Serrano & Rosemary Guacamole

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Veggie chips and a mortar and pestle of our Rosemary Guacamole recipe

I learned this method of making guacamole at a cooking class in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, in a magical place called Flora Farms. It’s an incredibly flavorful, fluffy guacamole that’s absolutely delicious and perfect for Mexican night and beyond. Dare I say, it’s the best guacamole ever?

Plus, it’s super easy to make, requiring just 10 minutes, 1 bowl, and 6 ingredients. Let me show you how!

Avocado, serrano, garlic, salt, lime, and rosemary for making guacamole

Origins of Guacamole

Guacamole is believed to have been invented by the Aztecs in Mexico prior to the 1500s (source). It spread in popularity throughout Mesoamerica thanks in part due to the health benefits of avocados (source).

Guacamole is now a popular dip in many regions of the world and has been adapted with the addition of a variety of ingredients.

What is a Molcajete?

One of the secrets to this guacamole is a molcajete.

A molcajete is a mortar and pestle made from volcanic rock that’s often used in Mexican cooking.

Using a molcajete to make guacamole (versus chopping) really extracts the most out of every ingredient and also keeps the texture smooth and creamy.

Since a molcajete might not be something you have room for in your kitchen, we adapted this guacamole to be made in a mortar and pestle!

Using a mortar and pestle to crush serrano and garlic for our Rosemary Guacamole recipe

How to Pick The Perfect Avocado

Have you ever wondered how to pick a perfect avocado? After years of trial and error, we’ve learned a thing or two!

Here are our top tips for perfect avocados:

  • Buy avocados when they are nearly ripe: mostly firm to the touch with just a slight give when pressed gently.
  • When ripened (soft to the touch — don’t squeeze hard!), transfer to the fridge.
  • When in doubt, I tend to pick the little top stem piece off, and if it’s green, that’s a good sign of freshness and ripeness. If it’s brown, it probably isn’t the freshest.
  • If you don’t need your avocados for a few days, either buy firmer avocados and let them continue ripening at room temperature, or transfer ripe avocados to the refrigerator where they’ll keep for 3-4 days.
Avocados in a mortar and pestle for making homemade guacamole

How to Make Guacamole

This recipe starts by pulverizing garlic, rosemary, and serrano pepper into a near paste in a mortar and pestle (or molcajete).

Then it’s mixed with ripe avocado and dressed with a healthy pinch of salt.

Salt is your best friend here, so don’t be shy. It enhances the flavors and rounds out every bite.

Using a mortar and pestle to smash avocado for making guacamole

Lastly, add the lime juice.

We recommend starting with a small amount of lime and working your way up. Adding too much lime juice can overwhelm the other flavors — a rookie mistake we made for years!

Creamy Rosemary & Serrano Guacamole in a mortar and pestle

Mmmm. Swoon! We hope you LOVE this guacamole! It’s:

& Delicious!

It’s the perfect salty snack paired with plantain chips, tortilla chips, veggie chips, or fresh veggies! Or enjoy in bowls, tacos, on enchiladas, and more!

If you try this recipe, let us know! Leave a comment, rate it, and don’t forget to tag a photo #minimalistbaker on Instagram. Cheers, friends!

Using a chip to scoop up a bite of Rosemary and Serrano Guacamole

Serrano & Rosemary Guacamole

Incredibly fluffy guacamole infused with crushed rosemary, garlic, and serrano pepper! Just 10 minutes, 1 bowl, and 6 ingredients required for this plant-based side, appetizer, or sauce!
Author Minimalist Baker
Mortar and pestle of Serrano & Rosemary Guacamole with veggie chips
5 from 5 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 5 (~1/4-cup servings)
Course Dip
Cuisine Gluten-Free, Mexican-Inspired, Vegan
Freezer Friendly No
Does it keep? 24 hours



  • 1 ½ Tbsp loosely chopped fresh rosemary (vibrant green // 1 sprig yields ~1 Tbsp)
  • 1/2 small serrano pepper (stem, seeds, and white part, the pith, removed)
  • 1 clove garlic, peeled
  • 2 large ripe avocados
  • 1 ½ tsp lime juice (plus more to taste)
  • 1/4-1/2 tsp sea salt (plus more to taste)

