Chunky Guacamole with Cilantro Recipe

In the cuisine of the Southwest, chunky guacamole is used as a cocktail dip, or one of the toppings and/or fillings of enchiladas, tacos, tostadas, or burritos. It is also wonderful as a cold sauce for grilled meats or fish.  There seem to be more versions of guacamole than there are avocados in this world.

This chunky guacamole recipe follows the traditional Mexican-style as the mixture must be chunky (never a puree), have a bite from fresh chilies or salsa, and be perfumed with fresh cilantro.  Good guacamole requires good avocados.  This recipe is best made with California-type avocados (Hass), those with rough, dark-green skins.  Chunky Guacamole does not keep well, so make it at the last moment before serving.

This was a hard recipe to write down, as I usually just do it with as many avocados and tomatoes that I have.  I usually make a large batch of guacamole.  Learn all about tomatoes and avocadoes and how to use them in your cooking.  Be creative!

For my family, we also want some refreshing and delicious Fresh Lime Margaritas with our guacamole and chips.

close up image of Chunky Guacamole

Chunky Guacamole in a deep bowl next to a bowl of tortilla chips and two margaritas

Chunky Guacamole with Cilantro Recipe:
Prep Time
20 mins
Total Time
20 mins
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Southwest
Keyword: Chunky Guacamole with Cilantro Recipe
  • 4 to 5 large tomatoes, seeds removed and diced*
  • 3 tablespoons green onions (scallions), finely-chopped
  • 1 green chile pepper, cored, seeded, and finely chopped**
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice, fresh-squeezed***
  • 4 to 5 ripe avocados, peeled, seeded, and coarsely cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1 bunch fresh cilantro, finely-chopped (or to taste)
  • Coarse salt or sea salt, to taste
  • Coarsely-ground pepper to taste
  • Corn chips
  1. In a large bowl, combine prepared tomatoes, onion, chile pepper or salsa, and lime juice; set aside.

  2. Peel, seed, and dice the avocado:
    Chunky Guacamole
  3. Start by cutting the avocado lengthwise around the seed using a sharp knife with a blade at least 2 inches longer than the avocado.

  4. Place the avocado in the palm of your hand and insert. Without moving the knife, roll the avocado around, slicing it top to bottom and back to the top.

  5. A gentle twist will separate the two halves of the avocado, exposing the meat and the seed inside.

  6. To remove the seed, carefully “hit” the seed with the knife so it pierces it about 1/4 inch or so.  

  7. Turn the knife with the seed, and it will come loose from the inner flesh *you can easily lift it up and out of the avocado.  

  8. To remove the seed from your knife, pinch the seed by placing your fingers over the knife blade (blunt side) and squeeze as though you are pinching the end of the avocado.  It should pop off from the knife and fall freely.

    Chunky Guacamole

  9. Chunky Guacamole
  10. Score the inner meat with a butter knife both horizontally and laterally.  These will be the cubes when the skin is turned towards inside out.  If the avocado is ripe flesh should fall out as the skin is turned.   Repeat this with the remaining avocados.

    Avocado Scored
  11. Add the diced avocado to the tomato mixture; gently stir together.  NOTE: The lime juice will help keep the avocados from darkening.  Add cilantro, salt, and pepper to the tomato/avocado mixture; stir until blended.

  12. Let set at least 10 minute for the flavors to blend before serving.

  13. Serve with your favorite corn chips.  Of course, do not forget your Fresh Lime Margaritas.

  14. Serves many.

Recipe Notes

*  Removing the seeds keeps the prepared guacamole from getting too watery.

**  Sometimes I substitute some prepared salsa instead of using a chile pepper.  Learn how easy it is to make homemade Tomato Salsa.

***  I vary the amount of lime juice used according to my tastes at the time.


Avocados    Chile Peppers    Guacamole    Southwest Recipes    Tomatoes   

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