Lime Crema

It’s about time this awesome sauce got its very own post. Everything that I drizzle this Lime Crema on is elevated to “OMG” status. It’s just so freaking good. It only takes a few simple ingredients and about five minutes to make, so it’s totally worth adding this to your next southwest-inspired meal. If you want to take your recipe from just “good” to AH-MAZ-ING, this Lime Crema is your key.

Lime Crema

A bowl of Lime Crema surrounded by garlic, limes, and cilantro

How to Use Lime Crema

So what do you use this magical Lime Crema for? I like to drizzle it on tacos, nachos, tostadas, and have even used it as a sort of salad dressing. Swirl it into a soup or chili, or even use it as a simple tangy chip dip. Why not? It’s just an all around yum sauce.

This tangy, creamy, fresh, and garlicky Lime Crema is the key to taking your tacos, nachos, salads, and more to the next level.
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Lime Crema

This tangy, creamy, fresh, and garlicky Lime Crema is the key to taking your tacos, nachos, salads, and more to the next level. 
Prep Time: 5 mins
Cook Time: 0 mins
Total Time: 5 mins
Servings: 8 2 Tbsp each


  • 8 oz. sour cream ($1.69)
  • 1 lime ($0.19)
  • 1 small clove garlic, minced ($0.08)
  • 1/4 tsp salt ($0.02)


  • Zest the lime, then squeeze the juice into a small bowl.
  • Add about 1 tsp of the zest and 1 Tbsp of the juice to the sour cream, along with the garlic and salt. Stir to combine and use immediately, or refrigerate until ready to serve. Store the lime crema in the refrigerator for up to one week.


The ingredient proportions of this recipe are flexible. You can add more or less lime zest, juice, or salt to your liking.
If fresh garlic is not available, 1/4 tsp garlic powder can be used in its place.
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Serving: 2 TbspCalories: 59.95 kcalCarbohydrates: 2.34 gProtein: 0.79 gFat: 5.58 gSodium: 82.89 mgFiber: 0.25 g
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A spoon scooping Lime Crema out of a small bowl

Step by Step Photos

Zest Limes

First, zest the lime and then squeeze its juice into a small bowl. You’ll want about 1 tsp zest and 1 Tbsp juice. 

Add garlic lime and salt to sour cream

Add 1 tsp zest, 1 Tbsp lime juice, one small clove of garlic (minced), and 1/4 tsp salt to an 8 oz. container of sour cream. Stir to combine, then use immediately, or refrigerate until ready to use.

Finished Lime Crema with lime zest on top

I usually just prepare my lime crema before I begin my meal, so it has at least a few minutes for the flavors to infuse into the cream as I cook, but I can verify that it’s still super tasty just after mixing (I always have a hard time not licking the spoon!).

What do you like to add Lime Crema to? Leave your favorites in the comments below!