Roasted Garlic Guacamole

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Sometimes there’s good reason to change a classic, and guacamole is a good example. I’ve always made the traditional version with chopped onions, tomatoes and cilantro; it’s always a hit but all those raw onions take their toll, at least on me. So when I saw a recipe for Roasted Garlic Guacamole in Eating Well, I was intrigued. I wondered: Could roasted garlic give mild avocados the same oomph as raw onions? The answer is a resounding yes!

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In fact, I think it’s even better — with roasted garlic, guacamole is flavorful yet not the slightest bit sharp or biting.

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To roast the garlic, all you do is cook the unpeeled cloves in a dry pan until softened and charred.  It takes about 15 minutes, and the softened mellow pulp squeezes right out of the peel.

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For the rest, you’ll need three perfectly ripe avocados, some chopped tomatoes, jalapeños and cilantro…

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Of course, a little salt and fresh lime juice…

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And that’s all there is to it! Serve with tortilla chips and margaritas.

Fresh, delicious and, best of all, you’ll be all the more kissable. Enjoy!

 

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Roasted Garlic Guacamole

Servings: 4
Total Time: 20 Minutes

Ingredients

  • 3 large garlic cloves, unpeeled
  • 3 ripe medium avocados*
  • 1 small tomato, seeded, juiced and diced (about 1/3 cup)
  • 1/4 cup coarsely chopped cilantro
  • 2 tablespoons jalapeño pepper, stemmed, seeded and minced (you'll need one pepper)**
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice, plus more if desired (you'll need about 1/2 lime)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, plus more to taste

Instructions

  1. Place the unpeeled garlic in a small skillet over medium heat; cook, turning occasionally, until soft and blackened in spots, 10 to 15 minutes. Cool, then slip off the skins and mash the garlic with a fork.
  2. Scoop the avocado flesh into a medium bowl.* Add the roasted garlic, diced tomato, cilantro, jalapeño, lime juice and salt. Coarsely mash everything together, being careful to leave some chunks. Taste and add more salt and lime juice if desired (you can also add some of the jalapeño core if you want more heat; just add it slowly). Transfer to a serving bowl and place plastic wrap directly on the surface of the guacamole. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
  3. *To prepare the avocados, cut them in half lengthwise. Strike the pits with the edge of a sharp knife, twist and loosen to remove. Using a small knife, cut a grid in each half (slices should be about 1/2-inch apart), then scoop the cubes of flesh out of the avocado with a soup spoon.
  4. **To prepare the jalapeño, use a small knife to slice straight down along one side, removing just the flesh. Turn the pepper and repeat with the remaining sides. All of the seeds and most of the veins -- the extra hot stuff -- should remain in the core. Mince the flesh and reserve the core in case you want to add more heat to your guacamole. Try to minimize contact with the seeds and be sure to wash your hands well after cutting; definitely do not touch your eyes.

Reviews & Comments

  • Hi Jenn, love the guacamole! The way you roast your garlic is a real game changer. The old fashion way in the oven with oil and salt and wrapped in foil for 45 minutes made roasting garlic a task I dreaded. Ten-fifteen min in the cast iron pan with no prep – amazing! My husband agrees that roasting the garlic makes a subtle but noticeable difference. The first time he tried it he said it was the best guac he had ever had, but could not tell me what made it different from others until I mentioned roasting the garlic for it. Now we put roasted garlic in everything (hummus is great with roasted garlic!).

    I do like to make a few additions to put it over the top (even though its not traditional). I add in some finely chopped red onion or shallots. I also add in 1/2 teas of ground cumin and 1/2 teas of roasted ground coriander. And because I just love garlic, I double it.

    My advice for anyone making this recipe – double it! You. your family and guests will love it!

    • — Bry on October 10, 2018
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  • This was a real hit at my party!

    • — Carmlea on July 3, 2018
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  • This was the best guacamole I’ve ever made!! Love the addition of roasted garlic

    • — Nida on May 9, 2018
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  • Made this for Cinco de Mayo and I’ll never make another guac again! I used half a jalapeno without the ribs and seeds to keep it kid-friendly – but the kids didn’t stand a chance! Everyone said it was the best guacamole they’d had. Loved the quick-roast method for the garlic as well. Thanks for yet another fantastic recipe!

    • — Sheri on May 8, 2018
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  • I just submitted a 5-star recipe for the Baja Tacos and am doing the same for your Guac recipe. Too much garlic can easily overpower and you’ve remedied that by softening it in the pan. The garlic is transformed into a sweet and savory taste and doesn’t’ upstage the avocado one bit. What a great idea! I usually never put jalapeño in my recipe but did in yours and loved it. And BTW—the guac connoisseurs I served it too asked for the recipe! Thanks again for adding another “keeper” to my repertoire!

    • — Kitty Connor on April 15, 2018
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  • I’ve made this a few times. I have to leave out the heat as my kids don’t like spicy food. It’s excellent!

