Are there any other ranch snobs out there? I absolutely love ranch dressing but it has to be real ranch dressing, not the kind from a bottle with a billion nasty ingredients in it. And this jalapeno ranch dressing recipe? Even better than the original. Plus, you can choose if you want it to be a jalapeno ranch dressing recipe for salad or a jalapeno ranch dip for veggies and apps.
Not only is this jalapeno ranch recipe easy to make, but it’s paleo and dairy free! I already have my go-to keto ranch dressing recipe made with sour cream, but you won’t believe how creamy this version gets without any dairy at all.
Even if you don’t have any dietary restrictions, you should totally make this jalapeno ranch dressing at home anyway. It’s faster than running to the store and you’ll know exactly what goes in it – no processed ingredients, artificial preservatives, GMO oils, or sugar.
I love the crunch and spice the hot peppers lend to this jalapeno ranch salad dressing, but if you want to go the traditional route, simply leave it out. It’s delicious either way.
Oh, and in case you’re wondering about the spelling of “jalapeño” in this post, my keyboard doesn’t have accents so I’m sticking with the non-accented version. 😉
What Is Jalapeno Ranch Dressing?
Jalapeno ranch dressing is my spicy spin on the traditional ranch. This jalapeno ranch sauce recipe is similar to regular ranch, but with added spice and a bit of Mexican flavor. It’s highly addictive, so don’t say I didn’t warn you!
How To Make Jalapeno Ranch
Don’t run away just yet! Both are the quickest things in the world to make and take like 2 minutes each. And, making jalapeno ranch takes less than 10 minutes start to finish.
Here are the easy steps for how to make jalapeno dipping sauce:
- Prepare avocado mayonnaise as directed. (Don’t worry – super easy!)
- Stir together homemade ranch seasoning. (Simple and way cheaper than buying it!)
- Stir in lime juice and minced jalapeno.
PRO TIP: You can serve creamy jalapeno ranch dressing as thick or thin as you like. If you want to thin the dressing, simply add water 1 teaspoon at a time until you get the consistency you want.
What Goes With Jalapeno Ranch Dip?
There are tons of foods that will go perfectly with jalapeno ranch dip. Here are some ideas to try:
- Fresh Veggies – Use this jalapeno ranch recipe as a dip for radishes, cucumbers, carrots, celery, peppers, cauliflower or any other veggie you love.
- Salads – Drizzle creamy jalapeno dressing on your favorite garden salad for a nice touch of flavor.
- Chicken Wings – Dipping Spicy Honey BBQ Wings into ranch is seriously amazing!
- Pizza – Anything that involves pizza and this jalapeno ranch recipe will be a hit. Try it as a dip for Buffalo Chicken Pizza Poppers!
Are Jalapeno Ranch Dressing And Jalapeno Ranch Dip The Same Thing?
Yes, jalapeno ranch dressing and jalapeno ranch dip are the same thing, except the only difference is how thick it is. Thin it out with water for a dressing that you can drizzle and mix more easily, or leave it thicker for a dip.
Is Jalapeno Ranch Salad Dressing Healthy?
Yes, this jalapeno ranch salad dressing is healthy. It’s paleo, dairy-free, low carb, keto friendly, and even whole30 approved.
Store bought salad dressings have so much junk in them, including sugar, starch, GMO oils, artificial preservatives, and for those that can’t tolerate it, dairy is a problem, too. You can put in clean, real food ingredients when you make the jalapeno ranch recipe at home. So much better!
Jalapenos themselves are nutrient-rich vegetables that are great for clean eating. They don’t have many calories, and they have lots of vitamin C, fiber, and even vitamin B6.
How Do You Pick Out Good Jalapenos?
Look for jalapenos that are bright green and have shiny skin and firm to the touch. If you happen to get them on the vine, they’ll be sweeter if you wait for them to turn red in places. Avoid ones with brown spots, puckered skin, or softened texture.
Can You Make This Jalapeno Ranch Recipe Ahead?
Yes, you can make this creamy jalapeno ranch recipe ahead of time. It stores great in the fridge for about a week.
Can You Freeze Jalapeno Ranch Salad Dressing?
No, you can’t freeze jalapeno ranch salad dressing. The texture from the avocado mayonnaise will not be palatable after freezing. Just refrigerate instead.
What To Serve With Jalapeno Ranch Dip
Try jalapeno ranch dip with all your favorite recipes! Here are some of our go-to paleo appetizer recipes that go perfectly with homemade jalapeno ranch dressing and dip:
- Fried Sweet Potato Tots or Baked Sweet Potato Fries
- Paleo Baked Blooming Onion
- Paleo Fried Pickles
- Paleo Fried Mushrooms
Jalapeño Ranch Dressing Dip Recipe
Creamy jalapeno ranch dressing needs just 3 ingredients + 10 minutes prep! You can make this spicy jalapeno ranch recipe into a jalapeno ranch dip OR jalapeno ranch salad dressing.
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- 2/3 cup Avocado oil mayonnaise
- 1 recipe Ranch seasoning
- 1/2 medium Lime (juiced)
- 1 medium Jalapeño (minced)
More TIPS about this paleo recipe in the post above!
Serving size: ~2 tablespoons (1/8 of prepared ranch recipe)
Nutrition Information Per Serving
Where does nutrition info come from? Nutrition facts are provided as a courtesy, sourced from the USDA Food Database. Net carb count excludes both fiber and sugar alcohols (though the latter are rarely seen on this site), because these do not affect blood sugar in most people. We try to be accurate, but feel free to make your own calculations.