Creamy Jalapeno Ranch Dip

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There is this Tex-Mex restaurant just down the road from me called Chuys that introduced me to this creamy jalapeno ranch dip  10 years ago. Everyone raves about it, says they could swim in it or have it drenched over their heads and they’d be happy. I tend to agree. They serve it with their chips and salsa (but only if you ask). They also serve it as a dressing for their salads.  I came across a creamy jalapeno ranch recipe at one point, but I changed it around a bit and added the limes.

If you see the word “jalapeno” and want to turn away–DON’T! I do not like jalapeno’s by themselves. I don’t put them on anything, in fact when I was making this, the idea of pickled jalapeno’s made my stomach turn just a bit as a spooned them out of the jar. But I pressed forward because I knew the end result was pure delicious-ness.

Creamy Jalapeno Ranch Dip

5 from 3 votes
Creamy Jalapeno Ranch Dip
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
30 mins
This delicious dip is great for chips or as a salad dressing
Cuisine: Tex Mex
Servings: 10
Author: Kristen Duke
  • 1/2 cup mayo
  • 16 oz. sour cream
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup tomatilla salsa
  • 1 small handful cilantro
  • 5 T Ranch dressing mix or 1.5 packets
  • 1/3 cups pickled jalapeños
  • 1 squeezed lime juice
  1. Combine all ingredients in a bowl
  2. In a large blender or food processor, pulse til smooth
  3. Refrigerate 30 minutes serve with tortilla chips.
  4. This dip can continue to be refrigerated, covered, for about a week. If you want it more runny for a dressing, add more lime juice

Here is a close up of the two unique ingredients that you likely won’t have at home and may be searching for at the store:


creamy jalapeno ranch dip

The jalapeno’s give a bit of a kick to the ranch, but not too much. I don’t care for too much spice in my food.

Jalapeno Ranch DipWhip up a batch to celebrate Cinco de Mayo this weekend! Or just to enjoy in a quiet corner of your home;) What do you think? Sound weird? Delicious? Can anyone out there vouch for this goodness along with me? Try it, you won’t regret it!

If you like this dip, you might also enjoy my Easy 4 ingredient queso with Velveeta Block Cheese

velveeta queso dip


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  1. Sonya says:

    Sounds like a great recipe! In the ingredients, you list 5 Ranch dressing mix. Is that 5 tablespoons?

    • Kristen Duke says:

      thank you for clarifying, I changed it, it was 5T!!

  2. Kelly McG says:

    I will totally vouch for their creamy jalepeno ranch dip, it is awesome!!!thanks for posting, I can’t wait to try this recipe!!

  3. You are right! Pickled jalapeños don’t sound good but I do love dips so I’ve got to try this one out!

  4. So incredibly YUMMY!!! I just pinned it to my DIP IT!!! Board 🙂

  5. Oh my word I could just squeeze you right now! I love this dip at Chuy’s and the thought of making it at home for family gatherings just pleases me beyond words. Thank you!

    • Kristen Duke says:

      yay, so happy to hear this–I’ll take a virtual squeeze!

  6. That sounds amazing! I just pinned it.

  7. Tracy says:

    I will be doing some entertaining this weekend and will be trying your recipe. Thanks for making it easy and having the print button there.

  8. This one sounds awesome!!

  9. That does sound swim worthy! My plan is to dive headfirst right into this when I get a chance. Love me some spicy ranch dip!!!!

    • Kristen Duke says:

      I love the visual, my friend;) Diving headfirst!

  10. YUMMO, Kris! Looks amazing, Nate approved which says a LOT!

    • Kristen Duke says:

      Well then you must make it for him!

  11. Holy yum. Sharing right now!! 🙂

  12. Cindy says:

    This looks sooo yummy! I will be trying this VERY soon! Thanks for the recipe!!!

  13. We live in San Antonio, but used to travel to Austin before Chuy’s came to town. Love that place.

    Popping in from Oh, Mrs. Tucker!

  14. This dip looks delicious. Thanks so much for sharing with Wednesday’s Adorned From Above Blog Hop.
    Debi and Charly

  15. Angela says:

    This looks so good! My hubby loves Jalapeno’s! I’m hosting a new linky party at

    I would love to have you!

  16. Becka says:

    this sounds great! I wonder what it would be like on chicken enchiladas? I think I will have to try this!

    • Kristen Duke says:

      The restaurant does serve it on enchiladas, I’ve just never made it that way!

    • heidi laird says:

      It’s awesome I have had it that way

  17. Jenn says:

    We can’t wait to try this! Have you tried this recipe using plain greek yogurt instead of sour cream? Just curious if it tastes just as good. 😉

    • Kristen Duke says:

      I haven’t tried the switch, but I bet it’d be good!

