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No Need to Pay Extra — Make Your Own Chipotle Guac at Home!

One can never have enough of Chipotle Mexican Grill [1]'s guacamole, but you're in luck. We went into the kitchen with Chipotle to learn exactly how to make its legendary avocado dip [2], so you can always get your fix. The secret? A longtime recipe that comes courtesy of founder (and classically trained chef) Steve Ells.

Chipotle's Signature Guacamole

Chipotle's Signature Guacamole


For a complete chips-and-dip experience, serve guacamole with tortilla chips that have been tossed with lime juice and a sprinkling of salt, a signature at Chipotle Mexican Grill.

Chipotle's Signature Guacamole


6 large ripe avocados, peeled and pitted
1/4 cup citrus (lemon and lime) juice*
3 cups fresh cilantro, chopped
1 1/2 cups red onion, finely chopped
12 large serrano chili peppers, seeded and finely chopped*
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
Tortilla chips, for serving

*The original recipe calls for lime juice and jalapeño peppers.


  1. Using a fork, mash avocados with citrus juice in a small bowl.
  2. Add cilantro, chopped onion, serrano chili peppers, and salt. Stir to combine. Serve with tortilla chips, if desired.
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