Creamy and smoky, homemade Chipotle Ranch Dressing takes things up a notch. With fresh lime juice, herbs and just the right amount of chipotle pepper kick, this zesty dressing is also delicious as a dip or a spread! Vegan adaptable and gluten-free!

Chipotle Ranch Dressing is tangy, and creamy, with an addicting smoky essence. Greek yogurt and mayo combined with lime juice, fresh cilantro, and chipotle. A zesty flavor bomb for green salads, Mexican bowls, fish tacos, burritos, nachos, sandwiches, and pasta salads. Try it as a delicious dipping sauce for tortilla chips, raw veggies, grilled potatoes, sweet potato fries, french fries (oven fries), grilled tofu, chicken, shrimp, fish….endless possibilities!

We love it in this Southwest Pasta Salad!

Ingredients in Chipotle Ranch Dressing

ingredients in chipotle ranch

Ingredient Notes for Chipotle Ranch

  • Mayonnaise– We like homemade mayo or veganaise. Your choice! Or try our Vegan mayo.
  • Greek yogurt– Whole milk or low fat. Can use sour cream for a richer dressing. Can also use vegan yogurt or vegan sour cream.
  • Lime juice– Fresh squeezed for the best flavor.
  • Garlic– Fresh garlic gives a sharp pungent flavor for garlic lovers like us! For a more mild flavor use a 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder.
  • Fresh Cilantro– Fragrant and lively. If cilantro is not your preference you could use a tablespoon of fresh oregano instead(or 1 teaspoon dried).
  • Green onion– We stick to the green part minced up for this recipe. Chives would be great here too.
  • Chipotle chile powder– We opt for chipotle pepper powder for unadulterated flavor and no hidden ingredients. You can use canned chipotle in adobo sauce if you prefer. The smoky spicy flavor of chipotle chiles is the key for this dressing. If you absolutely don’t want spice you could replace with the same amount of smoked paprika mixed with chili powder.

how to make Chipotle Ranch Dressing

Chipotle Ranch Dressing ingredients in a bowl.

In a bowl whisk together the mayo, Greek yogurt (or sour cream), lime juice, garlic, cilantro, green onion, chipotle powder and salt. Blend together by hand, no need for a food processor or blender!

Blend Chipotle Ranch Dressing until creamy in a bowl.

For best results, refrigerate at least an hour before using. This will help it thicken up. Store in the fridge in a sealed container for up to 5 days.

Creamy and smoky, homemade Chipotle Ranch Dressing takes things up a notch. With fresh lime juice, herbs and just the right amount of chipotle pepper kick, this zesty dressing is also delicious as a dip or a spread! Vegan adaptable and gluten-free!

Ways to use chipotle ranch dressing

Use Chipotle Ranch as a “dip” for healthy fries, or veggies. Serve it with a taco salad, toss it with your favorite pasta for a tasty pasta salad, or drizzle over tacos or burrito bowls. YUM!

Creamy and smoky, homemade Chipotle Ranch Dressing takes things up a notch. With fresh lime juice, herbs and just the right amount of chipotle pepper kick, this zesty dressing is also delicious as a dip or a spread! Vegan adaptable and gluten-free!

Chipotle Ranch FAQS

What does Chipotle ranch taste like?

Creamy and rich, with a zesty kick. Similar to a traditional ranch dressing but with a Southwest twist from the tangy lime, smoky spice of the chipotle peppers, and fresh lively cilantro.

Is Chipotle ranch dressing gluten-free?

Yes there is no gluten in this Chipotle ranch.

Can Chipotle ranch dressing be made vegan?

Easily! Use veganaise for the mayonnaise and vegan sour cream.

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Hope you enjoy this as much as we are!

~Tonia

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Creamy and smoky, homemade Chipotle Ranch Dressing takes things up a notch. With fresh lime juice, cilantro and just the right amount of chipotle pepper kick, this zesty dressing is also delicious as a dip or a spread! Vegan adaptable and gluten-free!

Chipotle Ranch Dressing Recipe

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  • Author: Tonia | Feasting at Home
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 1 cup 1x
  • Category: Dressing, Dip, Sauce
  • Method: Stirred
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegetarian

Description

Creamy and smoky, homemade Chipotle Ranch Dressing takes things up a notch. With fresh lime juice, cilantro and just the right amount of chipotle pepper kick, this zesty dressing is also delicious as a dip or a spread! Vegan adaptable and gluten-free!


Ingredients

Units Scale
  • 1/3 cup mayonnaise ( or use homemade mayo, vegan mayo, or Veganaise
  • 1/2 cup Greek yogurt or sour cream (can use vegan sour cream or vegan yogurt)
  • 1/4 cup lime juice
  • 1 garlic clove, pressed (for a more mild flavor use a 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder)
  • 1/2 cup fresh cilantro, chopped fine
  • 1 scallion-green part only, minced (or use chives)
  • 1 teaspoon chipotle powder *see notes
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt (adjust to taste-greatly depends on the salt you use! We used Himalayan pink salt)

Instructions

  1. In a bowl whisk together the mayo, Greek yogurt (or sour cream), lime juice, garlic, cilantro, green onion, chipotle powder and salt.
  2. For best results, refrigerate at least an hour before using. This will help it thicken up. Store in the fridge in a sealed container up to 5 days.

Notes

We opt for chipotle pepper powder for unadulterated flavor and no hidden ingredients. You can use canned chipotle in adobo sauce if you prefer. The smoky spicy flavor of chipotle is the key for this dressing. If you absolutely don’t want spice you could replace with the same amount of smoked paprika mixed with chili powder.

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 2 tablespoon
  • Calories: 40
  • Sugar: 0.5 g
  • Sodium: 148.8 mg
  • Fat: 3.1 g
  • Saturated Fat: 0.4 g
  • Carbohydrates: 2 g
  • Fiber: 0.1 g
  • Protein: 1.2 g
  • Cholesterol: 7.2 mg

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Comments

  1. Wow! So easy to make and the flavors are wonderful. Used as a dip for veggies and then on fish tacos. A favorite….along with so many other recipes of yours. Thank you!






  2. Thrilled to use your delicious mayo recipe in this flavourful dressing! We subbed basil/mint for cilantro as the hubby doesn’t enjoy that herb. My tummy can’t take chipotle or jalapeño so used chili/smoky paprika with pickled Hungarian peppers instead. Winner!






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