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Published: September 16, 2012Updated: March 3, 2021Author: Jenn Laughlin

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Today I’m sharing the recipe for my favorite go-to DIY Guacamole Seasoning. Make a little… or a lot! Whatever you do don’t make guacamole without it!

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Rock Out with Your Guac Out!

I did it.

I swore I’d never have the patience for it… swore it was against my religion to do so… promised myself it needed to happen organically, without an inkling of structure but…

I finally measured out the ingredients for myguacamole seasoning mix!!!

Wait ! What did you think I was going to say!? Holy cow people!

Anyways, I did it. In a shot-glass no less, and endured the mostjudge-yof eye-brow raises from my husband just so I could finally give you guys an accurate description of how I take an avocado and turn it into something undeniably wonderful. Something that not only has to be licked clean from the bowl, but also any surface it touches. Like the fork you’ll use to mash it. I used to mash my avocados with a butter knife. But licking them was a tad dangerous… And here I go again on a lovely tangent.

Jenn and knives: a recipe for disaster. Though lately the bulk of my injuries are from things like running into the frame of my bed, getting overzealous with the scissors, and poking myself in the eye with a mascara wand.

Wait! Crap! Guacamole! We were talking about guacamole! After all, it’s NATIONAL GUACAMOLE DAY! *throws avocado-shaped confetti* Let’s do this!

Guacamole FTW!

So first up, let’s start with my base guacamole recipe for one avocado. If using smaller avocados, simply use two. Double, triple, or quadruple the recipe as needed and get ready to GUAC!


  • 1 jumbo, ripe HAAS Avocado
  • 1-2 tsp of Mrs. Renfro’s Green Salsa (or your favorite jar of salsa verde!)
  • 3 tablespoons of chopped, ripe tomato
  • 1/4 tsp of lime juice for a fruity burst of acidity

Then add the seasoning blend below and any of the below add-ins that rock your socks!


  • chopped red onion
  • fresh, diced jalapeños
  • fresh cilantro


Combine all ingredients, minus the tomatoes. Mash to desired consistency, top with diced tomatoes and dig in! I like mine on the chunkier side — It sticks to the chips better.

Serve up with crispy corn tortilla chips and crunchy veggies of dollop on top of tacos… nachos… anything your heart desires!

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DIY Guacamole Seasoning

DIY Guacamole Seasoning Blend for one large avocado! Double, triple, or quadruple as needed! You can even make a big batch to keep on hand for all your future guacamole needs!

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Course: Appetizer

Cuisine: Mexican

Keyword: Guacamole Seasoning

Prep Time: 5 minutes minutes

Total Time: 5 minutes minutes

Servings: 1 serving

Author: Jenn Laughlin - Peas and Crayons


  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • ¼ tsp onion powder
  • tsp cumin, or to taste
  • ¼ tsp dried cilantro
  • 1/8-1/4 tsp salt
  • tsp cayenne pepper


  • Combine all ingredients and add to your avocado. Mash away! See post for my go-to guacamole recipe.


Nutrition facts below are an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator.


Calories: 9kcal, Carbohydrates: 1g, Sodium: 583mg, Vitamin A: 95IU, Vitamin C: 0.8mg

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Feel free to double or quadruple the measurements as needed. I like to make a large batch once every month or so for easy peasy guacamole all month long! It’s crazy convenient!

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so . . . how was it?

AMAZING! Duh! The photos came out a little less than stellar because I had a very anxious Marine drooling over the bowl while I tried to get the perfect shot. What we lack in patience we make up for in freaking amazing guacamole. It’s a gift and a curse, really.

Your homework? Go make some guac today!

I’m off to plop myself in front of the fan with Bullet the Ferret — our AC is broken and Fall weather hasn’t exactly kicked in yet. I’m melting.

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What do restaurants put in guacamole to keep it from turning brown? ›

Guacamole enthusiasts have devised all kinds of tips and tricks for how to keep avocados from turning brown and many have trickled down to guacamole storage: Leaving the pit in, pressing plastic wrap onto the surface, and adding citrus juice are popular options, but there are plenty of eclectic anti-browning methods ...

