A smooth and creamy avocado crema sauce that gets a kick from blistered jalapeños and garlic. Spoon this over burrito bowls or on top of burgers. There’s really nothing that isn’t enhanced by the tangy rich flavors of this sauce. Gluten-free and keto friendly.
Last May l had the pleasure of going on another farm tour with my dear friends from California Grown.
I look forward to these tours all year not only because are they full of surprises (raise your hand if you’ve ever ridden on a raisin harvester) but I always walk away in awe of the bounty of this gorgeous state I call home.
This trip was to the Temecula Valley, a lush landscape of flower-strewn hillsides and valleys full of blueberries just an hour east of San Diego. Sounds dreamy right?
Hot Takes From The Tour
Our first stop was to Fairfield Farms where they grow avocados and blueberries. Coming from Ventura, I’ve seen my fair share of avocado orchards but I’ve never seen ones that grow Reed avocados which is the type of avocado tree we have in our backyard.
After climbing the steep hillsides to visit the avocados we went down into the valley to see all the gorgeous blueberries growing in a microclimate so unique they are the only farm that can grown blueberries in the Pauma Valley.
We also made a stop to Resendiz Brothers and saw how they grow majestic Protea and wax flowers on the steep hillsides that overlook the valley.
The next day we were treated to a wine tasting and cooking class at Europa Village where Chef Hany Ali made the most delicious green chickpea hummus drenched in house made olive oil flavored with lemon juice.
Seeing the beautiful groves of ripe avocados got me thinking of this avocado crema recipe I make all time to add a flavorful boost to our meals. It’s easy, with only 10 minutes of prep time and is great on carnitas tacos, nachos, or even as a dip for tortilla chips.
Why complicate things when you can whip up a sauce that embodies pure avocado goodness? Here’s how I make it…
- Avocados. I used Reed avocados which are very large. Substitute two large Haas avocados if you can’t get a Reed.
- Garlic. A lot of crema recipes call for garlic powder but I like to char whole cloves of garlic until they are golden and caramelized.
- Fresh lime juice
- Fresh cilantro
- Kosher salt
- Sour cream or full-fat Greek yogurt. For added protein and tang
How To Make This Recipe
Char. Heat the broiler to high. Place the jalapeño pepper and garlic cloves (unpeeled) on an oven-safe skillet or small baking sheet. Broil until their skin is charred and blackened on all sides. Let cool.
Combine. Remove the stem and peel off the charred skin of the jalapeño and garlic. Place them in the bowl of a food processor or high-powered blender (like a Vitamix) along with the other ingredients.
Blend. Blend on high until it has a smooth and creamy consistency. Taste and add more salt or lime juice if needed.
Enjoy! Spoon it over everything immediately! Storage of any leftovers takes one important step: Press a piece of plastic wrap directly over the surface of the avocado cream sauce to prevent the top from turning brown. Refrigerate for up to 3 days.
What To Use It With
Avocado Crema FAQ’s
How do I get my avocados to ripen faster? Place the avocados next to bananas or an apple or even better, seal them in a paper bag with these fruit to speed up the ripening process.
How do I make vegan avocado crema? If you want to make a dairy-free version substitute dairy-free sour cream or dairy-free plain yogurt for the sour cream. You can also soak 1/4 cup of cashews in 1 cup water (make sure it is hot) for 20 minutes. Drain and blend the cashews with the other ingredients.
More California Avocado Recipes To Try!
- Tomatillo Avocado Salsa
- Charred Poblano Guacamole
- Gazpacho with Grilled Shrimp and Avocado
- Avocado Bruschetta with Bacon and Jalapeños
- Roasted Tomatillo and Avocado Hummus
- Chilled Avocado Soup
- Oven-Baked Avocado Fries with Harissa Ranch
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