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Homemade Guava Paste (How to Make and Use it)

Sweet tropical flavored guava paste is frequently used in various desserts and even savory dishes. Combined with cheese, it makes a great quick appetizer. Try making it at home!
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time1 hour 5 minutes
Total Time1 hour 20 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: guava preserves, tropical paste
Servings: 2 pounds (900g) paste
Calories: 2744kcal
Author: Jovita | Yummy Addiction


  • Dutch Oven
  • Strainer
  • Blender


  • 5 lb. (2.3kg) fresh guavas (it’s best to used pink-fleshed fruit)
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 large lemon , juiced and zested
  • 5 cups sugar


  • Rinse and drain the guavas and trim off their ends. Cut into large chunks and transfer to a pot filled with water. Bring to a boil, and simmer 30-40 minutes, stirring frequently. Guavas should be so tender that they break when pressed against the side of the pot.
  • Transfer the mixture into a blender that can process hot liquids or let cool and blend. Strain through a sieve discarding the seeds. You should get about 8 cups of guava puree.
  • Transfer the puree back to the pot. Add the lemon juice and zest. Bring to a boil and add the sugar in batches, 1 cup at a time. Cook, stirring constantly, for about 35-40 minutes, until the puree holds a line drawn in the bottom of the pot with your spoon.
  • Transfer the guava mixture to a parchment-lined pan. Let cool overnight in the fridge. Turn it out, cut into portions and enjoy!
  • Store wrapped in parchment paper in an airtight container in the fridge. It will keep for up to 3 months.


  • If you prefer to make a smaller batch of paste, this recipe halves easily.
  • Adapted from “Saving the Season” by Kevin West.


Calories: 2744kcal | Carbohydrates: 673g | Protein: 29.8g | Fat: 11.2g | Sodium: 38.7mg | Sugar: 604.7g