Chipotle Ranch Dressing

Ranch dressing all amped up…

For those that love the creamy tang of ranch dressing, get ready for a taste bud revolution. Chipotle ranch dressing takes what’s best with ranch and layers in heat and a hint of smoke. It turns an everyday salad into something bold.

This touch of Tex-Mex serves more than simply salad, too. As a veggie dipper, it’s delicious. We especially love the chipotle pepper smokiness paired with the sweetness of carrots. And if you’re having buffalo wings, try chipotle ranch instead of the regular plain Jane dressing for a little extra fire. 

Chipotle Ranch Dressing

Chipotle Ranch Dressing

4 from 8 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Servings 2 cups


  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 2 tablespoons dried parsley
  • 1 teaspoon chipotle powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lime juice approximately juice from 1/4 lime
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt


  • Add all ingredients to a mixing bowl and stir to combine. 
  • Use immediately or, for best flavor, refrigerate the the dressing for 2 to 3 hours to allow the flavors to meld. 


For more heat, add more chipotle powder (though you will also add more smoky flavor). If you want more heat without the smokiness, add a dash of cayenne pepper powder to the mix. Cayenne powder is more neutral in flavor, though it's much hotter (30,000 - 50,000 Scoville heat units) than chipotle powder (2,500 - 8,000 SHU). Add it sparingly until you reach the heat level you prefer.
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UPDATE NOTICE: This post was updated on January 20, 2021 to include new content.
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