Chile Lime Sauce

Chili Lime Sauce

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  • Total: 20 mins
  • Prep: 10 mins
  • Cook: 10 mins
  • Yield: About 1 cup (8 servings)
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
45 Calories
0g Fat
11g Carbs
2g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: About 1 cup (8 servings)
Amount per serving
Calories 45
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0g 0%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 27mg 1%
Total Carbohydrate 11g 4%
Dietary Fiber 2g 6%
Protein 2g
Calcium 53mg 4%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

This chili lime sauce is a great side sauce for dipping everything from pork kebabs and chicken tenders, to topping fajitas. It also makes a delicious marinade for any kind of meat.  The choice is entirely yours.


  • 2 small green serrano chiles (seeded and finely chopped)
  • 1/2 cup lime juice (fresh)
  • 2 tablespoons lime zest (zest of 2 limes)
  • 1/3 cup/80 mL chicken stock
  • 1/4 cup/60 mL cilantro (coriander)
  • 2 to 3 cloves garlic (peeled and quartered)
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • A pinch of black pepper

Steps to Make It

  1. Place all ingredients into a food processor blender.  Blend mixture well.

  2. Bring sauce to a simmer over medium-high heat for 1 to 2 minutes. Reduce heat to low and let simmer for 5 more minutes. Stir occasionally. Remove from heat and let cool 5 to 10 minutes before serving.

  3. If using as a marinade, follow the above directions but let the sauce cool for 30 minutes before using. Marinade beef for 6 to 12 hours, chicken and pork for 4 to 6 hours, fish, seafood, and vegetables for 30 minutes. 

  4. Make this sauce ahead of time and store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to one week after preparation.