Fresh Guacamole Recipe with Orange Juice: The Secret is Out

Sneak Peek: Take a look: Fresh Guacamole Recipe with Orange Juice is a hand-mixed guacamole recipe with a squeeze of fresh orange juice instead of the more common lime or lemon juice. Oh, and there are no raw onions here, but of course, you can add them if you like.

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Who doesn’t love a wonderful secret that makes life better? This guacamole recipe has a secret that makes traditional guacamole better. So, if you’re a guacamole lover like me, let’s talk.

The secret ingredient in my guacamole is a squeeze of fresh orange juice. I learned it from watching the servers at Boudro’s, my favorite restaurant on the Riverwalk in San Antonio.

Happy Cooks Speak Up:

Just made this. It was really excellent. Topped it of with a beer of my choice. Thanks for the recipe! — Chris

What’s the Secret To Buying Avocados Without Bruises?

First, purchase hard-as-a-rock and green-as-a-leprechaun avocados about 2-3 days before using them. Then, let them ripen on the counter.

When they are soft on the stem end, refrigerate them. I buy avocadoes once a week. So they constantly rotate from the grocery bag to the ripening bowl to the produce drawer in my fridge.

If you want to buy avocados on the same day, go to the best market or fresh fruit stand in town where produce is more expensive. The avocados are usually less shop weary.

Press ever-so-lightly at the stem end. If it gives a little, it should be good. Experience helps with knowing an avocado is at its perfect ripeness.

You can read more about how I buy avocados here.

What Can I Substitute for Orange Juice?

Lime juice and lemon juice are the more common ingredients used in guacamole to balance the richness of avocadoes. Either or both citrus juices can easily substitute for orange juice.

What Kind of Texture Do You Prefer with Your Guacamole?

Guacamole is subject to personal tastes and family traditions, like meatloaf or potato salad. I like mine chunky (chunkier than shown above—it got a touch of too much love in the whole mixing and picture-taking process).

What Spices or Condiments Can I Add to Guacamole

  1. A few dashes of hot sauce like Frank’s Red Hot or Tabasco Green Pepper Sauce
  2. A spicier salsa
  3. Chopped fresh garlic or garlic powder
  4. Pico De Gallo
  5. Chopped onions or onion powder

I don’t relish raw onions in my guacamole. My favorite salsa, D.L. Jardines adds the ideal onion flavor.

How To Serve Guacamole

Serve guacamole as a dip with corn or tortilla chips. I also like guacamole on sandwiches like a BLT or a San Antonio Bean Burger. Try guacamole on toast (spread like jelly) or use it as a condiment alongside other Mexican food.

How To Make Fresh Guacamole with Orange Juice

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Remove the seed, scoop out avocado flesh, chop with a knife, and squeeze in fresh orange juice.

How Should I Store Leftover Guacamole?

That is a good question. I’ve tried leaving the seed in the prepared guacamole. But, unfortunately, that experiment failed.

Plastic wrap isn’t much better. You still have to remove the top layer physically.

I like Faith Durand’s idea over at Cover leftover guacamole with a thin layer of water. Add a lid and refrigerate.

Pour the water off when you are ready to use it. It will be a bit water-logged on the surface, but if you stir it up, your avocado dip will be as good as new.

Parting thoughts: This recipe is my version. You can see the authentic recipe on Boudro’s website.

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Yield: 8 servings

A Fresh Guacamole Recipe with Orange Juice

Hand-mixed guacamole comes alive with a squeeze of orange–the secret ingredient.
5 from 10 votes
Prep time: 10 minutes
Total time: 10 minutes


  • 3 avocados large, ripe
  • 2 tablespoons salsa
  • juice of one-half orange
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • fresh tomatoes, chopped
  • fresh cilantro, chopped


  • Slice 3 avocados lengthwise and split in half. Remove the flesh to a small bowl.
  • Use a table knife to chop avocados until chunky. Mix in 2 tablespoons salsa and juice of one-half orange. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Garnish with chopped fresh tomatoes, chopped and fresh cilantro, chopped if desired.


Substitute lime or lemon juice for all or part of the orange juice for a more traditional guacamole.


