Pollo Tropical Copycat Cilantro Garlic Sauce

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Make this creamy Pollo Tropical Copycat Cilantro Garlic Sauce at home in just 5 minutes. Serve it with tacos, wings, or any appetizer of your choice.

Here are some more homemade sauce recipes that you might like: Cilantro Chimichurri Sauce, Gyoza Dipping Sauce, Strawberry BBQ Sauce, Lemon Drop Hot Sauce, and Thai Sweet Chilli Sauce.

Cilantro garlic sauce served in a bowl.
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About Cilantro Garlic Sauce

Cilantro Garlic Sauce is a delicious creamy sauce prepared with fresh cilantro leaves, garlic, lime juice, mayo, and sour cream.

This sauce is very popular at Pollo Tropical, a South Florida-based restaurant chain and franchise specializing in fast food inspired by Latin Caribbean cuisine. 

The restaurant chain has a sauce bar and serves incredible sauces, such as curry mustard, sweet BBQ, hot sauce, fresh salsa, and this delicious cilantro and garlic sauce.

You can make this Pollo Tropical Copycat Cilantro and Garlic Sauce at home in under 5 minutes using simple ingredients.

Serve it with tacos, wings, wraps, salads, sandwiches, fries, wedges, burritos, etc.

Ingredients

Cilantro garlic sauce ingredients

Sour Cream – Use homemade Full-Fat Sour Cream or buy a tub.

You can replace sour cream with whole-milk Greek yogurt or plain yogurt to make the sauce healthier.

Mayonnaise – A little mayo makes the sauce extra creamy. Use low-fat or full-fat mayonnaise, whichever you like.

You can replace mayonnaise with cream cheese for a taste change.

Cilantro – Use fresh cilantro for the best taste and increase the quantity for a more robust herb flavor.

Others – You will also need garlic cloves, extra virgin olive oil, freshly squeezed lime juice (or freshly squeezed lemon juice), red pepper flakes, and salt to make this creamy cilantro sauce recipe.

If you are a garlic fan, use a few more garlic cloves than mentioned in the recipe. You can also use roasted rather than raw garlic for a deeper flavor.

Replace extra virgin olive oil with avocado oil or grapeseed oil.

Add fresh herbs like green onions, parsley, etc to this recipe.

Add a half-chopped and de-seeded jalapeno pepper while blending to make the sauce spicier.

How To Make Cilantro And Garlic Sauce

Add the following ingredients to a blender or a food processor.

  • 12 oz (350 g) full-fat sour cream
  • ¼ cup mayonnaise
  • 2 cloves peeled garlic
  • ¼ cup (rinsed and packed) cilantro
  • 4 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • ½ teaspoon salt
All the ingredients added to a blender.

Blend until smooth. Scrape the sides of the blender a few times while bending.

Check for salt and add more if needed.

Serve and enjoy! You can refrigerate it for up to days.

Ready cilantro garlic sauce.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I make vegan cilantro and garlic sauce?

To make this delicious sauce vegan, replace sour cream with almond or cashew yogurt, skip adding mayonnaise, or use vegan mayonnaise.

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Make this creamy Pollo Tropical Copycat Cilantro Garlic Sauce at home in just 5 minutes. Serve it with tacos, wings, or any appetizer of your choice (vegetarian, gluten-free).
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Pollo Tropical Copycat Cilantro Garlic Sauce Recipe

Make this creamy Pollo Tropical Copycat Cilantro And Garlic Sauce at home in just 5 minutes. Serve it with tacos, wings, or any appetizer of your choice.
Prep: 2 minutes
Cook: 2 minutes
Total: 4 minutes
Servings: 6 people

Ingredients 

  • 12 ounces full-fat sour cream (350 g)
  • ¼ cup mayonnaise
  • 2 cloves peeled garlic cloves
  • ¼ cup packed cilantro (stems removed, rinsed, and chopped)
  • 4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lime juice (or 2 tablespoon lemon juice)
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • ½ teaspoon salt (or to taste)
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Instructions 

  • Add all the ingredients to a blender or a food processor.
  • Blend until smooth. Scrape the sides of the blender a few times while bending.
  • Check for salt and add more if needed.
  • Serve and enjoy! You can refrigerate it for up to days.

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Nutrition

Calories: 260kcal, Carbohydrates: 3g, Protein: 2g, Fat: 27g, Saturated Fat: 8g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 6g, Monounsaturated Fat: 11g, Trans Fat: 0.02g, Cholesterol: 37mg, Sodium: 276mg, Potassium: 82mg, Fiber: 0.1g, Sugar: 2g, Vitamin A: 459IU, Vitamin C: 1mg, Calcium: 60mg, Iron: 0.2mg
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