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Chipotle Ranch Dressing

Chipotle Ranch Dressing is a creamy, smoky, homemade ranch dressing with a touch of heat. It’s perfect on salads or as a dipping sauce for your favorite foods.

Chipotle ranch dressing is exactly as it sounds. Ranch dressing with smoky chipotle flavor and just enough heat.

We kind of have a thing for making homemade salad dressing. So far we have lemon basil vinaigrette, apple cider vinegar dressing, ranch with no mayo, and lemon honey vinaigrette.

This chipotle ranch dressing is a play off of our spicy ranch dressing from our sister site. We played around with the ingredients a bit, amped up the chipotle powder, and it turned out perfectly.

Salad dressing in a jar.

How to make chipotle ranch dressing:

  1. Start by prepping all the ingredients and measuring out the spices. Then, grab a medium bowl and whisk.
  2. Add the mayonnaise, spices, buttermilk, and while milk to the bowl. Whisk to combine, and ensure all the spices are well mixed.
  3. The dressing will appear thin and a little watery, but it will thicken as it has time to set. The flavor will also intensify over time, because the spices will be able to meld together.
  4. Store the dressing in an airtight container in the refrigerator until ready to use. It stays good for about 7 days when stored properly.
Collage style photo of how to make chipotle ranch dressing.

How do you make chipotle ranch dressing less spicy?

Chipotle powder is smoky, but it can also add a consider amount of heat when used in large quantities. The amount of chipotle in this recipe is easily adjustable. Use 1/2 teaspoon for little to no heat up to 1 teaspoon for lots of chipotle flavor with extra spice.

Can you use Greek yogurt in place of the mayonnaise?

Yes, Greek yogurt can be substituted in place of the mayonnaise. However, the dressing will have a tangier, more tart, flavor.

Can you substitute a milk or a milk alternative in this recipe?

Yes, you can use soy milk, almond milk, oat milk, etc. in place of the whole milk and/or buttermilk. Much like with the Greek yogurt, changing one of both of the ingredients will change the overall flavor of the recipe.

What do you serve with chipotle ranch?

Vegetarian Burrito Bowls
Chicken Fajita Salad
French Fries
Onion Rings
Fish Tacos
Cheese Fries
Sweet Potato Fries
Chipotle ranch dressing on a spoon.

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Chipotle ranch dressing on a spoon.

Chipotle Ranch Dressing

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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 1 .5 Cups
Calories: 134kcal

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  • 1 Cup Mayonnaise (We like Duke’s Mayonnaise)
  • 1/2 Cup Buttermilk
  • 1/4 Cup Whole Milk
  • 1 Teaspoon Garlic Powder
  • 1 Teaspoon Onion Powder
  • ¾ Teaspoon Chipotle Powder
  • ¾ Teaspoon Salt
  • ½ Teaspoon Dried Dill
  • ¼ Teaspoon Black Pepper


  • Place all the ingredients in a medium bowl. Whisk to combine.
  • Store the dressing in a sealed container in the refrigerator until ready to use. The dressing is good for about 7 days and will thicken as it sets.


*The calories listed are an approximation based on the ingredients in the recipe card and a serving size of 1 ounce of dressing. Actual calories will vary.
*For more information, tips, and answers to frequently asked questions, please refer to the post.


Serving: 1Ounce | Calories: 134kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 11g | Cholesterol: 9mg | Sodium: 275mg | Sugar: 1g
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