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The best guacamole you can buy

I eat a lot of guacamole. And I don’t mean that in an exaggerated sense. At least every afternoon when the agony of hangri-ness hits me, I reach for chips and guac to calm me down. While I make guacamole from scratch when I invite friends over to a game day or dinner party, I often buy the stuff I eat in the afternoon at my local grocery store. But I’m not talking about something sold by a real food company; I like the fresh things from the deli counter.

Guacamole may have Mexican origins, but if you did a survey of the many grocery stores across the country, you would no doubt think it’s the country’s most American snack. It competes with hummus as the standard dip, especially in LA

I surveyed more than a dozen Los Angeles grocery stores to see which ones have the best deli guacamole and to find out what’s really in their recipes that sets them apart. Fresh is usually best, or you can stop by your local Mexican restaurant to see if it’s available for purchase. But if you’re already shopping and the craving hits hard and fast, grab these:

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - February 3, 2022: Lassen's Organic Guacamole for Guacamole Taste Test Story photographed

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Lassen’s Organic Guacamole: Seemingly mashed avocado with pico de gallo, this stir-before-dip guacamole is vibrant and fresh, despite the odd appearance of lemon juice on the ingredients list, which turns out to be shockingly welcome here.

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - February 3, 2022: Ovallarta Mild Guacamole for Guacamole Taste Test Story photographed

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Vallarta Fresh 100% Hass Avocado Guacamole Mild: Slightly chunky and balanced in taste, this mild guacamole is perfect for snacking on the kitchen counter. Garnish with a squeeze of fresh lime and a pinch of salt for a heavier dip.

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - February 3, 2022: Ovallarta Mild Guacamole for Guacamole Taste Test Story photographed

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Vallarta Fresh 100% Hass Avocado Guacamole, Spicy: As good as the original guacamole, but unfortunately not spicy at all; the green of the chilies stands out, not their heat.

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - February 3, 2022: Erewhon Organic Guacamole for Guacamole Taste Test Story photographed

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Erewhon Organic Guacamole: The intense spiciness of jalapeño and serrano chilies shines through in this guacamole more than others labeled “spicy”; The purely organic ingredients shine in this balanced dip.

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - February 3, 2022: Gelson's Homestyle Guacamole for the Guacamole Taste Test

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Gelson’s homemade guacamole: Cayenne pepper is the only fancy ingredient in this otherwise classic guacamole, seasoned with garlic powder for a strong flavor; lots of fresh lime juice gives it a pleasant acidity.

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - February 3, 2022: Erewhon Organic Kale Guacamole for the Guacamole Taste Test

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Erewhon Organic Kale Guacamole: Made with two types of kale and lemon juice, this guacamole tastes more like a kale salad mixed with avocado than guacamole — not terrible, but the chlorophyll flavor of the kale dominates.

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - February 3, 2022: Whole Foods Mild Guacamole for Guacamole Taste Test Story

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Whole Food Mild Guacamole: If you take the ingredient list literally, this guacamole is a blend of avocados and pico de gallo that already has the tomato, onion and lime juice needed for a good guac; Unfortunately, the taste is a bit tomatoy.

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - February 3, 2022: Bristol Farms Guacamole for Guacamole Taste Test Story

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Bristol Farms Guacamole: Habanero chilies add an intriguing spiciness to this guacamole, but adding “sweet onions” to the mix makes for an overall too sweet dip.

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - February 3, 2022: Ralph's Store made guacamole for the Guacamole Taste Test

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Ralph’s Deli Guacamole: A little too smooth, this almost-whipped guacamole is okay if you add more salt, lime juice, and some fresh chili to break through the overwhelming creaminess of the avocados.

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - February 3, 2022: Trader Joe's Chunky Spicy Guacamole for Guacamole Taste Test Story

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Trader Joe’s Spicy Chunky Guacamole Authentic: The spiciness of dried arbol chilies slices through the avocados nicely, but the presence of diced red peppers gives the guacamole an amazing fruitiness.

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - February 3, 2022: Trader Joe's Avocado's Number Guacamole for Guacamole Taste Test Story

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Trader Joe’s Avocado’s Number Guacamole: Distilled white vinegar gives this overly smooth guacamole an odd acidity.

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - February 3, 2022: Herdez Traditional Spicy Guacamole for Guacamole Taste Test Story

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The traditional guacamole of Herdez: Sold at Ralphs, Vons, and other grocery stores, this brand of guacamole is the classic brand served on Mexican dinner tables. It’s the best among non-deli, store-bought guacs thanks to the use of all real ingredients — as opposed to powdered acids or stabilizers — and a pleasant creaminess.

https://www.latimes.com/food/story/2022-02-10/the-best-guacamole-you-can-buy The best guacamole you can buy

Russell Falcon

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