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Avocado Crema

Creamy avocado crema is made with sour cream, avocados, and lime juice for a flavorful taco topping!

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Overhead view of avocado crema with a fresh lime and piece of cilantro

This simple creamy avocado lime crema is the perfect topping on various dishes. It can be used as a dip, sauce, or just drizzle on top of everything from salad and nachos to chicken and quinoa bowls and takes just 5 minutes to make.

I love avocados, but I am not someone who will stick a sliced avocado on something and call it a day. I need more of a flavor boost.

Guacamole is great, but there is a time and place for it when it comes to cooking. It provides a nice chunky and powerful flavor, but sometimes you need something a little creamier instead of guacamole.

That’s why I developed this Avocado Crema recipe to top any dish you want avocado on. It’s made explicitly without cilantro in it, but feel free to add some fresh cilantro herbs if you love them.

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What is Avocado Crema Made of?

Avocado crema is an avocado sauce with a cream base. It combines avocado, cream, and other fresh ingredients to create a topping for many entrees.

What Does Avocado Cream Taste Like?

Avocado crema sauce mixes the creamy and tangy rich taste of sour cream and pairs it with a buttery flavor from the avocado. Together they make a thick and rich creamy sauce.

Avocado Crema Vs. Guacamole

Although avocado crema and guacamole are both made from avocados, they are completely different.

Avocado Crema is a creamy sauce that is smooth in texture and processed in a food processor or blender. It is made from a cream base, typically sour cream.

Guacamole is chunkier in texture without any added cream. It includes chunks of avocado and typically contains tomatoes.

Ingredients needed to make avocao crema

How to Make Avocado Crema

STEP ONE: Wash your avocado and slice it in half. Remove the pit (or seed) by hitting it with a knife blade and carefully pulling it out.

STEP TWO: Scoop the avocado halves out of the skin.

Avocado halves and other ingredients in food processor from overhead

STEP THREE: Put the sour cream, lime juice, sea salt, and garlic clove in the food processor or blender with the avocados.

STEP FOUR: Puree the avocado sauce until you get a smooth consistency.

STEP FIVE: Enjoy immediately or refrigerate for up to 5 days.

Avocado crema smoothed inside a food processor

Does Avocado Lime Crema Turn Brown?

Although avocados turn brown once opened, the lime juice in this recipe will prevent it from browning.

I love using one half of an avocado and rubbing the other half with a little lime juice or lemon juice to help it store nicely in the fridge.

Tips For Making the Best Avocado Crema Recipe

  • Use ripe avocados for the best taste. Unripe avocados can taste a little bitter and won’t get you that nice creamy crema texture.
  • It’s okay if the avocados don’t come out nicely from the peel. They will be pureed anyway!
  • You can use bottled lime juice or fresh lime juice for the same flavor.
Closeup of spoonful of avocado crema

How to Store Avocado Lime Crema

Once the avocado crema sauce is made, just place it in an airtight container and refrigerate for up to 5 days.

I love making this crema recipe the night before so it’s all ready for tacos the next night!

Can Avocado Cream be frozen?

I have personally never tried freezing this recipe and do not recommend freezing anything with a dairy cream in it.

Variations to This Avocado Crema Recipe

  • Substitute the sour cream for plain Greek yogurt for a healthier crema. You can also use half sour cream and half Greek yogurt if that’s what you have on hand
  • Zest a fresh lime into the crema before blending for more of a pop to that lime flavor
  • Add seasonings such as chili powder, cumin, paprika, and garlic powder for a more seasoned crema
  • Add 1/4 cup of fresh cilantro into the crema to add more to the citrus flavor
  • Add a little water to thin out the crema to use as a creamy avocado dressing

And if you love crema, try my delicious Smoky Red Pepper Crema too!

Overhead view of avocado crema with an avocado and spoon

What Can You Eat Avocado Crema With?

The best part about this recipe is how versatile it is. The avocado sauce can be used drizzled on chicken, as a dip for nacho and chips, or even in tacos and quinoa bowls.

Recipes to Enjoy This Crema With:

Avocado crema smoothed inside a food processor

Avocado Crema

Samantha Erb
A simple avocado dip that can be used on everything from fish tacos to chicken.
4.50 from 14 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Course Sauces & Dips
Cuisine American
Servings 8 servings
Calories 110 kcal


  • 2 avocados
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 small garlic clove


  • Slice the avocados in half, remove the pits, and scoop the flesh out into a food processor or blender.
  • Add the sour cream, lime juice, sea salt, and garlic clove into the food processor.
  • Puree until the mixture is smooth.
  • Enjoy immediately or store in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.



Serving: 1gCalories: 110kcalCarbohydrates: 5gProtein: 1gFat: 10gSaturated Fat: 3gPolyunsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 8mgSodium: 140mgFiber: 3gSugar: 1g
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