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Cilantro-Lovers Perfect Guacamole

There’s nothing like freshly-made guacamole and every Mexican restaurant has their own version, but I love the ingredients in my Cilantro-Lovers Perfect Guacamole! Just switch the cilantro for thinly sliced green onion if you’re not a cilantro fan.

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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!

Cilantro-Lovers Perfect Guacamole process shots collage

How to Make Cilantro-Lovers Perfect Guacamole:

(Scroll down for complete printable recipe.)

  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!

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

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”

  1. I like to include some tomatoes, fresh jalapeno peppers, onion, shallots, a wee bit of garlic, a bit of cumin and chili powder and yes, cilantro.

    Your version sounds very good Kalyn.

  2. I love guacamole as well. I haven’t ever commented but I’ve been coming to your site regularly the last few months looking for good recipes. I’m making your black bean chili tonight and the egg muffins this weekend. I can’t eat dairy or wheat and several other things and I’m also eating more low-glycemic so your site really helps me find some great recipes.

    I’m about 40 minutes south of you too, so I’m sorry that you hurt your elbow on the icy steps this morning. I was shocked to see how much snow there was outside on this spring morning.

    I just wanted to say thanks. I love good food and it is such a blessing to have good food that I can eat and so many options from your blog.

  3. Kalyn, you nailed MY recipe except I also add chopped tomato. Ummm Ummm. When I’ve been doing poorly on my SB diet, I make sure I use this in my “return” to phase 1. I don’t feel so deprived.

  4. My wife loves guacamole! I’ll have to try this one out on her.

  5. Naturally I’m excited that people are enjoying the idea of guacamole with a bit of cilantro kick! Fun hearing from other cilantro lovers!

  6. wow! what a great combo of flavors! I love cilantro.it’s so bright and packs a punch in the mouth.

  7. I could happily eat a whole bowl of guacamole in one sitting – no chips required. Just give me a spoon and I’m set. Okay, if there’s no spoon, I’ll just scoop it up with my finger. I’m not proud! My ideal guacamole includes perfectly rip avocado, lime juice, salt, an tomatoes. Thanks to this fantastic-looking recipe, I”m going to start adding cilantro.

  8. that looks simply luscious!

  9. This recipe is my dream come true. Thanks, from a fellow cilantro-addict to another.

  10. Guacamole is my favorite food. I really think I could just eat a bowl of it. Ellie Krieger on the FoodNetwork has a avocado salsa that I sometimes make when I’m looking to cut the fat down from the avocados. (Even though its good fat, its still fat.) She uses peeled, seeded cucumber, less avocado, red onion, cilantro, lime, and other seasonings. It’s sooo good and a little lighter. I’d still do a bowl of regular guac any day though… Thanks Kalyn for all your ideas!!!

  11. I went to Mexico last year and the cook at our house made her guacamole very similarly to this recipe. She also added tomato, chopped very finely. OMG, so good. I couldn’t stop eating it with her homemade tortilla chips. And margaritas with fresh lime juice from our own lime tree.

  12. WOW – this looks great. . . I just happen to have some avocado in the refrigerator. It is impossible to have too much cilantro in our lives so I think I’m good to go!

    Thanks for another great cilantro recipe.

  13. Guacamole has to be one of the dishes about which cooks feel most strongly! My own version, made in a three-headed lava rock grinder (molcajete) that we lugged back from Mexico, is also for purists, but completely different from yours: avocado, tomato, white onion, lime, kosher salt. I always make it the same way, but I’m an equal opportunity guacamole eater when I’m in someone else’s kitchen!

  14. Can’t wait to try this tomorrow! I just bought a bunch of avocados at Costco and will shop tomorrow for CILANTRO (my favorite herb)and all the rest of your ingredients. Avocados are a good fat on my meal plan.
    Thanks, Kalyn.

  15. I love this blog….

  16. Kalyn, you are really rocking some awesome recipes! That pasta with sausage and red pepper…and now this! I like a little spice in mine, so some finely minced serrano pepper would probably wrangle its way in. Onion and cilantro are necessary. Maybe a minced clove of garlic. All of this, well mashed together, equals guacamole love. I can’t wait to try your version!

  17. ooh – you know, my mom LOVES avocado but i don’t think she’s had guacamole; i think this will be a great dish to make for her!

  18. Guacamole is the best thing on this earth. I will eat it in any form, but my go to recipe is Avacado, Lime, Salt, Red Onion, lots of Cilantro, and 1 finely chopped Serrano Pepper. I’ll use a jalapeno sometimes instead of the serrano. I’m eager to try the chili powder!

  19. Maris, add chile powder and lose the tomato and that will be perfect guacamole. (That was a joke, I’m an equal opportunity guacamole eater, honest!)

  20. Sounds amazing…I love guacamole, it’s probably my favorite Tex-Mex/Mexican item. When I make it, I usually use onion (red or white) tomatoes and cilantro, if I have it on hand. Sooo good! Next time I’ll definitely be stealing your tip and adding chili powder.