How To Make Guacamole With A Mortar And Pestle

Wondering how to make guacamole with the best flavor?

Summer is fading fast and the kids are starting back to school. But one of the benefits of living in a place like Northern California is how spoiled rotten we are with having summer produce far into the cooler months, even organics!

How To Make Guacamole With A Mortar And Pestle

I fully take advantage of that every single year. Particularly with avocados. I eat a lot of them, usually about 1 each day. For me personally, it’s been fantastic for my blood sugar and it never makes me gain weight. So I enjoy guacamole on a very regular basis.

When I was in culinary school, they taught us to make guacamole with a mortar and pestle. I can honestly say that since that time, I have never made it any other way.

The trick is to first crush all the harder ingredients like the onions and garlic. But don’t stop there! The video below gives you my basic recipe, but I’ve also crushed up small bits of lemon or lime peel to get a good strong flavor, or added jalapeños. Whatever is hardest should always go in first. Then the avocados, and then the soft stuff if you want to add it. Things like olives and chopped tomatoes that really just need to be mixed in more than actually being crushed or smooshed.

How To Make Guacamole With A Mortar And Pestle

I also have a fantastic way for you to pack up your guacamole in a way that keeps it from turning brown overnight. I’ve gone as long as three days without it turning brown before, but typically, the limit is two days. The trick is getting that first layer of plastic to fit tightly over the guac. Watch the video below to see what I mean.



I have this one and absolutely adore it. It’s heavy, but it’s sturdy and will stand the test of time. It does a great job grinding things up and is the perfect size for making guacamole this way.

Stone mortar and pestle for making guacamole.

Vasconia 4-Cup Granite Molcajete Mortar and PestleHow to make guacamole.

How To Make Guacamole With A Mortar And Pestle

Mortar And Pestle Guacamole

Quite possibly the best guacamole you'll ever enjoy!
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Course: Dips
Cuisine: Mexican
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 16 servings (approximately
Calories: 82kcal



  • Mortar and pestle (large)


  • ¼ small yellow onion, chopped
  • 3 medium cloves garlic, chopped
  • 4 medium avocados
  • 1 medium lemon or lime, juiced
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • Place the onion and garlic in the mortar (bowl) and use the pestle to crush them as best you can.
  • Add in the avocados and mash until you get a consistency you like
  • Stir in the lemon juice, salt and pepper and serve.


Please note that the nutrition data given here is a ballpark figure. Exact data is not possible.


Serving: 0.25cup (approximately) | Calories: 82kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 4mg | Potassium: 246mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 73IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 7mg | Iron: 1mg

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