Garlic Habanero Sour Cream

I was gonna call this  Garlic Habanero Sour Cream something fancy like garlic habanero crema or ajo crema agria habanero (juuuusssst kidding. I Google translated that). Let’s face it, I’m not that big on being fancy and this is sour cream after all.

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I mean sure I like fancy… In fact I love fancy… I’m all about dressing up in one of my Target dresses and my Nine West heels, to hit the town and feel all grown up and thirty. But what I love more than fancy is cotton. Cotton, linen, khaki, denim, comfy, relaxed, worn, distressed and lived in. That’s me… or as my nine-year-old would say… it’s my “jam”.

Habaneros are more of my husband’s “jam”.

“Jam” meaning… One’s shtick, thing, or way of being.

For example; if I make salsa, he’s all “It’d be better with a habanero in it.”

If I make spaghetti, he’ll say “Did you put a habanero in it?”

Or like even when I make pizza… “Hey? Do we have any habaneros to put on it?”

So finally with this recipe I can say “YES!! YES I DID PUT A HABANERO IN IT!!” And I did say that, loud and proud, with my fist in the air and with purpose! And ya wanna know what he said to me after the first bite?

“It could use another habanero in it.”

PIZZZZERBT… went my bubble of excitement. So if you want more habanero in it… add another stinkin’ habanero… I like it just the way it is, with one of those spicy buggers… but by all means… go for it!

How many times do you think I said habanero in this intro?

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Habaneros… use one, two or all depending on how daring you are! I like it with one, but that’s just me.

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Garlic… two cloves please.

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Sour cream or crème fraiche… it’s basically the same; you’ll need a 1/2 cup of that.

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Kosher salt and fresh cracked black pepper…

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If you are handling this peppers bare handed you’re pretty brave. I’d use gloves. I didn’t and I thought I washed my hands pretty dang good… but I didn’t, and I itched my eye… and I about fell to the ground and cried. But I also must have touched my upper lip because it turned red and burned too! So go the safe route and wear some gloves.

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Tip the top off and remove all those seeds and the white membranes or “ribs”, that is where all the heat is at. If you want it spicy leave some or all of them in… I just hope you know what you’re in for!

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Slice the habanero into strips, and stack them up into a pile.

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Then dice them small, doesn’t have to be perfect though.

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Smash, peel and roughly chop two good size garlic cloves.

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Heat a small 8 inch saute pan over medium heat. Drizzle about 1/2 a tablespoon of extra light olive oil.

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Once the oil is hot, add in the garlic and habanero.

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Saute until the pepper is soft and the garlic is lightly golden, about 1-2 minutes.

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Place the garlic and habanero into a mini food processor.

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Next add the 1/2 cup of sour cream and add the salt and pepper. And blitz it until all is blended into the sour cream.

You will see some habaneros through out and that’s okay.

Tada! Garlic Habanero Sour Cream!

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Serve it along with anything that calls for sour cream.

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Like tacos, nachos, taco salad, burritos, fajitas, quesadillas… am I missing something?

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I lightly grilled some flour tortillas…

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Then topped them with lettuce, cheddar cheese, some sweet corn salsa…

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…and then the very tasty Garlic Habanero Sour Cream! This sour cream has the flavor of the habanero without all of the heat. If you want more of a kick… leave in some or all of the seed and ribs!

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These soft tacos were MUI DELICIOSO! Silence literally fell over my kitchen table as we inhaled these delicious tacos! I can’t wait to make these again!!

Enjoy! And if you give this Garlic Habanero Sour Cream recipe a try, let me know by snapping a photo and tagging me on twitter or instagram!

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Yield: 1/2 cup

Garlic Habanero Sour Cream

I was gonna call this Garlic Habanero Sour Cream something fancy like garlic habanero crema or ajo crema agria habanero (just kidding. I Google translated that). Let's face it, I'm not that big on being fancy and this is sour cream after all.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes


  • 2 clove of garlic, smashed, peeled and chopped
  • 1-2 habanero pepper, seeded and diced small
  • 1/2 cup of sour cream
  • 1/2 tablespoon light olive oil
  • kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste


  1. Heat a small pan with the olive oil over medium heat.
  2. Once the oil is hot add the garlic and diced Habanero, saute for 1-2 minutes. Remove off of the heat and add garlic/habanero mixture to a mini food processor.
  3. Add the sour cream and season with kosher salt and black pepper. Blend until all the seasoning is mixed throughout and garlic is no longer in big pieces. Chill until ready to use!

