Best Guacamole: An Updated List of the Best Store Bought Guacamole

The best guacamole is a matter of taste. There’s the old-school (like, pre-16th-century old-school), minimalist guac that’s just coarsely mashed avocados, lime, and salt, which wows with its simplicity and pure avocado flavor. Then there’s chunky guac studded with aromatics, chile, and tomato—although that version opens the door for people to get picky about what doesn’t go in it. Some people are offended by onions. Others think tomatoes are a crime. Are habaneros too spicy for a crowd? And god forbid you use cilantro when hosting one of those poor souls who are doomed to taste soap. 

Luckily, everyone on the team here at Sporked seemed to agree on what constitutes the best store bought guacamole. We want our guacamole to taste like avocado. It should be earthy, buttery, and deliciously ripe. We also want a lot of flavor, whether it’s from onions, garlic, or lime juice—or even a little bit of heat from chile peppers (our number one guacamole also happens to be the best spicy guacamole we tasted). That flavor has to be balanced, too. It shouldn’t upstage the mighty avocado. The guacamole also has to be well salted. Blandness is a sin. Finally, we want our guacamole to be chunky, especially if it calls itself chunky, and creamy rather than runny (you’d be surprised what some companies try to pass off as guac). Pull up a chair, grab some tortilla chips, and read the Sporked scoop on the best store bought guacamole.


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Best Flavored

Park Street Deli Pineapple Poblano Restaurant-Style Guacamole

Okay, I will admit that this pineapple-poblano guacamole from Aldi is a little bit weird, but it’s also tasty enough to earn a spot on this list. See, one of the worst things about store bought guacamole is that so many taste so similar, and not in a good way. If you eat a lot of grocery store bought guac (or you happen to be a professional food taste tester who is sampling a dozen very mediocre guacs in a row), this guac is a welcome departure from the norm. It has a very tart, pineapple-forward flavor that somehow still meshes well with the avocado base. It’s a little sweet but still very savory. You can taste the poblanos and they contribute a little heat. My colleague Jordan Myrick said this would be really good on fish tacos and I love that idea. I also love that this guacamole promises pineapple and poblano and really delivers—it gets high marks for that alone! It’s the best guacamole if you’re an adventurous guacamole consumer. —Gwynedd Stuart

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Rating:

7/10

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Best Secret Ingredient

Homeboy Authentic Guacamole

We love the unique flavor that tomatillos contribute to this guacamole; they add a tangy, sweet, citrusy flavor that is refreshing and bright. It’s a better addition than the bland, out-of-season red tomatoes you often find in store bought guacamole, which can often be tart and sour. Tomatillos are a little more consistent. While Homeboy doesn’t have a ton of acidity up front, it hits enough on the finish to get by. The flavors are subtle, but that means the avocado shines brighter. —Danny Palumbo

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Rating:

7.5/10

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Best Overall Flavor

Herdez Traditional Mild Guacamole

We like a lot of Herdez products. (In fact, if you’re dubious of all store bought guacamole and want something avocado-y but different, try their avocado salsa.) And their new line of guacs is good! The mild version was my favorite. It has a garlicky flavor with a subtle undercurrent of cilantro that’s super pleasant. When my husband makes guacamole, he always adds a lot of garlic, so this reminded me most of homemade (as in, made in my home, specifically). If you see this at the store, give it a shot! It’s the best guacamole we tried in terms of overall flavor. —Gwynedd Stuart

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Rating:

8/10

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Best Organic

Trader Joe’s Chunky Homestyle Guacamole

Trader Joe’s makes some of the best store bought guacamole, but this is the best of what they sell. It’s chunky (albeit, not as chunky as our #2). There’s a nice bit of heat and herbaceousness, too. It’s one of the few guacamoles we tasted that really leans into the flavor of cilantro. All in all, it’s creamy, consistent, and has a nice, sharp flavor. We also appreciate this guac for its rough chunks of avocado and appropriate amount of salt. —Danny Palumbo

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Rating:

8.5/10

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Best Chunky

We Love Guac Fresh Chunky Original

A lot of the guacamole we tasted purported to be “chunky,” but this is the best chunky guacamole by far. It has a fresh flavor and it doesn’t have the odd citric acid tang that many other brands of guacamole have. And really, this is a chip breaker of a guac. As you dig in, you get big chunks of avocado. I broke several chips trying to consume this. If you want actual avocado in your guacamole and not just smooth avocado puree, this is the best guacamole you can buy. —Gwynedd Stuart 

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Rating:

8.5/10

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Best of the Best

Good Foods Spicy Chunky Guacamole

Good Foods Spicy Chunky Guacamole would have made this list simply for being the best spicy guacamole we tried, but it has so much else going for it that it landed in the top spot. The little bit of heat is almost like an added bonus. One thing that pushed this guac over the edge: It doesn’t contain tomatoes! Tomatoes can get really bland and mushy when they hang out in a tub of guacamole in a grocery store refrigerator. If you insist on tomatoes in your guacamole, quarter some fresh grape tomatoes and mix them into this flavorful, fresh-tasting guacamole. It’ll be so much better than guacamoles that come pre-tomatoed! Note: The guacamole we’d previously put in the top spot, Hope Foods Spicy Green Chile Guacamole, was discontinued, sadly. So say hello to the new best guacamole! — Gwynedd Stuart

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Rating:

9/10

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Sporked Staff

The Sporked Staff tastes everything and anything. They are obsessive about groceries and finding the best of any type of food or drink, from frozen fried shrimp to Dijon mustard to gummy candy. And they're always on a hunt for the best new products. When they aren't eating professionally, they're eating recreationally. And often they're browsing grocery store aisles, just for fun.

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  • I haven’t tried these brands yet but if you haven’t tested you all need to try Kirklands Guacamole from Costco. Seriously one of the best guacamole and this is coming from someone who Dr’s every guacamole I get because it’s never right.

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  • Quick question, it’s not a complaint because ultimately it doesn’t really matter, but why are some articles “countdown” style like 5th 4th 3rd etc. and some articles start off with the winner?

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