Avocado Crema

5 from 27 votes

Silky, smooth lime avocado crema made with Greek yogurt, fresh avo, lime, and garlic. A delicious sauce for tacos, burritos, bowls, and more!

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Avocado crema is exactly what you would expect it to be, a smooth, creamy avocado sauce with a pop of fresh lime. This avocado crema is made with a handful of ingredients with a Greek yogurt base and is one of the easiest condiments you can make. This luscious cream sauce is perfect for spooning over all your favorite Mexican dishes and is also versatile enough to use with other recipes.

Avocado crema in serving dish garnished with chopped herbs and lime wedges.
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Avocado crema is like smooth, mild guacamole usually made with sour cream, but I’ve substituted it with yogurt here. The zingy lime flavor makes crema makes it the perfect complement to rich recipes that need an acidic contrast. Whether it’s added to tacos, breakfast burritos, or fajita bowls, you’ll love how flavorful this avocado cream sauce is.

Why you’ll love this easy avocado crema

  • Just 4 main ingredients. This Mexican avocado cream sauce whips up in a food processor with just avocados, Greek yogurt, lime, and garlic. Season to taste, and you have a ridiculously easy condiment to add to all your recipes.
  • Best texture and flavor. The avocado crema has the most satisfying mouthfeel with an incredible silky consistency, and the pop of citrus takes it to new heights! Adding this sauce to well-seasoned dishes is a great way to balance richness with contrasting freshness.
  • Versatile for any cuisine. While this sauce is more commonly a topping over Mexican food, don’t let that keep you from adding it to other recipes! Try it on a veggie bean burger, for dipping air fried veggies and butternut squash fries, or spreading it on a white bean sandwich.

Ingredients to make avocado crema

  • Avocados: Use ripe avocados for the best consistency and flavor. If underripe, toss in a paper bag with bananas to ripen within a day or two.
  • Greek yogurt: I love using Greek yogurt because it’s thick and has a tanginess to it, just like sour cream. Any unflavored yogurt can be used, but it won’t be nearly as thick and creamy as Greek yogurt.
  • Lime: To make sure you get the juice you need, choose limes that feel smoother and relatively thin-skinned—these are guaranteed to be the juiciest! 
  • Garlic: Fresh garlic is going to give you the best flavor, but if you’re in a pinch, feel free to use garlic powder.
  • Salt & pepper to taste.
Ingredients for recipe: salt and pepper, lime, garlic clove, and greek yogurt.

How to make avocado crema

  1. Place all ingredients in a blender or food processor and blend until smooth with no lumps.
  2. Scrap down the sides as needed until smooth and creamy. Enjoy immediately or store covered in the fridge.
2 image collage of dip ingredients in a food processor before and after being mixed.

Tips for making avocado cream sauce

  1. Use a food processor or blender for the best consistency. If you don’t have either, you can just use a fork to mash the avocado really well and mix it with the remaining ingredients, but blending it creates the most smooth and creamy texture.
  2. Make it ahead of time. Planning a recipe later in the week that would go great with a drizzle of avocado crema? Blend together this recipe a few days before for a quick addition and to use throughout the week.
  3. Use ripe avocados. Choose ripe avocados to ensure that signature creamy consistency. If underripe, they may not blend as well and leave chunks of avocado throughout. When picking your avocado, look for ones with dark green skin that are soft but not mushy.
  • Use sour cream instead of Greek yogurt. Traditionally avocado crema is made with sour cream anyways. I like using Greek yogurt because it has a similar texture to sour cream, with less fat and more protein, but either one works!
  • Add some heat. You can blend some jalapeno peppers into the crema for a little kick, or you can also blend some crushed red pepper or cayenne pepper.
  • Add fresh herbs. Cilantro and parsley would pair perfectly with the fresh earthy avocado. Switch it up depending on what you serve the crema with.
  • Make it thinner. This crema is thick and almost spreadable, but you can add in an extra splash of citrus and yogurt to thin it out just a bit to drizzle over tacos or nachos.

What to eat with lime avocado crema

A small bowl of creamy avocado dip surrounded by roasted cauliflower florets.

How to store avocado crema

Store avocado crema in an airtight container in the fridge.

How long will avocado cream sauce last in the fridge?

Store in the fridge for up to 4 days. Add it to a squeeze bottle for a quick condiment to drizzle on.

Can i freeze avocado crema with Greek yogurt?

You can freeze avocado crema in small batches by adding it to small zip-top bags, pressing the bag flat to remove all the air, and storing it in the freezer for up to 3 months. Thaw overnight in the fridge.

Frequently asked questions

What is avocado crema?

My recipe for avocado crema blends avocados into a creamy sauce with lime, yogurt, garlic, salt, and pepper. It’s perfect for topping tacos, burritos, for dipping vegetables and fries, and spreading on sandwiches and burgers.

Can I make this avocado crema with yogurt ahead of time?

This avocado sauce can be stored in the fridge for up to 4 days in advance.

Will avocado cream brown after being made?

The lime in this sauce helps to prevent the avocado from browning too quickly. To ensure that there is no browning while storing in the fridge, press a piece of plastic wrap on the surface of the avocado crema.

Avocado crema in a small dish on a plate with crispy fries.

This easy-to-make avocado crema recipe combines avocados, lime, garlic, and Greek yogurt into a cool, tangy sauce. It’s a quick go-to condiment to add to any recipe that will add an incredible velvety mouthfeel to every bite.

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Avocado Crema

Silky, smooth lime avocado crema made with Greek yogurt, fresh avo, lime, and garlic. A delicious sauce for tacos, burritos, bowls, and more!
5 from 27 votes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 122
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 2 minutes
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Total Time 7 minutes
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Ingredients
  

  • 2 ripe avocados
  • ½ cup whole milk Greek yogurt
  • 1 large lime zested and juiced
  • 1 garlic clove
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper

Instructions

  • Place all ingredients in a blender or food processor and blend until smooth with no lumps, scraping sides down as needed.
  • Serve as desired and transfer to an airtight container and store in the refrigerator for up to 2 days.

Notes

Recipe makes about 1 ½ cups, with ¼ cup per serving.
Storage: Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 days. Press plastic wrap on the surface to prevent browning. Freeze in small freezer safe zip-top bags for up to 3 months, thawing in the fridge before using.

Nutrition

Calories: 122kcal, Carbohydrates: 8g, Protein: 3g, Fat: 10g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 7g, Trans Fat: 0.002g, Cholesterol: 1mg, Sodium: 205mg, Potassium: 363mg, Fiber: 5g, Sugar: 1g, Vitamin A: 105IU, Vitamin C: 10mg, Calcium: 32mg, Iron: 0.5mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate. It will vary based on cooking method and specific ingredients used.

Cuisine American, Mexican
Course: Condiments, Dips
5 from 27 votes (27 ratings without comment)

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