This Chipotle Guacamole Recipe is loaded with creamy avocado, fresh cilantro, jalapeno, lemon, lime, purple onion, and salt just like Chipotle guacamole from the restaurant! It’s easy and tastes just like the real side! Serve homemade guacamole with tortilla chips or over your favorite Mexican food! I share all the tips to preserve guacamole like a pro and most of all make the authentic guacamole recipe like the Mexican grill. 

Chipotle guacamole recipe

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Guacamole recipe, easy? Try this Simple Guacamole Recipe using basic ingredients! However, don’t turn Chipotle’s 7 guacamole ingredients down, it’s much easier than you may think!

What Is Guacamole?

Guacamole is a side dish mainly of mashed avocado. Typically, it’s mixed with chopped onion, tomatoes, spicy peppers, and seasonings. However, other popular variations of this type of Mexican food include fresh cilantro and the juice of lime or lemon. A homemade guacamole recipe is best fresh and you can eat this avocado dish as a dip, spread, in a salad, sandwich, burrito, or taco!

Chipotle Guacamole Recipe: 

This is one of the best guacamole recipes to try! Made with all the fresh ingredients just like Chipotle and best of all developed and tested from our kitchen to make yet another successful copycat! I can report it’s just as luscious and silky with chunky pieces of avocado as theirs! This is mainly because this recipe for guacamole calls for the juices of both lime and lemon! Furthermore, we experimented with this recipe by having a big side of their fresh guacamole the whole step of the way to ensure it was legitimate.

What’s their secret? The perfect balance of fresh ingredients and then allowing the guacamole to soak up all the flavors but there is a trick to do without oxidizing as quickly! I’ve also come to the conclusion that the guacamole at Chipotle isn’t saturated in citrus juices but rather infused with a good amount of salt. Get excited, this tastes just like the real thing!

chipotle Guacamole recipe

Best Avocado For Guacamole:

Hass avocados are the most common. You can buy this dark pear-shaped fruit at most grocery stores! Ripe avocados have a light green flesh with a large stone that removes easily when the avocado is ripe enough. Hard avocados are tough to pit, have greener skins and will be rough to mash. To check for the perfect ripeness gently press down on the leathery skin and try to make a light indent, if it doesn’t give it’s not ripe. A ripe avocado will make an indent easily, but not mush.

How To Ripen Avocados?

Did you come home with hard avocados? The best way to make avocados ripe is to let them become soft in a dark cool place. You can keep them in their mesh bag or transfer them into a brown paper bag. Check on them every day until you can make an indent and the skins become darker in color (usually takes 2-3 days.)

Pro-Tips for Mashing Avocados:

The key to great guacamole is to use ripe avocados. For easier mashing, start with soft avocados. Cut around the avocado lengthwise and twist off the halves. Remove the pit by stabbing the stone with a sharp knife and carefully pulling the stone away from the flesh. Now you can peel off the skins and you are ready to make guacamole. The best tool to mash avocados is to use a Potato Masher or whisk.

I have used a plain fork to mash avocados but you want to leave some avocado chunks so be careful not to over-mix the avocados with a tool as fine as a fork. Furthermore, avocados seem to slip away easily with a fork.

Fun Fact: Chipotle Restaurant uses a Heavy-Duty Potato Masher with holes to smash the huge bowl of avocados! 

Guacamole Ingredients:

The ingredients in guacamole are pretty basic. Generally, ripened avocados are key with a handful of fresh produce for maximum flavor. The only seasoning in Authentic guacamole is salt and sometimes cilantro. Here are all the ingredients for guacamole that you will need to make the Real Chipotle side!

guacamole ingredients

  • Ripe Avocados: green-skinned Hass avocados are likely not ripened fully, look for darkened flesh that indents slightly when pressed down. Mushy avocados are over-ripened and can be brown when sliced open.
  • Cilantro: fresh cilantro adds a citrus-like flavor.
  • Fresh Jalapeno Pepper is what Chipotle Mexican Grill Restaurant uses for its guacamole. You’ll only need to season with a little for a mild flavor. This amount is not too spicy.
  • Lemon: Chipotle guacamole use the juice of both lemon and lime. I experimented with both and found that they likely use more lemon over lime which kind of makes sense since limes are smaller. I also found that equal amounts of citrus’ were too overpowering.
  • Lime: has its own unique flavor of citrus acid.
  • Purple onion: also referred to as red-skinned onion (red onion) and gives an appealing color to this dish.
  • Salt: used sea salt that was freshly ground.

How To Make Guacamole:

This is one easy guacamole recipe! I know you can make some guacamole recipes with fewer ingredients but everything combined takes minutes to make! You will love this easy recipe for guacamole! Mash the avocados with a potato masher for the easiest results.

  1. Mash the avocados with salt and citrus juices.
  2. Finely chop the jalapeno pepper, cilantro, and red onion.
  3. Using a rubber spatula fold the fresh ingredients into the avocados.
  4. Serve immediately or press plastic wrap against the surface of the guacamole and refrigerate. This helps the guacamole from turning brown while you let the flavors soak up.

Pro-Tip: Chipotle Mexican Grill Restaurant makes a huge batch of fresh guacamole and places it into a stainless steel food container then covers the surface with plastic wrap before covering everything with a lid.

