Out of 8 Guacamole Brands, This Is The Best One

Looking for the best guacamole in the grocery store? Our passionate testers tried eight brands to find the very best. Is it your fave?

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While I know there are plenty of easy and delicious Mexican recipes at my disposal, there’s one that I can always count on to be totally gone at the end of any party: guacamole. Who doesn’t love creamy avocado paired with lime, tomato, a hint of onion, and maybe a bit of cilantro? Pair it with a great tortilla chip and you’ve got the perfect party snack.

Of course, homemade guacamole is always best, but when I’m in a party-planning pinch or if I’m just really craving a snack, I don’t have any problem picking up some premade guac at the store (and it sure beats paying for costly restaurant guacamole). That said, I want my guacamole to be darn good. So which store-bought brand is best?

What we’re looking for in a great store-bought guacamole

we tried the best guacamole brand 1200x630Christina Herbst/Taste of Home

The Taste of Home Test Kitchen snagged eight popular brands of store-bought guacamole. We were looking for these qualities in a good premade guacamole:

  • Flavor: The ideal guacamole should taste fresh and like a perfectly ripe avocado. Guac also needs more than just avocado flavor. Onion, tomato, lime, garlic, salt, and cilantro are all welcome to the fiesta in good measure.
  • Texture: A good guacamole should have a bit of texture to it. We wanted to see some avocado chunks and bits of tomato and onion, too. If a guac is too smooth, it can be a bit baby food-like.
  • Appearance: We eat with our eyes so it’s important that the guacamole looked like something we’d want to dunk into.

We kept these criteria in mind and tried these brands: AldiCabo FreshGood FoodsSabraTrader Joe’sWhole FoodsWholly Guacamole, and Yucatan.

Runner-up: Sabra Classic Guacamole

Best guacamole brand, Sabra Classic GuacamoleChristina Herbst/Taste of Home

Score: 8.8/10

Sabra guacamole got plenty of high marks for its good looks, slightly chunky texture, and great taste. This guacamole was a stand out thanks to a good dose of jalapeño flavor. This peppery taste made it unique but not too spicy. Sabra was also a favorite among citrus-lovers thanks to its healthy dose of lime. For guacamole that’s a bit of a standout, testers agreed that Sabra is the way to go.

$2.99 for an 8-ounce container; available nationwide.

Best in show: Good Foods Chunky Guacamole

Best guacamole brand, Good Foods Chunky GuacamoleChristina Herbst/Taste of Home

Score: 9/10

When it comes to the best guacamole from the store, the testers agreed that Good Foods was the tastiest of them all. This premade guac looked homemade and fresh coming out of the container. When we dipped in chip after chip, we were happy to find chunks of avocado, bits of tomato, and just the right amount of cilantro. As someone who is not the biggest fan of cilantro, I can assure you, anti-cilantro folks out there will still enjoy this one. Another bonus here was the guac had the right amount of lime and salt—something other brands really seemed to struggle with.

In the end, Good Foods was crowned our favorite. By the end of the test, this bowl was absolutely clean and that’s truly the best marker of good guacamole.

$3.99 for a 7-ounce container; available at stores like Target.

The bottom line

If I learned one thing in this test it’s that not all store-bought guacamoles are created equal. The flavor of premade guacs varied widely. In the end, only two brands received especially good marks. Both Sabra and Good Foods had the right homemade texture, fresh flavor, and extras to satisfy Taste of Home’s testing crew. Either brand would be welcome in your fridge.

If you’re looking for the best store-bought queso to join the party, we tested those for you too. Or, maybe we’ve inspired you to make your own guac, and you’re wondering how to stop the dreaded browning of your delicious green leftovers. Enjoy!

This blind taste test was performed by our staff and was not part of a sponsorship. All opinions shared are our own and have not been influenced by advertisers.

Originally Published on Taste of Home

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