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Avocado Sauce

This avocado sauce recipe is so easy to make and takes just 5 minutes. Use it as a topping for tacos and burgers, as a salad dressing, or even as a dipping sauce to go with chips and salsa!

It wasn’t easy to come up with a name for this recipe. It’s similar to guacamole but the addition of sour cream and olive or avocado oil makes it thinner and creamier. Avocado lime sauce, avocado cream sauce, or avocado dip? It’s wonderful when used as an avocado dressing yet that’s not quite right either.

I ultimately ended on avocado sauce since it’s so versatile and can be used for so many different things. It can be mild or spicy, on the tart side with more lime, or even creamier with more sour cream. I’ve drizzled it on everything from cilantro-lime grilled chicken, Mexican nachos, beer battered fish tacos, and even used it as an avocado pasta sauce. Add it to mayonnaise for a delicious sandwich spread or make chicken salad.

a dish of spicy avocado sauce next to a fresh lime wedge and cilantro

What is avocado sauce made of?

You don’t need many ingredients to get a lot of flavor in just a few minutes time! Add more or less of any of these to make it just the way you like it. If you’re watching your calories, swap the sour cream for greek yogurt.

  • garlic
  • ripe avocado
  • sour cream
  • fresh cilantro
  • olive or avocado oil
  • lime juice (or lemon juice)
  • salt & pepper
  • jalapeño pepper (optional)

How to make creamy avocado sauce

This is one of those easy recipes where you gather a few ingredients, then just blend them all until they’re smooth. It’s really that simple! Add the garlic first and pulse it a few times before adding the rest of the ingredients. This ensures that you don’t end up with a chunk of garlic that didn’t get blended.

Can I use frozen avocado?

Frozen avocado works just fine in this recipe. Although I mostly use it for smoothies, it works really well in any recipe where it’s blended with other ingredients. I’d much rather use a fresh avocado if I’m using it in a salad or on a burger, but when it’s pureed, you can’t tell much difference. Make sure you thaw it first unless you’re making a smoothie.

a dish of avocado sauce next to a fresh lime wedge and cilantro

How to serve avocado sauce?

I’ve touched on this already but here’s a list of some ways you can use it:

  • As you might have guessed, it goes really well with all things Mexican. Quesadillas, burritos, or on a taco. Drizzle it over healthy nachos or on a burrito bowl.
  • As a dip for tortilla chips
  • Spread some on grilled chicken
  • It’s delicious as a condiment. Spread it on a turkey sandwich as-is or mix it with a little mayonnaise first.
  • Mix it with a little mayonnaise or replace the mayo entirely in chicken or pasta salad.
  • Toss it with chopped, fresh tomato for a creamy avocado salsa. Better have a tortilla chip handy!
  • Use it as an avocado pasta sauce

How to keep it from turning brown

Most recipes where avocado is the main ingredient will ultimately start to turn brown. The lime juice in this recipe helps keep it green for a few days so you don’t have to worry unless you don’t eat it all right away. Pressing plastic wrap over the surface to keep out as much air as possible really helps. I keep mine in an airtight container with plastic wrap on the surface, which keeps it perfect for its shelf life (about five days).

Can I make a this spicy avocado sauce?

You can make this as spicy as you like! I prefer it spicy so I almost always add a jalapeño or even a little hot sauce. A little salsa verde would add just a touch of heat.

If you’re looking for a great salad dressing, try this Avocado Lime Ranch Dressing, too!

a dish of spicy avocado sauce next to a fresh lime wedge and cilantro

Avocado Sauce

Yield: 8 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

This avocado sauce recipe is so easy to make and takes just 5 minutes. Use it as a topping for tacos and burgers, as a salad dressing, or even as a dipping sauce to go with chips and salsa!

Ingredients

  • 1/2 garlic clove
  • 1 avocado
  • 1/3 cup sour cream
  • 3/4 cilantro (a large handful)
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil or avocado oil
  • juice of 1/2 lime
  • coarse salt & freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1 small jalapeño pepper, stem and seeds removed (optional)

Instructions

  1. Place the garlic in a high-powered blender or food processor and pulse until it's finely minced.
  2. Add the remaining ingredients and blend on high until it's smooth and creamy.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 118Total Fat: 10gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 57mgCarbohydrates: 7gFiber: 2gSugar: 4gProtein: 1g

This data was provided and calculated by Nutritionix.

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