Lime Crema

$1.98 recipe / $0.25 serving
by Beth - Budget Bytes
4.92 from 12 votes
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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.

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.

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Lime Crema

4.92 from 12 votes
This tangy, creamy, fresh, and garlicky Lime Crema is the key to taking your tacos, nachos, salads, and more to the next level. 
This tangy, creamy, fresh, and garlicky Lime Crema is the key to taking your tacos, nachos, salads, and more to the next level.
Servings 8 2 Tbsp each
Prep 5 minutes
Cook 0 minutes
Total 5 minutes


  • 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.

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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.


Serving: 2TbspCalories: 59.95kcalCarbohydrates: 2.34gProtein: 0.79gFat: 5.58gSodium: 82.89mgFiber: 0.25g
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A spoon scooping Lime Crema out of a small bowl

How to Make Lime Crema – 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!

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  1. I blame you that I will never put regular sour cream on my tacos again! πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚
    This is so addictive! Thanks!

  2. I could eat this with a spoon! It just elevates my nachos to the extreme. Thank you for the recipe.

  3. Very nice recipe chef πŸ‘πŸ‘ŒπŸ‘. Thank you for your effort 🌞😎.

  4. I threw all my favourite nacho toppings together (rep peppers, red onion, corn, black beans, chopped tomatoes) and added this dressing. Amazingly satisfying dinner without turning on the oven! Β Thank you!

  5. Put it on chicken tacos and salads. Also add finely chopped cilantro to it when I mix it up for a bit of a twist.

  6. This was Da Bomb! I made Pernil and served this with warm flour tortillas and Chimichurri!

    Absolutely worth it. Kind of obnoxious that I want it on EVERYTHING. Delicious and very worth it!

  8. Hmm, I’m all out of sour cream (and working on a pantry challenge)- do you think plain yogurt would work?
    I was thinking of making the lime cream to top a corn and black bean salad  🀞

  9. The tangy flavors form the lime and sour cream really make otherwise boring dishes interesting. This would go great on steak or chicken soft tacos.