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An overhead shot of avocado crema in a white bowl with a vintage spoon atop a light grey surface. Cilantro leaves and a juiced lime sit beside the bowl.

5-Minute Avocado Crema Sauce (Easily Vegan)

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  • Author: Jess Larson
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1 ½ cups 1x
  • Category: Sauces & Condiments
  • Method: No-Cook
  • Cuisine: Mexican & Tex-Mex, American
  • Diet: Vegetarian


This Avocado Crema is one of PWWB’s most well-loved easy sauce recipes! It’s made with 7 simple ingredients in 5 minutes or less thanks to the help of a food processor or blender, & it pairs beautifully with any of your favorite Tex-Mex & Mexican-inspired dishes. Nothing not to love!

The inspiration for this sauce is crema Mexicana, a Mexican condiment traditionally made with heavy cream, buttermilk, & lime juice. Its tangy, cooling quality makes it the perfect complement to rich & spicy foods. 

Of course, avocado is not a traditional add-in, but you’ll love the way it helps create an extra creamy sauce without relying on a ton of dairy. Plus, it creates the most picture-perfect pop of green!

Be sure to check the Recipe Notes, below, for vegan & dairy-free recipe variations, & read through the blog post, above, for plenty of serving suggestions. Avocado crema is a staple in our kitchen & I think you’re going to love it too! ♡ Happy cooking!


  • 1 large avocado, pitted & peeled
  • 1 large jalapeño, deseeded as desired
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 2 limes, juiced (approx. scant ¼ cup juice)
  • ⅓ cup packed cilantro leaves & tender stems
  • ⅓ cup sour cream or full-fat yogurt
  • 23 tablespoons water
  • kosher salt & ground black pepper, to season


  1. Blend the avocado crema: Add all listed ingredients (minus the water) to a food processor, seasoning with a heaping ½ teaspoon kosher salt & ground black pepper as desired. Pulse to break up the avocado & cilantro, then blend until smooth & creamy. If necessary, add a couple tablespoons water to smooth out texture. [gallery columns="2" size="full" ids="46752,46755"]
  2. Serve: Enjoy your avocado crema immediately. It’s, of course, great served with tacos, burritos, bowls, & tostadas (we especially love them with our Chicken Fajitas Bowls, Black Bean Tostadas, & Grilled Fish Tacos), but it’s also wonderful drizzled on a platter of nachos, served alongside your favorite salsas & dips, or even spread into an impressive 7-Layer Dip. Get creative & have fun with it – sky’s the limit!An overhead shot of avocado crema in a white bowl with a vintage spoon atop a light grey surface. Cilantro leaves and a juiced lime sit beside the bowl.


  • Jess’ Notes & Tips:
    • Easy Recipe Variations: If you prefer not to use sour cream, feel free to swap it out with full-fat yogurt. If you avoid dairy or would like to make vegan avocado crema, replace sour cream with your favorite dairy-free substitute. 
    • Storage: Avocado crema will keep, stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator, for 3-4 days. Given the amount of dairy & lime juice it contains, browning should not be an issue – if you’re concerned, you can always press a piece of plastic wrap directly over the surface of the avocado crema to prevent oxidation.