados. Alton, you're my hero with this recipe. item not reviewed by moderator and published
BEST. GUACAMOLE. EVER item not reviewed by moderator and published
I love all of your recipes and the way you teach cooking/nutrition!! Tasty? What do you think? item not reviewed by moderator and published
I use this recipe frequently, but I usually experiment. I've found that the cumin tends to add a generic "Mexican flavor," and is not always necessary. And if you don't like your guac. spicy, I find that adding just the cayenne OR the jalapeno works. And If you're serving guests who grew up in Mexico, make it less thick (that was my friends' suggestions) by squeezing the juice from the tomato centers. Great recipe for newcomers like me (gringos :D ). item not reviewed by moderator and published
I have been using this one for awhile now! I love it so much! Perfectly spiced at 3 avocados. 3 avocados is for a small party. I used 6 avocados for a large BBQ, and that was a perfect amount. I recommend NOT to double the cayenne if you double the batch. It made it too spicy. Also, I mince my garlic in mincer and do not use tomatoes, but have found this recipe gets a lot of compliments! Read more at: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/alton-brown/guacamole-recipe.html?oc=linkback item not reviewed by moderator and published
Yum. So glad I found an alternative to packaged spices. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is simply the best guacamole I've ever had. I didnt even had Hass avocados, so I used a regular avocado I had, and even so I was delicious. I am making this over and over again. item not reviewed by moderator and published
yummy! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Fantastic! Might want to trim off a little spice. My wife and kids found it too spicy. item not reviewed by moderator and published
So good. item not reviewed by moderator and published
My husband and I loved this recipe! This is my first time attempting guacamole. I didn't make a mess surprisingly. I did do all the prep work first to make it easier. We like spice but not a whole lot. So, to be safe I omitted the jalapeno and only used half of cilantro and cayenne pepper. I did however, add more cayenne after an hour and a little more salt and lime juice. Turned out perfect! Will make this again! I will say if you squeeze the lime by hand there isn't any left over to reserve. If you do it by hand I would suggest buying 2 limes and use 1 to cover the avocados and tasting it after an hour you wanna use more then go ahead and use the 2nd lime. Thats my suggestion. I'm so happy this turned out well for my 1st time! No other issues at all. item not reviewed by moderator and published
this is my same recipe except the cumin and cayenne. They are not needed, and it is a much fresher taste without them. I use a splash of my favorite hot sauce if I don't have jalapeno. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Absolutely amazing recipe! I forgot to add the cayenne and used a serrano pepper in place of the jalepeño and it was still delicious! This is one for keeps! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Great recipe! Adult advisory: I like to use 3 gloves of garlic, a whole jalapeño and add a bit of tequila to sex it up a bit! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Made this last night for a get together. Absolutely amazing, even the picky boys who said it looked disgusting devoured it! Add a little extra jalapeño, a little extra cayenne, sea salt and black pepper, we like it spicy around these parts! The whole draining the lime juice in the first step didn't work for me, there was nothing to drain, so I just added more later on, so I'd just say ignore that. Otherwise...A++++++ Read more at: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/alton-brown/guacamole-recipe.html#comments?oc=linkback item not reviewed by moderator and published
I play with the spices and substitute a serrano pepper for a jalapeno for a little more heat, but this is one delicious guac recipe. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was perfect without the cilantro. The jalapeno does add heat, but also interest. item not reviewed by moderator and published
We made this with one extra avacado and skipped the jalapeño. It is awesome!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is absolutely the best guacamole I've ever tasted. Made a small batch to try it out...now I'm making the second bigger batch to share!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Great taste, both hot and cool at the same time. This is the best guacamole I've ever had. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Consistent with previous reviews, this recipe was a success! It exhibits a variety of flavors (sweet, savory, spicy), consistencies and textures, and a visual appeal with all the different colors. I won't be making guac anymore without using this recipe. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I spent my life avoiding guacamole. This recipe has changed me and my husband into guac fans! It's really good! I'm afraid to try anyone else's. item not reviewed by moderator and published
PERFECT&gt; NO CUMIN OR CAYENNE&gt; NOT NEEDED&gt; FRESH ALL THE WAY&gt; item not reviewed by moderator and published
Seriously good Guac. The only mistake I made was that the jalapeno pepper was on the large size and I still put in 1/2 when I should have put in just 1/4. Still my husband wolfed it down despite it burning his mouth. :) item not reviewed by moderator and published
Easily the best ive ever made and tasted!! SERIOUSLY!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
My family and friends love this guacamole. And,it's so easy, but I don't tell them. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Amazing! I've served this to several people that typically don't like guacamole and the gobble it up! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Easy and full of flavor. item not reviewed by moderator and published
The best I've ever tasted! item not reviewed by moderator and published
We really liked this guacamole. It was the first time I made it and we were impressed. I did make a few changes...no jalapenos (hubby can't eat them), and I substituted parsley for the cilantro as I didn't have any. Will definitely make this again. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I've tried several guacamole recipes over the years, and the search is over. This recipe is neck and neck w/ my favorite guacamole made table-side at a local tacos &amp; tapas restaurant. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Ruined my avocados with the cumin. This tastes like something you'd get at a chain Mexican place. Kinda gross actually. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is my go to recipe to make guacamole, much better than the packets. I'm not a big cilantro fan so I don't put that in, and I usually don't have jalapeños so I skip that as well but besides those it is still delicious. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Madeit several times. You must drain the lime juice after the initial mash or use 1/2 the amount of lime juice. Otherwise follow the directions exactly . Love it each time. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This overall is the best,. I went easy with the cayeene and it was still just enough kick.. item not reviewed by moderator and published
