Slideshow: How to Make the Best Guacamole

The Classic
The Classic
For those who like their guac the classic way: just some lime juice, onions, serrano chile, and garlic. Simple and unadorned. Get the classic recipe here ยป
Or if You Want to Get Fancy...
Or if You Want to Get Fancy...
Click through to see our 12+ guacamole variations.
Basic Vegetable Variations
Basic Vegetable Variations
A simple way to add a little oomph to your guacamole? Add different vegetables: a bit of chopped tomato added in to the mix (hint: salt your tomato and let it drain for 10 minutes before adding to intensify flavor and prevent your guac from getting watered down). Red onion makes a nice alternative to yellow, as do Vidalias or even scallions.
Charred Corn and Black Beans
Charred Corn and Black Beans
If guacamole isn't southwestern enough for you already, here is an even more tex-mex version, with roasted corn and black beans. Get the recipe!
Chipotle, Orange Zest, and Pumpkin Seeds
Chipotle, Orange Zest, and Pumpkin Seeds
Toasted pepitas and orange zest make for a crunchy and aromatic variation of guacamole; if you're looking for something bolder, and with spice, this is the guac for you. chipotle variation
Lots of Tomato!
Lots of Tomato!
In this tomato-heavy guacamole, the avocado really acts only as a binder, adding a touch of richness to this otherwise ultra-light variation. The key here—as with most fresh tomato recipes—is salting and draining the tomatoes to concentrate their flavor.
Old Bay and Crab
Old Bay and Crab
Mango and Jicama
Mango and Jicama
Edamame and Sesame
Edamame and Sesame
Fermented Chili Bean Paste and Chili Oil
Fermented Chili Bean Paste and Chili Oil
Sriracha Guac
Sriracha Guac
For all you Sriracha lovers out there, the ones who believe that there is nothing that cannot be improved with a drizzle of the Rooster sauce, this one is for you. Get the recipe!