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chipotle ranch dressing topped with green onion and lime

Easy Chipotle Ranch Dressing or Dip

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A super easy chipotle ranch dressing or dip made in the blender with plenty of flavor and a delicious spicy kick. This dip (or dressing) will be a new favorite to drizzle on tacos or Southwestern inspired meals and is so perfect for dipping with tortilla chips.
Course Appetizer, Dressing
Cuisine Mexican, Southwestern, Tex-Mex
Keyword Chipotle Dip, Chipotle Ranch Dressing, Easy Chipotle Ranch Dip
Prep Time 10 mins
Total Time 10 mins
Servings 4 servings (1/4 cup each)
Calories 252
Author Kim

Ingredients

What to dip in the sauce

  • chips, celery sticks, BBQ wings, raw veggies

For sauce

  • 1/2 cup mayo (I like to use a brand with only natural ingredients)
  • 1/2 cup light sour cream or Greek yogurt (I prefer the flavor of sour cream in this dip)
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoons onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried dill
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt, plus more to taste as needed
  • 1/2 tablespoon fresh lime juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried minced garlic or 1 teaspoon fresh minced garlic
  • Pepper to taste
  • 1-2 chipotle peppers in adobo sauce* (NOT the entire can)
  • 1 tablespoon packed fresh green onions (optional to garnish)
  • 3-4 tablespoons water, plus more as needed to thin (if using as a dressing)

Instructions

  • Combine all ingredients in a blender or food processor.
  • Blend until completely smooth.
  • Taste and adjust -- adding more seasonings, as needed, or increasing the chipotle peppers to heat preference.
  • Enjoy garnished with green onions. Serve as a dip or add a bit of water and serve on top of salads, especially those that could benefit from a creamy, smoky/spicy kick. Store leftovers covered in the refrigerator for up to 4-5 days. Not freezer friendly. After refrigerating it gets thicker, so thin with more water as needed.

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Notes

*I buy a 7.5 ounce can and start with 1/2 of 1 single chipotle pepper (remove seeds if super sensitive to heat). Do not add the entire can, start slow, and then add more until this dip is to your heat preference. Note that this dip does get hotter after sitting in the fridge overnight or for a few hours. To make a dressing, add 2-4 tablespoons of water to thin. This sauce will stay good in an airtight container or mason jar for up to 1 week in the fridge.
Photos by Molly at Yes to Yolks.

Nutrition

Serving: 0.25cup | Calories: 252kcal | Carbohydrates: 4.5g | Protein: 2.5g | Fat: 26.7g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 40mg | Sodium: 452.2mg | Potassium: 39.7mg | Fiber: 0.5g | Sugar: 2.5g | Vitamin A: 220IU | Vitamin C: 2.9mg | Calcium: 60mg | Iron: 0.3mg