Jalapeno Ranch Dressing

Have you been to Chuy’s? If you go, ask for the Jalapeno Ranch Dressing to go with the chips and salsa — it’s free but you need to request it. I need to remember to stop ordering a meal as I gorge myself on this one course and it’s really the main reason I go back time and time again!

After a few failed attempts, I realized two things: I needed to switch from fresh jalapenos to canned (who knew?!) and I was not going to make this from scratch. I needed to start with a bottle of ranch as I wanted this whole process to be about 2 minutes. This recipe is what I came up with and it really is quite tasty!

Jalopeno Ranch Dressing Like Chuys

Dip in some chips, or use for wings, veggies, or a salad. You just can’t go wrong.


This is all your need to make this yummy dressing. But, double the jalapenos as they really don't provide any heat, but do add flavor.

This is all your need to make this yummy dressing. But, double the jalapenos as they really don’t provide too much heat, but do add flavor. But, if you really only like things extra mild, stick with one can!


Jalapeno Ranch Dressing
Recipe type: Salad Dressing or Dip
Cuisine: American Southwest
Prep time: 
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This recipe is not about perfection, it's about throwing in the blender these ingredients and then doctoring to please your palate, and making something in about 2 minutes that is delicious!
  • One bottle Ranch Dressing
  • ½ a bundle fresh cilantro, washed, and cut into smaller 2-3 inch pieces
  • Juice of one lime plus ¼ of a lime, with rind.
  • 2 4 oz cans of jalapenos (if you like things very mild, stick with one can)
  • If you want to get fancy: add .5 t of cumin and garlic powder
  • Fresh jalapeno, if desired. See note.
  • If you making this for a dip, you may want it thicker. If so, add 2 handfuls of fresh spinach. Plus, it makes it a lovely green.
  1. Place all ingredients in a food processor or blender (I have a Vitamix and it does make things like this mighty easy.).
  2. Pulse until well blended.
  3. Pour back into the glass ranch dressing jar. And, darn it, there will be more than will fit. Looks like you can start eating this immediately!
If you want spicy, add ½ a fresh jalapeno and blend. Taste. Want more heat? Continue adding more of that jalapeno until desired spiciness has been achieved. Unlike soups and other dishes, this dressing will not get hotter as it sits, so a taste test as it's blended is a true representation of the dressing, even if served a couple days later. (We left ours for a week and saw no added spiciness)

This dressing goes great on this BBQ Chicken Salad:

4th of July leftovers Salad

For BBQ Chicken Salad recipe, click here.

Add these Potato Pancakes on the side and you have one amazing meal:

Potato Salad Pancakes

Finish off with these yummy Potato Salad Pancakes as the perfect way to tackle picnic leftovers! For recipe, click here.