Try this recipe for homemade guacamole, then check out our tomato salsa, classic nachos, refried beans and more Mexican-style recipes. For another zingy condiment, try our punchy salsa verde. Next try our recipes made with sour cream.

Good Mexican restaurants prepare guacamole tableside – gently crushing all the ingredients in a giant pestle and mortar. Guacamole is not a dip to be whizzed into mush in a food processor, it should be harmonious but chunky. Fresh jalapeño chillies are available in most supermarkets but just substitute regular green chillies if you can’t find them.


  • ¼ red onion, finely chopped
  • ½ garlic, crushed
  • 1-2 (depending on your heat preference) fresh jalapeño chillies, finely chopped
  • 2 limes, juiced
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 2 small vine tomatoes, diced
  • 3 ripe avocados, cut into large chunks
  • a handful of leaves coriander, finely chopped
  • to serve plain tortilla chips


  • STEP 1

    Put the onion, garlic, chillies and lime juice in a large wide bowl, add the salt and leave for 5 minutes.

  • STEP 2

    Add the rest of the ingredients and use a fork to gently crush together leaving enough chunky avocado so you have a bit of bite in the finished guacamole. Serve with plain tortilla chips for scooping.


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Janine RatcliffeFood director

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