This Cilantro Lime Sauce is the perfect addition to all your tacos and burrito bowls. It’s easy to make and has only 5 ingredients. It’s a creamy, citrus, and sweet sauce.

Small glass jar filled with cilantro lime sauce and a spoon covered in more laying next to it.

The best cilantro sauce for tacos

This sauce is great for tacos because it’s a creamy, cilantro based sauce with flavors of lime and honey.

It compliments any kind of taco or burrito bowl. It goes great with seafood, beef, and chicken.

Whether you’re adding it to a burrito bowl or beef tacos, this sauce gives that perfect cool, creamy touch. It’s great to use in place of queso.

why you’ll love lime cilantro sauce

Easy to make. This sauce only requires measuring and mixing. There’s no cooking involved.

Simple ingredients. With only 5 simple ingredients, they’re easy to find and you might even have them on hand.

Perfectly balanced. This sauce gives the perfect balance of creamy, citrus, and sweet. It’s a great compliment to every kind of taco.

Ingredients for cilantro taco sauce

  • sour cream – I recommend full fat sour cream for this. You could also use light, but I don’t recommend using fat free. It has a completely different taste and texture.
  • fresh cilantro – Be sure to chop it as finely as possible to make sure it gets spread evenly throughout the sauce.
  • limes – this will help thin it out and add the citrus flavor.
  • honey – this helps offset some of the citrus and tang.
  • kosher salt – don’t reach for the table salt here.
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Substitutions and alterations for cilantro lime crema recipe

The sour cream in this can be replaced with plain Greek yogurt. It’ll give a very similar taste and texture.

If you aren’t a big fan of cilantro, you can omit it entirely. The sauce will still be great.

how to make lime cilantro sauce for tacos

  1. Add all of the ingredients to a mixing bowl.
  2. Mix it together until it’s all smooth and combined.
Ingredients for cilantro lime sauce added to a small mixing bowl.

tips and tricks for cilantro lime taco sauce

Make sure that the cilantro is very finely chopped. That will help you avoid getting a large chunk of cilantro in a bite.

Mixing the sour cream before measuring it out is important. You don’t want a watery sauce.

how to store cilantro sour cream sauce

To store cilantro sour cream sauce, place it in an airtight container in the refrigerator. It will stay fresh for up to 5 days.

The lime juice may separate slightly while in the refrigerator. Just give it a good stir before using.

A creamy cilantro lime sauce filling a small glass jar with a spoon covered in the sauce resting next to it.

FAQs for cilantro crema

How long does cilantro lime sauce last?

When stored properly, cilantro lime sauce will last up to 5 days in the refrigerator.

How do you thicken cilantro lime sauce?

It’s important to mix your sour cream completely before mixing it with the other ingredients. Be sure not to add too much lime juice.

How do you use cilantro lime sauce?

Cilantro lime sauce is best drizzled on your favorite tacos or burrito bowls.

what to serve with cilantro lime cream sauce

One of the best things to serve with this cilantro lime cream sauce is tacos.

It also goes great on top of burrito bowls and with carne asada. I even love drizzling it on top of Mexican Rice Casserole and Southwest Chicken and Rice Skillet. It would even be great drizzled over some homemade baleadas.

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Cilantro Lime Sauce Recipe

5 from 4 votes
Prep 5 minutes
Total 5 minutes
Servings: 9 tablespoons
This Cilantro Lime Sauce is the perfect addition to all your tacos and burrito bowls. It's easy to make and has only 5 ingredients. It's a creamy, citrus, and sweet sauce.




  • Combine all ingredients in a bowl.
  • Mix to combine.



  • I recommend using a small whisk or fork to really combine the ingredients, but you can also pop it all in a food processor or small blender.


Serving: 1serving, Calories: 22kcal, Carbohydrates: 2g, Protein: 1g, Fat: 1g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 0.4g, Cholesterol: 4mg, Sodium: 140mg, Potassium: 37mg, Fiber: 0.2g, Sugar: 1g, Vitamin A: 76IU, Vitamin C: 2mg, Calcium: 21mg, Iron: 0.1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Condiment, Sauce
Cuisine: American

Hi! I’m Kara!

Kara loves all things food and spending time with her family and dogs. She has a passion for cooking and loves making yummy, family-friendly recipes.

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