Chipotle Lime Crema

Creamy with smoky heat…

Chipotle lime crema is a simple recipe – five ingredients and five minutes to complete. But don’t let the simplicity fool you. The chipotle pepper and adobo sauce behind this sauce brings a delicious smoky fieriness to the crema, that – paired with the fresh flavor of lime –  makes it a perfect topping for tacos (both fish tacos and beef work here), soups, and salads alike. It’s also a simple, yet delicious dipper for chips and vegetables.

Try it, too, as a sandwich spread, but we actually prefer our creamy chipotle sauce recipe a little more for this use case. It uses mayonnaise as a base (instead of sour cream or greek yogurt like the crema here) which provides a delicious tang to meats and vegetables.

chipotle lime crema

Chipotle Lime Crema

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Prep Time 5 mins
Total Time 5 mins
Servings 6 servings


  • 1/2 cup sour cream or greek yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon chipotle pepper mashed into a paste, from chipotle peppers in adobo sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon adobo sauce from chipotle peppers in adobo sauce
  • Juice of one lime or 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt


  • Combine the sour cream (or greek yogurt), mashed chipotle pepper, adobo sauce, lime juice, and salt in a mixing bowl. Mix well.
  • use immediately, or for the best flavor place the crema in the refrigerator for 2 to 3 hours to allow the flavors to meld.


To mash the chipotle peppers, use a mortar and pestle. Alternatively, a fork or the round side of a spoon will work (with some extra muscle and time).


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UPDATE NOTICE: This post was updated on August 17, 2019 to include new content. It was originally published on September 25, 2018.