Jalapeño Ranch Dressing takes regular ranch dressing and gives it a spicy twist!  It is great over salads or a dipping sauce for your favorite appetizers! This Jalapeño Ranch Dressing Recipe is great served on a salad like my Grilled Chicken Cobb or as a dipping sauce for Crispy Fried Jalapeños! Make sure to check out my recipe for homemade ranch dressing and Poppyseed Dressing as well!

Jalapeno Ranch Dressing
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Jalapeño  Ranch Dressing

Jalapeño Ranch Dressing takes an all-time American classic and puts a fancy (and spicy) spin on it.  This is great served as a salad dressing or even as a dip.  The fresh ingredients take an already great thing and make it so much better!  If you a looking to spice up your dressing, this is the one.

How to Know When the Jalapeno is Spicy

If you are like me and you like things a little spicy, you have been the recipient of the jalapeno that had no kick.  On the flip side, you may have had the jalapeno that tasted like a ghost pepper.  So, how you can you tell if the jalapeno is spicy?  The older the pepper the spicier it will be.  Looking at a pepper, the older ones will have stress marks, like little white lines or flecks on the flesh.  The younger (less spicy) peppers will have a clear shiny flesh.  So if you like them hot, pick the older pepper. If you like the mild, pick the younger one.

Homemade Jalapeno Ranch Dressing

Jalapeño Ranch Dressing Recipe

Some of the best jalapeño ranch dressing recipes are pretty versatile too.  The reality is that some people like their ranch a little different.  Some like it watery, some like it thick, some like it tangy, some don’t.  I’ll break down a few keys to get the perfect mixture!

Go Full Fat:  In our house, we use full-fat dairy products.  Primarily because if you spend any amount of time reading the label for a nonfat or low fat or lite version of the same product, you will have a hard time pronouncing all of the ingredients.

Thick or Thin Dressing:  Depending on what we are using the dressing for, your preference may change a bit.  For salads, I like the dressing a little thinner, if I am going for a dipping sauce, a like it a little thicker.   This homemade ranch dressing recipe is pretty thick.  So, to thin it out, you can simply add a little bit of water, whole milk, or canola oil to the mixture. 

Greek Yogurt vs Sour Cream:  Both Greek Yogurt and Sour Cream provide a creamy, tangy flavor in homemade ranch dressing, but sour cream is higher in fat and calories while Greek yogurt provides more protein. 

Buttermilk Ranch:  Some people prefer the buttery flavor from a buttermilk ranch dressing over a regular ranch dressing. To make this adjustment, simply reduce the mayonnaise to 1 cup and add in 1 cup of buttermilk.

How to Make Jalapeno Ranch Dressing

How Long will Homemade Dressing Last?

Since this recipe calls for fresh veggies along with dried herbs and spices, mayo, and sour cream, you should be able to store this in your refrigerator for up to 5 days.  Labeling the container is helpful.


5 from 2 votes

Jalapeno Ranch Dressing

Prep Time 15 minutes
Chill 2 hours
Jalapeno Ranch Dressing takes regular ranch dressing and gives it a spicy twist!  It is great over salads or a dipping sauce for your favorite appetizers!


  • 2 cups mayonnaise
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon dried chives
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley
  • 1 teaspoon dried dill weed
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon fresh cilantro leaves, minced
  • 1-2 jalapeno peppers, chopped
  • 1 medium tomato, chopped
  • 1 avocado, pitted and chopped


  • Add all ingredients into a blender bowl and blend until smooth.  Transfer to an airtight container and refrigerate for 2 hours before serving.

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  1. 5 stars
    This was a perfect recipe for what I wanted it for. Which was on top of my Turkey sandwich with tomatoes and jalapeño cheese. It was GREAT!! I loved it Thanks so much for a great recipe I would’ve never thought to do this until you gave me the idea. Thanks again

    Dawn Gortmaker

  2. Stop showing a book before you get to recipe and show measurements a little bit of this or that isn’t a recipe

    1. You know what I will stop doing Melinda? Allowing people who don’t take the time to read to be insulting jerks. There isn’t a book. It’s information about the recipe. You failed to click the Jump to Recipe button which takes you directly to the recipe card. Because you failed to do that, you had to scroll for 1, maybe 2 seconds, to find the recipe. The tested & perfected recipe with images and detailed instructions. The FREE recipe provided to you. Moving forward, every time you choose to complain about this issue it will be you revealing your lack of intelligence. Have a great day!

      1. Thank you for shutting this person down !!! Sick of these keyboard warriors
        Some of these people need to seriously get a life

      2. Sounds so good .I will definitely try this….
        How long will this keep in the refrigerator?

  3. Hay man, I’m quite loving articles on your blog. They are created cleanly, easy to consume and remember, in spite of English being my third language. Wish you well.

  4. Making this and the jalapeno beer battered spears for our Super Bowl watch party today. Can’t wait to dish them up and pass them around. I know “my” crowd will love them.

5 from 2 votes (1 rating without comment)

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