Classic Guacamole

Marketplace Guacamole


  • 2 ripe avocados
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt, plus more to taste
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime or lemon juice
  • 2-4 tablespoons minced red onion
  • 1-2 jalapeño chilis, stems and seeds removed, minced
  • 2 tablespoons coriander (leaves and tender stems), finely chopped
  • Pinch freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 ripe tomato, chopped (optional)
  • Red radish for garnish (optional)

    Cut the avocado:

    1. Cut the avocados in half. Remove the pit. Score the inside of the avocado with a blunt knife and scoop out the flesh with a spoon. Place in a bowl.
    2. Mash the avocado flesh: Using a fork, roughly mash the avocado. (Don’t overdo it! The guacamole should be a little chunky.)
    3. Add remaining ingredients to taste: Sprinkle with salt and lime (or lemon) juice. The acid in the lime juice will provide some balance to the richness of the avocado and will help delay the avocados from turning brown.
    4. Add the chopped onion, cilantro, black pepper, and chilis. Chili peppers vary individually in their spiciness. So, start with a half of one chili pepper and add more to the guacamole to your desired degree of heat.
    5. Serve immediately: If making a few hours ahead, place plastic wrap on the surface of the guacamole and press down to cover it to prevent air reaching it. The oxygen in the air causes oxidation which will turn the guacamole brown.
    6. Garnish with slices of red radish. Serve with your choice of tortilla chips.
    7. Refrigerate leftover guacamole up to 3 days. Note: Chilling tomatoes hurts their flavor. So, if you want to add chopped tomato to your guacamole, add it just before serving.