11 Taco Sauce Ideas

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Tacos are favorite family dinner that can be paired with creamy, savory, or sweet sauces depending on the taco meat or vegetables you choose.

You can make avocado crema, cilantro lime sauce, chipotle crema, sriracha cream sauce, pineapple salsa for your next taco dinner!

Avocado Cream Sauce for Tacos

Avocado cream sauce is a sauce made out of avocados that is blended with yogurt and herbs to make a tangy, citrusy sauce for tacos.

Avocado cream sauce is made with thick plain yogurt which gives the crema a thick base.

The yogurt mixed with avocado makes the sauce creamy and full bodied. It has a strong lime flavor to the avocado crema that finishes the sauce off well.

Avocado cream sauce is made by combining plain yogurt, avocado, cilantro leaves, minced garlic, fresh lime juice, olive oil, and a little salt in a food processor. To keep the sauce full and thick, the mixture is only “pulsed” in the food processor until it combines.

You can use avocado cream sauce and spoon it onto the tacos, or you can use it to coat a mixture of coleslaw, and place that inside your taco.

Avocado cream sauce goes well over shrimp tacos.

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Chipotle Lime Crema

Chipotle lime crema is a spicy, creamy sauce for tacos.

Chipotle lime cream is made by combining sour cream, chipotles in adobo sauce, fresh lime juice, lime zest, honey and salt and blending them together. You can thin out the sauce with a bit of water if desired.

Chipotle lime crema goes well with fish tacos, cauliflower tacos, or chicken tacos.

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Cilantro Lime Sauce

Cilantro lime sauce is a yogurt based sauce with a refreshing citrus taste.

Yogurt, fresh lime juice, lime zest, cilantro leaves, olive oil, salt and pepper is placed in a food processor and blended until smooth.

Cilantro lime sauce goes well with chicken tacos, or cauliflower tacos.

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Jalapeno Sauce

Jalapeno sauce is a spicy sauce for tacos.

Jalapeno sauce is made by adding mayo, sour cream, diced jalapenos, cilantro leaves, tomatillo salsa, garlic powder, onion powder, salt and pepper to a blender, and blending until smooth.

Jalapeno sauce works well for pork tacos or steak tacos.

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Fish Taco Sauce

Fish taco sauce is a spiced mayo and sour cream based sauce.

Sour cream, mayo, and lime juice are mixed together to make the sauce a medium thickness.

Cumin, coriander, dill, oregano, chipotle chili powder, capers, diced jalapeno, and cilantro leaves are added to the base of the sauce and mixed together.

Fish taco sauce has a creamy tangy flavor, with a hint of spicy chipotle.

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Sriracha Cream Sauce

Sriracha cream sauce is a spicy and sweet taco sauce.

Sriracha and honey are added to a sour cream or Greek yogurt base, and whisked together to combine.

Sriracha cream sauce is best used for shrimp tacos.

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Cilantro Lime Ranch

Cilantro lime ranch is a creamy sauce with a hint of garlic.

Cilantro lime ranch can be made using a sour cream base or a plain yogurt base.

Garlic powder and onion powder are added to the base of the sauce to create the tangy ranch flavoring.

Fresh lime juice, cilantro leaves, diced pickled jalapenos and brine, and salt are added the base of the sauce and mixed together until smooth.

Cilantro lime ranch goes well with chipotle chicken tacos.

Salsa Verde

Salsa verde is a spicy green salsa for tacos.

Salsa verde is made with roasted tomatillos. Tomatillos are green tomatoes that come in a paper husk which needs to be removed prior to roasting them.

Roasting tomatillos neutralizes the acidity of the tomatoes, making it a savory base as a salsa.

After the tomatillos are cooked, they are placed in a food processor with finely chopped onions, serrano pepper, fresh lime juice, cilantro and cumin.

Once the salsa has been “pulsed” until the tomatoes are broken up, it’s ready to serve.

Salsa verde is a tangy, spicy salsa for tacos.

Tomato Salsa

Tomato salsa is a juicy, chunky salsa that has a little bite to it.

Salsa adds a ton of flavor and compliments tacos well as a topping.

Salsa can be paired with guacamole well for serving on top of steak tacos.

Tomato salsa is made by adding whole canned tomatoes, and a can of diced tomatoes with green chilies (Rotel tomatoes work well) as the base of the salsa.

Finely chopped jalapeno with the seeds removed are added to the salsa, as well as some diced onions.

A few herbs like garlic and cumin are added, and then the salsa can be “pulsed” only in a food processor. Don’t overmix the salsa until it becomes a mush.

Pulse the salsa 7-10 times to get it just perfectly chunky.

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Guacamole is a chunky sauce made with mashed avocados.

Guacamole is made by adding diced tomatoes, tomatoes, chopped cilantro, and a pinch of garlic salt to mashed avocado.

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Pineapple Watermelon Mango Salsa

Pineapple watermelon mango salsa is a refreshing fruit based salsa.

Watermelon mango salsa is made by hand, by chopping up watermelon, mango, and pineapple into small cubed pieces.

Finely chopped jalapeno gives this salsa a hint of spice. Red pepper and red onion finish off this acidic, mild salsa.

Pineapple watermelon mango salsa goes well with pork tacos or steak tacos.

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