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!
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, read on.
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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.
What can I add cilantro garlic sauce on?
- Crispy Chicken Tacos
- Spicy Fish Tacos
- Tequila Chili-Lime Tacos
- Lemon Pepper Chicken Wings
- Mojo Marinated Chicken Wings
- Garlic Parm Chicken Wings
- Tostones (or toston burgers!)
- Broiled Salmon
- Pulled Pork
- Chips (or sweet potato fries!)
- Veggie Platters
I mean you name it, you can probably add this sauce on top of it!
Here’s a super quick and easy cilantro garlic sauce recipe. My version, if you will, this is not the exact version from Pollo Tropical but it’s pretty damn close!
I hope you make it and LOVE it!
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!
- 12 ounces sour cream*
- 2 cloves garlic , minced
- 1/4 cup chopped cilantro** , stems removed and rinsed
- 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- 1 lime , squeezed (2 tablespoons lime juice)
- salt to taste , (careful not to over salt!)
Add all ingredients to food processor and mix until smooth. Serve and enjoy!
*You can sub for Greek yogurt or mayo. You can also sub almond or cashew yogurt, if you're vegan or looking for a dairy-free option. I've personally never tried these options 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. Some people like more cilantro than others, adapt at your own risk. :)
Originally posted on August 2016. Updated photos and recipe on January 2018.
Looking for other sauce ideas?
- Avocado Chimichurri
- Homemade Honey Mustard Sauce
- Cilantro Garlic Sauce
- Homemade Lightened Up Chipotle Mayo
- Lemon Yogurt Sauce
- Avocado Sauce
- Cilantro Garlic Chimichurri
- Avocado Crema
- Mango Rum Sauce
- Lightened Up Big Mac Sauce
- Arugula Pesto
- Homemade Lightened Up Caesar Dressing
- Mango Mojito Dressing
- Avocado Dill Dressing
- Homemade Honey Whiskey BBQ Sauce
- Guava BBQ Sauce
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