    • — Deniza on March 27, 2018
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  • This was scrumptious (onions, though I love the, sit badly on my tongue and tend to last for HOURS). I am thankful to have this recipe…(ESPECIALLY the trick for quick roasting garlic. I was doing it in the oven and it always not only took forever but lingered in the house. Not good with a hubby who doesn’t like the smell of garlic!!) I have made it two times now. The first time I made it EXACTLY as described. The second time I amped it up by keeping the lime juice as is, but adding 1 drop essential oil lemon (organic essential oil from Ancient Apothecary) and a good dash of organic chili powder!!! WOW!
    I served it yesterday to the women in my mom’s meeting with cucumber slices and long slices of red, green, orange and yellow bell peppers. The result – HEAVENLY and so beautiful to look at with all of the colors! It was so good, many of the moms were saying they would serve this for breakfast to the kiddies on toast, on a tasted sweet potato or with eggs! Yay!
    Thank you Jenn from OnceUponAChef for another HIT!!

    • — S. Blake on March 1, 2018
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  • Can you freeze roasted guacamole?

    • — Naheed Shaikh on February 2, 2018
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    • Hi Naheed, I’ve never frozen guacamole, but from what I just read online, it should work. My guess is fresh is best, but freezing is doable. Hope that helps!

      • — Jenn on February 2, 2018
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  • Jen has very simple but delicious recipes, the roasted garlic adds depth of flavor to this guacaole

    • — Laura Fabry on February 1, 2018
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  • Jenn, sounds great and will have to try it tonight.

    • — Ken on February 1, 2018
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  • This was a big hit!! I made a double batch and didn’t get one bite!! Friends “hovered” over it and couldn’t get enough…will definitely make this again! Delicious and very addicting!!

    • — Wendy Schoenburg on June 27, 2017
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  • Hi Jenn,

    Tonight I am making your chicken tacos and I’d like to prepare this guacamole as an accompaniment, as guac is one of my favourite things in the world and I have yet to try yours. (I might add that I am also prepping your roasted tomato salsa, which is a staple for me!)

    I have a simple question: when you say “seed and juice” the tomato, do you mean discard the juice/gel as well as the seeds?

    Once again, thank you for many great recipes!

    • — Jenn V. on April 20, 2017
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    • Yes that’s correct, Jenn. And so glad you’re enjoying the recipes! ?

      • — Jenn on April 20, 2017
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  • I made this as written (including the tomato) and it turned out very good, very fresh. It does take a little work, but it was worth it. I had some leftover after dinner so I mixed in a little more lime juice (another good squeeze from the lime) before I put it in the fridge and it was still great the next day!

    • — Elodie on October 6, 2016
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  • Can you freeze this ?

    • — Jennifer belanger on June 24, 2016
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    • Hi Jennifer, I’ve never tried freezing guacamole. I’ve heard mixed reviews about how it freezes, so I don’t think I’d recommend it– sorry!

      • — Jenn on June 24, 2016
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  • I’m usually one to read the reviews only…but I had to take time out to send a review on Roasted Garlic Guacamole! I love a guacamole. However, my husband is the opposite. (avocados, nor guacamole). Surprisingly, I tried your recipe and he tried it and loved it! He came back for more, and even asked me to show him how to make it! I dont think I’ll go back to the way of making it. I didn’t miss the onions at all. Thanks for sharing!!

    • — RA on May 11, 2016
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  • The picture does not show the tomatoes. Am I missing something? Can’t wait to try this. I’ll rate it after I try it.

    • — Helen on May 5, 2016
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    • Good eye Helen! I just photographed a batch that didn’t have tomatoes, but they are part of the recipe. Hope you enjoy!

      • — Jenn on May 6, 2016
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  • I loved this recipe.
    So quick.
    I bought a pack of five avocados and waited a week till three of them were ready to be eaten.
    Then I made this recipe.
    I didn’t add the tomatoes.
    I was careful not to put the interior of the jalapeño and it came out perfect.
    I am taking this to my sister with the leftover tortilla chips. She will enjoy it while she slaves in the garden.
    Thank you for this recipe. I don’t know how you do it but even a bad cook like me can sometimes make something tasty.

  • Brilliant! (everything is better with roasted garlic in my book). I add diced tomatoes too.

    • — Margot C on May 16, 2015
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  • You mentioned that there is a strong flavor with the onion. What I do is chop the onion very fine and add the juice of half a lemon and a bit of salt and let it sit for 15 minutes. Then I add the aguacate, cilantro, chile serrano and mixed. You don’t have that strong flavor or raw onion. By the way, I am mexican and I do not use tomate in the guacamole.

    • — Maruca Gonzalez on January 13, 2015
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  • Made this to have with left over enchiladas. Very good.

