Avocados, assemble! This lightning-fast avocado crema recipe will have you devouring deliciousness in no time. In less than a blink of an eye, you can savor a tasty vegan sauce.
It may sound fancy, but it's incredibly easy to make and requires just a handful of ingredients. This is another great 5 in 5 sauce (plus a sprinkle of salt and pepper) - just five ingredients in five minutes to a delicious plant-based sauce!
If you like making sauces and dressings at home as much as I do, I have a quick and easy method you can learn in How to Make Homemade Vegan Sauces.
What is avocado crema?
Avocado crema (crema is cream in Spanish) is a creamy and smooth sauce or condiment made with ripe avocados. It is similar to a traditional sour cream but with the added richness and flavor of avocados, and it's easy to make plant-based.
Here's what you'll need and how to make it
Grab a ripe Hass avocado (rhymes with class), a squeeze of lime juice, add some yogurt, a sprinkle of cilantro, a dash of garlic, and some salt and pepper. Pop everything into a blender or bullet, give it a whirl, and voila! That's it!
You can also add a teaspoon of olive oil if you want to get an extra smooth texture. Blend everything until smooth and creamy.
Don't worry if you don't have fresh cilantro; you can substitute it with parsley or leave it out entirely if you're not a fan.
If you want to take your avocado crema to the next level, add a dash of hot sauce or chipotle powder to give it a smoky and spicy flavor. If you want a sweeter taste, add a teaspoon of honey or agave syrup. You can also add some jalapeños or serrano peppers for an extra kick.
Craving more 5-minute sauces?
- Easy Vegan Yum Yum Sauce
- Easy Chipotle Sauce
- Vegan Honey Mustard Dressing
- Easy Vegan Aioli
- Easy Romesco Sauce
How to pick ripe avocados
The key to making a great avocado crema is to start with ripe avocados.
Unripe avocados will have a hard texture and an unpleasant flavor if you try to eat them. Simply put, they're rock hard and hard to cut into. The perfect avocado for this recipe should have a slightly soft texture.
To select ripe avocados for avocado crema, gently squeeze the avocados in the palm of your hand. Perfectly ripe avocados should have a slight give when gently pressed.
Additionally, the skin should be dark in color, ranging from very dark green or brown to eggplant purple.
What to serve with avocado crema
Use it as a dip, spread, dressing, or topping - it will be a crowd-pleaser.
- Tortilla chips
- Grilled tofu
- Tacos - Try it on top of these Roasted Cauliflower Tacos or Black Bean Tostadas
- Grilled or sautéed veggies
- Vegan quesadillas
- Mexican rice or this Instant Pot Yellow rice
- Grilled corn on the cob
- French fries - Try these Delicious Air Fryer Fries for an easy fix.
- Toast, yep, toast. One of my children loves spreading avocado fresco on simple toasted bread or bagels for a quick, delicious breakfast or snack. It pairs well with sliced tomatoes, cucumber, or a sprinkle of vegan feta cheese.
- Baked potatoes - use as a substitute for sour cream.
While avocado crema is best enjoyed fresh, you can prepare it a few hours ahead. To prevent browning, place plastic wrap directly on the surface of the salsa to minimize contact with air. Store it in the refrigerator until ready to serve. Before serving, give it a gentle stir to mix the flavors. I put enough lime juice in this dip to ensure it doesn't brown for a while!
Avocado crema is best consumed immediately after preparing to enjoy its freshness.
I do not recommend freezing avocado crema, as the texture and consistency will be altered once thawed. It is best enjoyed fresh or refrigerated for a very short period.
Avocado crema can be used as a substitute for sour cream in many recipes. Its creamy texture and tangy flavor make it a great alternative. It works well as a topping for tacos, baked potatoes or as a dip for chips.
- 1 Hass avocado
- ½ cup vegan yogurt (substitute with vegan sour cream)
- ¼ cup cilantro
- 4 cloves garlic
- 2-3 tablespoons lime juice
- 1 teaspoon salt (to taste)
- ¼ teaspoon black pepper (to taste)
- Combine all the ingredients in a bullet or blender until well combined.
Storing this sauce for a short period of time in an air-tight container is fine, but I recommend consuming this sauce fresh.
Nutritional information is only an estimate. Use a nutritional app like Cronometer to get information on the exact ingredients and amounts you are using.
- Prep Time: 5 minutes
- Cook Time: 0 minutes
- Category: condiment
- Method: food processor
- Cuisine: American
- Diet: Vegan
- Serving Size: 2 tablespoons
- Calories: 424
- Sugar: 8
- Sodium: 2359
- Fat: 32
- Saturated Fat: 5
- Carbohydrates: 35
- Fiber: 15
- Protein: 8
- Cholesterol: 0 mg
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