Crowd-pleasing Guacamole

Something I'm guilty of is trying a new recipe on guests, and rarely do I thank myself for that bold gesture. Over time, however, I've learned to stick with the favorites, no matter how simple they may seem. We all have those go-to recipes when we're entertaining. Perhaps it’s your grandmother’s famous chili or your grandmother’s mother’s apple pie. At my house, it’s this guacamole.

It can be a challenge pleasing a group of guests who have varied taste buds and different ideas on what constitutes as good food. We’ve come to find that this guacamole pleases even the pickiest of eaters—even those who claim they don’t like avocados. For any guacamole, the key ingredients are avocado and a whole lotta lime. We add red onions, fresh garlic and jalapeño for a punch. While I'm fine and dandy feasting on guacamole year-round, this dip certainly finds itself in the rotation more throughout the summer.

Serve this guacamole with your favorite tortilla chips (you could even make your own) or veggie tray. While you can make this for a group of four, I'm not ashamed to admit that this recipe often serves one.

smashed guacamole recipe

Crowd-pleasing Guacamole

Total Time: 20 minutes

Serves 4

guacamole ingredients


3 ripe avocados

1 small red onion (about 3/4 cup), diced

1 cup cilantro loosely packed, coarsely chopped

5 garlic cloves, minced

1 tomato, diced

1/2 jalapeño, minced

juice from 1–2 limes

salt and freshly ground pepper



Halve the avocados and remove the pits. Slice avocados into large chunks then scoop into a large bowl. Add the remainder of the ingredients. With a fork, mash to your desired consistency. We prefer a chunkier dip. Serve with a bowl of tortilla chips or whatever else you fancy.

guacamole recipe

Don’t feel like making your own guac? Here are five local guacamoles we tried from Hampton Roads Mexican restaurants. See which one is the best!

Here’s a recipe for another crowd-pleasing dip, Sweet Potato Hummus.

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