    • — Suzan on July 10, 2014
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  • This recipe is exactly the way my mom and grandma made the guacamole. We hate onions in the guacamole. Good choice.

    • — Lilia on January 23, 2014
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  • Made this recently for a Halloween gathering at a friends cabin in the woods. Brought home a licked clean dish! Everyone kept asking what was in it…when I said roasted garlic, they asked for the recipe!

    • — Janet lester on November 14, 2013
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  • I am browsing your recipes as I have to make a dish for a Mexican themed potluck. I never realized I could roast garlic cloves like that on top of the stove. Thank you for this hint. I believe I will be making the black bean salad (your introductory video), and may also prepare this guacamole too. Thank you again!

    • — Karen on November 13, 2013
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  • What would you recommend as a substitute for the cilantro? I’m one of those people that gets a soap taste and I did this minus the cilantro, but it seemed to be missing something! My daughter was thrilled not to have to pick the onions out of her guac!

    • — jane on August 8, 2013
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    • Hi Jane, You could try another herb, like basil…it would still be very good but not really Mexican. Hope that helps!

      • — Jenn on August 14, 2013
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  • omg, i have just discovered my love of avocados! but i hate onions, i looks foward to making this! i cant wait actually. ill only eat onions if theyre cooks down and never raw!!

    • — trisha dowling on June 27, 2012
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  • This recipe for guacamole is better than any I have had in a restaurant. It is easy and great.

    • — Gayle Snyder on June 24, 2012
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  • garlic and guacamole in harmony. YUMMY!!!!!!!

    • — Rachel Munyon on June 23, 2012
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  • I absolutely love this guacamole recipe! It is the only one I use now. I followed the recipe exactly and it was just perfect. I bought my nephew a garlic roaster for his birthday and sent the recipe with it. Thanks!

    • — Kristi Mcvey on June 20, 2012
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  • I never would have thought to add roasted garlic to guacamole, but ever since I tried this recipe I’ve been hooked. The only thing I do differently is to add fresh chopped tomatoes.

    • — Adrian on June 20, 2012
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  • I have made this MANY times, and it always gets rave reviews, even from those who aren’t really guacamole fans.

    • — Colleen on May 16, 2012
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  • I love this since I cannot eat onions. It usually leaves something wanting from guac but the garlic is awesome!

    • — Emily on May 15, 2012
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  • My love for guacamole cannot even be put into words! And this one…to. die. for!!!

    • — Paige on May 15, 2012
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  • My family loved this combination. It worked great with our homemade tortilla chips.

    • — Tricia O on March 8, 2012
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  • I love roasted garlic. I love guacamole. Best of both worlds.

    • — Lynsy on March 6, 2012
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  • This is delicious!!! Higly recommend!!

    • — Keri on March 2, 2012
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  • delish!!.. extra garlic always good & some tomato too … YUM!

    • — BarbaraT on March 1, 2012
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  • This was another hit with my family and at some recent parties. Another wonderful recipe!

    • — Melissa on March 1, 2012
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  • Great adaptation of the traditional guacamole. Here in New Mexico, it’s almost sacrilegious to mess with tradition, but I did, and my guests loved it! It’s a keeper!

    • — Colleen on March 1, 2012
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  • This is the perfect solution for us! We loooove guac in our house and have always left the garlic out because it has such a strong flavor. This recipe takes care of that. By roasting the garlic it becomes much milder. Thanx for the great idea!

    • — Chelsea on March 1, 2012
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  • Always looking for new guacamole recipes! This one is a must try 🙂

    • — Melissa Norton on March 1, 2012
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  • I’m so intrigued by this. I will have to try it with your margarita recipe!!!

    • — Michelle on March 1, 2012
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  • I can’t wait to try this.

    • — Ana on March 1, 2012
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  • NICE TWIST…I ALSO LIKE TO USE GREEN ONIONS (SCALLIONS ).

    • — ALDO on January 30, 2012
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  • I’m throwing my old recipe out. No need to go back. This is hands-down the BEST! Love it!

    • — bethy on September 10, 2010
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  • Made this with your margaritas last night. Delicious!

    • — Kelly on June 5, 2010
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  • I made this the other night in lieu of my “regular” guac and didn’t tell the family. My son *loved* it – I really liked it, although I cut the cilantro in half (don’t care much for it) and added more garlic, I didn’t miss the onions! This will be my new recipe!

    • — Chris Tucker on May 25, 2010
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  • I love guacamole. Thanks for visiting my blog. I’m so glad you did because I discovered yours.. So nice to meet you jenn…

  • WOW~ I must try these- in Fl we have giant ones all over the place- you know the football sized ones?! LOL I will def. try this when they start dropping!

  • This is so cool to see a twist on one of my favorites! Can’t wait to try it – it looks and sounds great.

    • — Christian on May 12, 2010
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  • What a great idea! My mom never liked having onions in the guacamole, but maybe she’ll be willing to give this a try. Thanks!

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