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.

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.  Servings 8 2 Tbsp each Prep 5 minutes Cook 0 minutes Total 5 minutes Save RecipeSaved! Print Recipe


  • 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 Read our full nutrition disclaimer here. Have you tried this recipe?Mention @budgetbytes or tag #budgetbytes on Instagram!

How to Make Lime Crema – Step by Step Photos

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 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.

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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