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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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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!

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. Thanks Kevin!

    Birds Eye View, that sounds like a great addition. I’m just lazy with the Green Tabasco, but it does have a nice flavor.

  2. Sounds fab. I typically use these ingredients but I add finely chopped, deseeded green chilies to add a bit of bite. Wish I could slurp up that guacamole off my computer screen 🙂

  3. That is one nice looking guacamole!

  4. And anonymous, you are not going to share what your special ingredient is?

  5. Thats not new to me I been making it like that for years, plus I add a special ingrediant.

  6. Thanks for all the nice thoughts everyone! Sorry I’m so far behind replying to comments. This is something I’m hoping I can do better at when I’m retired and home all day! Love hearing all the guacamole variations, and I’m open to anything in guac, even mayonnaise (I have to admit that I’m a bit of a mayo freak, so I’d probably like mayo in anything!)

  7. Your guacamole is a lot like mine (no big surprise since we have love some of the same flavors), but check out my uncle’s secret ingredient: mayonnaise. Strange, huh?

  8. You know I had to read something that had “cilantro-lovers” in the title!

  9. Yes, perfect for a chip to dip.

  10. My husband would go crazy for this guacamole- I think I have to make it for him! Cilantro is the perfect herb in my opinion, and it reminds me of warmer temperatures so I’ve been using it a lot these last few weeks. Thanks for this great recipe!

  11. That’s a gorgeous riff on guacamole, Kalyn, and a great recipe for the warm months ahead.

  12. Very finely minced garlic…would be icing on the cake. But, without gobs of cilantro and diced red onion it wouldn’t work – so hats off on a great recipe. I sometimes dice up the little grape tomatoes (they hold up better) too for a little sweetness to set off the bite of the onion and that unique “spiciness” of cilantro. Love your blog…keep on rockin it!!!

  13. I totally love guacamole. I think it is something that sooo belongs to the mexican kitchen (which I also love) so I do make it as often as I can..:) I once tried a jar of guacamole too.. That was a huge mistake! I don’t even think it had avocado’s in there! Your recipe sounds delicious and adding cilantro.. good idea!

  14. Mmmmm…I can never get enough guacamole! I’ll have to try adding a dash of Tabasco Jalapeno Sauce next time (it’s my favorite type of Tabasco) along with the fresh chiles. Thanks for the link to my recipe!

  15. The love it or hate it mentality with cilantro fascinates me to no end, people tend to feel so strongly about it! I happen to be a fervent cilantro hater, but I am also a guacamole lover, and I love reading others’ takes on the ingredients and preparation. I especially like your mini-chopper idea, I’m not a fan of the big chunks either. Thanks for sharing!

  16. I would love your guac, Kalyn! One other ingredient I’ve been trying lately is cumin – just a touch of smokiness.

    P.S. We have those same plates at home 🙂

  17. That is my kind of Guac!! Bring on the cilantro!

  18. Yes, yes, yes from this cilantro lover. Creamy, velvet goodness on a chip. xox

  19. I’m on a guacamole kick lately and can’t seem to get enough of the emerald wonder. Two things that make yours PERFECT in my eyes – red onion and cilantro. I think both ingredients bring the flavor of guacamole to a whole new glorious level. This looks awesome!

  20. YUM! I love guacamole and yours has all of my flavor requirements. My brother loves to make ‘guacamole’ and always makes it when we come over … I don’t have the heart to tell him that it’s rubbish. He just mashes the avocado, squirts it with bottled lime juice (yuck) and gives it a dash of tobasco. I’ll have to forward him your recipe for inspiration.