18 Ways to Use Up Leftover Sour Cream
You typically add sour cream in small quantities, since it is a pretty potent ingredient for both flavor and texture. Think: nachos, tacos, chili, and more. It delivers rich creaminess and amazing tartness that complements warm dishes as a cooling element, especially those with heartier ingredients, like beans, legumes, and meat. Yet, you can actually use sour cream as a larger base for a variety of other recipes, where it's more of a star. Not sure how? Here are a few ways to use up that container of sour cream and make the most of it in your cooking.
Blueberry Sour Cream Coffee Cake
This moist, creamy sour cream coffee cake is fruity, tart, and packed with sweet flavors to settle that sugar craving as a sweet, dessert, or an indulgent breakfast. A tip? Bake a tad bit longer if you are using frozen blueberries over fresh.
Creamy White Chili
Use sour cream as a big component for this chili dish, for a hearty, luscious and filling soup that will stick to your bones and warm you up on a chilly evening. Add in some chicken for protein and heartiness, and it goes great with the sour cream, too. It's done in under an hour.
Sour Cream Pound Cake
Another rich pastry or dessert, this sour cream-based pound cake is soft and fluffy. Add extra sour cream on top along with some slivered almonds and jam, like apricot, to make the flavors stand out even more.
One-Pot Taco Chili
Another great chili option, this one-pot version resembles tacos or nachos, so it has a different flavor than the earlier white chili. Yet, that sour cream still shines through! Add in meat, cheese, beans, and veggies. It's like a deconstructed taco.
Chicken In Sour Cream
This rich, velvety chicken dish has great flavor and texture to boost satiety and help keep you fuller longer. And it serves four, so it's an easy recipe to have for a small family or to keep on hand for easy leftovers throughout the week.
Mushroom and Chicken with Sour Cream Soup
A quick soup that's done in 50 minutes, this one is hearty from the mushrooms and chicken and super silky and rich from the sour cream. It's a delicious and filling soup that has some ample protein and fiber to keep hunger at bay longer.
Sour Cream Cheese Casserole
Take the indulgent factor on this casserole up a notch by making it with thick sour cream as a delicious base. This casserole combines the flavors of sour cream, cream cheese, and creamy chicken and mushroom soups, all topped with buttery round crackers.
Sour Cream Vegetable Soup
Load this creamy, thick sour cream soup up with hearty and nutritious veggies to bulk up the fiber and flavor. You can go for a variety of colors and nutrients, so think carrots, green beans, celery, peppers, msuhrooms, and more. Cook time can be shortened by using a pressure cooker to cook the beans.
Sour Cream Chicken Enchiladas
These enchiladas with chicken get a nice creamy texture from sour cream, which goes great with the meat and cheese. Shredded chicken, fresh cilantro, green chile salsa, and jalapeño salsa round out these sour cream enchiladas, a perfect weeknight dinner.
Sixteen Bean Sour Cream Soup
Sixteen beans? That means lots and lots of fiber and protein. And the sour cream adds a smooth, creamy component to make it feel indulgent on the tongue. Serve with garlic bread sticks. Yum! Add in ham for some meaty flavor, too.
Banana Oat Muffins with Sour Cream
"I've perfected these moist delicious muffins from many muffins," writes recipe creator AAMMEGAN. "You'll absolutely love these!" Sour cream helps make the muffins light and airy; they will rise a lot when baking. In fact, reviewers suggest putting a bit less batter in the muffin wells so they don't overflow.
Best Beef Stroganoff
This beef stroganoff uses sour cream for the amazing, rich sauce to round it all out. The beef is thinly sliced, and it uses yummy noodles that work with the sauce well. It is fast to make, as it is finished in 45 minutes.
Low-Fat Sour Cream Chicken Enchiladas
Want a low-fat version of sour cream enchiladas? These are perfect! Done in under an hour, this recipe uses fat-free sour cream to keep fat down but flavor up. Add in chicken, cheese, and green chile. It won't be too spicy, so it's a good option for those who want a milder recipe.
Super Deluxe Steak Nachos
These nachos don't call for a dollop of sour cream. It is piled on! They are hearty and filling, and the sour cream is the ultimate topper with cheese, veggies, beans, and more. Feel free to whip these up for game day or a crowd.
Sour Cream Chicken Quiche
Wake up right with this thick, sour cream and chicken quiche. You get tons of protein from the chicken, eggs, and cheese, and the sour cream adds some great flavor and texture to help it all stick together. Make one on the weekend to have on hand for easy breakfasts and lunch all week.
Ham and Egg Breakfast Bake
You can also use sour cream in an egg and meat breakfast bake, like this one that has ham and eggs, along with fibrous veggies. You can make a large portion and split into single-serve pieces to re-heat and have for leftovers. An easy meal prep hack at its finest!
Sour Cream Biscuits
Light and fluffy, these biscuits get their lift from sour cream, baking powder, and baking soda. This recipe for sour cream biscuits is a great alternative when you've run out of buttermilk.
Cranberry Upside-Down Sour Cream Cake
During cranberry season, this upside-down skillet cake is a wonderful way to use the fruit fruit. Outside cranberry season, frozen is a perfectly good substitute. Sour cream will help make the cake's batter airy and light, a nice contrast to the syrupy topping.