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The Best Cilantro Lime Crema Sauce For Tacos

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This recipe really is the best cilantro-lime crema sauce. I may be biased because I have made it to fit my tastes, but everywhere I serve it, people rave! So this is my gift to the world, and you are very welcome to enjoy it.

I say this is meant for tacos, but really it is great on pretty much anything. Now, I’m not only talking about any type of Mexican food. It is great even on eggs at breakfast, spread on a sandwich for lunch, or a steak at dinner. It’s so good. One of my favorite ways to serve it to friends is on top of some chicken nachos with my Easy Instant Pot Mexican Chicken.

creamy cilantro lime sauce ingredients

This sauce comes together quickly with a food processor or blender. But even if you don’t have a food processor in your kitchen, the flavors are worth dicing and chopping by hand if necessary. I came across this recipe at least 6 years ago, and it has evolved with our family over time.

Ingredients to Make The Best Cilantro Lime Crema Sauce

1 Cup mayo

1 Cup sour cream (plain yogurt can be substituted as well)

Juice of 1 1/2- 2 limes

1 1/2 tops of cilantro bundles (I focus on using mostly the leaves and not lots of the stems.)

1 deseeded, jalapeño pepper, diced

3/4 cup diced onion

1 1/2 tablespoon minced garlic

1 teaspoon cumin

salt and pepper to taste

Place all ingredients into the food processor and pulse till a creamy consistency has been achieved without large chunks.

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How to store Your Cilantro Lime Crema Sauce

Place in a quart mason jar and store in the refrigerator. It is best if it can chill for at least an hour for the flavors to come together.

It should keep for about 2 weeks when stored in the fridge. (Depending on the freshness of your ingredients when you started.)

How to make this Dairy Free

This Cilantro Lime Crema sauce can made dairy-free by using Sour Cream Plant-Based Alternative and dairy-free mayonnaise. 

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Tips

I mentioned that I prefer using the leaves of the cilantro, rather than the entire stems. To me, the stems make it bitter. But if you are short on cilantro and need some more to bulk it up, feel free to toss the whole thing in.

The one jalapeño that is called for in the recipe keeps it mild. This is the way my family enjoys it with our four children. If too many seeds or more jalapeño gets in there, they say it is hot. But be the judge for your family and adjust to taste.

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cilantro lime crema costco sauce at home on wood cutting board

The Best Cilantro Lime Crema Sauce For Tacos

This delicious cilantro lime sauce will take your mexican dish to a whole new level.
Prep Time 15 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Course Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine Mexican
Servings 32 1/8 cup
Calories 40 kcal

Equipment

  • Food Proccesor

Ingredients
  

Condiments

  • 1 Cup Mayo
  • 1 Cup Sour Cream (plain yogurt can be substituted as well)

Produce

  • 1 1/2 Limes Juice from limes
  • 1 1/2 bunches Cilantro (use the leaves, not the stems)
  • 1 Jalepeno deseeded
  • 3/4 cup Onion slightly chopped
  • 1 1/2 tbsp Garlic, minced

Spices

  • 1 tsp Cumin
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions
 

  • Add all ingredients to food proccessor
  • Process till large chunks are cut up and the consitency is smooth
  • Store in a quart size mason jar

Notes

Can be made dairy-free by using Sour Cream Plant-Based Alternative and dairy-free mayonnaise. 
Keyword cilantro, costco, crema, gluten free, lime, make dairy free, saucce

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