In this post, I discuss what brands of guacamole are gluten-free as well as share my simple but fresh gluten-free guacamole recipe. This post contains affiliate links. Please see my disclosures.
I love guacamole as much as the next guy, and at one time I wondered, Is guacamole gluten free?”
The answer is a resounding yes, guacamole is gluten-free safe, especially if you make it at home with your own fresh and clean ingredients.
Even restaurant guacamole, for all intents and purposes, should be gluten free because most restaurants use fresh ingredients. (If a restaurant is using store-bought guacamole, chances are that the restaurant isn’t very good.)
The only tricky part to be aware of is when others make it. You have no idea if they’re adding any sneaky ingredients or using contaminated utensils and hands that might expose you to gluten cross contamination. The risk is very low, but of course you must know you’re taking a risk when enjoying guacamole prepared by someone else.
Overall, guacamole is a food I feel confident saying you can safely eat when you’re avoiding gluten.
Gluten-Free Guacamole Brands
Below are several gluten-free guacamole brands you can enjoy. Many of these brands make single-serve containers, which enable you to enjoy guacamole as an on-the-go snack.
Chosen Foods: Chosen Foods guacamole is gluten free according to the company’s website.
Good Foods: Good Foods guacamole is gluten free according to the company’s website.
Hope Foods: While Hope Foods is famous for its hummus, the company also makes delicious guacamole that is gluten free according to the company’s website.
Sabra: Sabra guacamole is labeled gluten free on the back of its packaging. Look for the gluten-free claim as the most up-to-date information will always be directly on the packaging.
WHOLLY Guacamole: According to WHOLLY Guacamole, all its guacamole dips are gluten free. Check ingredients on the label to be extra sure as the best and most accurate information will always be on the package itself. I do not see a gluten-free claim directly on the packaging; however, I don’t see any gluten ingredients in the dip.
Yucatan: Yucatan guacamole is gluten free according to the company’s website.
While there are plenty of store-bought gluten-free guacamole options, nothing beats making your own fresh guacamole at home with a few simple and fresh ingredients.
To make guacamole for a small gathering, you’ll need:
- 4 ripe avocados, skin and pits removed
- 1/4 cup finely chopped red or yellow onion
- 2 tbsp fresh cilantro, finely chopped (omit if you don’t like cilantro)
- 1 lime, juiced
- Kosher salt, to taste
- Fresh pepper, optional
You’ll want to first mash the avocados in a small bowl. I like to make my guacamole chunky, so I don’t fully mash it. If you like guacamole with a smoother texture, by all means, mash it to bits. You can use a potato masher or fork to get the job done.
Then add the chopped onions, cilantro, and lime juice to the avocados. Mix it together. Then add salt. Start with 1/2 teaspoon, mix it up, and give it a taste. Does it need more? Go slowly with the salt and add just enough to taste it but so that it’s not overwhelming.
Remember, you can’t remove salt so you don’t want to oversalt it. Plus, most crackers and tortilla chips will contain salt as well so it’s better to be slightly undersalted than oversalted.
Mix it together, add pepper (optional) and enjoy!
If your guacamole is too salty, simply add another avocado or chopped tomatoes. Both will help to soak up the excess salt.
Make sure you finely chop the onion. If you’re struggling to get it finely chopped, use your food processor and pulse it a few times.
If you’re pressed for time, use onion powder instead of fresh onions.
Serve the guacamole with any of the following accompaniments:
- Tortilla chips
- Black bean chips
- Crunchmaster crackers
- Baby carrots
- Celery sticks
- Sliced cucumbers
- Jicama sticks
Store leftover dip in a covered container for 1-2 days. The guacamole will turn brown. Give it a mix before eating again. After about 24 hours, the guacamole will become watery and may not taste good.
- 4 ripe avocados remove skin and pit
- 1/4 cup red or yellow onion finely chopped
- 2 tbsp fresh cilantro finely chopped (omit if you don't like cilantro)
- 1 lime juiced
- Kosher salt to taste (start with 1/2 tsp)
- Fresh black pepper optional, to taste
- In a large bowl, mash the avocados with a fork or potato masher to the desired texture. For chunky guacamole, leave small chunks. For smooth guacamole, mash it well.
- Add the chopped onions, cilantro, and lime juice and mix. Add 1/2 tsp of salt, mix, and taste. Add more salt, if needed, as well as fresh black pepper (optional).
- Pair the fresh guacamole with your favorite chips and/or vegetables and serve immediately.