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Holiday Guacamole

This easy Holiday Guacamole is a quick and festive party snack, with savory guacamole dotted with sweet pops of pomegranate seeds, pears, and grapes. Served with your favorite tortilla chips, it’s the perfect holiday appetizer!

A bowl of Christmas guacamole with a bowl of tortilla chips in he background.

This Holiday Guacamole recipe turns your classic guacamole into a festive holiday appetizer. With sweet bites of juicy green grapes, tender pears, and pops of pomegranate seeds, this guac explodes with fun, unexpected flavor! And with all that beautiful fresh green and red color, it also looks like it belongs on a holiday table, don’t you agree?

This gorgeous pomegranate guacamole can be whipped up in very little time. Plus, it’s always a nice alternative to the many cheesy, carb-loaded holiday appetizers out there. It’s light and something that even vegetarian and vegan guests can enjoy. A winner all around!

Why You’ll Love This Christmas Guacamole Recipe

  • Tried and true. If the idea of adding fruit to a bowl of guacamole sounds a little odd, I urge you to give it a try. This guacamole recipe is an adaptation of one from Gourmet magazine. And I’ve been enjoying it for more than 20 years! The bright bites of sweet fruit go so well with the creamy savoriness of the avocado.
  • Festive colors. Nothing says “Christmas food” more than a red and green combo. The pomegranate seeds look like little red jewels throughout a lush pile of mashed avocado. The flavors are a little savory and a little sweet, with a touch of spicy chilies in the mix.
  • Quick. This guac takes minutes to make. Simply add everything to a big bowl, and stir! It’s great as a last-minute party snack or appetizer when we have company over for the holidays.
Overhead view of holiday guacamole ingredients.

Ingredient Notes

With a rather short ingredients list, this holiday appetizer is easy to put together. Below are some quick notes on what you’ll need. Scroll to the recipe card for a printable list of ingredients with the full amounts.

  • White onion – Finely chop the onion so that it gets evenly distributed throughout the guac, otherwise you’ll end up with big chunks of onion.
  • Serrano chiles – First seed them, and then mince them. You can use any type of chili you prefer. Other good choices are jalapeño or poblano peppers.
  • Cumin – Not included in the original recipe, but I love to add earthy cumin to ALL my guacamoles. So, it’s a must for me.
  • Avocados – Choose large, ripe avocados (see below). Peel, pit, and chop them for the recipe.
  • Lime juice – Use only freshly squeezed lime juice for the freshest, best flavor.
  • Pear – Be sure to use a ripe pear with soft flesh, like Anjou or Bosc pears.
  • Green grapes – Double-check that you’re buying seedless grapes. You can use red or green grapes, whichever you have on hand.
  • Pomegranate seeds – These are also called pomegranate arils. Either deseed a whole pomegranate or buy a package of arils. I always prefer the fresher flavor of the arils when I deseed the pomegranate myself.

How to Pick Ripe Avocados

The most important part of this festive Christmas guacamole, or any guacamole at all, is to use ripe avocados. If you’re wondering how to choose the perfect avocado at the store, here are a few tips:

  • Choose an avocado that yields when you squeeze gently, but isn’t too soft. Perfectly ripe avocados have a medium firmness about them. Avocados that are hard and don’t give at all are not yet ripe. But squishy means over-ripe and mushy.
  • Look for a dark color. As long as you’re selecting Hass avocados (which is likely), look for a dark green to nearly black color. Light or bright green avocados are usually not ripe.
  • Feel the skin. Is it smooth or bumpy? Besides having dark green skin, ripe avocados will also have a bumpy texture.
  • Avoid bruising. If you see any bruises or cuts on the avocado, put it back. It can make the inside of the avocado go bad or at least turn it brown.
A bowl of holiday guacamole with a bowl of tortilla chips in he background.

How to Make Holiday Guacamole

I first dipped into this guac at the architects’ office where I worked for over 17 years. I looked forward to it at every holiday party and client open house! The best thing about this pomegranate guacamole? All you need to do is stir everything together. Check out the recipe card for printable instructions.

