The return of Costco’s popular Mexican sauce has been met with one major complaint, though

Even the most cherished items sold at Costco are subject to scrutiny from picky customers. Just go back to February, when members complained about the “chemical” flavor of the store’s $4.99 rotisserie chickens. Several Costco members have criticized the ingredients used in a new gyro meal kit, despite the kit’s widespread positive reception.

A popular sauce used to season Mexican meals and other foods has become the latest best-seller to draw the attention of health-conscious consumers.

Redditors were overjoyed last week to learn that the Don Pancho Cilantro Lime Crema—a sauce made with sour cream, lime juice, and fresh cilantro—had made a comeback. According to the Don Pancho website, the item is sold only at Costco and is only available at certain times of the year. According to reviews, this is the same crema that comes with the meal package for the renowned Chicken Street Tacos, widely considered one of the greatest items ever sold at Costco.

The Don Pancho Cilantro Lime Crema is back! Item #1341779
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Many consumers agree that the crema is a delightful find, but the joy over its reintroduction has been dampened by concerns about its short shelf life.

One consumer advised, “It’s excellent but use up the bottle soon!,” noting that the product becomes “yucky” after being stored in the refrigerator for more than a week or two.

Another user commented, “I love this however I’ve discovered that it expires far faster than the family can get through 2 bottles.”
There were other customers who had noticed the same problem with the product before this pair did. Those who didn’t want to throw away their Don Pancho sauce but were worried about it spoiling before they used it were able to find some helpful advice among the comments.

One consumer said in the discussion thread, “I freeze the extra bottle without trouble.”

Someone else brought up the point that if the bottle is going to be frozen, the buyer needs to leave enough space for the liquid within to expand. Now, it’s worth noting what Don Pancho states in

When the sauce was back in stock, customers suggested adding it to a variety of dishes, including eggs, salmon, quesadillas, rice bowls, salads, and breakfast burritos.