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Spicy Cilantro Yogurt Sauce

Flavorful and spicy cilantro yogurt sauce made with simple ingredients like creamy greek yogurt, fresh cilantro and jalapeño for the perfect kick of heat. This easy, versatile cilantro yogurt sauce can be used as a dip for veggies or chips, a marinade for your favorite protein, or as a delicious drizzle on top of tacos, nachos, and more!
Course Dip, Gluten Free, Grain Free, Low Carb, marinade, Sauce, Vegetarian
Cuisine American
Keyword cilantro yogurt sauce
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 53cal
Author Monique Volz of AmbitiousKitchen.com


  • 1/2 cup fresh chopped cilantro (a big handful)
  • ½ cup plain greek yogurt
  • 1/2 tablespoon olive oil or avocado oil
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon sugar (or sub coconut sugar)
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 small to medium jalapeno (do not seed if you want it spicy)*
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt, plus more to taste
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • Optional: 1-2 teaspoons water, to thin sauce if necessary


  • Add ingredients to a blender or food processor and blend/process until well combined. You may need to add a few teaspoons of water to thin, but most of the time this isn’t necessary. Use as a sauce for drizzling on tacos, quesadillas, enchiladas, nachos, on veggies, a dip for veggies or chips, grilled corn, steak, chicken, shrimp, salmon, etc!


Serving: 1serving (based on 4) | Calories: 53cal | Carbohydrates: 3.1g | Fat: 3.4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Fiber: 0.2g | Sugar: 2.5g