Cheat Codes: How to Make Homemade Chipotle Ranch

Chipotle ranch is a great condiment.  It’s delicious as spread on sandwiches, in burritos, and even as a dipping sauce (especially for onion rings).  Yet despite its rising popularity over the past few years, it can sometimes be annoyingly difficult to find chipotle ranch in stores.  And then even when you find it, it can sometimes be stupidly expensive.  So what are those of us on a budget supposed to do when we crave that smoky, tangy goodness?  Make our own of course!

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Mix these together…

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…and you get magic.

Obviously ranch dressing can be found in pretty much every grocery store anywhere.  Chipotle peppers in adobo sauce are also actually fairly easy to find.  Most grocery stores have them in the international food aisle by the other Mexican foodstuffs.  And they’re also usually fairly cheap.  As with most homemade things, probably the main advantage to making chipotle ranch yourself is that you get to control how much spice you want.  This recipe aimed to recreate bottled chipotle ranch dressings from the store, but you can very easily alter it to suit your personal tastes.

Chipotle Ranch:

  • 1 cup ranch dressing
  • 1 ½ – 2 chipotle peppers, seeds removed and diced fine
  • 3 tsp adobo sauce
  • 1/4 tsp. salt

In a mixing bowl, combine all ingredients until blended well.  Pour into an airtight bottle or jar and store in the fridge.  Stored properly your chipotle ranch should last at least a month.

Ready to be mixed

Ready to be mixed

All jarred and ready to go!

All jarred and ready to go!

Note: The batch I made for picture taking was only half of the recipe.  You will get more than this when you make it.

Pro-Tips:
  • If you want your chipotle ranch to be more spicy, you can easily add either additional diced pepper or adobo sauce
  • You may need to add more salt depending on the brand of ranch dressing you started with.

Posted on April 28, 2015, in Cheat Codes and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

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