A healthy (and super easy) guacamole recipe for Cinco de Mayo

Craving Mexican, but don't want to derail your diet and fitness goals? Here's how to prepare a guilt-free guac.
Image: A woman adds diced tomatoes and onions over a bowl of guacamole
Fresh tomato, onion and cilantro pack a flavorful punch that allows you to cut way back on salt when preparing guacamole.Juanmonino / Getty Images
Get the Better newsletter.
By Brianna Steinhilber

Cinco de Mayo is this weekend, which means many of us are putting a cheat day on the calendar and popping open a bag of tortilla chips.

But while it's true that certain orders — like queso or frozen margaritas — will rack up your sugar, fat and calorie count, not all Mexican fare needs to be considered a diversion from your healthy diet.

Case in point: This guacamole recipe from Chef Joe Quintana, Regional Executive Chef at Rosa Mexicano. The dish, which will be featured at the Taste of Tribeca in New York City later this month, is made from all-natural, fresh ingredients and packs a dose of healthy fats.

If you're hosting a Cinco de Mayo party or simply making dinner Mexican-themed this weekend, serve up this recipe with baked tortilla chips and veggie dippers for a festive dish that won't derail your health goals.

Get the better newsletter.

Guacamole en Molcajete


  • 1 Hass avocado
  • 3 tablespoons chopped onions
  • 1 teaspoon chopped jalapeño
  • 1 ½ teaspoons chopped cilantro
  • 2 tablespoons chopped tomato
  • ½ teaspoon salt


In a bowl, using the back of a wooden spoon, mash the following ingredients into a juicy paste: chopped onions, chopped jalapeño, chopped cilantro, salt.

Split the avocado in half lengthwise and remove the seed. Slice the avocado lengthwise in approximately ⅛” strips, then across forming a grid. Scoop the avocado out of the skin with a spoon. Add the avocado to the paste, mix, then add the rest of the ingredients and fold. Add jalapeño and salt to taste.

More better-for-you recipes

Want more tips like these? NBC News BETTER is obsessed with finding easier, healthier and smarter ways to live. Sign up for our newsletter and follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.