Crema de Cilantro Lime Crema

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Crema de cilantro is an easy-to-make topping for all of your favorite Mexican dishes. Made with just three ingredients, this cilantro and lime crema comes together quickly and easily and is a great way to add a fresh flavor to any fiesta-inspired foods.

Bonus? It doubles as a vegetarian, gluten-free and low carb dip.

Crema de Cilantro Lime in a white bowl, garnished with cilantro, on a white surface.

Mexican food is all about the toppings for me! Whenever we make tacos, burritos or enchiladas I like to go all out on the topping additions and sides. This crema de cilantro is perfect to serve alongside your other favorites like Zesty GuacamoleChipotle Corn Salsa and Creamy Jalapeño Dip.

It’s also the perfect topping for my delicious chicken over rice fajita bowls! And psst… if you love lime flavor, you’ve GOT to check out my incredible key lime cookie recipe

Crema de Cilantro Ingredients

You just need three ingredients to make this wonderful fresh and zingy sauce.

  • Sour Cream: Sour cream is the base for this crema and it adds a cooling creaminess to your spicy dishes. I prefer to use a full fat sour cream as it’s much richer, but you can use low fat if you prefer.
  • Cilantro: Use fresh cilantro for this Mexican condiment for the best flavor. De-stem the cilantro before finely chopping it.
  • Lime Juice: Use fresh lime juice for the brightest and best flavors. If you are in a pinch, you can use bottled lime juice but I much prefer it freshly squeezed.
Crema de Cilantro Lime ingredients in a white bowl, with cilantro and limes to the side, on a white surface.

How to Make Lime Crema

It takes less than five minutes to whip up a batch of this delicious lime crema for all your topping needs!

  1. Combine – combine all ingredients in a food processor.White kitchen with a food processor filled with lime cilantro crema mixture.
  2. Pulse – pulse until smooth.White kitchen with a food processor filled with lime crema mixture.

Psst… if you love this flavorful sauce, don’t skip this amazing Sriracha Mayo! It’s the perfect spicy flavor to use on everything.

Crema de Cilantro Lime ingredients in a white bowl, with cilantro and limes to the side, on a white surface.

What Do You Serve Cilantro Crema With?

There isn’t a Mexican main course or snack that I’ve found that doesn’t work with this fresh and creamy sauce. It’s even great all by itself with some tortilla chips to dip! Try it on top of:

Crema de Cilantro Lime in a white bowl, garnished with cilantro, on a white surface.

How Long Does Crema de Cilantro keep? 

Once you have made this cilantro crema, transfer it to an airtight container or to a bowl and cover it with plastic wrap and store it in the fridge for up to a week.

Before serving, give it a stir and you are good to go. If you are hosting a crowd, I love serving up a taco bar for guests with meats and all the toppings so that they can build their own!

Crema de Cilantro Lime in a white bowl, garnished with cilantro, on a white surface.

Why Use Lime Crema On Mexican Food?

Mexican foods can be really rich and a little spicy, so a fresh creamy topping helps to break down the richness and balance out each bite.

The lime in the crema cuts through the fats and the creamy sour cream can help to cool down those spices. The cilantro adds a wonderful freshness. It’s such an easy topping that really makes a difference!

Crema de Cilantro Lime ingredients in a white bowl, with cilantro and limes to the side, on a white surface.

Top Tips To Make Crema de Cilantro

  1. If you don’t have a food processor, you can make this crema de cilantro by hand. Be sure to chop the cilantro as finely as you can so you don’t have any chunks (or too many stems) and then combine everything very well in a bowl with a spoon or whisk.
  2. So much of the flavor comes from the lime and cilantro, so use the freshest you can. 
  3. To make this lime crema vegan, simply swap the sour cream for a dairy-free variety.
Crema de Cilantro Lime in a white bowl, garnished with cilantro, on a white surface.

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Crema de Cilantro

Author: Julie Blanner
This deliciously thick crema de cilantro is the perfect topping for burritos, tacos, enchiladas and soups. Easy to make and vegetarian and gluten free.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 mins
Total Time 5 mins
Course Condiment, Sauce
Cuisine Mexican
Servings 4 servings
Calories 113 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 2 tablespoons cilantro de stemmed
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice or juice of 4 limes

Instructions
 

  • Combine all of the ingredients in a food processor.
  • Pulse until smooth and use to top your favorite Mexican dishes.

Notes

  1. If you don’t have a food processor, you can make this crema by hand. Be sure to chop the cilantro as finely as you can so you don’t have any chunks and then really well combine everything in a bowl with a spoon or whisk.
  2. So much of the flavor comes from the lime and cilantro, so use the freshest you can. 
  3. To make this crema vegan, swap the sour cream for a dairy-free variety.

Nutrition

Calories:113kcalCarbohydrates:2gProtein:1gFat:11gSaturated Fat:7gCholesterol:30mgSodium:46mgPotassium:81mgSugar:2gVitamin A:372IUVitamin C:3mgCalcium:63mgIron:1mg
5 from 1 vote
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