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—though that 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? Can we dip an entire sandwich in there or will that upset everybody? Plus, god forbid you use cilantro when hosting one of those poor souls out there who are doomed to taste soap.
Luckily, the team here at Sporked all seemed to agree about what makes guacamole the best 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 chili peppers. 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 coarse, not totally smooth—bonus points for visible chunks of avocado. Lastly, the best guacamole (store-bought or not) should be creamy. It shouldn’t be the least bit runny (look, you’d be surprised what some companies try to pass off as guac).
So pull up a chair, some chips, and read the Sporked scoop on the best store-bought guacamole.
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- Hope Foods Spicy Green Chile Guacamole
This guacamole is deeply flavorful, spicy, and creamy. That’s why it takes our top spot. The kick of heat and subtle garlic bite doesn’t overpower the avocado itself, which is nice and thick. The habanero is spicy and fruity, and the green chile provides another layer of mild heat. This guacamole is complex without overdoing it. And due to the organic ingredients, the flavors are natural, too. There’s no overly acidic taste from citric acid. It’s just organic lime juice, cilantro, green chile, habanero, garlic, onion, and tomato. That’s as good as it gets for a store-bought guacamole. Take your crown, Hope Foods. You are the best guacamole brand at the grocery store. —Danny Palumbo
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- Trader Joe’s Chunky Homestyle Guacamole
TJ’s makes some of the best store-bought guacamole, including this version, which features big-ass chunks of avocado. “Nothing like a good hunk,” Nicole quipped. There’s a nice bit of heat and herbaceousness with Trader Joe’s Chunky Homestyle guacamole. It’s one of the few where you can actually taste the cilantro. In addition, Trader Joe’s guacamole feels like it was made fresh. It’s creamy, chunky, and has a nice sharp flavor. We also appreciate this guac for its rough chunks of avocado and appropriate amount of salt. It was just shy of the best. Buy it and don’t think twice. —Danny Palumbo
- Good Foods Chunky Guacamole
Good Foods chunky guacamole is the pretzel of the guac world. It’s perfectly salty, so it pairs well with beer. Sipping a cold one while you eat tortilla chips blessed with guacamole is an ideal situation. This one comes loaded, too. Good Foods features chunks of red onions, white onions, jalapeños, tomatoes, and garlic. It has snack-bar snack and big game written all over it. This is the best pre-made guac to pair with some spicy chips if you want to get nuts (I mean let’s get nuts, right?). —Danny Palumbo
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- Homeboy Authentic Guacamole
We love the unique taste of tomatillo here, which adds 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 back end to get by. The flavors here are subtle, but that means the avocado shines brighter. —Danny Palumbo
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- Yo Quiero Original Guacamole
If you like a really natural guac, you’ll probably like this. We added this to our list of the best guacamole because it has a big, garlicky aroma and big chunks of avocado. It also has lots of those little threads that mashed avocados have—I think those can either be a little unpleasant (my colleague Jordan Myrick doesn’t like them) or an indicator that this is real food made well. It’s hard to describe because it’s not chunky, per se. It’s actually very pureed and smooth, but there are big, big chunks mixed in that I didn’t see in other brands—we named Trader Joe’s Chunky Homestyle guac “Best Chunky” during our initial taste test, but this definitely has bigger chunks of avocado and more of them. —Gwynedd Stuart
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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?
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.