Why You Should Never Buy Ready-Made Guacamole

Why you should never buy ready-made guacamole

Do you love guacamole? Do you buy it from the grocery store?

If you currently buy your guac ready-made, you need to stop. Why? Here are three reasons:

1: It’s Incredibly Easy To Make Homemade

Homemade guacamole is as easy as mashing avocados and adding in some fresh ingredients. This is one food item that anyone can make. There’s no need to buy it ready-made from the grocery store.

See below for an incredibly delicious, foolproof, impress-your-friends guacamole recipe.

2: It Tastes Funny

Some store-bought guacamole brands have a certain taste to them – and I’m not talking about salty or sour.

I can’t put my finger on it. But if you want fresh, pure, non-chemical-tasting guacamole – don’t buy it at the store. Make it at home.

(One exception is Whole Foods store-made guacamole. It is delicious and doesn’t have that chemical taste. But it’s very expensive. (See reason #3))

Should you buy ready-made guacamole or make it yourself?

3: It’s Expensive

Homemade guacamole from the grocery store is really expensive.

You can make a delicious homemade guac for much, much less than it costs to buy it in the store.

When avocados are ripe, grocery stores sell them very cheap. I often find 5 for $5.00 deals, or even cheaper:

Buying cheap avocados at the grocery store to make homemade guacamole. Click through for recipe!

Forget paying $5.00+ on a small container of store-bought guacamole. Make a much larger batch at home for just a few dollars.

Try a new recipe!

The best basic (and easy!) guacamole recipe.

Guacamole is one of the most perfect foods. It’s creamy, it’s flavorful, and it’s healthy.

It’s a tortilla chip’s best friend. It can make a burger. And it is always a welcome site at a Superbowl/Cinco de Mayo/Fourth of July/any other party.

Now it’s time for you to make delicious homemade guacamole at home – and save some money too!

Best Basic Guacamole Recipe

Yield: 4 to 6 servings

Total Time:10 min

How to choose a ripe avocado: Do the squeeze test to find out if an avocado is ready to use. In the grocery store, gently squeeze an avocado:
  • If it is rock hard, it's not ripe.
  • If it's soft, it's too ripe.
  • If it gives in to gentle pressure, it's ready to eat and perfect for guacamole.


  • 2 ripe avocados
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped red onion
  • Juice from 1/2 lime
  • 1 small Roma tomato, chopped
  • Small garlic clove, finely minced
  • Pinch of kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon finely minced jalapeno pepper, optional
  • Dash of hot sauce or Worcestershire sauce, optional


  1. Remove flesh from avocados and mash with a fork. You want the avocados to be slightly, not smooth.
  2. Add other ingredients and mix well. Cover with plastic wrap until ready to eat.

6 Responses to “Why You Should Never Buy Ready-Made Guacamole”

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    BreAnna | Crafty Coin — April 3, 2016 @ 3:19 am

    Avocados here in Chicago are usually $1.25 each. I can actually find homemade guacamole for $3.99/lb at my local grocery store and it’s made with all natural ingredients, so I often find it’s cheaper to buy theirs than to make my own! 

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    dks64 — July 8, 2016 @ 10:48 pm

    For me, I only buy ready made guacamole when my grocery store doesn’t have ripe avocados and I need them that night. It’s true, it doesn’t taste the same and has the weirdest flavor that I can’t pinpoint, but it works in a pinch. I found this blog when asking Google why premade guacamole always tastes funny :p

    • Haley replied: — July 12th, 2016 @ 9:15 pm

      Hey! Thanks for letting me know how you found this post. Very interesting!
      I don’t know what makes that flavor… but it’s odd. I always prefer homemade.

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    Ray — January 10, 2018 @ 11:27 am

    I am not a seller but wholly guacamole doesn’t taste funny to me.  Just saying 

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    Greg "Arnie" Arnsberger — May 14, 2018 @ 8:58 pm

    Thanks for the tips, always ready to learn and great for Keto lifestyle too…Guac rocks…

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    John Bonner — December 4, 2018 @ 2:01 pm

    Some processed guacamoles have added acids to extend shelf life. Citric
    acid or Ascorbic acid are a couple of the more common acids used. A simple look at the ingredient statement will let you know whether or not these are used as an additive. Try Wholly Guacamole………….no additives or preservatives……..no funky taste.

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