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Chipotle Ranch

This homemade chipotle ranch salad dressing is perfect for serving over a southwest salad or as a dip for raw vegetables!

chipotle ranch dressing in a mason jar

Chipotle Ranch is my favorite salad dressing!

Chipotle ranch dressing has been my favorite salad dressing for as long as I can remember. I love the spicy kick of the adobo peppers, and the creaminess of the dressing drizzled over fresh crisp salads. It is so delicious!

One of my favorite salad bars has a delicious chipotle ranch that I have to get every time we eat there. I have yet to find the perfect store bought chipotle ranch so I decided I needed to make my own!

This homemade creamy southwest salad dressing comes together in 5 minutes and is so delicious. Make it the next time you are craving a salad!

If you are trying to eat more raw veggies, this would also be delicious served as a dip. This would be delicious served with carrots, bell peppers, cucumbers, broccoli, celery, or cherry tomatoes for dipping.

chipotle ranch dressing ingredients

What is Chipotle Ranch Dressing made of?

  • sour cream: adds tanginess to the dressing
  • mayonnaise: this gives the salad dressing a great creaminess
  • chipotle peppers in adobo sauce: the star of the southwest flavor. Full of smoky spicy flavor. You can add more or less to adjust the heat level
  • lime juice: to really make all the flavors pop
  • spices: garlic powder, onion powder, dill, salt
pouring southwest salad dressing over a salad

How to make Chipotle Ranch

Step 1: Add the sour cream, mayonnaise, chipotle peppers, lime juice, and spices to a high speed blender or food processor.

Step 2: Blend the salad dressing ingredients on high speed until creamy and smooth. Serve the dressing immediately drizzled over salad.

Storing leftovers

  • in the refrigerator: store any leftover dressing in an airtight container or jar and store in the fridge for up to one week.
  • serving the next day: If the dressing is too thick cold you can stir in a small amount of water to thin it out when you serve it again.
chipotle ranch dressing in a mason jar with a spoon

This salad dressing is so creamy, tangy, and has just the right amount of spiciness. If you prefer less heat, you can use two chipotle peppers instead of three for a milder dressing.

wooden spoon dipped in southwest salad dressing

How to serve

  • On a salad: my favorite way to eat this chipotle ranch is over a big hearty southwest salad with avocado, corn, cherry tomatoes, red onion, tortilla strips, and romaine lettuce.
  • As a pasta salad dressing: this southwest pasta salad is delicious!
  • As a sauce: drizzled over tacos, wraps, or on top of black bean burgers
southwest salad with chipotle ranch dressing

Make it your own with substitutions

  • Sour cream: try substituting for plain unsweetened Greek yogurt
  • Adjust the spiciness: Add the chipotle peppers one at a time to the dressing until you reach your desired level of spiciness
  • Make it vegan: substitute vegan mayonnaise and sour cream or vegan Greek yogurt
southwest salad with chipotle ranch dressing
chipotle ranch dressing

Chipotle Ranch Dressing

Joy Shull
This creamy smoky southwest chipotle ranch dressing is perfect for serving over salads or using as a dip!
4.55 from 44 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Course Dips and Sauces
Cuisine American
Servings 10
Calories 165 kcal


  • 8 oz sour cream
  • ¾ cup mayo
  • 3 chipotle peppers in adobo sauce
  • 1 ½ teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon dill
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 ½ tablespoons lime juice


  • Add all ingredients to a blender or food processor and blend until smooth
  • Pour the chipotle salad dressing over salad and enjoy
  • Store leftover chipotle ranch in an airtight container or jar in the fridge for one week.


This recipe will yield around 1 and ¾ cups of dressing. The serving size is for 1/10th of the recipe, or around 2.5 tablespoons.


Calories: 165kcalCarbohydrates: 3gProtein: 1gFat: 17gSaturated Fat: 4gPolyunsaturated Fat: 8gMonounsaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0.03gCholesterol: 20mgSodium: 172mgPotassium: 42mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 154IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 26mgIron: 0.2mg
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Saturday 9th of March 2024

Isn’t dill green? What red spice did you use?

Joy Shull

Tuesday 12th of March 2024

It was a photography error. All the spices used are listed!


Tuesday 20th of February 2024

What us the red powder? Nothing in the ingredient list is red.

Joy Shull

Tuesday 12th of March 2024

Unfortunately it was a photography error. Everything in the recipe is listed in the ingredients card!

Liz Morkill

Thursday 30th of November 2023

Did you use dill?? I see a dark red spice in your trio pic of spices

Joy Shull

Wednesday 27th of December 2023

I do use dill. Oops that got left out of the picture!


Sunday 10th of September 2023

We made this dressing for our southwest chicken salad the other night. It was fantastic! Leftovers tonight! Only used 2 chipotle peppers in adobe sauce and heat is perfect.