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Creamy, spicy Jalapeño Ranch dressing is ideal for all kinds of Mexican inspired salads. But it also makes a wonderful dip for raw vegetables or sauce to drizzle on grilled meats and seafoods. Made in minutes in your blender or food processor with just 6 simple ingredients. If you’re a ranch lover, it’s a kitchen staple that you’ll want to keep on hand.

Spooning jalapeno Ranch Dressing out of a glass jar.

A rich sour cream base (or Mexican crema) tames the fiery kick of fresh jalapeño pepper, but lets all of the flavor shine through. With fresh cilantro and chives, tangy lime juice and a touch of garlic, this Jalapeño Ranch recipe is lusciously creamy and vibrantly flavorful with mild to medium heat. 

Ingredients You Need to Make Jalapeño Ranch

Jalapeno Ranch Dressing Ingredients on a white marble board.
  • Sour Cream: or Mexican crema
  • Jalapeño: look for a fresh Jalapeño pepper with firm, smooth skin
  • Garlic: fresh garlic clove
  • Cilantro: fresh cilantro leaves and tender stems
  • Chives: fresh chives or green onions
  • Lime: fresh lime juice
  • Kosher Salt

Recipe Options

  • Add extra lime juice for a tangier dressing.
  • Swap in parsley or fresh dill for cilantro.
  • Stir in dried herbs like Mexican oregano or garlic powder for flavor depth.
  • Add black pepper or your favorite hot sauce for added extra spicy kick.

How to Store

Store in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to 1 week. Stir before serving and add more lime juice or a splash of water or milk to thin if needed.

Serve as a Salad Dressing on:

Serve as a Dip with:

Drizzle as a Sauce over:

How to Make this Jalapeño Ranch Recipe

Add all ingredients to a food processor or a blender pitcher and blend until smooth. Season to taste with salt and serve or refrigerate for up to 1 week.

Jalapeño Ranch Recipe

5 from 2 votes
Prep: 20 minutes
Total: 20 minutes
Course: Main Course, Salad
Cuisine: Mexican
Calories: 44
Servings: 16 servings
A creamy, spicy and versatile version of classic ranch dressing that's an ideal companion to all of your favorite Mexican dishes.


  • 1 1/2 cups sour cream or Mexican crema
  • 1 jalapeño seeded and coarsely chopped
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro leaves
  • 2 small green onions
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt plus more to taste


  • Combine dressing ingredients in a food processor (or blender pitcher) and process until smooth, scraping down sides with a spatula as needed. Taste for seasoning and add more salt to taste; transfer to serving pitcher or jar. Refrigerate until ready to serve.


  • Serving size is 2 tablespoons – this recipe makes about 2 cups of dressing.


Calories: 44kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 13mg | Sodium: 152mg | Potassium: 35mg | Fiber: 0.04g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 166IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 23mg | Iron: 0.04mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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  1. Donna Plotnik says:

    5 stars
    Awesome salad dressing! I make salad for dinner once a week for dinner and have felt in a salad dressing rut. This has ingredients I have on hand and love, so it fit the bill. It’s sooooo good and different from the ones in my usual rotation. I topped a green salad with rotisserie chicken, avocado, red onions and tomatoes, then drizzled this delicious fresh tasting dressing on top. Amazing! I immediately printed it for the future. Loved it, thank you!

    1. Marissa Stevens says:

      Your salad sounds wonderful, Donna! So glad you’re enjoying this dressing.

  2. JerriAnn Clark says:

    5 stars
    Never used or seen this site before but love the recipes and seem easy to follow, thank you

    1. Marissa Stevens says:

      Thanks so much, JerriAnn!