Basic Guacamole

basic guacamole
  • Prep Time
  • 6Servings


  • 4 hass avocados (about 7 oz. each), preferably organic
  • 1 serrano chile, stemmed and minced
  • 1 small clove garlic, minced (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped white onion
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped seeded tomato
  • 2 tablespoons chopped cilantro, plus more for garnish
  • 2 - 3 teaspoons fresh lime juice, plus 1 lime cut into wedges
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, plus more to taste
  • 1 bag good-quality tortilla chips


In a medium bowl, mash the avocado flesh with a fork until somewhat chunky (not smooth). One at a time, gently stir in the chile, garlic, onion, tomato, cilantro, lime juice and salt. Cover with plastic wrap touching the surface and let sit for about 2 hours to allow the flavors to develop.

Season with salt to taste (remember that tortilla chips are salty). Transfer the mixture to a serving bowl, garnish with a sprinkle of cilantro and serve with lime wedges and tortilla chips.