Homemade Crema Mexicana

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  • 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.

    Homemade Crema Mexicana made with just a handful of ingredients you have in your pantry. Perfect for tacos, burritos, and Street Corn Salad! #crema #cremamexicana www.savoryexperiments.com

    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.

    Homemade Crema Mexicana made with just a handful of ingredients you have in your pantry. Perfect for tacos, burritos, and Street Corn Salad! #crema #cremamexicana www.savoryexperiments.com

    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.

    I used this batch for Mexican Street Corn but you can also take it off the cob and make Mexican Street Corn Salad!

    Mexican Street Corn is a the best grilled corn smothered in Crema Mexicana, lime juice, cheese butter and cilantro. A great BBQ side dish recipe!

    If you like my Homemade Crema Mexicana, try these other simple Mexican inspired recipes:

    Homemade Crema Mexicana made with just a handful of ingredients you have in your pantry. Perfect for tacos, burritos, and Street Corn Salad! #crema #cremamexicana www.savoryexperiments.com

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    Homemade Crema Mexicana made with just a handful of ingredients you have in your pantry. Perfect for tacos, burritos, and Street Corn Salad! #crema #cremamexicana www.savoryexperiments.com
    Homemade Crema Mexicana
    Prep Time
    5 mins
    Cook Time
    4 hrs
    Total Time
    4 hrs 5 mins
     
    Homemade Crema Mexicana made with just a handful of ingredients you have in your pantry. Perfect for tacos, burritos and Street Corn Salad!
    Course: Condiment
    Cuisine: Mexican
    Servings: 1 cup
    Calories: 832 kcal
    Ingredients
    • 1 cup heavy cream
    • 1 heaping tablespoon sour cream
    • 1 tablespoon buttermilk
    Instructions
    1. In a microwave safe container, heat heavy cream for 40 seconds. Meanwhile, stir together sour cream and buttermilk in a glass bowl.
    2. Add heavy cream, stirring until smooth. Mixture will be watery, but you will notice it starting to thicken already while stirring.
    3. 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.
    4. Allow to sit for 4-6 hours to thicken. Add flavor, if desired, using a stick blender.
    5. Drizzle over your favorite Latin dish.
    6. Blending in cumin, cilantro, chipotle peppers, lime and/or lemon juice or zest to flavor your crema are all optional.

    Nutrition Facts
    Homemade Crema Mexicana
    Amount Per Serving
    Calories 832 Calories from Fat 792
    % Daily Value*
    Total Fat 88g 135%
    Saturated Fat 55g 275%
    Cholesterol 328mg 109%
    Sodium 106mg 4%
    Potassium 178mg 5%
    Total Carbohydrates 7g 2%
    Sugars 1g
    Protein 5g 10%
    Vitamin A 70%
    Vitamin C 1.7%
    Calcium 17.2%
    * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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