This recipe for Chipotle Ranch Sauce was created because my son liked the Chipotle Ranch Chicken Loaded Griller that used to be available from Taco Bell. One of my favorite things to do is to make my own version of the food we have when we go out to eat. So for him, I came up with this chipotle dressing recipe.
According to my son (yes, he is probably a little bit biased) this sauce isn't quite like Taco Bell's... It is soooo much better! I'll take that!
And you know what? My old cutting board has seen better days! It has been well used for sure. Time to go shopping I guess.
This post has been updated from an earlier version. Some new pictures and simplified recipe instructions are included.
To make this chipotle sauce, I started with my Homemade Ranch Dressing recipe and went from there.
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- Salt and Pepper
- Chipotle peppers in adobo sauce
- Cayenne pepper (optional)
A little about chipotles in adobo sauce
Okay, I am no expert on peppers but there are just a few things I wanted to share with you about using them.
First of all, different brands are different. Some have more sauce, some are a bit spicier, etc... Experiment and find a brand that you like to use. I just go with the flow and work with whatever is available.
Chipotles are smoked and dried jalapenos. Sometimes you get some that are milder, sometimes hotter! If you are not one that is really into heat and spice, start with a small amount in this recipe. You can always add a bit more.
Blend and taste as you go to get the flavor you like. But, remember, flavors do enhance as they sit. So if this is going to be in your refrigerator for a few days, take that into consideration.
Adobo sauce is a tomato and seasoning mix that is used to rehydrate and can chipotle peppers in. The combination is delicious and adds so much flavor to a dish.
How to prepare
Get all your ingredients together for the chipotle dressing.
I like to use my mini food processor attachment that came with my immersion blender. You can also use a NutriBullet or a blender.
Place all the ingredients in the mixing bowl or blender cup. See, this is easy, right?
Well, my helper showed up!
Oh, hello there Abby! Be careful! I don't think you want to try this recipe.
And this is what the finish Chipotle Ranch Sauce looks like.
*Don't worry, no animals were harmed in the photo session for this recipe. She quickly moved on.
Find a jar or container to store the sauce in. I like using a jar like this one with a lid. Store in the refrigerator for about a week.
We like using it on chicken, tacos, salad, etc...
Chipotle Ranch Sauce
- ½ cup Mayonnaise
- ⅓ cup Milk
- 2 Green Onions cut into 1-inch pieces
- 1 clove Garlic
- ½ teaspoon Dill dried or about 2 teaspoons if using fresh
- ¼ teaspoon Salt
- dash Ground pepper a dash or two
- 1 tablespoon Fresh parsley fresh or about 1 teaspoon if using dried
- ½ teaspoon Cumin
- 2 Chipotle Peppers in Adobo Sauce more or less to taste
- 1-2 teaspoons Adobo Sauce more or less to taste
- Cayenne pepper dash or two. optional, if you need an extra kick
- Lime juice juice from ½ a lime
- Place all the ingredients, except the cayenne pepper, into a blender cup or food processor. Blend until smooth, or leave just a bit chunky if you prefer.
- Taste and adjust any seasoning as you see fit. Now would be the time to add the cayenne pepper and/or add more chipotles or adobo sauce if you want to spice it up a bit more. Re-blend.
- Place the sauce in a jar or container for storing in the refrigerator.
- You can use the Chipotle Ranch Sauce right away or wait an hour or so for the flavors to enhance.
- Store unused sauce in the refrigerator.
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