Creamy Jalapeño Cilantro Sauce
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This Creamy Jalapeño Cilantro Sauce is made with fresh cilantro, creamy mayonnaise, and spicy jalapeños for a kick of flavor. Perfect for taco bowls, salads, and more, this Whole30 recipe will be your new go-to condiment!
I don’t know about you guys, but I love a good sauce. Even more importantly, I love when they’re made with simple fresh ingredients, come with health benefits, and taste incredible. Of course, all of these qualities are hard to find in one recipe. So, when I threw together this Creamy Jalapeño Cilantro Sauce, I knew I had to share it.
My whole family is obsessed – so much so, I have resorted to making large batches at a time and storing them in the fridge. However, truth be told, I’m not upset about this at all. The sauce comes out a pretty green color that looks so fancy stored in clear containers. Plus, it comes together in minutes.
Ingredients Needed to Make Creamy Jalapeño Cilantro Sauce:
- Sliced deli jalapeños (I used Jeff’s Garden)
- Fresh cilantro
- Garlic cloves
- Lime juice
To make this sauce, all you have to do is mix all of the ingredients together. Through trial and error, I have found that using either a food processor or high-speed blender works the best in order to yield a smooth, creamy sauce rather than a chunky salsa-like texture.
Start by seeding your jalapeños of choice. I prefer the pickling of deli jalepeños as they yield a deeper and more briny flavor. However, you can absolutely use fresh jalapeño peppers if you prefer. Just make sure they are well seeded, and add a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar to the mixture before blending.
Then, just throw everything together and blend away! The texture of your sauce will vary depending on how long you blend. For chunkier textures, try pulsing the blender. To achieve a smooth texture, blend the ingredients at the highest speed until smooth. No matter what texture you’re looking to achieve, you will be left with a slightly spicy and incredibly creamy sauce that is balanced out with the freshness of cilantro without being overpowering.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Can I substitute the mayonnaise in Creamy Jalapeño Cilantro Sauce?
Yes, the mayonnaise in Creamy Jalapeño Cilantro Sauce can be substituted for Greek yogurt. Or, if you’re looking for a dairy-free option, coconut cream would work as well!
Can I freeze Creamy Jalapeño Cilantro Sauce?
Yes, all of the ingredients in this Creamy Jalapeño Cilantro Sauce are freezer-friendly making this recipe suitable to make in large batches and freeze for later use.
How long will Creamy Jalapeño Cilantro Sauce stay fresh?
When stored in the refrigerator in an airtight container, this Creamy Jalapeño Cilantro Sauce will stay fresh for up to a week.
Is Creamy Jalapeño Cilantro Sauce spicy?
Admittedly, Creamy Jalapeño Cilantro Sauce has a bit of a kick. However, the spice levels are completely up to you! If you prefer even spicier foods, feel free to add in hot jalapenos. However, if you like things on the mild side, you can opt for mild varieties or omit the pepper altogether.
How to Serve Creamy Jalapeño Cilantro Sauce:
Personally, I love this sauce on everything from Taco Mini Stuffed Peppers to Pan Seared Salmon. I’ve even considered just eating it with a spoon. Yeah, it’s that good. However, if you’re looking for more ideas take a look below!
- On Salads
- On Taco Bowls
- With Nachos
- As a Dip with chips, veggies, etc.
Personally, I love this sauce on everything from Taco Mini Stuffed Peppers to Pan Seared Salmon. However, if you’re looking for more ideas take a look below!
Health Benefits of Cilantro:
Did you know that cilantro is somewhat of a nutritional powerhouse? Not only is it a great way to add fresh flavor to your meals, but it’s also packed full of benefits! Take a look below to see just how good this ingredient is for you. Also, if you’re interested, you can find a full breakdown here.
- Lowers anxiety
- Improves sleep
- Prevents urinary tract infections
- Soothes skin irritations
- Good source of vitamins A & K
- High in Potassium
- Good source of Folate
In addition to all the benefits of cilantro, this sauce provides a great source of fiber, aid in preventing heart disease, has anti-inflammatory properties, is low in calories, and so much more! Plus, it can be adjusted to fit your taste buds and is kid-friendly. As far as homemade sauces go, it doesn’t get much better than that.
How will you use this sauce? Let me know in the comments below! Also, of course, if you make this or any of my other recipes, please tag me on Instagram! I’d love to see your creations, connect, and share your page. I hope you love this recipe as much as I do. Stay tuned for new recipes, easy meal plans, decoration tips, and more every week!
In the meantime, enjoy!
- ½ cup sliced deli jalapeños drained (I prefer Jeff’s Garden Please note they have a ‘tamed’ version, as well as a hot version)
- 2 C fresh cilantro
- ½ C mayo
- 2 garlic cloves peeled
- Juice of one lime
- Large pinch of salt
- Using either a food processor or high-powered blender, mix the ingredients for the sauce
- Salt to taste
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