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Cilantro Lime Crema

Elevate your next Taco Tuesday with the vibrant flavors of Cilantro Lime Crema, a versatile condiment that can transform any ordinary meal into a fiesta! This simple yet delightful sauce combines the tangy zest of fresh lime juice with the creamy richness of sour cream, accentuated by the fresh, herbaceous notes of cilantro. Perfectly balanced with a hint of salt and a touch of milk for smoothness, this crema is the perfect topping for so many dishes! Whether you’re drizzling it over tacos or adding a dollop to your favorite nachos, this Cilantro Sour Cream Sauce is sure to add a bright and refreshing kick to your meals.

Cilantro Lime Crema

Cilantro Lime Crema: A Zesty Twist to Your Favorite Dishes

This Sour Cream and Lime Sauce for Tacos is not only incredibly easy to make but also brings a restaurant-quality finish to your homemade dishes. Its versatility knows no bounds – from being the perfect accompaniment to Mexican cuisine to adding a fresh twist to grilled meats and vegetables. Whether you’re hosting a taco night or looking for a way to spice up your weeknight dinners, this cilantro lime crema is a must-try. It’s a simple recipe that promises big flavors and an unforgettable dining experience.

Why you’ll love this dish…

  • Versatility: Ideal for tacos, enchiladas, burritos, tamales, or nachos, this sauce adds a unique flavor to various dishes.
  • Easy to Make: With just a few ingredients and a stick blender, you can whip up this sauce in minutes.
  • Fresh and Flavorful: The combination of fresh cilantro and lime juice creates a bright, refreshing taste that’s hard to resist.

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Cilantro Lime Crema shopping list

Wondering if you have to hit the store? Here’s the list of items you’ll need to make this recipe. For specific amounts, please refer to the printable recipe card at the bottom of the post.

  • Sour cream
  • Fresh lime juice
  • Salt
  • Cilantro
  • Milk

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Cilantro Lime Crema

How to make Cilantro Lime Crema

This is just the overview so you can see what you’re actually getting into here. When you are cooking, you’ll want to use the full recipe at the bottom of the page.



Place the sour cream, lime juice, salt, cilantro, and milk in a mason jar.



Blend the ingredients together using a stick blender until smooth.



Serve as a flavorful addition to your favorite Mexican dishes.



Serve on top of tacos, nachos, enchiladas, burritos, or as a dip for chips!

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Cilantro Lime Crema FAQ

Can I use a regular blender instead of a stick blender?

Yes, a regular blender works just as well for making this crema. Just ensure everything is well combined.

How long can I store Cilantro Lime Crema?

Stored in an airtight container, it can last in the refrigerator for up to a week.

Is there a dairy-free alternative to sour cream in this recipe?

Absolutely! You can use a dairy-free sour cream alternative and a milk alternative to make this dairy-free.

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Cilantro Lime Crema

Serve this with…

  • Grilled Chicken or Fish: Adds a zesty touch to grilled meats or seafood. My Grilled Chile Lime Chicken would be great with this!
  • Vegetable Platters: Perfect as a dip for raw or grilled vegetables.
  • Rice and Beans: Drizzle over a simple bowl of rice and beans for an extra flavor boost.
Cilantro Lime Crema

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Cilantro Lime Crema

Cilantro Lime Crema, with its ease of preparation and ability to enhance a variety of dishes, is a surefire way to bring a lively and refreshing element to your cooking repertoire. Try it today and watch it become a staple in your kitchen!

Yield: 6 servings

Cilantro Lime Crema

Cilantro Lime Crema
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes


  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup chopped cilantro
  • 1 tablespoon milk


  1. Combine all ingredients in a mason jar.
  2. Blend with a stick blender.
  3. Pour over tacos, enchiladas, burritos, tamales, or nachos.

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Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 41Total Fat: 4gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 12mgSodium: 184mgCarbohydrates: 2gFiber: 0gSugar: 1gProtein: 1g

Nutrition data provided here is only an estimate.

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Nicole Johnson, a self-taught expert in grilling and outdoor cooking, launched Or Whatever You Do in 2010. Her blog, renowned for its comprehensive and creative outdoor cooking recipes, has garnered a vast audience of millions. Nicole's hands-on experience and passion for grilling shine through her work. Her husband, Jeremiah Johnson, also plays a pivotal role in recipe development, adding his culinary flair to the mix. Together, they form a dynamic duo, offering a rich and varied outdoor cooking experience to their followers.

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