22 Quick and Easy Recipes in 30 Minutes (or less) + 5 Chef Secrets To Make You A Better Cook!

Roasted Garlic Guacamole

Tested & Perfected Recipes
Roasted Garlic Guacamole

This post may contain affiliate links. Read my full disclosure policy.

In this recipe, roasted garlic takes the place of raw onions, making a guacamole that is flavorful yet mellow.

Roasted Garlic Guacamole

Sometimes there’s good reason to tweak 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! This one is perfect for raw onion-phobes.

How To Make Roasted Garlic Guacamole

ingredients for roasted garlic guacamole

Begin by roasting the garlic: place the unpeeled garlic in a small skillet over medium heat. roasting garlic in skillet

Cook, turning occasionally, until soft and blackened in spots, 10 to 15 minutes.

charred garlic in skillet

Cool, then slip off the skins.

slipping roasted garlic out of skin on cutting boardMash the peeled roasted garlic with a fork.

mashing roasted garlic with a fork

Cut the avocados in half lengthwise. Carefully strike the pits with the edge of a sharp knife, then twist and loosen to remove. Holding each avocado half in the palm of your hand, use a butter knife to cut a grid in the flesh. Use a spoon to scoop the cubes of flesh out of the skin and into a medium bowl.

scooping avocado flesh into bowl

Add the roasted garlic, diced tomato, cilantro, jalapeño, lime juice and salt. other ingredients in bowl with avocado

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).

Bowl of roasted garlic guacamole.

Transfer to a bowl and serve with tortilla chips.

Roasted Garlic Guacamole

You may also like

Roasted Garlic Guacamole

In this recipe, roasted garlic takes the place of raw onions, making a guacamole that is flavorful yet mellow.

Servings: 4 to 6
Total Time: 20 Minutes


  • 3 large garlic cloves, unpeeled
  • 3 ripe large avocados
  • 1 small tomato, seeded, juiced and diced (about ⅓ cup)
  • ¼ 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 ½ lime)
  • ½ teaspoon salt, plus more to taste


  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. Cut the avocados in half lengthwise. Carefully strike the pits with the edge of a sharp knife, then twist and loosen to remove. Holding each avocado half in the palm of your hand, use a butter knife to cut a grid in the flesh. Use a spoon to scoop the cubes of flesh out of the skin and into a medium bowl. Add the roasted garlic, 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 bowl and serve with tortilla chips. If not serving immediately, place a piece of plastic wrap directly on the surface of the guacamole. Refrigerate for up to two hours; bring to room temperature before serving.
  3. *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.

Nutrition Information

Powered by Edamam

  • Per serving (6 servings)
  • Calories: 209
  • Fat: 18
  • Saturated fat: 3 g
  • Carbohydrates: 13 g
  • Sugar: 1 g
  • Fiber: 9 g
  • Protein: 3 g
  • Sodium: 204 mg
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg

This website is written and produced for informational purposes only. I am not a certified nutritionist and the nutritional data on this site has not been evaluated or approved by a nutritionist or the Food and Drug Administration. Nutritional information is offered as a courtesy and should not be construed as a guarantee. The data is calculated through an online nutritional calculator, Edamam.com. Although I do my best to provide accurate nutritional information, these figures should be considered estimates only. Varying factors such as product types or brands purchased, natural fluctuations in fresh produce, and the way ingredients are processed change the effective nutritional information in any given recipe. Furthermore, different online calculators provide different results depending on their own nutrition fact sources and algorithms. To obtain the most accurate nutritional information in a given recipe, you should calculate the nutritional information with the actual ingredients used in your recipe, using your preferred nutrition calculator.

Gluten-Free Adaptable Note

To the best of my knowledge, all of the ingredients used in this recipe are gluten-free or widely available in gluten-free versions. There is hidden gluten in many foods; if you're following a gluten-free diet or cooking for someone with gluten allergies, always read the labels of your ingredients to verify that they are gluten-free.

See more recipes:


  • 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!

  • This was a real hit at my party!

  • This was the best guacamole I’ve ever made!! Love the addition of roasted garlic

  • 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!

  • 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!

  • 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!

  • 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!!

  • Can you freeze roasted guacamole?

    • 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!

  • Jen has very simple but delicious recipes, the roasted garlic adds depth of flavor to this guacaole

  • Jenn, sounds great and will have to try it tonight.

  • 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
    • Reply
  • 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!

    • Yes that’s correct, Jenn. And so glad you’re enjoying the recipes! ?

  • 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!

  • Can you freeze this ?

    • — Jennifer belanger
    • Reply
    • 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!

  • 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!!

  • 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.

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

  • 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.

  • 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
    • Reply
  • Made this to have with left over enchiladas. Very good.

  • This recipe is exactly the way my mom and grandma made the guacamole. We hate onions in the guacamole. Good choice.

  • 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!

  • 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!

  • 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!

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

  • 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
    • Reply
  • This recipe for guacamole is better than any I have had in a restaurant. It is easy and great.

  • garlic and guacamole in harmony. YUMMY!!!!!!!

  • 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!

  • 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.

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

  • I love this since I cannot eat onions. It usually leaves something wanting from guac but the garlic is awesome!

  • My love for guacamole cannot even be put into words! And this one…to. die. for!!!

  • My family loved this combination. It worked great with our homemade tortilla chips.

  • I love roasted garlic. I love guacamole. Best of both worlds.

  • This is delicious!!! Higly recommend!!

  • delish!!.. extra garlic always good & some tomato too … YUM!

  • This was another hit with my family and at some recent parties. Another wonderful recipe!

  • 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!

  • 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!

  • Always looking for new guacamole recipes! This one is a must try 🙂

    • — Melissa Norton
    • Reply
  • I’m so intrigued by this. I will have to try it with your margarita recipe!!!

  • I can’t wait to try this.


  • I’m throwing my old recipe out. No need to go back. This is hands-down the BEST! Love it!

  • Made this with your margaritas last night. Delicious!

  • 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!

  • 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!

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

  • 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!

    • Chop the garlic and onion. Place onion in strainer with garlic on top. Pour three cups of boiling water over it and rinse with cold water. No more harsh onion or garlic.

      • Or let sit in cold water 10 min. and rinse. Jacques Pepin trick

Add a Comment

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.