Chipotle Crema

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This smoky Chipotle Crema is creamy and spicy, the perfect zesty topping for tacos, enchiladas, burritos and more. This Mexican inspired sauce comes together in less than 5 minutes with only a handful of ingredients. 


About this Chipotle Crema

This chipotle crema is spicy and zesty, made with a combination of chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, lime juice and sour cream or crema. It can be drizzled or dolloped onto your favorite Mexican or Tex Mex meals. It can also double as a dipping sauce! It has a mild spice, soothing cream, with a tangy lime flavoring. Some of the reasons we love this Mexican inspired sauce are:

  • Adjustable spice level
  • Easy to Make
  • Quick
  • Bold and Flavorful
  • Good on Everything!

Ingredients Needed

  • Sour Cream or Crema: either can be used in this recipe, you can also use homemade crema.
  • Chipotle Peppers: use the canned chipotle chiles in adobo sauce, adjust as needed to get desired spice level.
  • Lime: use freshly squeezed lime juice, add more to taste as needed.
  • Garlic

How to Make


Variations and Substitutions

  • Spice Level: want a milder chipotle crema? Only use a tablespoon of the adobo sauce and don’t include any of the chiles. Want it spicier? Add more chiles and extra sauce to crema. Be sure to taste and add as needed so as not to make it overwhelming. If you are wanting a milder crema, check out our Smoky Red Pepper Crema recipe.
  • Crema: if you have the time, make your own Homemade Crema to blend with the chiles. Or you can substitute the sour cream for store-bought crema.
  • Chipotle Peppers: if you are unable to find the canned peppers, you can substitute with chipotle powder, 1 canned chipotle pepper = 1/2 teaspoon chipotle powder.


What are chipotle peppers in adobo sauce?

Chipotle Peppers in adobo sauce are canned chiles sold in most markets in the Hispanic or Mexican aisle. The can includes both chiles and sauce, the chiles are smoked and dried jalapeños, and the adobo sauce is a purée of tomato, vinegar, garlic, and other spices.

What do I do with leftover chipotle peppers?

Since this recipe won’t use the entire can of chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, you can freeze the leftovers. Store in a freezer safe container and thaw when ready to use.


Storage Information

  • Storage: store in a sealed container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.
  • Freezer: it is not recommended to freeze this recipe due to the sour cream, the texture will be impacted.

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