This dip is inspired by Chili’s Guacamole recipe and is fully loaded with yummy, flavorful ingredients and spices that will totally excite your tastebuds! Enjoy with tortilla chips, on toast, or on top of your favorite Mexican dish.
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Why You’ll Love This Recipe
If you’re like me, you are a big fan of the chunky guacamole that Chili’s makes fresh at your table! That’s why I came up with this recipe inspired by Chili’s Tableside Guacamole recipe!
It is sure to be a hit with your friends and family at parties and gatherings and to me, is the best guacamole recipe. It’s packed with flavor, easy to make, and can be made ahead of time. Plus it’s vegan, gluten-free, and dairy-free friendly!
I added delicious, sweet roasted corn, a sweet onion instead of a red onion, and some garlic powder. If you don’t like your guacamole chunky, this recipe is not for you. It is chunky, and fully loaded with flavorful ingredients.
One thing I can tell you is don’t skimp on the lime juice and salt. They give this guacamole so much flavor!
What is Guacamole?
Guacamole is a Mexican dip that is traditionally made from mashed avocadoes, lime juice, tomato, onion and jalapeno. It’s totally versatile and can be used as a spread for sandwiches instead of mayo.
There are many ways you can serve guacamole. Some of my favorites are with these homemade baked corn tortilla chips, pita chips, crackers and my favorite grilled cheese with bacon pieces! Guacamole is also delicious as part of an appetizer platter at parties.
Classic guacamole uses mashed avocados, but there are also versions of guacamole that are made using diced avocados mixed with different ingredients like diced tomatoes and onions.
This delicious guacamole takes the traditional approach of mashing the avocados, but you can definitely substitute diced avocados with amazing results!
How to Choose the Perfect Avocado
Avocados are the main ingredient in perfect guacamole and are a good source of fiber. It’s very important to choose the perfect one. I can’t tell you how many times I have purchased an avocado, just to cut into it and find it is overripe or too hard. It’s frustrating.
Since this delicious recipe calls for four avocados, I’m going to share some tips I have learned to pick the perfect one!
- Squeeze the avocados. If an avocado looks ripe, you should still squeeze it to test its ripeness. Hold it in the palm of your hand, and squeeze gently. A ripe avocado should yield to firm, gentle pressure, but shouldn’t feel overly soft or mushy.
- Check the end of the avocado. When you remove the stem, you want the little spot that is exposed to be green. If it is brown, it’s too ripe.
- Try to buy avocados the day you plan to use them. It’s hard to buy them ahead of time because you never know when they are going to be ready.
The great thing about making this easy recipe for guacamole is that it can be totally customized to your tastes with fresh ingredients to make your own version!
The seasonings used in guacamole can also be adjusted to your personal preference. For this version of Chili’s Guacamole, you will use cumin, garlic powder, red pepper flakes, black pepper, and salt.
Why Does Guacamole turn brown?
Guacamole turns brown because the air, which is rich in oxygen, reacts with the fat. When you keep your guacamole in the refrigerator and it’s still there after a day or two, that means it’s not really fresh anymore.
To prevent browning, squeeze some more lime juice over it before putting the airtight container in the refrigerator.
What Ingredients are in Chili’s Guacamole?
*Ingredient amounts are located in the recipe card at the end of this post.
Ripe Avocados: Fresh avocados are the base for guacamole and for this recipe, you will need four ripe avocados. Check my tips above for choosing the right avocado.
Fresh Lime Juice: The lime juice adds acidity and tartness to balance out the flavors of the guacamole. It also helps to keep the guacamole from turning brown. Bottled lime juice can be substituted.
Red Onion: Red onion adds a bit of crunch and a slight sharpness. Another type of onion can be substituted.
Roma Tomato: I like to dice the tomato into small pieces.
Jalapeño Peppers: Remove the seeds and chop the jalapeno into small pieces. For less spice, jalapenos can be omitted.
Roasted Corn: The sweetness of the corn adds balance to the guacamole.
Fresh Cilantro: Cilantro adds a bright, fresh flavor to the guacamole.
Spices: Cumin, garlic powder, red pepper flakes, black pepper, and salt or kosher salt. This combination of spices will add great flavor!
How to Make Chunky Guacamole
 Begin by roasting the corn. You can use fresh corn right off the cob, or you can use canned corn. Spray a frying pan with non-stick cooking spray and place it over medium heat. Add the corn to the pan and fry until the corn begins to blacken. Stir occasionally.
 Dice the fresh tomatoes and onion, then chop the cilantro. Put on a pair of food safe gloves and slice the jalapeños in half. Remove the seeds from the jalapeno peppers for less heat or leave them in for more. Dice the jalapeños.
 Cut the limes into quarters so they are ready to be juiced. Slice open the avocados and remove the pit. Using a spoon, scoop the green flesh into a mixing bowl.
 Use a fork, potato masher, or Mortar and Pestle set to mash the avocados.
 Immediately squeeze the lime juice from both limes into the mashed avocados and stir to avoid browning.
 Add the diced tomatoes, diced onion, diced jalapeños, roasted corn, and chopped cilantro. Mix together.
 Next add the Cumin, Garlic Powder, Black Pepper, Salt and Red Pepper Flakes to taste.
 Transfer the guacamole to a serving dish and enjoy with tortilla chips or on top of your favorite Mexican entree!
Helpful Kitchen Tools
How to Store Guacamole and Keep it Fresh
If you plan to store guacamole to eat at another time, make sure to put it in an airtight container or cover tightly with plastic wrap. If it is airtight, the guacamole will last for two days in the refrigerator. You can also use a Guacamole Container like this.
Guacamole can be frozen in airtight containers or plastic freezer bags with as much air removed as possible. Be sure to squeeze out any excess air before sealing. If frozen, guacamole should last for three or four months.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Yes, you can definitely make this guacamole without tomatoes. You could substitute the tomatoes with diced cucumbers, bell peppers, or pickled jalapenos or just omit them all together.
It is best to use fresh corn for this guacamole recipe. However, you can also use canned corn if you would like. Just make sure to drain it first before adding it to the mixture.
Yes, absolutely! You can customize your guacamole however you like. Some other vegetables that can be added are diced bell peppers, cucumbers, or pickled jalapenos. You could also add some fresh herbs such as parsley or cilantro to the mix for an extra flavor boost!
This version of Chili’sGuacamole recipe is the perfect way to enjoy all the fresh and flavorful ingredients of guacamole. It’s packed with spices, bright flavors, and lots of veggies!
Enjoy as a dip with your favorite chips or on top of your favorite Mexican dish. No matter how you enjoy it, this guacamole is sure to become a favorite for the whole family!
More Favorite Mexican Dishes to try:
- Restaurant-Style Salsa
- Green Chili Sour Cream Enchiladas
- Taco Bell Mexican Pizzas
- Sweet Pork Barbacoa
- Creamy Chipotle Sauce
- Cheesy Rotel & Sausage Dip