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Course: Sauces & Condiments
Keyword: Cinco de Mayo, Condiments, Crema, Sauces, Tex-Mex

Chipotle Crema

ACTIVE TIME: 10 minutes
TOTAL TIME: 1 day 11 minutes
Yield: 1 cup
The perfect taco topping, this creamy condiment gets a smoky hit from chipotle chiles in adobo sauce.
A Mexican form of cultured sour cream, crema is closer in viscosity to creme fraiche. You could substitute sour cream, but it just won't be the same.
This recipe first appeared in Season 14 of Good Eats.
Photo by Lynne Calamia
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  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 tablespoon buttermilk
  • 1 chipotle chile in adobo sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt

Specialized Hardware

Immersion blender
ACTIVE TIME: 10 minutes
TOTAL TIME: 1 day 11 minutes
Yield: 1 cup


  • Put the heavy cream in a 16-ounce microwave-safe glass jar. Microwave on high until the cream is just under 100ºF, 30 to 40 seconds. Add the buttermilk, close the jar, and store in a warm place for 24 hours. The cream will have thickened to the consistency of thin yogurt.
  • Add the chipotle chile and salt, and process with an immersion blender, in the jar, until smooth, approximately 20 seconds. Refrigerate until ready to use.
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