What To Eat With Guacamole?

Wondering what to eat with guacamole instead of tortilla chips? If you’re craving creamy guacamole without the extra carbs or just want something different from the traditional chips and guacamole here are some serving ideas:


Is Guacamole Good For You?

Is guacamole healthy? The nutrition of guacamole has many good health benefits. Guacamole has healthy fats and plenty of gut-friendly fibers. It’s the perfect base to customize what other nutrition-dense veggies you want to add in and is rich in potassium.

How To Keep Guacamole from Turning Brown?

Why does guacamole turn brown? The best guacamole recipes are fresh! However, it can turn brown very quickly, especially when exposed to the open air for a long period of time. There is a quick fix to preserve the guacamole.

Making guacamole this way can keep it fresh and is the exact same way Chipotle preserves its guacamole recipe. Use plastic wrap and press tightly against the surface of the guacamole. Typically, Chipotle does this inside a [eafl id="21886" name="stainless steel steam pan" text="Stainless Steel Pan"] and gives it a final seal with a lid. Always refrigerate guacamole to keep it fresh and from browning. 

How Long Does Guacamole Last?

Wondering how to store guacamole or how to keep it fresh? Guacamole is good for 3-4 days if refrigerated properly with plastic wrap. Always cover the surface of homemade guacamole by pressing plastic wrap against the surface. This keeps it enclosed from any air which can oxidize the guacamole really fast. 

Another simple tip for keeping it from browning is to pour a thin layer of water over the surface before covering it with wrap. This can extend the storing time and keep it fresh longer. 

Can You Freeze Guacamole? 

Ever wondered, can guacamole be frozen? The answer is yes! Guacamole can be frozen for up to 4 months! It is best to only freeze the mashed avocados without the toppings and add-ins. Simply mash the avocados with salt and place them into a quart-size freezer bag and remove any excess air then freeze. 

To Thaw: keep in your fridge until soft. Then add in the citrus juices, onion, cilantro, and jalapeno pepper.  

Can You Eat Guacamole Brown? 

Brown guacamole isn’t appealing, but if it has been refrigerated and the surface has turned brown within the 3-day mark, then it is safe to eat. However, if you smell any bad odors or the guacamole is completely brown from the top to bottom is best if you discard it. 

Guacamole Calories:

How many calories in guacamole depends on the ingredients and ratio. This Chipotle guacamole recipe is  



Best Guacamole Tips:

  1. To make a spicy guacamole recipe add up to 1 tablespoon of diced jalapeno peppers or use Serrano peppers.
  2. Place into a wide bowl for guacamole to be presentable and easy to dip. Surround the dipping bowl with tortilla chips or crackers.
  3. Use low-sodium chips or freshly made tortillas as the avocado guacamole is plenty seasoned.
  4. Searching for a guacamole recipe without cilantro? Use fresh parsley instead!
  5. National guacamole day is September 16 so mark your calendar and make this delicious Mexican side dish or dip made of avocados!
  6. Red onion is best for guacamole or Mexico-related dishes, it adds color and vibrance to the green avocados.
  7. Don’t leave guacamole out for too long, it will turn brown too quickly! Always store guacamole with plastic wrap pressed down on the surface to prevent it from oxidization.
  8. What is in guacamole is completely up to you! Some get by with a 4-ingredient recipe and others add diced tomatoes. Use up whatever is in your fridge to dress up avocados. 
  9. The best way to preserve guacamole is to use plastic wrap! Make sure the wrap is pressed tightly against the surface so it doesn’t oxidize. 

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How To Make Guacamole:

Chipotle Guacamole Recipe

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Author: Alyona Demyanchuk
This Chipotle Guacamole Recipe is loaded with creamy avocado, fresh cilantro, jalapeno, lemon, lime, purple onion, and salt just like Chipotle guacamole from the restaurant! It's easy and tastes just like the real side! Serve homemade guacamole with tortilla chips or over your favorite Mexican food! I share all the tips to preserve guacamole like a pro and most of all make the authentic guacamole recipe like the Mexican grill. 


  • 1 mixing bowl
  • 1 potato masher or fork (to mash avocados)



  • 2 ripe avocados (medium-sized)
  • 1/2 Tbsp fresh cilantro
  • 1/2 tsp jalapeno pepper
  • 1 1/2 tsp lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp lime juice
  • 1/2 Tbsp purple onion
  • 1/2 tsp salt



  • mash avocados
    In a medium bowl, coarsely mash the avocados with salt, and citrus juices using a potato masher or fork.
  • Finely dice the onion, jalapeno pepper, and cilantro. Add to the avocados.
  • Mix together using a rubber spatula.
  • Serve or store in the fridge with plastic wrap pressed against the surface.


  • To freeze: mash the avocados with salt and citrus juices. Transfer to a freezer bag and remove any excess air. Freeze for up to 4 months. Thaw in the refrigerator before adding the remaining ingredients. 

Nutrition per serving

Serving: 1servingCalories: 162kcalCarbohydrates: 9gProtein: 2gFat: 15gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 10gSodium: 298mgPotassium: 494mgFiber: 7gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 157IUVitamin C: 12mgCalcium: 13mgIron: 1mg

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