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Jalapeno Ranch Dressing

This creamy Jalapeno Ranch Dressing is inspired by the luscious ranch dip at Chuy’s. It’s fabulous served as a dip, dressing, drizzled on nachos or for dipping taquitos or quesadillas.

Jalapeno Ranch Dressing

Easy Jalapeno Ranch Dressing Recipe

If you’ve never heard of Chuy’s it’s a famous Tex-Mex restaurant that originated in Austin Texas. We don’t have a Chuy’s near us but, we always make a point to see out a location we’re on the road traveling. Their  jalapeno ranch dip is made in-house and served by the gallons daily. It’s addicting. Since we don’t have one nearby, I had to make a homemade knock-off. I’m calling this a dressing but, it’s perfect as a dip, drizzled on nachos, tacos, burgers, used for dipping chicken tenders and beyond.

Jalapeno Ranch Dressing

How to Make the BEST Jalapeno Ranch Dressing

Because of the versatility and many uses for this dressing, I wanted to mention a few things to help in you recreating this recipe:

  • Ingredients you’ll need to make homemade Jalapeno Ranch Dressing: Jalapeno peppers, garlic, pickled jalapenos, sweet onion, buttermilk, mayonnaise, lime juice, sour cream, fresh cilantro, garlic salt, garlic powder, onion powder, sugar, lemon pepper and sour cream.
  • Kitchen tools you’ll need: A medium bowl, whisk, measuring cups and spoons, sharp knife and cutting board.
  • This is a homemade recipe for Ranch dressing so there’s no dry Hidden Valley Ranch seasoning required. The seasonings will bring the flavor and can always be adjusted to your taste.
  • When using this dressing to drizzle on a salad, you may want to make it thicker. To do so, simply add more mayonnaise. Likewise, if you’d like it thinner, add a bit more buttermilk. You can taste and adapt all of the seasonings to your personal taste.
  • Want to bring the heat? It’s completely up to you if you seed the jalapeno peppers. Be advised, that leaving the seeds in the dressing will add more spice and removing the seeds will give it a milder level of heat.
  • How do you use Jalapeno Ranch Dressing? Serve it with your favorite South of the border inspired taco salads, on tacos, as a dip with chips, drizzled over fish or chicken.
  • I highly recommend that you make a batch of this dressing at least one day in advance to allow the flavors to combine and mellow.
  • Store unused dressing in an airtight container or mason jar chilled in the refrigerator for up to one week.


Jalapeno Ranch Dressing

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Jalapeno Ranch Dressing

Prep Time10 minutes
Chill time1 day
Course: Appetizer, Dip, Salad Dressing
Cuisine: American
Keyword: easy-ranch-dressing, jalapeno-ranch-dip, jalapeno-ranch-dressing
Servings: 3 cups
Calories: 386kcal
Author: Melissa Sperka


  • 1 large jalapeno pepper diced (See Cook's note)
  • 1-2 Tbsp roughly chopped pickled jalapeno slices Adjust to your taste
  • 2 medium garlic cloves
  • 2 Tbsp roughly chopped sweet onion
  • 1 Tbsp fresh lime juice
  • 1 1/2 cup real mayonnaise
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/3 cup fresh cilantro leaves loosely packed
  • 1 1/2 tsp garlic salt
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp sugar
  • 1/4 tsp lemon pepper


  • In a food processor or stand blender, roughly chop the jalapeno pepper, pickled jalapenos, garlic cloves, chopped onion and lime juice.
  • Add the mayonnaise, buttermilk, sour cream, cilantro, garlic salt, onion powder, garlic powder, sugar and lemon pepper. Process until fully combined.
  • Pour into a mason jar and chill overnight. Shake well before serving,
  • Use within 7 days of making.


To adjust the heat, when chopping the raw jalapeno, leave the seeds to add more spice or remove with a spoon for a milder taste.


Serving: 1batch | Calories: 386kcal | Carbohydrates: 21g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 32g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 15g | Monounsaturated Fat: 7g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 40mg | Sodium: 2167mg | Potassium: 290mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 567IU | Vitamin C: 9mg | Calcium: 166mg | Iron: 1mg
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  1. Made this today. Didn’t realize it made so much! LOL Any-who, needs to season overnight, but tasty!! Might have to add more jalapeño if not spicy enough.

  2. Easy to make and really delicious and addicting. Been using it to make a veggie taco salad over and over for the past few weeks.

  3. Interesting that there is no Ranch dip mix (Hidden Valley, etc.) in this recipe. Will have to give it a try.

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