Dip, dollop or spread, Avocado Cream Sauce (avocado crema) is a versatile recipe that can be whipped up in about 5 minutes. This creamy avocado sauce is a tasty spread or topping on tacos or burritos, on sandwiches or as a dip with chips or veggies. This recipe is vegetarian, gluten free and easily vegan.
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A Versatile and Easy Avocado Cream Sauce
If you’ve made my Creamy Guacamole Recipe with Sour Cream, you’ll love this Avocado Crema Recipe too. It’s a versatile condiment that’s made with five simple ingredients. It’s meal prep ready and is a delicious addition to all your Mexican food favorites and more.
This Recipe Is:
- Easy to Make
- Ready in Five Minutes
- Dip, Dollop or Spread
- Make Ahead Ready
Ingredients You’ll Need
- Ripe Avocado – ripe avocados yield to gentle pressure. If an avocado feels firm, it’s not ready to enjoy. On the other hand, if it feels very soft and mushy, it could be overripe.
- Sour Cream – full fat sour cream will offer the richest texture. For a dairy free or vegan option, you can sub your favorite vegan sour cream.
- Fresh Lime Juice – for best flavor, use fresh squeezed lime juice.
- Pickled Jalapeños – just a few pepper rings offer a hint of background spice. I also toss in a half teaspoon of jalapeño pepper brine for added kick, but it’s totally optional.
- Cilantro – love it or loathe it, it’s truly fabulous in this fresh avocado cream recipe. However, there are those who say it tastes like soap. So, feel free to leave it out, if preferred.
Quick Guide: How to Make Creamy Avocado Sauce
With just a few simple ingredients and a food processor, this avocado cream sauce is a snap to pull together. The rich and velvety texture comes from the addition of sour cream, which perfectly complements the buttery avocado. Here’s how to whip this sauce recipe up (see recipe card for details):
- First, in a food processor, add the avocado, lime juice, sour cream, salt, jalapeño peppers and cilantro. Process until all the ingredients are smooth and creamy.
- Next, drizzle in a few tablespoons of water to thin. Taste for salt adjustment.
- Last, transfer to a serving bowl and enjoy.
For Meal Prep: You can make avocado sour cream sauce up to two a days in advance. Stored in an airtight container, it retains its green color beautifully!
How to Enjoy Avocado Crema
Avocado cream sauce or crema can be used in various ways to add flavor and creaminess to your meals. Here are some ideas:
- Taco or Bowl Topping: Add a dollop of avocado cream sauce to tacos, burritos or Sofritas Bowls for a creamy and zesty flavor.
- As a Dip: Serve avocado cream sauce with vegetables like cucumbers, carrots or bell peppers, or with tortilla chips, for a tasty snack.
- As a Spread: Use avocado cream sauce as a spread on sandwiches, wraps, or burgers for a flavor boost and creamy texture.
- With Potatoes: Top your baked potatoes with avocado cream sauce for a delicious alternative to all sour cream. This avocado sauce is quite tasty too as a dip with Oven Potato Fries!
- Make Ahead – you can make the avocado sauce up to two days ahead. It retains its green color beautifully!
- Thick or Thin – For a sauce, add water while processing, one tablespoon at a time, until desired consistency. For a thicker sauce and for a thicker dip consistency, omit the water.
- More Spice? Yes please! Drop in a few more pepper rings to taste.
- Vegan or Dairy Free Avocado Sauce – For a dairy-free or vegan option, you can easily sub your favorite dairy-free sour cream.
5-Minute Avocado Cream Sauce Recipe
- In the work bowl of a food processor fitted with the S blade, add the avocado, sour cream, jalapeño rings, cilantro, lime juice and salt. If you're feeling spicy, add a 1/2 teaspoon of pickled jalapeño pepper brine.
- Process the ingredients until creamy and smooth, stopping to scrape down bowl at least once. Taste for salt adjustment and add another 1/8th teaspoon if needed.
- To thin your sauce, add a few tablespoons of water with the processor running. Thin to desired consistency.
- Transfer to a bowl and serve or to a lidded container. Store in the refrigerator for up to three days.