Forget about guacamole recipes that call for lots of ingredients. This authentic Baja guacamole recipe is simple with only 4 ingredients. Don’t judge it by it’s lack of ingredients. The fresh flavors make up for it because they perfectly blend together for amazing flavor. Trust me, this is exactly how they do it in Baja!
What makes this Baja style guacamole recipe authentic?
This is a recipe that I picked up from the cooking class that I took at the Hacienda Encantada during a press trip to Cabo when I was writing with The Daily Meal. This cooking class made me realize that I should always take cooking classes on vacation. It ended up being the highlight of my trip and taught me a lot about the food culture in the Baja area of Mexico. Food and culture are the primary reasons I travel. Learning about both in one tasty class was such an amazing experience.
I learned how to make Baja fish tacos and pico de gallo too!
I always loved to make fresh guacamole, but it has always seemed too time consuming it in the past. It never seemed super simple until I learned how to make it from the locals in Cabo. Once you know how to make it, you’ll rarely find yourself reaching for ready made guacamole.
What ingredients do you need to make your own guacamole?
All you need is 4 avocados, 1/2 white onion, 1/2 bunch of cilantro and the juice of one lime.
I like to make this pico de gallo at the same time so I can use up the other half of the onion and cilantro. I also like to add the pico de gallo to my guacamole for a little extra flair.
How to make your own guacamole- step by step
Start by slicing the avocados and taking out the seeds.
Dice the onion and finely chop the cilantro next.
Mash the avocados in a big bowl. It would be great if you had an authentic bowl with the mortar and pestle, but I find that a potato masher works just fine.
Once you have it the consistency you like, add the onions and cilantro.
Stir and add in pico de gallo if you like tomatoes in your guacamole. Here’s the full printable recipe:
- 4 avocados
- 1/2 white onion diced
- 1/2 bunch of cilantro finely chopped
- 1 lime
- Mash the avocados
- Add in the onion and cilantro
- Squeeze the lime juice in and mix together well
- Add salt to taste
Can you make guacamole without cilantro?
Sure! It just won’t be considered authentic Baja style guacamole.
However, there are a few alternatives that you can add to your guacamole if you don’t love cilantro.
Here are a few of my favorite cilantro alternatives in guacamole:
- Mexican oregano
- regular dried oregano
- curry powder
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