Chile Crema

This easy Chile Crema recipe takes a container of plain sour cream to a whole new level!

Mix in zesty lime juice, garlic, and flavorful chile paste to create a delicious dip that you’ll want to put on everything from tacos to hamburgers.

A bowl of easy chile crema on a counter next to a spoon, a towel, and a lime.

Why This Easy Chile Crema Recipe is So Good

  • It’s Delicious on Everything! Dip chips or carrot sticks into this creamy, spicy sauce, or spoon it on top of tacos or burrito bowls. It’s great on burgers and fries too!
  • A Super Simple Recipe that only requires you to know how to stir things together in a bowl. It doesn’t get any easier than this one.
  • Restaurant-Syle Condiment that you can make yourself. This chile crema might remind you of the one you’ve had at your favorite taco restaurant. Save yourself a trip and make it yourself.

Tips and Tricks for Making The Best Chile Crema

  • Use full-fat sour cream. Low-fat versions just don’t have the same flavor and texture! This recipe will also work with vegan sour cream.
  • For a bigger flavor, use a bit of extra garlic powder, or add freshly grated garlic instead.
  • Instead of chipotle paste, you can also use the same amount of pureed or minced chipotles in adobo.
  • The amount of heat in your chile crema will depend on the heat of your chiles and how much hot sauce you add. I suggest adding a small amount to start, and adding more at the end if you need more spice.
  • Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 1 week. 
  • Looking to try something slightly different? Try our Smoky Red Pepper Crema, or this recipe we found for cilantro crema instead.
Creamy chile crema in a bowl. A gold spoon is serving it.

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a small bowl filled all the way with homemade chile crema.

Chile Crema

Yield: 1.25 cups
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

This easy Chile Crema recipe takes a container of plain sour cream to a whole new level with spicy chile paste, garlic, and lime juice.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup sour cream
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 3 tbsp hot sauce
  • 2 tsp chipotle paste
  • Juice of half a lime

Instructions

    1. Add the sour cream, garlic powder, salt, hot sauce and chipotle paste to a bowl and mix well to combine.Sour Cream, chipotle paste, hot sauce and seasonings , in a bowl.
    2. Squeeze in the juice from half a lime and stir again. A hand squeezes half a lime into a bowl of seasoned sour cream.
    3. Transfer the chile crema to a serving bowl or an airtight container for storage. A bowl of easy chile crema on a counter next to a spoon, a towel, and a lime.

Notes

  • Use crema as a dip for chips or veggies, or add it to tacos or burritos.
  • Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 1 week. 
  • Instead of chipotle paste, you can also use the same amount of pureed or minced chipotles in adobo.
  • The amount of heat in your crema will depend on your chiles and what type of hot sauce (and how much) you add. I suggest adding a small amount of hot sauce to start, and adding more at the end if you need more spice.
  • Use full-fat sour cream. Low-fat versions just don't have the same flavor and texture! This recipe will also work with vegan sour cream.
  • Nutrition Information:
    Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
    Amount Per Serving: Calories: 103Total Fat: 8gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 23mgSodium: 249mgCarbohydrates: 8gFiber: 0gSugar: 6gProtein: 1g

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