Avocado Cilantro Lime Crema

This zesty avocado cilantro lime crema instantly brightens up any dish with its citrusy flavor and creamy texture.
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Is there anything more delicious than creamy avocado, fresh cilantro, and zesty lime juice, especially in the summer? We can’t think of a better combination of flavors to spice up a burrito bowl or tacos with. That’s why we’re sharing our recipe for avocado cilantro lime crema this week as we head into June!

Avocado cilantro lime crema in a bowl
What Is Avocado Cilantro Lime Crema Made Of?

The ingredients in avocado cilantro lime crema are pretty much all in the name: avocado, cilantro, and lime! You’ll also need sour cream and a pinch of sea salt.

Crema is traditionally a tangy, slightly thinner variation of sour cream used in Mexican cuisine. So to make a simple crema at home, you can thin out sour cream with some lime juice and season it with salt. From there, you can easily add ingredients like ripe avocado and fresh cilantro for extra flavor and creaminess! All it takes is finding the right proportions to land the best flavor and texture.

The best avocado cilantro lime crema is both citrusy and creamy – but these two things have a give and take! More lime juice will give you that punchy lime flavor while resulting in a thinner crema. Less lime juice will result in a thicker crema that tastes more like avocado, cilantro, and sour cream. Play with the amount of lime juice, taste test as you go, and see what combination of flavor and texture you prefer.

One important thing to note, however, is that fresh lime juice makes a world of a difference in this recipe. Yes, squeezing fresh limes can be annoying, but it’s totally worth it – we promise!

A bowl of avocado cilantro lime crema with a serving spoon

Side note: If you don’t like cilantro (we have some friends who say it tastes like soap), you can easily omit it from this recipe! This crema is just as delicious with only avocado and lime.

How Do You Make Avocado Cilantro Lime Crema?

It’s really easy to make your own avocado cilantro lime crema! All you need is a blender and a good jar for storing the crema in the refrigerator. Trust us, you’re going to want this stuff on hand all the time.

Here’s how to make our avocado cilantro lime crema recipe:

  1. Slice a ripe avocado in half, remove the pit, and scoop the flesh into a blender
  2. Chop up some fresh cilantro and add it to the blender
  3. Add sour cream, lime juice, and a pinch of sea salt
  4. Blend until smooth, adding more lime juice as needed until the consistency is nice and creamy

Then transfer the crema to a serving dish or jar and stick it in the fridge until you need it. You can eat it right away, but we like to refrigerate it for at least 10 minutes or so before using it so it’s cold.

A bowl of avocado cilantro lime crema
What Does Avocado Cilantro Lime Crema Go With?

This flavorful crema goes with a ton of different meals. You can use it to dress up a plain chicken and rice, drizzle it over your favorite Mexican dishes, or scoop it with tortilla chips. 

Here are some of our favorite recipes featuring avocado crema:

It’s so versatile that we don’t know if we should call it a sauce, dip, spread, dressing, or snack – because it’s all of these at the same time! We also love drizzling this crema over burrito bowls, salads, and nachos. It’s just so creamy and adds an extra punch of citrus that instantly brightens any dish.

Try the recipe below and we promise you’ll want to use this crema on everything from now on, too!

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Avocado Cilantro Lime Crema

This zesty avocado cilantro lime crema instantly brightens up any dish with its citrusy flavor and creamy texture.
Servings 1 half cup
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes



  • 1 medium avocado
  • ½ bunch fresh cilantro chopped
  • 2 tbsp sour cream or plain greek yogurt
  • 2 to 3 medium limes juiced
  • Sea salt to taste


  • Slice the avocado in half, remove the pit, and scoop the flesh into a blender. Add the cilantro, sour cream, lime juice*, and salt.
  • Blend on medium speed until smooth, about 1 minute, adding more lime juice if necessary.
  • Transfer crema to a small bowl or jar. Use immediately or cover and store in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.


Lime juice: You can play around with the amount of lime juice in this crema to find your preferred balance of flavor and texture. Start with a little lime juice, then taste test as you go and add a little more at a time to achieve the desired consistency.
Serving suggestions: This recipe makes a good amount of crema and there are plenty of ways to use it! Try it on carne asada tacos, grilled chicken, or in a burrito bowl.
Refrigerating: If you’re making this crema for a recipe like our avocado chicken, you can prepare it ahead of time and keep it in the refrigerator until ready to use.
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Author: Nicole
Calories: 90kcal
Course: Dip, Ingredients, Sauce, Spread
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: Avocado, blender, cilantro, lime juice, sour cream, summer


Calories: 90kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 2mg | Sodium: 297mg | Potassium: 271mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 167IU | Vitamin C: 10mg | Calcium: 12mg | Iron: 1mg

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