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Spice up your next salad or appetizer with this delicious Chipotle Ranch Dressing and Dip. Whether you like a touch of heat, smokey flavors, or just a bit of pepper flavor, this recipe is for you. It is easy to make, a quick recipe, and packs a ton of flavor

Chipotle Ranch Dressing and Dip on a cutting board with a cucumbers off to the side.

Chipotle Ranch Dressing and Dip Summary

This is an easy recipe and is as simple as adding all the ingredients together and mixing it up. It only takes a few minutes of active time, so you can spend your time doing other things. 

While I recommend putting the chipotle dressing in the fridge for a few hours, you can eat it right away. Most of the ingredients are commonly found in many pantries and refrigerators.

What Makes This Chipotle Dip and Dressing Recipe Special?

First, it tastes great. If you like chipotle flavors and creamy ranch flavors, this recipe is a great one to try. 

It is also such an easy and fast recipe to make. Just a few minutes to put together mostly ingredients that many people already have. Our Chipotle Ranch Dressing and Dip recipe is special because it tastes great and is easy to make!

Where To Use This Dip

If you are searching for dressing or dip recipes, I suspect you might already know what you want to make, but if not, I am here for you. 

This recipe is excellent for simple veggie platters. We often have a cucumber or two in our refrigerator, which is great for a dip like this. If I have lettuce in the fridge and want an easy, creamy dressing, I would think about using this recipe.

Of course, we have other recipes this would work with. It would work great for our Bacon Wrapped Sweet Potato Fries recipe, Sweet and Spicy Dry Rub Chicken Wings recipe, or this Grilled Blackened Shrimp recipe. Because it is so easy to make and ranch is so versatile, it is an excellent option for many different recipes. 

Do You Want It Less or More Spicy?

If you add more chipotle peppers, it will be spicier. If you want it less spicy, use fewer chipotle peppers. For me, two chipotle peppers are perfect if you don’t know how spicy your audience likes its flavors. Use what you want and adjust for your audience.

Putting all Chipotle Ranch Dressing ingredients into a bowl and mixing it together.

Cilantro is Optional

Our house is divided on cilantro. I love it, and Ashley hates it, so I understand if you want to omit this ingredient. Like with any recipe, eat what you like! Cilantro isn’t needed to make this a great dip. 

Chipotle Pepper History Tidbit

According to this Austin Chronicle article, chipotle peppers have been since at least the Aztec times and likely before. The word chipotle, originates from the Nahuatl word chīlpoctli, which translates to smoked chili. That is precisely what these are! 

Chipotle peppers are smoke-dried. While we love the flavors today, one of the main reasons they may have smoked and dried peppers in olden times is for preservation. This preservation technique also allowed Westerners to transport them back to Europe and to the rest of the wold. 

Chipotle Ranch Dressing and Dip Frequently Asked Questions

What Are Chipotle Peppers?

only has the flavor of the pepper itself but the flavors imparted by the smoking and preservation process. When you buy them canned in the store, as this recipe calls for, they often come in an adobo sauce. 

Today, we enjoy chipotle peppers in all sorts of Mexican, American, and Tex-Mex dishes. 

What Kind of Peppers Are Chipotle Peppers?

Typically, they are jalapeno peppers. Some other dried peppers are ancho, dried poblano peppers, or guajillo, the dried form of mirasol peppers. 

Chipotle Ranch Dressing Tips

  • Make sure chipotle is finely cut.
  • I used TWO peppers, but you can use less or more depending on how much pepper flavor you want
  • Store in the fridge for up to a week
  • Can substitute 2% or skim milk instead of whole milk.
  • If too thick for your tastes, add a splash of extra milk to the recipe. 
Jar of Chipotle Ranch Dressing on a wood cutting board with a fried pickle off to the side.

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Thank you so much for giving this Chipotle Ranch Dressing and Dip a try! I hope you like it as much as I do and you find some great uses for it. It is easy, fast, and full of flavors. If you liked this recipe, you would do me a great favor by commenting down below and reviewing it. This helps others decide if this is the recipe for them and lets me know how I am doing. Most of all, thanks for visiting Ramshackle Pantry and I hope you check out some of our other recipes!

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Chipotle Ranch Dressing and Dip on a cutting board with a cucumbers off to the side.

Chipotle Ranch Dressing And Dip

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  • Author: Ben
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Category: Condiment
  • Method: Mix
  • Cuisine: American
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Cool ranch flavors with a touch of heat. This Chipotle Ranch Dressing and Dip recipe is easy to make, quick to throw together, and tastes great. This tasty sauce is perfect for a veggie tray, an appetizer dip, or for a salad. Throw it together in minutes and enjoy this recipe today!


  • ¾ cup sour cream
  • ¼ cup whole milk
  • 2 teaspoon garlic powder or one minced garlic clove
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • 24 canned individual chipotle peppers, finely minced
  • ¼ cup minced cilantro(optional)


  1. Add all ingredients to a medium bowl.
  2. Mix well
  3. Put in fridge. Can serve immediately, but this dressing is best with at least a few hours in the refrigerator
  4. Store up to one week in the refrigerator


  • Make sure chipotle is finely crushed
  • I used TWO peppers, but you can use less or more depending on how much pepper flavor you want
  • Store in fridge for up to a week
  • Can substitute 2% or skim milk instead of whole milk.


  • Serving Size: ¼ cup approximately
  • Calories: 115
  • Sugar: 4 g
  • Sodium: 693 mg
  • Fat: 9 g
  • Saturated Fat: 8 g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 1 g
  • Carbohydrates: 7 g
  • Fiber: 1 g
  • Protein: 2 g

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  1. This sounds delicious. Plus, when I open a can of chipotle to use a pepper or two, I often don’t know what to do with the rest. Voila! Thanks!

  2. This was an easy and tasty dressing. I made it to dip some veggies in and it worked great. Had a nice chipotle flavor.