Mexican Crema is a slightly thick, tangy, milk-flavored cream made with only four ingredients! Drizzle over enchiladas, chilaquiles and more. A perfect condiment to balance spicy dishes.
WHAT IS CREMA?
Although it is sometimes referred to as Mexican sour cream, crema is not the same thing as sour cream. But they do have some similarities.
For example, both are made from dairy products, and both crema and sour cream have a tangy, rich flavor. The primary difference between the two condiments is their consistency and texture. Mexican crema is typically thinner than sour cream. Think of crema as a thickened cream that’s like a combination of sour cream and French crème fraîche.
Also, sour cream is made by adding bacterial cultures to milk, while the culturing process for crema uses a natural ingredient; lime juice.
You only need 4 simple ingredients to make traditional crema from scratch:
- Heavy cream (also known as heavy whipping cream)
- Juice of one lime or small lemon
- Kosher or sea salt
TO MAKE MEXICAN CREMA:
- Heat the heavy cream. You won’t be cooking the heavy cream, but rather, bringing it to room temperature.
- Remove pan from heat and add the buttermilk. After you add the buttermilk to the pan of cream, give it a stir. Then, pour the contents into a glass jar (I use a mason jar) and seal it with a lid.
- Store in a warm place for 24-48 hours. I usually keep the jar on top of a refrigerator, but any warm location works.
NOTE: It isn’t necessary to refrigerate the contents because the acid in the citrus juice prevents any unhealthy bacteria from growing.
- Add lime juice and salt. After you add the lime juice and salt, seal the jar again. Then, shake the jar to mix everything until well combined.
That’s it! You can use it right away or store it in the refrigerator. It will stay good refrigerated for up to 2 weeks.
Learn more about other Mexican Cheese and their uses in my post A Complete Guide to Mexican Cheese.
Use it as one of the toppings for your Chilaquiles Verdes…
Drizzle it over Enchiladas Rojas…
Squeeze it over my Battered Fish Tacos…
You’re going to love this condiment to top so many spicy dishes and temper the heat.
- 2 cups heavy cream
- 1/4 cup buttermilk
- 2 tbsp lime juice
- 1/4 tsp kosher salt
- Heat heavy cream to room temperature in a small saucepan. Remove from heat and add buttermilk. Stir and pour into a jar and seal (I use a mason jar).
- Keep jar in warm place (on counter or on top of refrigerator) for 12-24 hours.
- Add lime juice, salt and seal again. Shake to mix until well combined.
- Keep refrigerated or use right away. Good refrigerated for up to 2 weeks.
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