Zesty Chipotle Lime Crema

Total Time
Prep 5 mins
Cook 0 mins

I love this combination of ingredients and have used them before in an aioli . I was inspired by a couple of other recipes to mix them in sour cream instead to make a delicious crema. This makes a delicious topping for tacos, enchilada's or anything else you want to add some pizzaz to! One chipotle is plenty spicy for us, add more to your personal taste.


  1. Mix all ingredients in a bowl with an immersion blender or in a regular blender. Make sure all ingredients have fully blended, no lumps. Serve or chill for later - will thicken slightly.
  2. Notes:.
  3. This is a recipe that really flexes to personal taste.
  4. Add a little zest unless you like a lot - then add more.
  5. Start with juice from half the lime , one garlic and one chipotle, ziz it up, then add what you like more of - I like 1 chipotle, 2 garlic and juice from the whole lime and zest from half a lime, but lime sizes vary greatly and so does how much juice you get. You want a tangy, garlicky crema with some pow from the chipotle.
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5 5

Well, my intention was to make a 1/2 recipe because that is how much sour cream I had. But then I forgot. It's so soupy! So, we spooned it onto our hamburger buns & ate quickly, lol. Delicious! I'll just get more sour cream & adjust it all. LOL. Made for CQ '15.

5 5

So good. Easy to adjust the heat level. I made a half batch and should have made a whole batch! Thanks for posting. This will be a new staple in my house. Thanks for posting. Made for Culinary Quest 2015.

5 5

I made this today for a potluck to go along with a dish of enchiladas. People loved it. I used Mexican crema instead of sour cream, as I can get it easily. It went on the enchiladas but also with tortilla chips and cut-up veggies. Easy way to provide a nicely spicy accompaniment.