FOR SERVING optional


  • To a molcajete or mortar and pestle, add the rosemary, serrano pepper, and garlic clove. At first, mash and pound the ingredients softly to break them down before slowly grinding in a circular motion to completely pulverise the mixture.
  • Note: If you don’t have a mortar and pestle or molcajete, simply mince the garlic, serrano pepper, and rosemary finely.
  • Next, add the ripe avocados and mash until fluffy and light, being sure to fully combine them with the garlic, serrano, and rosemary.
  • Lastly, add lime (start small and work your way up as to avoid overpowering the avocado flavor) and salt to taste. Taste and adjust flavor as needed, adding more lime juice for acidity or sea salt to taste.
  • Serve immediately with chips or tortillas of choice. This would also make an excellent sandwich spread or sauce for tacos and more. Store well sealed in the refrigerator for up to 24 hours (best when fresh). Not freezer friendly.



*Recipe highly adapted from a cooking class we took at Flora Farms in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. You can also try this authentic guacamole recipe from Jauja Cocina Mexicana.
*Nutrition information is a rough estimate calculated with the lesser amount of salt and without optional ingredients.

Nutrition (1 of 5 servings)

Serving: 1 quarter-cup servings Calories: 93 Carbohydrates: 5.17 g Protein: 1.1 g Fat: 8.4 g Saturated Fat: 1.2 g Polyunsaturated Fat: 1 g Monounsaturated Fat: 5.34 g Trans Fat: 0 g Cholesterol: 0 mg Sodium: 122 mg Potassium: 285 mg Fiber: 3.8 g Sugar: 0.21 g Vitamin A: 103 IU Vitamin C: 5.81 mg Calcium: 10.32 mg Iron: 0.38 mg

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    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Woohoo! We’re thrilled to hear you enjoyed it so much, Laura! Thank you for sharing! xo

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Thanks so much for the lovely review, Nadine. We are so glad you enjoyed it! Next time, would you mind leaving a rating with your review? It’s super helpful for us and other readers. Thanks so much! Xo

    • Nadine says

      The peppers make such an interesting combination of flavours. LOVE IT! Thanks for the amazing recipes!

  1. Hana says

    This was fluffy, tasty, and made a wonderful addition to our taco night. It was great with plantain chips and tortilla chips We used a small mortar and pestle to grind the herbs, garlic, and pepper and put the avocados in another bigger bowl. We combined both and mashed using a fork. Delicious and easy!

  2. Lauren L says

    We loved this guacamole!! Such a bright and fresh recipe! I was IN LOVE with the flavors as soon as I got a whiff of them together when chopping. The mortar and pestle just brings it to the next level. Will be making again!!

  3. Chole says

    If you don’t have a mortar and pestle or molcajete, you can put the garlic rosemary and pepper in a bag (plastic or silicon). Then place the bag on top of a cutting board and use a rolling pin or a meat mallet to release the extracts/oils. Love your recipes – thank you so much for sharing them with all of us.

  4. sherry says

    i do love a good guacamole. took me years to realise that sour cream had no place in a bowl of this beaut stuff.:-) Not sure about the rosemary here tho… it’s such a strong flavour.

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Agreed, Sherry! Rosemary can be overpowering if you use too much, but we find it’s subtle and lovely in this recipe. Let us know if you try it!

  5. Geetha Jayaraman says

    I got this in my mailbox today love all your recipes, and saw your recommendation to serve with plantain chips. I do make plantain chips in 7 flavors under the Grab Em Snacks brand. Please select what flavor you would like to taste and I would love to send them to you.

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Geetha, thank you for the offer, but we don’t accept free products or do sponsored content on Minimalist Baker.

  6. Carly says

    That’s so funny because I saw your email and was immediately thinking that you must’ve been to Flora Farms recently. Lo and behold, Flora Farms is in the link! That place is my happy place 😍