Mexican Lime Crema – The Perfect Taco Topper!

Sour cream is nice and all on tacos but what if there was something better?  Something a little lighter, a little tangier, a little more interesting?  Something simple but yet fancy?

Mexican Lime Crema to the rescue!  Whips up in about 1 minute and is perfect for adding little extra flavour and fiesta to your Taco Tuesday.

Mexican Lime Crema in a small white bowl decorated with some thin slices of lime

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Mexican Lime Crema

To be honest I don’t like sour cream at all.  I actually don’t like creamy sauces of any kind and always ask restaurants to leave off the creamy dressings.  But when I made fish tacos the other day and was going to take photos of them for the blog I knew there was something missing.   That little pop of contrasting colour.  What was missing? Sour cream!

I actually got a little panicked thinking about adding an ingredient I myself would never eat.  I only share recipes for foods I really like and eat.  Then I had a flashback..  To the one day a few weeks ago that I was at a Mexican Restaurant and my taco came with crema on it.  Initially I was horrified of course.  But I bit in, held my breath and… loved it.  What?  How can this be.

Overhead shot of a small bowl of Mexican Lime Crema decorated with lime slices

See I am a huge citrus fan and because the sour cream had lime juice added to it it was much thinner and had a great tang to it.  Limes are always in my fridge … a Corona fan true and true.  So whipping up this Mexican Lime Crema was a snap and done in under a minute.  I used much more lime than traditional crema calls for but I think this is why I like this sauce so much.

Crema has so many uses and can be used pretty much like sour cream.  Did several searches online and came up with some ideas on how others use this tangy topping.

What is Mexican Crema Used For?

Besides Tacos Mexican Crema can be used as a topping to add flavour and texture to many of your favourite foods.  Here are some great ways to use crema:

  • Add a dollop to soups or chili
  • As a veggie dip
  • Dip for fresh strawberries
  • Drizzle over rice
  • Use for breading fish sticks.  Dredge fish sticks in crema, roll in breadcrumbs and bake like you would normally bake fish sticks
  • Brush over corn on the cob instead of butter
  • On baked potatoes

Or use it any way you would normally use sour cream.

It’s always good to try new things or switch out our favourite toppings from time to time to keep meals fresh and exciting.  Plus as a mom with kids we sometimes need to take our own advice and give new things a try.

You never know until you try!  So glad I did!

Overhead shot of a small bowl of Mexican Lime Crema decorated with lime slices

Mexican Lime Crema

Alisa Infanti | The Delicious Spoon
Light and tangy - This Mexican Lime Crema takes only a minute to make and will add the fiesta back into your Taco Tuesdays!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 1 minute
Total Time 1 minute
Course Appetizer, Dinner, Sauce
Cuisine Mexican
Servings 16 tablespoons
Calories 29 kcal


  • 1 cup sour cream
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • 1 lime


  • In a medium bowl mix sour cream and garlic powder
  • Add juice of 1 lime and mix well until all lime juice is absorbed or mixed into the sour cream mixture.
  • Serve over tacos, soups, rice or any way you would use sour cream.
  • Store in original sour cream container in fridge and use before expiry date on container.


Serving: 1tablespoonCalories: 29kcalCarbohydrates: 0.7gProtein: 0.3gFat: 2.8gSaturated Fat: 1.7gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.1gMonounsaturated Fat: 0.7gTrans Fat: 0gCholesterol: 7mgSodium: 7mgPotassium: 25mgFiber: 0gSugar: 0.5gVitamin A: 200IUVitamin C: 0.8mgCalcium: 20mgIron: 0mg
Please Note:

The information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.

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