Chipotle Ranch Dressing

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This Chipotle Ranch Dressing goes with everything, from salads to dips. Made with just three ingredients, this creamy dressing is delicious and easy to make. We recommend you try this chipotle ranch dressing.

A mason jar of the chipotle ranch dressing.


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Who Invented Ranch Dressing?

Ranch dressing was invented by Steven Henson, a plumbing contractor who combined buttermilk, Miracle Whip, shallots, MSG, and spices in order to keep his workers satisfied with their meals.

The dressing became a success, and in the 1950s, Henson retired early and bought a ranch in California, calling it “Hidden Valley Ranch”- sharing a name with his ranch dressing company. It became one of the nation’s favorite traditional ranch dressing recipes.

Why This Chipotle Dressing Recipe is a Keeper

  • Easy Ingredients: This chipotle sauce recipe contains only three ingredients, all of which can be found in your kitchen or local grocery store.
  • 5 Minute Recipe: All you have to do to make this great recipe is mix the dressing ingredients together in five minutes or less.
  • Versatile: Put chipotle ranch dressing on anything you’d like or use it as a dip. The family can’t wait to try this dressing with a spicy kick. Use it place of mayonnaise.

If you’re looking for more dressing recipes, try these: Green Goddess Dressing, Lemon Tahini Dressing, and Blue Cheese Dressing.

What is Chipotle?

A salad with the application of the sauce on top.

Chipotle chili peppers are jalapeno peppers that have been smoked and dried. The chipotle peppers are commonly used in Mexican cooking, and can be ground into powder to be used in sauces or seasonings. For instance, you can commonly find chipotle peppers in adobo sauce.

Canned chipotle peppers are one of the key flavors in this chipotle dressing.

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Ingredient for this Chipotle Dressing

This chipotle ranch recipe will soon become your favorite dressing! If you love chipotle, you’ll want to try this chipotle ranch dip. Here are some salad dressing ingredients for this southwest ranch dressing you’ll need:

  • Lime Juice: Add lime juice to give your dressing some zest and to allow the ingredients to blend well.
  • Ranch Dressing: You can make your own or use a store-bought ranch dressing.
  • Chipotle Chiles in Adobo: A can of chipotle adds a spicy kick to this sandwich spread.

See the recipe card below for a complete list of the ingredients with measurements.

Substitutions and Variations for this Chipotle Ranch Dressing Recipe

  • Different Levels of Heat: Add hot sauce, chipotle powder, or cayenne pepper to make this tangy homemade salad dressing spicier.
  • Ranch Substitutes: To substitute for ranch dressing, make this recipe with Greek yogurt, sour cream, or a combination of mayo and sour cream for a chipotle mayo dressing.
  • Chipotle: There are many ways to use chipotle peppers, and this classic ranch dressing with a kick is just one of them. Just one chipotle pepper marinated in adobo sauce will give this dressing a spicy heat, or you can make dressing without chipotle if you want a milder flavor.
  • Sour Cream: The dressing will thicken with a little sour cream. This will make the dressing extra creamy. If the dressing is too thick, you may need to thin it out with some oil until you reach your desired consistency.
  • Food Processor: Instead of mixing by hand, you can make homemade chipotle ranch dressing in the food processor.

How to Make Chipotle Southwest Dressing

These are the basic steps for making chipotle ranch dressing. Refer to the full, printable recipe card below for detailed instructions it also has nutrition information provided. We love reader interactions, if you followed the recipe or pin this recipe, let us know.

Step 1: Mix

Mix together ranch dressing, lime juice, and taco seasoning until well combined.  The dressing will thicken as it sits. Keep in the fridge in an airtight container.

A spoon in the jar of the chipotle ranch dressing.

Ranch Chipotle Dressing FAQs

Yes; this recipe uses the same ingredients as southwest dressing.

The salad dressing will be good for 2-3 days when refrigerated in an airtight container, but will be best right after you make it.

This dressing or dip goes perfect with our Southwest Salad. You can also add it to tacos or burritos. Use it as a sandwich topping or in a taco salad.

I love to use in place of mayo. It is also great as a dip for things like air fryer french fries.

Expert Tips for Making Chipotle Ranch Dressing

  • Spice: To make this dressing spicier, you can add Mexican ingredients, things like chili powder, smoky paprika, hot sauce, red chili flakes, and cayenne. For some extra flavor, you can also add some onion powder or dill.
  • Fat Free: Use fat free ranch if you’re looking for a healthier option.
  • Thicken: If you want to thicken this chipotle salad dressing recipe, try this chipotle dressing with sour cream.
  • Use as a Dip: This dressing is also perfect for dipping. Use this easy chipotle ranch dressing as a dipping sauce for sweet potato fries, raw veggies, or chips. You can also use chipotle ranch dressing as a topping for southwest chicken tacos or chicken salad.
  • Blender: Throw all the ingredients to a blender for easy mixing.

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Chipotle Ranch Dressing

Yield: 12 servings
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 0 minutes
Total: 5 minutes
This Chipotle Ranch Dressing goes with everything, from salads to dips. Made with just three ingredients, this creamy dressing is delicious and easy to make. We recommend you try this chipotle ranch dressing.
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  • ½ cup mayonnaise
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • 3 tablespoons milk
  • 1 chipotle pepper in adobo sauce
  • 1 lime, juiced (about 2 tablespoons)
  • 1 teaspoon All Purpose Seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley
  • 1 teaspoon dried dill


  • Place all of the ingredients in a food processor or blender and blend until smooth.
  • If the dressing is too thick, add more milk, 1 teaspoon at a time, until you get your desired consistency.

Expert Tips

    • This Recipe Can be Doubled: This is an easy recipe to double. Simply increase the ingredients proportionately.
    • Dip: Use this recipe as a homemade dressing or dipping sauce for veggies like carrots and tomatoes, pizza, taco salad or chicken nuggets.
    • Tortillas: Use tortilla chips or tortilla strips to dip into this delicious homemade veggie dip.
    • Spice: Stir in about a tablespoon of hot sauce or adobo sauce to make this southwest chicken salad ranch spicier.
    • Condiment: Try this southwest salad dressing as a condiment on sandwiches and wraps! It’s better than the store-bought stuff!

Estimated Nutritional Information

Calories: 86kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 0.3g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 5g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 5mg | Sodium: 181mg | Potassium: 14mg | Fiber: 0.01g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 9IU | Vitamin C: 0.4mg | Calcium: 6mg | Iron: 0.1mg
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Course: Sauces, Seasonings, Dressings
Cuisine: American

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