Chili Lime Tahini Sauce

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Finally, a sauce that doesn’t require a blender! Sometimes, it’s nice to simply pour ingredients into a bowl, whisk them together, and then enjoy immediately. This chili lime tahini sauce is creamy and has a nutty, slightly spicy flavor with a zesty citrus flair. It serves as a perfect dip for your vegetable tray, but it also makes for a great salad dressing or drizzle for tacos, bowls, and so much more. It’s the condiment that you never knew you needed!

Tahini is a great ingredient, nay, a must-have ingredient in your kitchen. It adds a rich, nutty flavor and creamy texture to sauces, dressings, dips, and more. Besides the fact that it adds great flavor to recipes, tahini also exhibits some surprising health benefits. Tahini is naturally rich in healthy fats, vitamins, and minerals, with just one tablespoon providing more than 10% of the recommended daily intake for some nutrients. Tahini is especially high in lignan sesamin, a compound that exhibits promising antioxidant potential in animal and test-tube studies. More research is needed to fully understand the effects in humans, though.

This sauce is truly addictive, but we understand that you may not be able to finish it the same day you make it. If you have leftover tahini sauce, store it in an airtight container in the fridge for up to five days. If it thickens up in the fridge, shake it up with a splash of water to help thin it out. Ideally, it should be pourable and smooth!

Chili Lime Tahini Sauce
  • Prep Time:5m
  • Total Time:5m


  • 1/4 c tahini
  • Juice of 2 limes
  • 1 tsp. chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp. paprika
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
  • generous pinch of sea salt
  • Water, as needed to thin


  1. Add all of the ingredients, except the water, to a bowl and whisk to combine.
  2. Pour in one tablespoon of water at a time until you reach a consistency that resembles a thick salad dressing or crema.
  3. Enjoy this sauce as a dip, dressing, or drizzle it on top of raw tacos.
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