Serving: 1 | Calories: 122kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 7g | Sodium: 33mg | Potassium: 377mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 129IU | Vitamin C: 8mg | Calcium: 10mg | Iron: 1mg

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  1. 5 stars
    Paula, I ♥ Boudro’s! Thanks for sharing this great tip. And, am *so* with you on the chunky guacamole. Since I am in charge of the Guac for tomorrow, (how great is the timing of your post-yay!) I am going to add the OJ! Hope you have a wonderful holiday! xo

  2. Just made this. It was really excellent. Topped it of with a beer of my choice. Thanks for the recepie!

  3. I just ate at Boudros and the guacamole was the best I’ve ever had…and I’ve had a lot of guacamole!!!! Do you have a similar recipe??

    1. Anthony,
      You have found my similar recipe. It is not THE recipe–just my attempt to get close. I do not like pico de gallo so I don’t add it but I know the restaurant does.

  4. tasteofbeirut says:

    I adore guacamole and will try your version; in Lebanon I might use bitter oranges which are used there a lot to make extracts and jams.

  5. This sounds very interesting, I’ll definitely have to try it! I usually make my own pico de gallo with roma tomatoes, sweet yellow onion (it’s much milder), tons of cilantro, fresh lime juice, a bit of kosher salt and some fresh-cracked pepper. Super-simple–I just mix that straight into my mashed avocado and make sure to add enough of the juice, which does help keep it from browning. I make enough pico to serve it separately from the guac for those who don’t care for avocado (though they’re crazy, I say). I couldn’t tell you how long it keeps in the fridge, because there’s never any left to put away!

  6. What great idea to add orange juice to the Guacamole.
    There is an avocado remaining in my fridge..will buy some orange tomorrow 🙂

  7. Tracey @ Kitchen Playground says:

    Oh. my. goodness!! I’ve had that guacamole at Boudro’s on the Riverwalk! Which is only interesting because I live North Carolina, not Texas. 🙂 It IS yummy!

  8. NIce variation on guacamole.

  9. Paula,
    I will be printing off this recipe. I love guacamole and this looks like a winner! I became familiar with D. L. Jardines when we sold it in a store where I use to work. The Peach Salsa would fly off the shelf.
    Sandwiches? Yes. I love the Bacon avocado sandwich at Boo Boo’s but it has been years since I’ve had one. You have inspired me once again and the wheels are turning.

  10. Chung-Ah @ Damn Delicious says:

    I really appreciate you sharing your secret ingredient with us!

  11. Nothing like guacamole and chips! Will defiitely have to try the orange juice. Have used lemon and lime like everyone else has stated but not the orange. Love the Artisan Black Bean Chips by Tostitos too!

  12. 5 stars
    Paula, I ♥ Boudro’s! Thanks for sharing this great tip. And, am *so* with you on the chunky guacamole. Since I am in charge of the Guac for tomorrow, (how great is the timing of your post-yay!) I am going to add the OJ! Hope you have a wonderful holiday! xo

  13. My dear friend has a birthday in a couple of weeks and she LOVES Guacamole. We have a small group of 5 friends and we always have a birthday lunch together. I will make your recipe (with the secret ingredient) nice and chunky like you prefer, to share with everyone.

  14. Paula: No, I haven’t tried it because it never lasts that long! LOL!

  15. The Café Sucré Farine says:

    Orange juice? How fun! You always have something new to teach me, Paula! This guacamole is going to be on my weekend cooking list, YUM! Thanks, Chris

  16. Tori @eat-tori says:

    What a great sneaky twist! Have sometimes added orange zest into pork and onion ragu, but never thought about the juice in guac. Love it.

  17. Love the idea of the orange addition to the guacomole!

  18. The orange juice sounds fresh! I heard that if you store the guacomole, covered, with the pit buried inside, it won’t turn color so fast.

    1. I’ve heard that myself Gary. Have you tried it?

  19. Betty @ scrambled hen fruit says:

    I usually use lime juice in mine- I’ll have to try your version because I bet the orange juice gives it a nice flavor! Guacamole- actually anything with avocados- is one of my favorite dips/spreads. 🙂

  20. OMG – love Boudro’s guac!!

    1. Hi Judy, Just to be clear, this is not THE Boudro’s recipe.

      This recipe is clearly an adaptation–and not quite as much trouble for the home cook.