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Elevate your dishes with this flavorful Cilantro Lime Crema recipe. Perfect for Mexican-inspired meals and beyond, this keto, gluten-free, and sugar-free sauce adds a burst of zesty goodness. Simple to make and incredibly versatile, it's a condiment you'll want to have on hand. Get ready to tantalize your taste buds!
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With Cinco de Mayo on the horizon, I couldn't resist sharing my scrumptious Cilantro Lime Crema recipe on the blog. As someone who grew up in Southern California, Mexican food pretty much runs through my veins!
Indulging in Mexican dishes used to be a frequent occurrence for me, but living with someone who isn't a huge fan has derailed that. However, for the next week or two, I'm reclaiming my love for Mexican flavors and diving headfirst into all things Mexican and this incredible Cilantro Lime Crema. Leftovers, here I come!
Every great dish needs a fantastic sauce, whether it's barbecue, Italian, or Mexican cuisine. And trust me when I say a good sauce can make or break a Mexican dish. From the chipotle mayo and Hatch green chile sauces in my Crispy Chipotle Shrimp Burritos to the cheesy chile sauce in my Poblano Chicken recipe, sauces are the secret to unlocking mouthwatering flavors.
Enter the Cilantro Lime Crema—a versatile sauce that complements a wide range of dishes. From burritos and tostadas to enchiladas and tacos, it enhances every bite with its vibrant taste. And the best part? It couldn't be easier to make! I'm all about enjoying my food without slaving away in the kitchen for hours. Who's with me?
This incredible sauce isn't limited to Mexican fare alone—it works wonders in Asian cuisine too. Whether paired with fish or stirred into cauliflower rice or roasted veggies, the Cilantro Lime Crema adds a delightful twist. In fact, I've been experimenting with fusion-style dishes that will blow your mind so stay tuned for a tantalizing surprise this Sunday!
For those seeking a little heat, feel free to add some jalapeno to the mix. The versatility of this crema knows no bounds—it's a condiment that elevates dishes from Mexican-inspired to Asian, Indian, and beyond. And let's not forget its role as a fantastic dip for fresh veggies like bell peppers, broccoli, and cauliflower.
Worried about storage? Fear not! This crema keeps well in the fridge, and with just 1 net carb per serving, it's a low-carb dream. Say goodbye to store-bought alternatives, because with this homemade version, you get unbeatable flavor, incredible versatility, and significant cost savings.
So, whether you're planning a menu for a Mexican feast or looking to add a touch of zest to your favorite dishes, don't forget to incorporate this Cilantro Lime Crema. It's the perfect finishing touch that adds that extra sumthin' to every bite. Get ready to elevate your culinary creations to new heights of deliciousness!
🥘Cilantro Lime Crema Ingredients
These are the ingredients necessary to make Cilantro Lime Crema.
- Mayo - I use this keto mayonnaise to keep the carb count as low as possible.
- Sour Cream - you can use a full fat sour cream or Mexican crema.
A detailed list with measurements and instructions can be found on the printable recipe card at the bottom of the page.
🔪Cilantro Lime Crema Instructions
This is a basic breakdown of the steps involved in making Cilantro Lime Crema. You will find the full directions in the recipe card at the bottom of the post.
Place all of the ingredients in a food processor
Combine until smooth and creamy.
Hint: make sure to use fresh lime juice. Not only does it taste better but then you can use the zest to get even more lime flavor.
This is the equipment you will need to make Cilantro Lime Crema.
Store the cilantro lime crema in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Good for 5-7 days. Its flavors will continue to meld and develop over time, so it may even taste even better on the second or third day. Just make sure to give it a good stir before each use to ensure the ingredients are well combined.
Make sure to combine the ingredients well in the food processor. Give it an extra couple of pulses to make sure. That way it will be super creamy and full of flavor.
FAQ about Cilantro Lime Crema
Absolutely! Greek yogurt can be a great alternative to sour cream if you prefer a lighter option. It will still provide a creamy texture and tangy flavor to the crema.
Yes, you can use dairy-free alternatives such as coconut yogurt and a dairy-free mayo to make this crema suitable for those with dairy restrictions or preferences. Adjust the quantities as needed to achieve the desired consistency. Please note that the flavor may change slightly.
It's not recommended to freeze this crema as dairy-based sauces can separate and change in texture when thawed. It's best enjoyed fresh, but you can store it in the fridge for up to 5-7 days.
While fresh cilantro provides the best flavor, you can substitute dried cilantro if fresh is unavailable. Keep in mind that the flavor intensity may differ, so adjust the quantity to taste.
This versatile crema can be used as a topping or dipping sauce for various dishes. It pairs wonderfully with tacos, burritos, quesadillas, grilled meats, roasted vegetables, and even as a flavorful dressing for salads. Feel free to get creative and experiment!
More Keto & Low Carb Sauce Recipes
Looking for other recipes like this? Try these:
- Easy Keto Cheese Sauce
- Copycat Olive Garden Alfredo Sauce (Low Carb)
- Authentic Homemade Red Chile Enchilada Sauce (Low carb and Gluten-free)
- Low Carb Quick and Easy Teriyaki Sauce
- Keto Tartar Sauce
- Keto Caramel Sauce
These are my favorite dishes to serve this Cilantro Lime Crema with:
- Jalapeno Popper Chicken
- Easy Keto Fish Tacos
- Low Carb Beef Enchiladas
- Tandoori Steak
- Coconut Curry Beef Short Ribs
Cilantro Lime Crema
- Place all of the ingredients in a food processor and combine well. Refrigerate in an airtight container.
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