How long does guacamole seasoning mix last? ›

Guacamole mix usually has a long shelf life. If unopened, it can last for about 2 years past the printed date on the package due to the dehydration process.

Does lemon or lime juice keep guacamole from turning brown? ›

DOES LEMON JUICE KEEP GUACAMOLE FROM TURNING BROWN? Yes! The lemon forms a barrier between the outside air and the guacamole to make sure the dip stays its greenest. Seal it in a container or with plastic wrap and refrigerate it.

Does leaving the avocado pit in the guacamole keep it from turning brown? ›

Some people swear by this one, so we had to put it to the test. The verdict: Contrary to popular belief, adding the avocado pit to guacamole does not prevent oxidation. In fact, if it sticks out above the surface, it creates air pockets that prevent the plastic wrap from adhering tightly enough.

Why should you leave the lime out of guacamole? ›

You see, lime is a very strong acidic flavor and it can easily overpower the delicate flavor of the avocado.

How far ahead can you make guacamole before it turns brown? ›

To keep fresh overnight:

Adding a thin layer of water over top of your bowl of guacamole is a great barrier against oxygen, and since guacamole is heavy, the little liquid that may seep down into the bowl will not water it down. If you use this method, your guacamole should stay fresh for up to 3 days.

What powder keeps guacamole fresh? ›

The avoFresh contains ascorbic acid (vitamin C) and calcium carbonate. You add the powder mixture to fresh mashed avocado. The avoFresh keeps the avocado fresh and from turning that off-putting brown that avocado pulp gets when exposed to air.

Does cumin go in guacamole? ›

Scoop half of the avocados into a large bowl and coarsely mash them with a fork. Stir in the lemon juice, cilantro, onion, garlic, jalapeño, and ground cumin. Scoop chunks of the remaining avocados into the bowl; stir lightly with a spoon. Season the guacamole with salt and serve at room temperature or lightly chilled.

How to tell when guacamole is bad? ›

Once opened, store-bought guacamole usually lasts 1-2 days. Homemade guacamole also usually lasts 1-2 days. You'll know it's gone bad when it has a substantial puddle of brown liquid and the layers below the surface have lost their vibrant green hue. That's when it's time to throw it out.

How do restaurants keep avocados from turning brown? ›

The main goal is to prevent oxygen from touching the avocado's flesh. Plastic wrap is a practical, albeit not foolproof way to slow down the natural course of fruit aging. The trick is to make sure the plastic wrap is sealed flush with the flesh.

When guacamole turns brown does that mean it's bad? ›

Although brown guacamole isn't the most appealing, it's completely safe to eat (as long as you've stored the guacamole in the refrigerator, and it isn't more than three days old). "While a bit off-putting to look at, brown guacamole is totally safe," confirms Food Network's nutritionist, Dana Angelo White, MS RD ATC.

Why does my guacamole taste sour? ›

The most likely answer is an ingredient most people don't put in their homemade recipe but is in almost all store-bought versions. Citric acid is a commonly used flavoring and preservative in mass food production. This ingredient is used to prevent enzymatic browning and infuse a tart, bright flavor.

How long does homemade guacamole last? ›

From the second you crack open that avocado, it's a race against the clock before it goes brown. But with the right prep, you can make guacamole last in the fridge for three to four days. Planning on storing guacamole in the freezer? It should last for three to four months.

How does commercial guacamole stay green? ›

But as every guac fan knows, the stuff has a tendency to look nasty in a hurry, a problem only compounded when the product is made in advance. Fortunately for Wholly, the brand had already pioneered a high-pressure process that removes all the air from the container, so the batch doesn't oxidize and turn brown.

How does Chipotle keep their guacamole from turning brown? ›

“Each panned guac gets sealed airtight with Saran Wrap,” he said. “Then it gets lidded, labeled and stored for later use. This process ensures freshness and prevents browning,” he continued.

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