Authentic Guacamole

This image courtesy of Joseph DeLeo

Everyone loves guacamole, and I like to keep it simple. Salt is a very important ingredient in this dish, but I once made it too salty and added a pinch of brown sugar to counteract the saltiness. It brings out the flavor of the other ingredients and its sweetness was imperceptible. Now I always include a pinch of brown sugar. The amount of salt, pepper, and lime juice used is up to you. Mash the mixture with your hands so that you can make sure most of the avocado lumps are broken down, leaving some in for texture.

8 to 10 servings



Total Timeunder 30 minutes

Make Ahead RecipeYes

Kid FriendlyYes

One Pot MealYes

OccasionCocktail Party, game day

Recipe Courseappetizer, hors d'oeuvre

Five Ingredients or LessYes



Taste and Textureherby, savory, spiced

Type of Dishdip/spread


  • 6 to 8 ripe black-skinned Hass avocados, peeled with seed removed
  • 8 green onions (white part and firm section of green part), finely chopped
  • 1 cup chopped cilantro leaves
  • 1 medium-sized tomato, seeded, and chopped
  • 1 or 2 jalapeño chiles, slit lengthwise, seeded, and minced
  • A pinch of brown sugar
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Juice of 1 or 2 limes
  • Tortilla chips


  1. Place all of the ingredients in an earthenware or glass bowl and mix well with your hands, leaving some chunks. Fold into a serving bowl, surrounded by good thick tortilla chips.


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