  • Combine the ingredients. Combine the onion, chiles, salt, and cumin. Then add the diced avocados and lime juice. Gently fold but don’t over mix, so the avocados remain chunky. Fold in the remaining ingredients.
  • Serve. Garnish with additional pomegranate seeds, for that pretty jeweled effect. Then serve immediately, or cover and chill for a couple of hours.
Overhead view of a bowl of Christmas guacamole next to a bowl of tortilla chips.

Tips for Success

  • Use fresh, ripe ingredients. This recipe will only taste as good as the ingredients are! From the avocado to the pears, grapes, and pomegranate, all ingredients should be fresh and ripe. Also be aware to only use pears that are perfectly soft and juicy. Hard pears give this guacamole a texture that is unbecoming.
  • Add the lime immediately. As soon as you add the avocado, you should add the lime to ensure the avocado is coated in lime juice. This slows the oxidation process and helps to keep the avocado from browning.
  • Use more or less chiles. It’s a good idea to test the chiles before adding them to the guac, as their level of heat can vary. I like to mince the chiles very small, so they get dispersed evenly throughout the whole bowl.
  • Play around with flavors. Want to switch up the flavors of pomegranate guacamole? Try adding some crumbled feta cheese or queso fresco. You could also add fresh cilantro, parsley, or garlic. Freshly ground black pepper is also good!
Overhead view of a hand touching a white bowl of holiday guacamole, next to a bowl of tortilla chips.

Serving Suggestions

Keep your holiday guacamole chilled in the fridge until it’s time to serve. You can keep it simple with a side of tortilla chips, or a favorite crisp cracker (we really like the sweet potato crackers from Trader Joe’s!). Pita chips are another good option. This guacamole goes well with more holiday appetizers like stuffed jalapeños, and it’s a great addition to a Christmas charcuterie board. Just don’t be surprised to see people hovering around the guac bowl. It’ll disappear fast!

Of course, you should also keep this guac in mind when serving any kind of taco meal. This is a great winter guacamole, and is wonderful alongside a meal of carnitas tacos.

A hand dipping a chip into a bowl of holiday guacamole.

How to Store

Holiday guacamole is best served within a couple hours, or at least the day it’s made. However, when stored properly, you can keep guacamole in the fridge for up to 2 days. Place it in a container and cover with plastic wrap, pressing the plastic down on top of the guacamole to prevent air from getting in. This will slow down the oxidation process so the avocado doesn’t brown as quickly.

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Overhead view of holiday guacamole in a bowl.

Holiday Guacamole

Yield: 8 servings
prep time: 20 minutes
total time: 20 minutes
Made with pomegranate seeds, pears, and grapes, this easy Holiday Guacamole is a quick and festive appetizer. Serve with crunchy tortilla chips!
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  • cup finely chopped white onion
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons seeded and minced serrano chiles
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¼ teaspoon cumin
  • 4 large avocados – peeled pitted, and chopped
  • 3 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice
  • ¾ cup peeled cored, and finely diced pear – be sure to only use a ripe pear with soft flesh
  • ¾ cup quartered seedless green grapes
  • ¾ cup pomegranate seeds plus a bit more for garnish


  • In a medium bowl, combine the onion, chiles, salt, and cumin. Add the avocados and lime juice, and gently fold a few times to incorporate. You want the avocados to remain chunky. Then fold in the pear, grapes, and pomegranate.
  • Garnish with additional pomegranate seeds and serve with tortilla chips. Enjoy immediately or cover tightly and chill for up to a couple hours.


Adapted from Gourmet magazine December 2001, a similar favorite appetizer made by Jan Mulfinger at SALA Architects company parties.

Nutrition Information:

Serving: 1 Calories: 216kcal Carbohydrates: 23g Protein: 3g Fat: 15g Saturated Fat: 2g Polyunsaturated Fat: 12g Sodium: 167mg Fiber: 9g Sugar: 10g
Nutrition information is automatically calculated by Spoonacular. I am not a nutritionist and cannot guarantee accuracy. If your health depends on nutrition information, please calculate again with your own favorite calculator.
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