  18. heidi laird says:

    I have had this at chuy’s and love it now living up north I can make my own thanks 🙂

  19. This sounds fantastic Kristen! So making for a party. Or just for me!

  20. This sounds awesome Kristen! YUM!

  21. Cherish says:

    This sounds and looks like a dip for chips that is served at Santa Fe Flats, a small, privately owned Tex Mex restaurant in north Houston. We love this dip and now livein Oklahoma City where, shall we say, there aren’tasmany good Tex Mex cchoices available. So, I will be adding this to my list of homemade Tex Mex dishes. Thank you.

  22. Dragon says:

    I’ve had chuys dip, loved it and will be trying this today. I don’t usually eat any mayonnaise products and was flabbergasted when the waiter said it contained mayonnaise.

  23. Francesca says:

    Question: if I’m using the ranch dressing instead of the ranch dressing mix, which ingredients should I keep out from the recipe? I live in Italy (and I was introduced to creamy jalapeno dip when I lived in Houston! 🙂 ), and I can’t find the ranch mix…but I got some bottles of the dressing…
    Please, let me know…I’m planning on making this in 2 days! 🙂


  24. Kim says:

    My co-workers and I go to Chuy’s about 2-3 times per month. We always ask for multiple bowls of the “crack sauce” as it’s been nicknamed. I’ve never tasted anything close to it outside of the restuarant, but I made this last weekend and it was exactly the same if not better. It’s probably not good for me to have this recipe, but I am so glad I do. LOVE IT, Thank you so much!!!

  25. Karen says:

    What grocery store carries the tomatillo salsa?

  26. Lids says:

    Just made this for a Christmas party I am attending tonight and it tastes amazing. The only issue is that it is a bit runny for a dip. I did double the recipe but did not change anything else. Does this “firm” up after refrigeration?

  27. Stacie A. says:

    I made this today and I was impressed with how close it is to the original. I am a creamy jalapeño fanatic and actually had some in my fridge to do a side by side comparison. This recipe was a little thick and not as intense of a flavor (the ranch was too strong in my opinion) so I added more buttermilk to thin it, a couple tablespoons more of salsa and jalapeños and added two cloves of garlic. Now it is just right! Thanks for the awesome recipe!

  28. Leann V says:

    Is this really 5 Tablespoons, not teaspoons?

  29. Must not stare at this too long or my stomach will start growling. Looks delicious. Pinning (and drooling!)

  30. Deanna says:

    1. I live in Austin. 2. We would order Creamy Jalapeno every friday (and give the chips to the kids) and eat it all week – on everything from breakfast tacos to carnitas. 3. This is awesome!! We tweek it sometimes – to use up the last of cilantro, or maybe make it extra lime- y. But it is a staple in our fridge! Thanks so much!! (I love finding sour cream on clearance at Randall’s- I’ll stock up knowing we will use it up making this each week) And the jalapeno juice is good to add to marinades so don’t throw it away! Friends and family know there is “Creamy” (as my kids call it) in the fridge at all times. And for anyone new to making this – HEB changed their labeling so the HEB salsa has a diff label. Again, thanks for this!!

  31. Libby says:

    THIS IS SO GOOD!!!!!!
    Just made this for the family, they love it. Including my 10 year old sis, 9, and 5 year old bro’s(Who are hard to please).
    Thx so much!

  32. John says:

    The picture of the dip looks nothing like Chuy’s so that alone would make me not try this. I’ve only seen about 1 or 2 pictures online of people who have a copycat dip that looks even close to the original. Chuy’s dip is fairly runny not thick. Also I’d be surprised if it contains as much ranch as you are using in this recipe. This picture I found from a website has the closest consistency I’ve seen to the original –

  33. Lynn G says:

    This sounds so delicious! Can’t wait to try it!

  34. Jo says:

    Is this like the green sauce that the Jalapeno Tree restaurants serve with chips? It taste like it has avocados and sour cream or something like that. Everyone LOVES it, but we have never been able to find a recipe.

  35. Jo says:

    Is this like the green sauce that The Jalapeno Tree restaurants serve with chips? I thought it might be avocados and sour cream. Everyone loves it, but I have never been able to find the recipe.

    • Kristen Duke says:

      I’m not familiar with The Jalapeno Tree, where is it located? It’s served at a Tex-Mex restaurant in Texas called Chuys, and it’s delish!

  36. Jax says:

    Took me awhile to figure that out too, since I live in the Northwest. Most all stores carry it, sometimes it’s called salsa Verde due to the green color. ☺
    I was introduced to Chuy’s this past week during a visit to Florida, and went CRAZY over this dip! Was also introduced to Bongos, which is Gloria Estafan’s restaurant, and had the most amazing Cuban Mojo Pork Roast! Inmediately decided to make both for our next football game; Cuban mojo pork tacos and chips with Chuy’s jalapeno dip. I don’t know what I’m more excited for… The game or the food!


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