Looking to liven up your Mexican dishes? Look no further than my Homemade Crema Mexicana. Cool and just a touch tart to balance out those spicy flavors.
You too can have this Homemade Crema Mexicana with just a handful of ingredients in your pantry. Perfect for tacos, burritos and Street Corn Salad!
Think of Crema Mexican as the Mexican version of French creme fraiche or American sour cream. It is slightly thinner and a bit sweeter and often served along cotija or queso fresco cheeses.
Just like other types of cream, you can add a little bit of flavor by blending in some cumin, fresh cilantro, lime, lemon, or even chipotle peppers.
Crema Mexicana can be found in many Latin supermarkets and some mainstream stores. That side, my store was fresh out so I needed to make my own. Don’t worry, it is super simple!
The traditional recipe calls for heavy cream blended with buttermilk and given 24 hours to thicken up. Again, I was tight on time.
The quick version of crema Mexicana uses 1/4 cup of sour cream. I opted for a middle of the road experiment – a little bit of buttermilk AND a little bit of sour cream.
It needs to sit in a warm place to thicken. Near the stove or oven (if you are using it,) on top of the refrigerator, or in my case, outside on a beautiful 80-degree day all work just fine.
The end result of Homemade Crema Mexicana will be thinner than yogurt or sour cream, so don’t be concerned if it seems a bit more loose in terms of texture than what you were expecting.
If you like my Homemade Crema Mexicana, try these other simple Mexican inspired recipes:
- 1 cup heavy cream
- 1 heaping tablespoon sour cream
- 1 tablespoon buttermilk
- In a microwave safe container, heat heavy cream for 40 seconds. Meanwhile, stir together sour cream and buttermilk in a glass bowl.
- Add heavy cream, stirring until smooth. Mixture will be watery, but you will notice it starting to thicken already while stirring.
- Allow to sit in a warm place, set lid loosely on the top, or use plastic or aluminum foil. Allow to breath, but to keep covered and free from any floating particles near by, especially if placed outside. Do not let crema mexicana go over 100 degrees.
- Allow to sit for 4-6 hours to thicken. Add flavor, if desired, using a stick blender.
- Drizzle over your favorite Latin dish.
Blending in cumin, cilantro, chipotle peppers, lime and/or lemon juice or zest to flavor your crema are all optional.