Guacamole is a major staple food for us, and living in California means we thankfully have avocados for most of the year. In fact, we are so crazed about avocados that I even found an avocado tree variety that produces fruit during the late fall and winter, which my dad promptly planted in his backyard. It took a few years waiting for it to mature, but now we even have avocados with Christmas morning breakfasts! Anyway — back to guacamole.

We make this recipe at least once a week in my house. At least. So I've had some time to really perfect it over the years and now I'm sharing it with you lucky readers! It ranks right up there with Jerry James Stone's amazing fajitas with guacamole recipe, but it has fewer ingredients. (Suggestion: Make both, and have a guacamole-tasting party!)

It has the usual guac ingredients, but there's a trick to preparing it that helps give it a strong flavor without needing to over-mix and risk losing the nice chunkiness. Also, I use pickled jalapeños (the "hot" kind) instead of fresh, as this adds additional spice and tang to the guacamole. However, you can replace these with fresh jalapeño if preferred.

Prep time: 15 minutes

Total time: 15 minutes

Yield: 1 medium bowl of guacamole

World's Best Vegan Guacamole

Ingredients

  • 3 medium avocados, peeled and chopped
  • 1 medium vine-ripened tomato, seeded and diced
  • 1/4 cup yellow onion, finely diced
  • 1/4 cup pickled jalapeños, the "hot" variety, chopped
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro, coarsely chopped
  • 2 limes, squeezed and juice reserved
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Cooking directions

World's Best Vegan Guacamole recipe, step where lime is added to onions, cilantro Combine the onions, cilantro, jalapeños and salt to a large mixing bowl. Pour the lime juice over the mix. (Photo: Jaymi Heimbuch)

World's Best Vegan Guacamole, step where muddle together cilantro, lime, salt and jalepeno After you muddle together these initial ingredients, let it rest for about 5 minutes. (Photo: Jaymi Heimbuch)

  1. Combine the onions, cilantro, jalapeños and salt to a large mixing bowl. Pour the lime juice over the mix. Using a sturdy fork, a muddler or the handle of a wooden spoon, muddle the ingredients until well combined and the onions, jalapenos and cilantro are all slightly crushed. Set this aside for about 5 minutes.
  2. After allowing the mix to sit for awhile, add in the chopped avocado and stir with a fork, mashing up some of the pieces until it is somewhat smooth but there are still chunks of avocado. Just how smooth you want your guacamole is up to you, but it looks best when it is still slightly chunky.
  3. Stir in the diced tomato. Taste and adjust ingredients until it suits your preference. This guacamole will keep its bright green color for quite awhile, so you can make it an hour or two before a party and not worry about any browning.

finished bowl of homemade vegan guacamole A completed bowl of homemade vegan guacamole. Yum. (Photo: Jaymi Heimbuch)

Jaymi Heimbuch ( @jaymiheimbuch ) focuses on wildlife conservation and animal news from her home base in San Francisco.

World's Best Vegan Guacamole
It has the usual guac ingredients, but there's a trick to preparing it that helps give it a strong flavor without needing to over-mix.