an easy sauce for all things tex-mex
Cilantro sauce is a necessity for anything Tex-Mex. Tacos, salads, nachos … everything. This cilantro sauce is made with sour cream, a few spices, hot sauce, milk (or water), fresh lime juice and fresh cilantro.
The flavors in this sauce will really benefit from chilling for about an hour, but it’s not 100% necessary. They have more time to blend this way, which makes the sauce more flavorful. It’s a really great make-ahead recipe if you do have time to chill it!
can I substitute greek yogurt for sour cream?
Absolutely. Just substitute equal parts, and keep all of the other ingredients the same. You can also substitute the milk with water or vegetable broth if you need to!
What can I eat with cilantro sauce?
- These spicy shrimp tacos (there’s a sauce in the recipe, but this is also perfect!)
- Carnitas sliders
- Carnitas tacos
- Spicy salmon tacos
- Fish tacos
OR use any of the proteins from the above salads, toss them with some chopped greens and this sauce, and create a salad! This sauce can easily be used as a dressing. If you need to thin the sauce out to make it a dressing, just add milk (or water) one tablespoon at at time until it’s just the way you like it!
how long will this cilantro sauce keep?
You can keep this sauce in the same bowl you made it in, just cover it in plastic wrap. It will keep in the refrigerator for about 3-4 days. I don’t recommend freezing it, so I made a smaller batch to hopefully prevent too much leftover sauce! This recipe doesn’t require a food processor, so the cleanup is super easy!
cilantro sauce with sour cream and lime
- 1/2 cup sour cream
- 1/4 tsp. garlic powder
- 1/4 tsp. onion powder
- 1/8 tsp. cumin
- 1/8 tsp. ancho chili powder
- 1/4 tsp. kosher salt
- 1 tsp. hot sauce
- 2 lime wedges to make about 2 tsp. lime juice
- 3 tbsp. milk
- 2 tbsp. chopped cilantro
- Whisk sour cream and spices together. Add hot sauce and lime juice, and whisk to blend.
- Carefully whisk in milk, then stir in chopped cilantro.
- Serve immediately, or refrigerate for at least 30 minutes to let the flavors blend together.