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Guacamole is my spirit animal. It’s definitely one of my all-time favorite foods, especially in the summer when tomatoes and Jalapeno peppers are really fresh. And once you try this life-changing guacamole recipe, you’ll never make guacamole any other way.

All you really need to make guacamole is ripe avocados and salt. After that, a little lime or lemon juice—a splash of acidity— will help to balance the richness of the avocado. I always add chopped cilantro, garlic, Jalapeno peppers, onion, and tomato.

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The Key To Life-Changing Guacamole

It sounds simplistic, but the key to making a really great guacamole is in the ingredients. You need perfectly ripe avocados (which is sometimes akin to finding a unicorn). Check for ripeness by gently pressing the outside of the avocado. If there is no give, the avocado is not ripe yet and will not taste good. If there is a little give, the avocado is ripe. If there is a lot of give, the avocado may be past ripe and mushy or brown inside.

You also need fresh cilantro.  Trust me, you should NOT substitute dried spices in this recipe.

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Life-Changing Paleo Guacamole Recipe - This super quick and easy guacamole recipe will quickly become one of your favorite dishes. Be sure to use fresh cilantro and Jalapeno - it's important. |
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Life-Changing Paleo Guacamole

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  • Author: jzmcbride
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 2 cups 1x


It sounds simplistic, but the key to making a really great guacamole is in the ingredients. You need perfectly ripe avocados, juicy tomatoes and fresh cilantro.  Trust me, do not substitute dried spices in this recipe.


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  • 3 ripe medium sized avocados
  • 12 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1/21 jalapeno, seeds and stems removed and finely chopped
  • 1 medium sized tomato (or 1 cup cherry tomatoes), diced
  • 1/4 cup red onion, finely diced
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro leaves, chopped
  • 1 lemon (or substitute lime), juiced
  • Dash of hot sauce – I like the Chipotle Tabasco flavor
  • salt and pepper


  1. Remove skin and pit of avocado. Mash in a bowl along with the minced garlic.
  2. Add onions, tomatoes and chopped fresh cilantro, stirring well after each addition
  3. Add lemon or lime juice
  4. Taste and correct seasoning


Serve with sliced vegetables, or chips (I love these grain-free chips by Siete.)

Try it as a topping for tacos, enchiladas, eggs or burgers.

  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Category: recipe
  • Cuisine: Mexican


  • Serving Size: 1/4 cup

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