Spicy Avocado Salsa

Guacamole goes chunky…

That’s avocado salsa simply put. It is a guacamole, but with chunks of avocado (among other chopped salsa ingredients) instead of the creamy smooth experience you’ll often get from many store-bought options or recipes. It’s chunky like a salsa, making it a fun guacamole alternative for a game-day or party appetizer.

We like it spicy, so we reach for serrano peppers in this recipe. They may be available at your local grocer, but if they aren’t (or you prefer slightly less heat), a jalapeño pepper works as well.

Spicy Avocado Salsa

Spicy Avocado Salsa

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Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 4 servings


  • 2 avocados
  • 1 tomato medium-sized, chopped
  • 1 serrano pepper minced
  • 1/4 cup red onion chopped
  • 2 tablespoons cilantro chopped
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice approximately 1 lime's worth
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Salt and black pepper to taste


  • Halve the avocados and remove the pits. Peel the avocados, then chop them into large chunks.
  • Transfer the avocados to a glass bowl, then pour the lime juice over top. Lightly stir to coat while mashing some of the pieces smooth (leaving most still chunky).
  • Add the diced tomatoes, chopped red onion, serrano pepper, cilantro, and olive oil. Lightly stir to combine.
  • Serve immediately, or cover (airtight) and chill the avocado salsa until ready to serve.


Serrano peppers too spicy? Try jalapeño peppers as a substitute. Jalapeños (2,500 to 8,000 Scoville heat units) are anywhere from 2 to 10 times milder than serrano peppers (10,000 to 23,000 SHU).
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UPDATE NOTICE: This post was updated on January 20, 2021 to include new content.
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