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27 Responses to “Garlic Habanero Sour Cream”

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    Pretend Chef — June 9, 2011 at 1:14 pm

    My guy always eyes the habanero peppers at the store wanting to try something with them to see just how hot they are. I might have to surprise him with this recipe on our next taco night. Thank you!

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    Nichole — June 9, 2011 at 1:24 pm

    Too funny – HABANERO!! Yes, you said it alot 🙂 sounds yummy and I don't even like spicy – but I love sour cream! I think I must try.

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    Laurie @simplyscratch — June 9, 2011 at 1:25 pm

    Rochelle! This is the perfect way to try habaneros… becareful though… you might get hooked!

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    Laurie @simplyscratch — June 9, 2011 at 1:25 pm

    Nichole.. it's not that spicy… promise!

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    Michelle O — June 9, 2011 at 1:44 pm

    Gorgeous photos!!! This looks really good. Im putting it on my list for next week.

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    Jennifurla — June 9, 2011 at 5:05 pm

    fab and simple idea, the possiblities are endless for flavoring the sour cream

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    sherri lynn — June 9, 2011 at 5:28 pm

    Wow this looks really good! I love sour cream and my husband loves a kick in his food so this would be perfect. Looking forward to checking out more of your recipes!

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    Charishma — June 9, 2011 at 5:53 pm

    wow looks too good
    following u for sure

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    Haley @ The Girly Girl Cooks — June 9, 2011 at 6:07 pm

    I'm going to have to get out my Chemistry goggles and laboratory gloves for these bad boys!

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    Toyin O. — June 9, 2011 at 6:19 pm

    That looks so yummy, thanks for sharing.

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    The Cilantropist — June 9, 2011 at 11:03 pm

    ahhh this sounds amazing!!! I love things hot and spicy, and I laughed out reading your intro about your dialogue with your husband about habaneros – hilarious! 😀 I want want want this spicy garlicky sour cream. Now.

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    Ed — June 9, 2011 at 11:29 pm

    Found your site through Jamie's Food Revolution.
    Very nice and great photos.

  13. #
    Smile Mary — June 10, 2011 at 6:39 am

    Did you mean to say "heels" not "heals"? Looks sooo good!

  14. #
    Laurie @simplyscratch — June 10, 2011 at 12:25 pm

    Yessss… sometimes my fingers have a mind of their own! Haaa!

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    amanda — June 10, 2011 at 2:27 pm

    this looks delish! i'm in love with this sour cream recipe..and the soft tacos look like a perfect summertime meal! yum.

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    Christine — June 10, 2011 at 5:43 pm

    Oh my heavenly Lord!! This recipe looks amazing!!! Going to make these tacos!!! WONDERFUL!!!!!!!!!!

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    Sabrina — June 10, 2011 at 6:22 pm

    tooooo funny! Haha I love this idea! OH boy and your tacos look so good with the corn and chicken! oh man!

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    jennifer — June 10, 2011 at 9:31 pm

    oooooey! looks spicy!

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    Tiffany — June 11, 2011 at 4:15 am

    Looks and sounds wonderful!

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    Carrie — June 12, 2011 at 11:26 pm

    Hi Laurie!

    I wanted to let you know I just made your rustic salsa from a while ago for a pool party, and it was awesome! Definitely going to be trying more of your recipes soon. Thanks for the great idea!


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    Sandra — June 13, 2011 at 3:50 pm

    Amazing dish! I love it because it is spicy and of course look very tempting and delicious!!!

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    Erin — June 13, 2011 at 4:35 pm

    What a great recipe! This is perfect for tacos or even just as a dip! Thanks!

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    Christine — June 18, 2011 at 2:37 am

    I made this and it is so delicious!!! I was a bit nervous to use a habanero but it was GREAT!!!

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    Elisa — June 20, 2011 at 10:08 pm

    Your blog has given me the courage to try this recipe. I have always wanted to make something with Habaneros. Will report back after making.

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    Chris — September 15, 2013 at 9:01 am

    I’m a habanero junkie and this is now a staple MMMMMMM!!!

    • simplyscratch replied: — September 15th, 2013 @ 2:20 pm

      Yes!! Our habaneros are now just now turning color… I cannot wait to start eating them! 🙂


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