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Cilantro-Lovers Perfect Guacamole

Every Mexican restaurant has their own version of Guacamole, but I love the ingredients in my Cilantro-Lovers Perfect Guacamole! Of course you can switch the cilantro for thinly sliced green onion if you’re not a cilantro fan.

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Cilantro-Lovers Perfect Guacamole with Red Onion, Lime, and Chiles found on KalynsKitchen.com

Tomorrow is Cinco de Mayo and avocados are on sale everywhere, so today I’m reminding you to make some fresh homemade guacamole to celebrate! There’s a reason why fresh guacamole made at your table is such a thing in Mexican restaurants, and Guacamole is something that should be included in every Mexican food dinner, don’t you agree? And this Cilantro-Lovers Perfect Guacamole is absolutely my favorite version of guacamole; this is the recipe I’ve used for years. (And if you wrinkled up your nose at the mention of cilantro, you can use thinly-sliced green onion instead and it will still be great.) 

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.

I’ve also shared 10 Low-Carb Mexican Food Favorites and reminded you about more than 25 more Low-Carb 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!

What ingredients do you need for this recipe?

  • avocados
  • freshly squeezed lime juice, I used my
  • red onion
  • fresh cilantro
  • ground Ancho chile (affiliate link)
  • 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)

Cilantro-Lovers Perfect Guacamole process shots collage

How to make this recipe:

(Scroll down for complete printable recipe with nutritional information.)

  1. Start with two perfectly ripe avocados. Peel avocados, dice into chunks, and toss with lime juice.
  2. You’ll also need chopped red onion and finely chopped cilantro (or green onion).
  3. Grab some ground Ancho chile (affiliate link), Green Tabasco Sauce (affiliate link), and salt or Vege-Sal (affiliate link).
  4. 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.
  5. Serve right away or chill for an hour or so, your choice!

Cilantro-Lovers Perfect Guacamole with Red Onion, Lime, and Chiles found on KalynsKitchen.com

Cilantro-Lover’s Guacamole is great with thinly sliced jicama or Sweet Mini-Pepper scoops if you’re trying to avoid the corn chips!

Fun Ways to Eat Guacamole:

Easy Cucumber Guacamole Appetizer Bites
Easy Low-Carb Guacamole Tostadas
Seven Layer Tostadas
Southwestern Omelet with Easy Guacamole

Cilantro-Lovers Perfect Guacamole with Red Onion, Lime, and Chiles found on KalynsKitchen.com

Cilantro-Lover's Perfect Guacamole with Red Onion, Lime, and Chiles

Yield 6 servings
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes

There are many recipes for guacamole, but this Cilantro-Lover's Guacamole with Red Onion, Lime, and Chiles has the perfect combination of ingredients!


  • 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)


  1. Peel avocados and dice into pieces. Put avocado into a glass or plastic bowl and toss with the lime juice.
  2. Finely chop red onion and cilantro (or green onion) and add to the avocado.
  3. Add ground Ancho chile pepper, Vege-Sal (or salt), and Green Tabasco Sauce to the bowl (all links are affiliate links).
  4. 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.
  5. 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.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


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.

If you make this recipe I'd love to hear how it turns out. Leave a star rating or share on social media with the hashtag #KALYNSKITCHEN, thanks!

Low-Carb Diet / Low-Glycemic Diet / South Beach Diet Suggestions:
The ingredients in this Cilantro-Lover’s Guacamole are low-carb and low-glycemic, and approved for all phases of the 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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    58 Comments on “Cilantro-Lovers Perfect Guacamole”

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  2. I think any kind of jalapeno-flavored hot sauce will work, although I really love the green Tobasco.

  3. So I'm planning on making this tomorrow, but haven't been able to find Tobasco sauce at my local grocery stores. Very weird. Can I look for the general sauce itself from another brand (what kind of sauce is this?) or is Tobasco brand the key? I've see all sorts of green sauces and am not sure what to pick.

  4. Bummer…I won't try freezing then. On the bright side that means we'll have to have your Seven Layer Tostadas tomorrow! And maybe again later this week! And possibly with eggs & salsa for breakfast a different day. Thanks to all your recipes I'm wrapping up a 4th week of SB still enjoying what I'm eating.

  5. I've never frozen it and not sure I would recommend it.

  6. Do you think you could freeze this? Aldi still has avocados on sale for $0.19 each, so I was thinking this might be a great time to make a monster size batch and freeze it in smaller portions for future treats. Just worried about it browning…

  7. I ate at a Mexican restaurant last night and had Guac. Needless to say, this recipe is FAR BETTER, so made it tonight! SOOOOO GOOD – thank you!!!

  8. I have heard that too, but haven't tried it. I agree, cilantro is essential in guacamole!

  9. If you keep the seed inside the finished guacamole it helps slow the browning process down…or so it is traditionally taught amongst my Mexican friends 🙂

    Great post. I LOVE cilantro!

  10. Susie, so glad you liked it!

  11. THE BEST EVER!!!!!!!

  12. I guess we can always use more holy food in our lives!

  13. Guess what happens when you Bless your Guacamole before you eat it? It becomes, "Holy Guacamole"!

  14. Faaaantastic! But, as a cilantro-loather, I'll stick with parsley, thank you. This is a beauty, Kalyn!

  15. I like to use lemon instead of lime and tomatoes when i’m in the mood for a different flavor.

    Your guac looks fantastic. I’ll have to try the spices you’ve mentioned when I make some.

  16. I learned to make guac by just mashing a ripe avocado and adding a few spoonfuls of picante sauce. We used locally produced picante, and easy to make in a hurry.

  17. Guacamole is very nice with lobster. I love it.

    Cheers, Heiko Grabolle.

  18. Your photos are mouth-watering. It’s one of my fave dishes of all time!