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    Chipotle Ranch Dressing Recipe

    Published April 19, 2024. This post may contain affiliate links. Please read my disclosure policy.

    This Chipotle Ranch Dressing Recipe, made with homemade buttermilk ranch and zesty chipotle, is the perfect accompaniment for dipping or tossing. You will love the bold, zesty flavors in this easy-to-make dressing.

    There are times when I like a little lemon and oil on my salads, and there are also times when I love a good dressing to enhance the flavor of all the vegetables. If you’re looking to learn how to make some great homemade dressings, check out my Russian Dressing or Greek Dressing.

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    Chipotle Ranch

    Chipotle Ranch is both a dipping sauce and salad dressing. It consists of a basic ranch dressing mixed with chipotle peppers and adobo sauce to make it semi-spicy. It has a wonderful balance of creamy and zesty, making it perfect for any occasion.

    This recipe, supposedly created by a plumber, has been around for more than 60 years. It has become popular in the last 10 to 15 years in the United States.

    Ingredients and Substitutions

    chipotle ranch ingredients
    • Ranch – Any ranch dressing will work for this recipe.
    • Chipotles — You can use pre-diced or whole chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, but the peppers must be in the sauce.

    How to Make Chipotle Ranch from Scratch

    Make the ranch dressing in a medium-sized bowl and briefly set it aside.

    mixing ranch dressing in a bowl

    Finely mince 1 to 2 chipotle peppers, depending on how much spice you like. Add the chipotle peppers and 2 to 3 tablespoons of the adobo sauce to the ranch.

    adding chipotles to ranch

    Mix well using a whisk.

    whisking a chipotle ranch in a bowl

    Serve or store.

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    Make-Ahead and Storage

    Make-Ahead: You can make this chipotle ranch up to 3 days ahead. You can serve this immediately, but more flavors will come out with time.

    How to Store: Place in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 10 days. This will not freeze.

    Chef Billy Parisi

    Chef Notes + Tips

    • You can add lime juice to the ranch dressing, but if you ask me, the buttermilk provides plenty of tangy notes.

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    Chipotle Ranch Dressing Recipe

    This Chipotle Ranch Dressing Recipe, made with buttermilk ranch and zesty chipotle, is the perfect accompaniment for dipping or tossing.
    Servings: 12
    Prep Time: 10 minutes
    Cook Time: 0 minutes

    Ingredients 

    • 1 recipe for ranch, about 2 cups
    • 1 finely minced chipotle pepper
    • 2 tablespoons of adobo sauce

    Instructions

    • Make the ranch dressing in a medium-sized bowl and briefly set it aside.
    • Finely mince 1 to 2 chipotle peppers, depending on how much spice you like.
    • Add the chipotle peppers and 2 to 3 tablespoons of the adobo sauce to the ranch.
    • Mix well using a whisk.

    Notes

    Make-Ahead: You can make this chipotle ranch up to 3 days ahead. You can serve this immediately, but more flavors will come out with time.
    How to Store: Place in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 10 days. This will not freeze.
    You can add lime juice to the ranch dressing, but if you ask me, the buttermilk provides plenty of tangy notes.

    Nutrition

    Calories: 181kcalCarbohydrates: 3gProtein: 1gFat: 18gSaturated Fat: 3gPolyunsaturated Fat: 10gMonounsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 10mgSodium: 875mgPotassium: 31mgFiber: 0.2gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 22IUVitamin C: 0.2mgCalcium: 15mgIron: 0.2mg
    Course: salad dressings
    Cuisine: American, Mexican, Tex-Mex