Cilantro Garlic Sauce {Pollo Tropical Copycat}

Cilantro Garlic Sauce {Pollo Tropical Copycat}

This sauce is no joke, guys. People go crazy for this sauce!

And I bet you will too.

Ever been to “Pollo Tropical”? Unless you’ve lived in Florida, Georgia, Tennessee or Texas, you have no idea what I’m talking about here.

Pollo Tropical (literally translated to “tropical chicken”) is a Caribbean-inspired fast food concept with meals so flavorful, you won’t even think it’s fast food!

Let’s be honest, if you’re going to go for fast food, it has to be GOOD fast food. Am I right!?

Aside from Pollo Tropical’s citrusy marinated chicken, mojo pork, yuca fries, wraps, salads and sandwiches, they have a sauce bar! Curry mustard, fresh salsa, sweet BBQ (like my guava BBQ sauce!), hot sauce, you know all those tropical flavors that you just can’t get enough of.

My favorite from the bunch? You guessed it! Cilantro garlic sauce!

This is not sponsored by the way. I’m just obsessed. 

To be honest, I hadn’t tried cilantro garlic sauce until a few years ago. I was always a curry mustard girl myself.

Then one day, my friend and I were at the Pollo Tropical drive-thru after happy hour and she suggested that I try their cilantro garlic sauce.

Sure, why not? She’s also a Pollo Tropical fanatic like me so I trusted her opinion.

OH. MY. SAUCE. This thing is addicting. Creamy, garlicky, tang from the lime and with cilantro? I was HOOKED!

I know some people hate cilantro because they say it tastes like soap. Yeah, soap. Are you one of those? Hopefully not, if you’re reading this post!

If you have no idea what I’m talking about, a few years back, it was said that a small percentage of the population can pick up on the smell of certain chemicals that are in both cilantro AND soap which is why they said cilantro tastes like soap. Quite the nose they have, huh?

I’m definitely not one of those people!

I love cilantro and when you mix it with sour cream, garlic, and lime – I mean what’s not to love.

Immediately after trying cilantro garlic sauce for the first time, I knew I had to figure out how to make this myself so I could drench it on EVERYTHING.

From tacos to chicken wings, this cilantro garlic sauce compliments any dish well.

Get ready to have your world ROCKED!

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Here’s the super quick and easy Cilantro Garlic Sauce recipe. I hope you make it and LOVE it!

 

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Cilantro Garlic Sauce in just 5 minutes! A creamy mix of garlic, cilantro, lime juice, and sour cream that tastes just like the one from Pollo Tropical!
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Cilantro Garlic Sauce
Prep Time
5 mins
Total Time
5 mins
 
Tangy, creamy Cilantro Garlic Sauce in just 5 minutes! A creamy mix of fresh garlic, cilantro, lime juice, and sour cream that you'll love adding to just about anything!
Course: Dip, Sauce
Cuisine: Gluten-Free, Low Carb, Low Sugar, Vegetarian
Servings: 1 cup
Author: Jamie Silva
Ingredients
  • 12 ounces sour cream*
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 bunch cilantro** stems removed, rinsed and chopped
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 lime squeezed (2 tablespoons lime juice)
  • salt to taste (careful not to over salt!)
Instructions
  1. Add all ingredients to food processor and mix until smooth.

*You can sub almond or cashew yogurt, if you're vegan or looking for a dairy-free option. I've personally never tried this so I can't guarantee results.

**Based totally on preference. Start with a 1/4 cup chopped cilantro and add more or less as you see fit.


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Cilantro Garlic Sauce in just 5 minutes! A creamy mix of garlic, cilantro, lime juice, and sour cream that tastes just like the one from Pollo Tropical!

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