good recipe except a whole lime makes the guac too citrucy (is that a word ?) and too runny. use half a lime and 2 or 3 garlic cloves and this will be much better. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Awesome! Better if it sits for awhile. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Very tasty!! Did added a little hot sauce. :) item not reviewed by moderator and published
WOW!!! Finally a great tasty guacamole dip recipe!!! Been searching for a long time. I like mine a little more spicy so I used 1 whole seeded small red and green jalapenos. Awesome!! Thanks Alton!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Excellent! Only change was I used red onion. I will definitely keep this as my go-to guac. recipe!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Third time I&amp;#39;ve made this recipe and every time I&amp;#39;m asked by all guests for the recipe! I hate sharing, but I do. At the next party this will be the only recipe made by every one. Oh well, there never could be too much of this guacamole! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This guac is super easy to make and tastes delicious. I made it for a Superbowl party and every person who tried it was delighted at how good it was. I love that all the ingredients are fresh and good for you! I didn&amp;#39;t have a lime on hand, so I used lemon juice. Also, if you don&amp;#39;t like the flavor of raw onions, maybe use only half of what is called for. I LOVED it as is, but my husband would like a little less onion next time. All the spices were perfect. I wouldn&amp;#39;t change a thing. Thanks, Alton! You never disappoint! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This recipe was DEVINE! I made this guac to go with my tacos, and they were fantastic!! The cayenne gives it a little kick which I loved! Plus, the cumin adds great flavor too! Although I think I&amp;#39;ll add less lime next time, it was just a tad too acidic for me. Anyways, overall AMAZING! Thanks Alton!: item not reviewed by moderator and published
A bit heavy on the raw onion and garlic- better to pan roast the garlic, and at least rinse the onion after chopping- I usually soak it for a few minutes. Personally, I think that cumin imbalances the dish. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is the best recipe for guacamole! So good without any added fat but has great flavor. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Excellent guacamole dip...easy to make &amp; soooo &amp;#34;ono&amp;#34; item not reviewed by moderator and published
Best guacamole recipe ever! item not reviewed by moderator and published
We love this recipe and have it a couple times a week! I use pico de gallo instead of chopping all the veggies listed to save time/effort/mess. item not reviewed by moderator and published
By far, the easiest, tastiest guac recipe I have tried. Tossing the avocados in the lime juice really keeps the finished product from turning brown. Yummmmmm is all I can say! item not reviewed by moderator and published
My daughter and I gave this recipe two thumbs up....really good!!!!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
alton-great recipe. forgot some of the ingredients so i had to improvise a bit.(guy thing i guess! Used parsley instead of cilantro. key lime instead of lime. no onion...she doesn&amp;#39;t like onions!!! and forgot the jalapeno so i used thai peppers. It was terrific! thanks for the motivation!!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is the best guacamole we have ever tasted. So good I wouldn&amp;#39;t even try another recipe! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Made this for a BBQ...it was a HUGE hit! item not reviewed by moderator and published
this is my third review that i am writing and i am still unable to enter! thats it enter me item not reviewed by moderator and published
if you don't have cilantro, regular italian parsley is a good substitute, its just not sweet item not reviewed by moderator and published
if you don't have cilantro, regular italian parsley is a good substitute, its just not sweet item not reviewed by moderator and published
Yes we did the same and everyone loved this. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I guess i forgot to mention....I LOVE cumin, cayenne and onions and yes...I used BERMUDA ONIONS...bwa-ha-ha item not reviewed by moderator and published
I do agree we love this too. item not reviewed by moderator and published
If you're looking for traditional Mexican food, then absolutely, I agree with you completely. However, nowhere in this recipe does this imply that this is the traditional way to prepare guacamole. American Mexican food has evolved to be something that people in the US are familiar with and enjoy and just because they are not traditional does not immediately mean that they are bad. I truly dislike it when people imply or even assume that the traditional way is the only way prepare something. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Ha! Had to laugh. Yes, I've grabbed a spoon before. :) item not reviewed by moderator and published
Indeed this is great. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I think it is a matter of taste. I halved the recipe and used a 1/2 teaspoon of cayenne, and we were perfectly fine with it, but we both adore hot, spicy food. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Did you know you can make guacamole using frozen asparagus? Just saw the recipe in a Texas cookbook. I know it's not avocados but, It might help during a long Minnesota winter! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Had the same issue with the lime juice. And we bought key limes, even though the recipe doesn't specify. Also, good call on the prep work. This recipe can result in a bit of a mess if you try to do everything at once. item not reviewed by moderator and published
"They are not needed" I think what you meant to say is that YOU don't prefer cumin and cayenne. I DO like them. Great recipe, as is. item not reviewed by moderator and published
well said. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I agree. Made this recipe for my wife to bring to a party and was surprised to see the cumin and cayenne. I added them anyway. Got a call from her later that day and she asked what I added that made it taste a little off. it was the cumin and cayenne. Just not as good with them added in my opinion. Go to any true authentic small Mexican restaurants and you will not find cumin or cayenne in their guacamole. I agree that it tastes more fresh without them. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Agreed. The cumin and cayenne seem to add that generic "Mexican flavor." I've made it with those spices, and since reading these reviews, again without them. I love both versions. But, my Mexican friends say it's weird with the cumin. They also say that guacamole where they come from tends to not be so thick, but more like a sauce. I failed to ask what they add to make theirs more smooth. I assume either water or maybe the juice from the tomato centers. Also, I find the jalapeno to be optional. item not reviewed by moderator and published
How much tequila...? item not reviewed by moderator and published
same complaint, the cumin killed it for me. i feel like wasted avocado item not reviewed by moderator and published

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