Chili Lime Crema

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Creamy luscious Mexican crema with fresh tangy lime and savory spices in beautiful harmony taking all your favorite dishes to the next level.  This sauce goes with everything from fresh cut veggies to tacos, and if you want a flavor explosion, try it with our family favorite Chicken Bacon Quesadillas. If you can’t find authentic Mexican crema, don’t fret, you can sub in some good full fat sour cream and still get all that delicious flavor!

This sauce has been a staple in our home since Scott and I were first married.  For our first Super Bowl party, I made this to go with my chicken bacon quesadillas and we were in love.  Thankfully, we don’t wait for the big game to enjoy this incredible sauce.  I love to make it for almost every Mexican dish we enjoy on Taco Tuesdays to fiestas with friends.  This simple sauce is so good you will want to eat it with everything! 

What to Serve with Chili Lime Crema

Let your taste buds guide the way!

Why Whole Milk Products versus Low-Fat Products

As a functional nutritionist, I always recommend to my clients that they eat foods in their whole form, and this includes all dairy.  Anytime you remove a whole group of foods from your diet, like fats, your diet becomes nutrient deficient and overtime, you may begin to experience symptoms of a deficiency.

Whole milk and other dairy products like cheese and yogurt contain lots of vitamins, minerals, and are a good source of carbohydrates, protein, and fat [1]. In general, I do not recommend eating dairy products that are low-fat or non-fat.  There are a few reasons for this:

  • Many non-fat and low-fat products have replaced the fat that has been removed with fillers, thickeners, and sugar yielding a products that is not a whole food and potentially inflammatory.
  • Dairy products often contains the fat soluble vitamins A, E, K and D…and did you know that in order for your body to absorb these fat soluble vitamins, you must have fat in your diet?  A low fat diet reduces the bile released by your gall bladder therefor reducing the absorption of your essential fatty acids and fat soluble vitamins.
  • Taste.  Yes, taste.  Fat makes food taste good and creates satiety from our meals.  If you think about your macros in regards to a fire, the carbohydrates are like the kindling for the fire, they burn fast and are quickly used up.  The fats in your diet are like the fire log, it burns at a more steady rate for a longer period of time.

So grab some full fat crema or sour cream from your favorite store and let’s get cooking!

Chili Lime Crema Ingredients

Makes about 8 ounces

8oz Full Fat Mexican Crema or Full Fat Sour Cream

2 Tbsp Fresh Lime Juice

1.5 tsp Chili Powder

1/2 tsp Ground Chipotle Powder

1/2 tsp Fine Sea Salt

How to Make Chili Lime Crema

Transfer the crema or sour cream to a medium bowl.

2.  Juice the lime and add it to the crema/sour cream.

3.  Add the spices and whisk until evenly combined.

4.  Serve and enjoy!

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Q: My sauce is a bit thick, what should I add to thin it out?

A: Add a little whole milk or more lime juice if you want more tang!

Q: How should I store the leftovers, and for how long?

A: Store in an airtight container (I love mason jars for this) in the refrigerator up to a week.

Q: I used crema and it’s a bit too runny, what should I do?

A: I would do a combination of full fat sour cream and crema to get the desired consistency.

If you like this recipe, check these out!

Authentic Chunky Guacamole: Rich and creamy avocado delicately balanced with fresh tangy lime juice, sweet fresh orange juice, and just the right amount of heat from a roasted serrano pepper.

Grilled Corn and Black Bean Salsa:  Fresh charred summer corn, creamy black beans and fresh veggies are in perfect balance as a dip or topping for grilled fish or shrimp!

Traditional Pico de Gallo: Beautiful fresh tomatoes, tangy lime and bright cilantro that perfectly compliment any southwestern meal and also doubles as a great fresh dip!

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