Cilantro-Lovers Perfect Guacamole
Every Mexican restaurant has their own version of Guacamole, but I love the ingredients in my Cilantro-Lovers Perfect Guacamole! And whether or not you add cilantro, homemade guacamole is just so delicious!
Tomorrow is Cinco de Mayo and avocados are on sale everywhere, so today I’m reminding you about this this Cilantro-Lovers Perfect Guacamole that’s my favorite guacamole recipe celebrate the day! There’s a reason why fresh guacamole made at your table is such a thing in Mexican restaurants, and I think guacamole is something that should be included in every Mexican food dinner. And this guacamole with cilantro is the recipe I’ve used and loved for years.
I remember the first time I tasted guacamole, on the menu as “Guacamole Salad” at a now-long-gone restaurant named Tampico’s in downtown Salt Lake City. It was creamy, slightly spicy, and had just a touch of lime, and I thought it was one of the most heavenly things I’d ever tasted.
For years I made “Easy Guacamole” for parties with just avocado, lime, and a bit of chili powder, and it was always a hit. Then around ten years ago I started adding some very finely chopped cilantro and red onion to my guacamole recipe. But even though I still make my Guacamole with exactly the ingredients in this Cilantro-Lovers Perfect Guacamole recipe, truthfully I’d probably eat guacamole just about any way you wanted to make it.
I’m guessing there are other people with specific guacamole preferences, so if you want to weigh in please leave a comment telling us just what you think the essential ingredients are for perfect guacamole. And if you’re a cilantro fan, I hope you’ll try my version.
What ingredients do you need for this recipe?
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- freshly squeezed lime juice, I used my fresh-frozen lime juice
- red onion
- fresh cilantro
- ground Ancho chile (affiliate link), or use any spicy ground chile you have
- Vege-Sal (affiliate link) or use slightly less regular salt
- Green Tabasco Sauce (affiliate link), or use any hot sauce that you like the flavor of)
What if you’re not a cilantro lover?
If you don’t enjoy the flavor of cilantro, of course you can switch the cilantro for thinly sliced green onion in this perfect guacamole recipe. And whether or not you add the cilantro, homemade guacamole is always a treat!
How can you eat my Perfect Guacamole without chips?
Cilantro-Lover’s Guacamole is great with thinly sliced jicama or Sweet Mini-Pepper scoops if you’re trying to avoid corn chips!
Is Cilantro-Lovers Perfect Guacamole low in carbs?
This perfect guacamole recipe makes six servings, and each serving only has 2 net carbs!
Want ideas for Low-Carb Mexican Food?
On the blog I’ve shared Low-Carb Mexican Food Favorites and 22 Keto Mexican Food Dinners, so I hope you’ve been planning your Cinco de Mayo menu. Personally I wouldn’t mind a whole week of Mexican food!
How to make Cilantro-Lovers Perfect Guacamole:
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- Start with two perfectly ripe avocados. Peel avocados, dice into chunks, and toss with lime juice.
- You’ll also need chopped red onion and finely chopped cilantro (or green onion).
- Grab some ground Ancho chile (affiliate link), Green Tabasco Sauce (affiliate link), and salt or Vege-Sal (affiliate link).
- When you’ve dumped in avocado, lime juice, finely chopped red onion, finely chopped cilantro, Ancho chile pepper, Vege-Sal, and Green Tabasco, it’s time to start mashing the guacamole with a fork. I don’t mind a few chunks in my guacamole, but that’s a personal preference.
- Serve right away or chill for an hour or so, your choice!
More Fun Ways to Eat Guacamole:
- 2 medium avocados (see notes)
- 1 T freshly squeezed lime juice (see notes)
- 3 T very finely minced red onion
- 1/4 cup very finely minced fresh cilantro (see notes)
- 1/4 tsp. ground Ancho chile pepper
- 1/2 tsp. Vege-Sal (or use 1/4 tsp. regular salt)
- 1/2 tsp. Green Tabasco sauce (more or less to taste, or use any hot sauce that you like the flavor of)
- Peel avocados and dice into pieces. Put avocado into a glass or plastic bowl and toss with the lime juice.
- Finely chop red onion and cilantro (or green onion) and add to the avocado.
- Add ground Ancho chile pepper, Vege-Sal (or salt), and Green Tabasco Sauce to the bowl (all links are affiliate links).
- Using a fork, mash and stir the avocado until other ingredients are mixed in and avocado is mostly mashed, with some small chunks remaining. Taste for seasoning and add more salt, chile pepper, or hot sauce if desired.
- Guacamole is best made just before eating, but it will keep in the fridge for a day or so. (The top will brown slightly, but if you stir you’ll find the lime juice has kept the rest of the avocado from darkening.)
The avocados must be perfectly ripe for good guacamole; the flesh of the avocado should barely give when pressed with your thumb. I used my fresh-frozen lime juice. Use finely minced green onion if you're a cilantro avoider.
Nutritional info is based on 1/4 cup serving size.
This recipe created by Kalyn after experimenting with guacamole through the years.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 112Total Fat: 10gSaturated Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 17mgCarbohydrates: 7gFiber: 5gSugar: 1gProtein: 2g
Nutrition information is automatically calculated by the Recipe Plug-In I am using. I am not a nutritionist and cannot guarantee 100% accuracy, since many variables affect those calculations.
Low-Carb Diet / Low-Glycemic Diet / South Beach Diet Suggestions:
The ingredients in this Cilantro-Lover’s Perfect Guacamole are low-carb and and approved for all phases of the original South Beach Diet (although limit to 1/3 avocado per day for South Beach.) Of course the traditional corn chips often served with guacamole aren’t low-carb or South Beach Diet friendly, but avocado is great with just about anything. Thinly-sliced jicama “chips” or sweet mini-pepper scoops are great for low-carb dippers!
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Historical Notes for this Recipe:
The recipe for this perfect guacamole with cilantro was first posted in 2009! The recipe was last updated with more information in 2024.