When we can, we love to make guacamole fresh from scratch – it simply can’t be beaten! That said, there are those days where grabbing that ‘just right’ avocado from the store doesn’t work out. Some days you just need the convenience of reaching into the fridge and grabbing something pre-made.
We’re trying as many store many guacamole brands as we can lay our hands on. Hopefully we’ll be able to discover the best of the bunch and you can shop smarter!
1 – Walmart Mild Guacamole
We didn’t expect this store bought brand to do so well, but we were pleasantly surprised. Despite the relatively dowdy packaging this is a very solid pre-made guac. The avocado dominates, ever so slightly bitter, but plenty creamy. There’s no assault of acid or salt here, it’s all very balance. The heat is ever so slightly there on the back of the palate. The ingredient list is reassuring small too. The eight ounce tub is priced under three bucks too.
2 – Wholly Guacamole Classic
In a very close second place is the Wholly Guacamole brand and their Classic version. This is an ultra smooth preparation with a pitch perfect balance of salt and acid. There’s the odd chunky bit of avocado but it’s largely butter smooth. The avocado doesn’t have much bitter after taste and there’s a noticeable punch of garlic throughout. Curiously there are no visible tomatoes, cilantro or onion here.
3 – Hope Foods Guacamole Green Chile
This is a decent guac and of obvious quality. Mind you the price is awfully close to $6, so do note that. The taste is relatively bitter up front, there’s not too much salt and a good lime zip. There’s minimal to no heat and a good vegetal flavor.
4 – Good Foods Chunky Traditional Guacamole
The indent on the underside of this small tub believes this guac real size; indeed the 7 ounce serving is the smallest on our list, as well as one of the priciest. The flavor ons strong though. Theres a salty smack up front followed by plenty of zesty lome afterwards. The packaging promises a chunky texture and we did find small avocado pieces alongside tomato and cilantro.
5 – Simple Truth Traditional Guacamole
This eight ounce container comes from Kroger’s range of cleaner products. The guac lives up to the billing, it’s a clean flavor with no excessive saltiness nor lime. The preparation is smooth punctuated by the odd tomato and onion. The avocado has a little bitterness on the after taste.
6 – Walmart 100% Hass Avocado
This product from Walmart offers you a little of both worlds. There’s nothing here but ultra smooth avocado. Check the ingredients, which are listed as just ‘Hass avocado’. The product is (refrigerated) shelf stable for a while after purchase and can be used as a great starting point for your own additions. There is a little bitter after taste with the avocado used, but nothing too bad.
7 – Whole Foods Guacamole
Whole Foods in store guac leads with an extremely aggressive lime flavor. You might find this a plus point or negative, but be warned, it’s very powerful. The flavor is decent enough and the small bit os jalapeño pieces add a nice texture. Sadly they don’t help the overall texture of the guac which has a slightly odd, almost mousse like texture.
8 – Yucatan Guacamole
This one is a pass for us. The initial taste is ok, there’s a garlic hit and a minor bite of spice on the end of the palate. There’s no avocado bitterness. The texture is where things start to fall apart though. The Yucatan guacamole has a weirdly thickened, almost plastic texture. The ingredients list Xantham Gum which might be the culprit. At any rate I felt as if I could mold the guac like play doh. The odd texture then gives way too the flavor too, which starts to feel somewhat artificial as well.