Restaurant Style Homemade Guacamole

Sharing a delicious homemade guacamole recipe today!  My Restaurant Style Homemade Guacamole is the perfect appetizer for any occasion.

Homemade Guacamole

Oh how I love homemade guacamole with a big bowl of crispy chips. I’ve developed a killer guacamole recipe with just the right seasonings and flavor that tastes like it’s straight from your favorite Mexican restaurant. Hope you enjoy!!

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halved avocados and seasonings

You’ll need 4 nice large avocados perfectly ripe. You should be able to press your thumb slightly into the avocado. Not too much or then it could be browned. Once you get the hang of it, you’ll be a pro! Go to your produce section and look for Anaheim peppers and Pasilla peppers. They should be close to each other. These are the magic ingredient to my guacamole.

What You’ll Need To Make Homemade Guacamole

  • anaheim chili pepper– Find Anaheim peppers near the jalepenos in the produce section of the grocery store.
  • pasilla chili pepper– Look for Pasilla peppers near the other peppers in the produce section of the grocery store.
  • fresh avocados– Make sure the avocados you select are ripe. They should have just a little give when pressed on.
  • kosher salt– Kosher salt is a coarse salt.
  • freshly ground black pepper- For best tasting results use freshly ground black pepper.
  • fresh lime juice– Fresh lime juice adds the perfect fresh zing to the guacamole.
  • smoked paprika– Just a touch of smoked paprika adds a nice layer of flavor to the guacamole.
  • fresh cilantro– Fresh cilantro is a great addition to avocado.

How To Make Guacamole

  1. Preheat oven’s broiler. Place split peppers, onto a piece of foil, membranes removed. Place in oven and let cook until skin is blackened. Remove and wrap completely in foil. After 5 minutes, carefully remove blackened skin and chop.
  2. Place avocados in large bowl. Add salt, pepper, lime juice, smoked paprika, cilantro and chopped roasted peppers. With a spoon, stir and mash until you reach the consistency of your liking. Serve right away with chips.

avocados cut in half for homemade guacamole

How To Pick The Best Avocados

  • When comparing a group of fresh avocados, check the outside color of the skin of the avocados for any that are darker in color than the others. These may be riper than fresh avocados with lighter skin. Check the outer skin of the avocado for any large indentations as this may be a sign that the fruit has been bruised.
  • Place the avocado in the palm of your hand.
  • Gently squeeze without applying your fingertips as this can cause bruising and check the firmness of the avocado. See tips below for checking ripeness using “feel”.

How Do You Know When An Avocado Is Ready To Eat?

If the avocado yields to firm gentle pressure you know it’s ripe and ready-to-eat. Ripe, ready to eat avocados may have a darker color but color can vary so it is best to go by feel as well as color. It will feel lightly soft but it will not feel “mushy” to the touch. Ripe fruit is perfect for that day. Store in the refrigerator if you plan to eat it in a day or two to prevent the fruit from becoming overripe or spoiled.

halved avocados in bowl for homemade guacamole

Place all 4 of your avocados into a large mixing bowl.

adding seasonings to bowl of avocados

A little kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper please!

squeezing fresh lime in bowl of avocados

Squeeze the juice right into the bowl.

cilantro added to bowl of avocados

Add your cilantro and smoked paprika. Be sure you use smoked paprika only. It adds the perfect smoky bite.

adding chilies to bowl of avocados

You will roast your peppers ahead of time. Remove the membranes and broil in your oven until the skin is blackened. See recipe for more details. Give this all a good stir until you reach the consistency of your liking. Grab a bag of chips and enjoy!!

Can I Make This Recipe Without The Peppers?

Yes, you can. In my opinion, the roasted peppers give this guacamole that special restaurant quality, but if needed, you can absolutely leave them out.

Do I Have To Roast The Peppers?

I do believe that roasting the peppers makes for a perfect guacamole, but if you would like, you can also just dice up the peppers without roasting them.

prepared homemade guacamole in serving bowl

How To Serve Homemade Guacamole

Serve as an appetizer with your favorite tortilla chips. Serve along side your favorite salsa too. If you’re serving a Mexican dinner, this recipe is perfect served on top of burritos and tacos.

How To Store Leftovers

Keep in mind that fresh guacamole browns when left out for a period of time. Keep the pit of one avocado in the guacamole to help. Additional fresh lime juice helps browning too. I generally don’t save any leftover guacamole because of the browning that occurs.

prepared homemade guacamole in serving bowl

Restaurant Style Homemade Guacamole

Homemade guacamole that tastes just like what you'd order from your favorite restaurant!
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Mexican
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Servings: 8
Calories: 20kcal
Author: Jenny
Cost: $20
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  • mixing bowl
  • fork
  • cutting board
  • chef knife
  • Oven
  • measuring cups
  • measuring spoons
  • mixing spoon


  • 1/4 cup chopped roasted Anaheim Chile pepper
  • 1/4 cup chopped roasted Pasilla pepper
  • 4 large ripe avocados, split, pitted and removed from skin
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
  • 1 large lime juiced
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro leaves


  • Preheat oven’s broiler. Place split peppers, membranes removed onto a piece of foil. Place in oven and let cook until skin is blackened. Remove and wrap completely in foil. After 5 minutes, carefully remove blackened skin and chop.
  • Place avocados in large bowl. Add salt, pepper, lime juice, smoked paprika, cilantro and chopped roasted peppers. With a spoon, stir and mash until you reach the consistency of your liking. Serve right away with chips.


Calories: 20kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 147mg | Potassium: 39mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 165IU | Vitamin C: 10.2mg | Calcium: 3mg | Iron: 0.2mg
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14 Responses
  1. Domestic Cleaners London

    Looks scrumptious! I love avocado. I have try your recipe for this guacamole. Thank you so much for sharing.

  2. Shea @ Dixie Chik Cooks

    I’m all about some guacamole! Looks great – and I love the peppers you used 🙂 Pinning!

  3. Naomi

    I need a huge bowl of this and a bowl of crispy chips to go with it! But mainly just the guac, because I could eat with a spoon

  4. Megan {Country Cleaver}

    Is it wrong to want to eat this with a spoon? For breakfast? Because if it is I don’t wanna be right!

  5. lauren @ Climbing Grier Mountain

    Those avocados are gorgeous! And I am always game for guacamole, especially on Cinco de Mayo!

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