Chili Lime Butter Recipe - Easy and Delicious

Chili Lime Butter

Chili Lime Butter Recipe - Easy and Delicious
Preparation time: 5 minutes | Cooking time: 5 minutes | Servings: 8


Chili Lime Butter
Chili Lime Butter

Chili Lime Butter is a versatile and flavorful condiment that can be used to add a zesty kick to a variety of dishes. This recipe combines the tangy citrus flavor of lime with the spicy heat of chili powder to create a delicious and easy-to-make butter that is perfect for spreading on bread, basting on grilled meats, or melting over vegetables.


The combination of chili and lime is a popular flavor profile in many cuisines around the world, particularly in Mexican and Southwestern cooking. This recipe takes inspiration from these culinary traditions and puts a unique twist on the classic flavor combination by incorporating it into a rich and creamy butter.


How to prepare

  1. Combine all the ingredients in a small pot and melt the butter over low heat.
  2. Transfer the mixture to a small bowl for basting or spreading.


  • Add a pinch of cayenne pepper for extra heat.
  • Mix in chopped fresh cilantro or parsley for a pop of color and freshness.
  • Substitute lemon zest for lime zest for a different citrus flavor.


  1. May Cover the homemade butter with the plastic wrap then reserve this in the freezer after cooling.
  2. Serve warm with grilled corn
  3. May add 3 red chilis, chopped and 1 tsp lime juice to increase flavor

Cooking Tips & Tricks

Be sure to use fresh lime zest for the best flavor. Avoid using bottled lime juice, as it can be too acidic and overpowering.

- Adjust the amount of chili powder to suit your taste preferences. If you like things spicy, add more chili powder. If you prefer a milder flavor, use less.

- This butter can be made ahead of time and stored in the refrigerator for up to a week. Simply reheat it gently before using.

Serving Suggestions

Spread Chili Lime Butter on corn on the cob, grilled shrimp, or roasted vegetables for a burst of flavor. It can also be used as a topping for baked potatoes or mixed into rice or quinoa for added zest.

Cooking Techniques

Melt the butter slowly over low heat to prevent it from burning.

- Stir the mixture constantly to ensure that the ingredients are evenly distributed.

Ingredient Substitutions

Use ghee or coconut oil in place of butter for a dairy-free version.

- Swap out the chili powder for smoked paprika or chipotle powder for a different flavor profile.

Make Ahead Tips

Chili Lime Butter can be made ahead of time and stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a week. Simply reheat it gently before using.

Presentation Ideas

Serve Chili Lime Butter in a small dish with a sprinkle of extra chili powder or lime zest on top for a decorative touch. You can also shape the butter into a log using plastic wrap and slice it into rounds for a more elegant presentation.

Pairing Recommendations

This butter pairs well with grilled meats, seafood, roasted vegetables, and corn on the cob. It also complements dishes with Mexican or Southwestern flavors, such as tacos, enchiladas, and quesadillas.

Storage and Reheating Instructions

Store Chili Lime Butter in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a week. Reheat it gently in the microwave or on the stovetop before using.

Nutrition Information

Calories per serving





- Total Fat: 12g

- Saturated Fat: 7g


- Protein: 0g

Vitamins and minerals

Vitamin C: 2% DV

- Calcium: 1% DV

- Iron: 1% DV


Contains dairy (butter)


This Chili Lime Butter is a rich and flavorful condiment that is low in carbohydrates and protein, but high in fats. It also provides a small amount of vitamin C, calcium, and iron.


Chili Lime Butter is a delicious and versatile condiment that adds a zesty kick to a variety of dishes. With its tangy citrus flavor and spicy heat, this butter is sure to become a staple in your kitchen. Enjoy it spread on bread, basted on grilled meats, or melted over vegetables for a burst of flavor.

How did I get this recipe?

I can still recall the sense of amazement I felt when I first saw this recipe for Chili Lime Butter. It was many years ago, back when I was just a young girl living with my family in our small town. My mother had invited a new neighbor over for dinner, and she brought with her this delicious butter that had the most amazing combination of flavors - spicy chili and zesty lime.

As soon as I took my first bite of that butter, I knew I had to learn how to make it myself. The neighbor, Mrs. Jenkins, was kind enough to share her recipe with me, and that's how my journey into the world of cooking truly began.

Mrs. Jenkins explained to me that she had learned the recipe from her grandmother, who had passed it down to her many years ago. She told me that it was a family secret, but she could see the spark of curiosity in my eyes, and she knew that I was eager to learn.

The next day, I set to work in the kitchen, gathering all the ingredients I would need to make the Chili Lime Butter. I carefully followed Mrs. Jenkins' instructions, mixing together softened butter, fresh lime juice, minced garlic, chopped cilantro, and a generous amount of chili powder.

As the butter came together, the aroma of the chili and lime filled the kitchen, and I knew I was onto something special. I couldn't wait to share this delicious creation with my family.

When dinner time arrived, I proudly presented the Chili Lime Butter alongside a fresh loaf of crusty bread. My family's eyes lit up with excitement as they spread the butter onto the warm bread and took their first bite. The flavors exploded in their mouths, and I could see that they were just as amazed as I had been when I first tried it.

From that day on, the Chili Lime Butter became a staple in our household. I would make it for special occasions, and even just for a simple weeknight meal. It added a burst of flavor to everything it touched - from grilled vegetables to roasted chicken.

Over the years, I have shared the recipe with friends and neighbors, always passing it down with the same sense of wonder and excitement that Mrs. Jenkins had shared with me. Each time I make the Chili Lime Butter, I am reminded of that first moment of discovery, and how it sparked my love for cooking.

Now, as I sit here in my kitchen, surrounded by the familiar scents and sounds of cooking, I am grateful for all the recipes I have learned over the years. Each one tells a story - of where it came from, who shared it with me, and the memories that have been created around it.

But the story of the Chili Lime Butter will always hold a special place in my heart. It was the recipe that opened my eyes to the endless possibilities of flavors and ingredients, and it will forever be a reminder of the joy that cooking can bring.

So, if you ever find yourself in need of a little culinary inspiration, just remember the story of the Chili Lime Butter. It may just be the spark you need to ignite your own love for cooking.


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