Lime Crema For Chili, Tacos, Fajitas & More

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"This combination of sour cream and lime is to die for (if you like limes lol). I use it instead of plain sour cream in lots of recipes, and have changed it to tangerine, lemon or other citrus fruits as well. Makes 1 cup"

Original is 1 serving


  • Serving Size: 1 (302 g)
  • Calories 437.7
  • Total Fat - 32.6 g
  • Saturated Fat - 20 g
  • Cholesterol - 80.5 mg
  • Sodium - 162.4 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 23.6 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 1.9 g
  • Sugars - 1.9 g
  • Protein - 16.6 g
  • Calcium - 347.1 mg
  • Iron - 0.5 mg
  • Vitamin C - 23.1 mg
  • Thiamin - 0.1 mg

Step by Step Method

Step 1

Whisk all three ingredients together and serve with any Tex Mex or Mexican recipe instead of plain sour cream.


No special items needed.

Editorial Notes

The ingredient tips, suggestions, variations, facts, questions and answers below are not edits to the original author's recipe. They are not meant to imply any change would improve the recipe. They're offered for convenience, alternative ideas, and points of interest. If you have any comments about them, please post in the Help & Ideas forum.

  • For best results, use freshly-squeezed lime juice and zest.
  • If you are using store-bought sour cream, make sure to check the ingredients list to ensure it is gluten-free.

  • Greek yogurt: The tangy flavor of Greek yogurt will provide a similar texture and flavor to the sour cream, and will also add a bit of protein to the dish. This substitution will provide a healthier alternative to the original recipe.
  • Coconut milk: Coconut milk will provide a smooth and creamy texture to the dish, and will also add a hint of tropical flavor. This substitution will provide an interesting twist to the original recipe.

Orange Crema Replace the lime juice and zest with the juice and zest of 1 orange.

Chicken Fajitas: A classic Tex-Mex dish featuring marinated chicken, peppers, and onions, cooked in a skillet and served with warm tortillas. The Lime Crema adds a tangy, creamy finish to this delicious dish!

Mexican Rice: A delicious accompaniment to Chicken Fajitas, Mexican Rice is a simple dish made with long grain rice, tomatoes, garlic, and onion. The flavors of the rice and vegetables pair perfectly with the chicken and peppers in the fajitas, making it an ideal side dish for any Tex-Mex meal.


Q: How much lime zest should I use?

A: Use 1 teaspoon of lime zest and add more to taste.

Q: What is the best way to store limes?

A: Store limes in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.

11 Reviews


Very tasty and tart crema...I served it over a Tex Mex chicken salad...and the hubby enjoyed his portion over a frozen burrito...he hates salads...quick and easy...can't get any better then that...made for "Players Favorites" tag game...


review by:
(30 Mar 2021)

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Made this yummy lime crema to go with our beef tacos today and it made a great addition. Will definitely use this again. Easy to make and a really nice flavor.


(28 Mar 2021)


Thank you for sharing this lovely, flavorful and creamy crema Marra. It was delicious, quick and really easy to make. I can't wait to have it again. I served it on top of Sriracha twice baked potatoes and on top of simple ground beef patties; it tasted wonderful on both items. Made for 5 Star Gems.


review by:
(28 Mar 2021)


fast and tasty - went well on my quick burrito dish..


review by:
(15 Apr 2020)


Excellent topping for fish tacos! I love that it takes about 5 minutes to prepare.


review by:
(4 Apr 2020)


Made this yummy topping to top my tacos and burritos for a Cinco de Mayo celebration with my boys and DH. LOVED it!


review by:
(6 May 2019)

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Fun facts:

The first written recipe for a lime crema was published in the 1960s by the famous Mexican chef, Diana Kennedy.

The lime is a symbol of hospitality in many Latin American cultures and is often served with meals to welcome guests.