How Your Favorite Chefs Make Guacamole


There are infinite ways to prepare guacamole, but chefs and our favorite food personalities know best. From the type of peppers to use to preparation technique, these tips will change your guacamole-making game forever.

Alton Brown: Let It Marinate

Alton Brown’s guacamole calls for mashing the ingredients together with a potato masher, then letting the guac rest for two hours, we’re assuming to let the flavors marinate.

Ree Drummond: Flavor With Pico de Gallo

The best guacamole shortcut is to use pico de gallo! That’s what’s in The Pioneer Woman’s recipe.

Bobby Flay: Dice the Avocado in the Shell

Why waste your time mashing? Bobby Flay’s twist on guacamole is dicing the avocado in the shell.

Tyler Florence: Opt For Serranos

The flavor secret to Tyler Florence’s guacamole is serrano chiles.

Ina Garten: Use Hot Sauce, Not Jalapeños

Want to control the heat of your guac? Use hot sauce! “I feel really strongly about guacamole,” Ina says in her guacamole video. Hot sauce adds a dash of complex vinegar-y flavor to your dip. Also, Ina says that freshly squeezed lemon juice is the only way to keep the guacamole from turning brown. She also runs her knife through the avocadoes to keep it super chunky.

Marcela Valladolid: Mash the Avocado First

Mash the avocado first with a fork before folding in all the other ingredients to make Marcela Valladolid’s simple guacamole. “Simple perfection,” she says.

Gordon Ramsay: Make It Creamier With Olive Oil

A drizzle of olive oil goes a long way in making the guacamole ultracreamy, according to Gordon Ramsay’s guacamole recipe.

Chrissy Teigen: Fold In Shredded Cheddar Cheese

Though she adapted it from Alton Brown’s recipe, Chrissy Teigen made it her own by adding shredded cheese to her guacamole. “‘CHEESE? IN GUACAMOLE?’ I Know. I know. I got many mixed reactions when I posted this recipe years ago, but only from those who hadn’t tried it. The others became obsessed,” she claims.

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