This Chipotle guacamole is a copycat recipe that contains only six ingredients and takes just minutes to make. A great way to get that restaurant flavor in the comfort of your own home!
My kids are Chipotle fans, and I don’t blame them. Who can resist those grilled meats, fun toppings, and of course, the guacamole? My Chipotle guacamole recipe tastes just like the restaurant version, and you’ll be shocked at how easy it is to make.
How do you make Chipotle guacamole?
Start by mashing ripe avocados with salt and freshly squeezed lime juice. Once your avocado mixture has reached your desired consistency, add chopped cilantro, red onion and jalapeno. Gently stir all of the ingredients together. Taste and add more salt or lime juice if desired. Garnish with fresh cilantro sprigs, then serve immediately.
Tips for the perfect dip
- I typically cut my red onion and jalapeno into very small pieces so that they blend in nicely with the mashed avocado. You can cut your veggies into larger pieces if you prefer a chunkier dip.
- Not a fan of cilantro? You can use sliced green onions instead, although the flavor will not be as authentic.
- I remove the seeds and ribs from the jalapeno before I dice it; this keeps the guacamole on the milder side which my family prefers. If you like heat, add some chopped pepper ribs and seeds into the mix.
- This recipe can easily be doubled or even tripled if you’re feeding a large group of people.
How to choose an avocado
Ripe avocados are essential to making good guacamole. Look for avocados with firm, shiny skin that have a slight bit of give to them when gently squeezed. Avoid avocados that are overly soft or have tough, wrinkly skin. If your avocados are green and hard, they may be underripe. You can speed up the ripening process by placing your avocados in a brown bag with an apple or a banana. Within a day or two they should be ready to eat.
How to store guacamole
The hardest part about making Chipotle guacamole is keeping it from going brown! Avocados naturally turn brown when exposed to air. If you’re looking to store leftover guacamole to enjoy another day, I recommend putting a thin layer of lime juice over the top of the guacamole, as the acid will help to keep it from browning. Place a layer of plastic wrap directly onto the surface of the dip to help keep excess air out. These two steps will keep browning to a minimum.
Chipotle guacamole flavor variations
While the classic Chipotle guacamole has just six ingredients, sometimes I like to change things up and add more items to make my own flavor combinations.
- Vegetables: Feel free to add other veggies to the dip such as roasted corn, canned green chilies, diced tomatoes or sauteed bell peppers.
- Creamy: Stir in 1 tablespoon of sour cream for an extra decadent finishing touch.
- Spicy: Use a serrano pepper instead of jalapeno, or stir in a few teaspoons of minced canned chipotle pepper for a smoky and spicy kick.
- Toppings: Serve your guacamole with a sprinkle of crumbled bacon, cotija cheese or toasted pumpkin seeds.
Once you see how easy it is to make this guacamole, you’ll find yourself whipping it up every Taco Tuesday!
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- 2 ripe avocados cut in half, pits removed
- 2 teaspoons lime juice freshly squeezed is best
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
- 2 tablespoons cilantro leaves chopped
- 1/4 cup red onion finely diced
- 1 tablespoon jalapeno finely diced, seeds and ribs removed
- cilantro sprigs and lime wedges for garnish optional
- Scoop the avocado flesh into a medium bowl. Add the lime juice and salt.
- Mash with a fork until you reach your desired consistency.
- Add the cilantro, red onion and jalapeno to the bowl. Stir to combine.
- Taste and add more salt or lime juice if desired.
- Serve immediately, garnished with cilantro sprigs and lime wedges if desired.