How to Fix Bitter Guacamole

How to fix bitter guacamole

If you’re having a guacamole emergency because it’s way bitter or tart, you’ve come to the right place.

Here are 5 quick & easy fixes to rescue your overly bitter and tangy guac.

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How to Fix Bitter Guacamole

1. Double the Avocado

Let’s start with the most obvious.

If you have enough avocado, double the amount in the recipe, then mash it and mix it in with the bitter or overly tart batch.

You’ll have extra guac, but you won’t be wasting money.

2. Add Ingredients

To fix guacamole that is too bitter, just mix in some corn, canned black beans, chick peas, mozzarella (or other low sodium cheese), sour cream or olive oil.

These ingredients will dial back the bitter lime flavor fast.

Serving guacamole with unsalted tortilla chips also helps mitigate some of the bitter and/or lime-y flavor.

Adding a low sodium Mexican cheese will also help mitigate the excess bitterness.

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3. Add Some Greens

Throw in some greens like shredded kale, spinach, cabbage, or other vegetables from your crisper drawer — like cucumbers.

Cooked cauliflower rice works great too (make sure it’s cooled before mixing it in).

4. Add Onion, Cilantro or Jalapeno

Guac it like it’s hot. Extra onion, cilantro and jalapeno add a bite that reduces the bitterness and acidity in your guac.

The heat from jalapenos especially numbs your palate to the bitter taste. And onions are perfect for muting the bitter taste from limes.

5. Make Another Dish Out of It

Here are some ideas for how to turn bitter guacamole into a masterpiece:

  • Make it a salad bowl by adding lettuce, black beans, and corn
  • Make a guacamole 7-layer burrito
  • Make guacamole mac and cheese
  • Turn it into guacamole potato salad
  • Make guacamole pasta

Did you know?

Guacamole originated in Mexico.

The name comes from an Aztec dialect which translates to “avocado sauce”.

Classic Guacamole Recipe


  • 2 ripe avocados
  • 1 medium tomato, finely chopped
  • 1/4 medium red onion finely chopped
  • 1 jalapeno finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup cilantro finely chopped
  • Juice of one lime
  • Sea salt to taste


  • Mash the avocados until chunky
  • Add tomato, onion, jalapeno, and cilantro. Mix thoroughly
  • Add lime juice and salt to taste

Sooo easy!

What You’ll Need

  • Guacamole masher or wire masher
  • Chef’s knife
  • Cutting board
  • Guacamole serving bowl
  • Guacamole storage container

Guacamole Q&A

How is guacamole served?

Guacamole is most commonly served as a dip, spread, salad, side, condiment, or salad ingredient.

How is guacamole pronounced?

The American pronunciation is gwaa·kuh·mow·lee or sometimes gwaa·kuh·mow·lay.

Spanish speakers pronounce it gwaa·kah·moh·leh.

How is guacamole served?

Guacamole should be refrigerated until ready to serve.

It is most commonly eaten as a dip in the United States. In Mexico it is traditionally garnished with cilantro and/or queso fresco.

How do you know if an avocados ripe?

If the avocado yields to firm gentle pressure you know it’s ripe and ready-to-eat. 

Ripe, ready to eat avocados may have a darker color but color can vary so it is best to go by feel as well as color.

It will feel lightly soft but it will not feel “mushy” to the touch. 

How do I fix guacamole with too much lime?

Add in up to one-half more mashed avocado to reduce the effects of the lime juice.

If the guacamole is still too tart after adding avocado, add in a pinch of sugar.

Adding fats like sour cream, yogurt or olive oil will also do the trick.

How do I fix avocado with too much onion?

To fix a guacamole that’s too oniony, start by removing the onion.

Then try adding a more avocado or tomato. It’s a good idea to rinse or soak the chopped onion in water to get rid of any bite before adding it to the recipe (make sure to drain well).

How can I prevent overly-salted guacamole

Kosher salt has larger granules than table salt.

If the recipe calls for kosher, measure less table salt than it calls for.

What onions are best for guacamole?

Traditionally guacamole is made with sweet white onion — it really does offer the best results in flavor.

If you only have red or yellow onions on hand, it’s a good idea to rinse the chopped onion under hot water to get rid of any bite before adding it to the recipe (make sure to drain well).

How long will mashed avocado last in the fridge?

Guacamole, like most fruit or vegetable dishes, should be eaten fresh for the best taste.

But they can be stored in the fridge for up to five days (and perhaps longer, depending on your refrigerator).

Can I freeze guacamole?

No. the addition of raw tomatoes, onions or dairy (like sour cream) add moisture. These ingredients just don’t freeze well.

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