Is it cheaper? Vegan Guacamole

Vegan Guacamole with chips
  • Total recipe cost | R 33.32
  • Recipe yields | 875g
  • Cost per 100g | R 3.81

Guacamole – it’s one of those vegan staples that everyone loves. It’s good on everything, whether it’s a burger, a bag of chips or just on a spoon from the bowl. 

And everyone knows freshly made guacamole is better than the store bought variety (though, we’ve all grabbed a tub on the way to a braai before, haven’t we?). But, is it cheaper? I whipped up a batch of my regular recipe to find out.

Unforgettable Guacamole

Vegan guacamole recipe
  • 3 avocados, peeled and pitted | R 18.00
  • 1 red onion, quartered | R 1.43
  • 1 tomato, quartered | R 2.00
  • 1 chilli pepper | R 0.15
  • ¼ cup fresh coriander | R 8.25
  • 2 cloves garlic | R 1.20
  • 1 lemon, juiced | R 1.40
  • ½ teaspoon salt | R 0.03
  • ½ teaspoon cumin | R 0.86

Make the guac | Simply throw everything into a food processor and whiz until it hits a consistency you love.

  • Preparation time: 10 minutes
  • Total time: 10 minutes

Is it cheaper to make or buy guacamole?

So how does this compare to the guacamole that you picked up on your way to a braai last weekend? Let’s take a look at the cost of guac found at common South African retailers. 


R 32.99 | 200g

R 16.50 per 100g

Pick n Pay

R 29.99 | 200g

R 15.00 per 100g


R 21.99 | 150g

R 14.66 per 100g

This recipe is fast, easy and weighs in at a mere R 3.81 per 100g. That’s crazy cheaper. 

But, the truth is – even if they were cheaper to buy, no one in my house will eat store-bought guacamole, unless it’s the only option. 

If I make a batch of guacamole, on the other hand, it’ll be gone in a matter of minutes. I would need to hide it to make it last. 

Where would I buy guacamole in Johannesburg?

Buying fresh guacamole in Johannesburg is expensive. There’s no way around it. The best value I’ve found is at Chiapas in Rosebank. But at this restaurant, I would just order it on top of their delicious nachos. 

Really, I think the best bet is to fully gorge yourself when avos are in season.

And, if you didn’t know, you can freeze vegan guacamole to enjoy year round. Yes, I said vegan; if you add sour cream, you’re not going to get the same results from the freezer. 

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