Store-bought ranch recipes are good and everything, but there’s nothing better than ranch dressings and sauces that you can make at home that have more flavor and can be personalized to the flavor profile you’re looking for.
This is why you can find 28 recipes below that work with many dishes, and you may discover them become household favorites once you try them out.
We start with the classic ranch dressing mix that is hard to beat, with its blended flavors that give you a thick consistency that can be drizzled on tacos, used in southern-inspired meals, or used as a simple dipping sauce.
If you want some Mexican flavors in your dressing, you can’t find a better mix than this one, as you have sour cream, mayonnaise, lime juice, dried seasoning, and chipotle peppers that you can find marinated or in a can.
This recipe works by using a store-bought ranch dressing and adding some of your favorite spices and herbs. You can bottle up some of this to keep it separate from your other ranch dressing, giving you more options.
It’s midweek, and you don’t have long to prepare a dressing alongside your main dish, so this 5-minute recipe is perfect as it uses just six ingredients that you can mix up in a bowl and adjust to your liking.
For those on a vegan diet, you can replicate the creamy and full flavors in the classic ranch dressing as you can use vegan mayo as your base, then you can add your spices, herbs, and even a cayenne pepper, for a kick.
If you want a health-conscious dressing, look no further, as this uses plain greek yogurt as a substitute, so you can reduce the fat content while having something that isn’t as heavy on the stomach as well.
For fans of southern-styled recipes, this dressing is a great sauce or dressing that compliments these recipes well as you can use it in so many ways plus, it has a bit of a tanginess to it made possible by the onion and garlic powder.
We’ve mentioned dipping sauces, but this recipe is solely dedicated to this purpose, so you’ll find a much creamier mix with a dry ranch dressing mix and some fresh lime juice that is perfect for chips and veggies.
This one uses minced garlic and honey, but the real standout is the chipotle in adobo sauce which gives you a tangy and spicy flavor mixed with tomatoes, so it’s not too overwhelming and gives you more options on how to use it.
If you want a recipe that isn’t just the ranch on its own, this potato salad combination is perfect for a picnic or spring party spread, as you have red-skinned potatoes, cheddar cheese, and turkey bacon which are the yummy highlights.
This recipe has the added benefit that it’s nut-free, but this doesn’t take any flavors away and is just as hearty as you would expect from a salad dressing, which mixes in a food processor.
For those who want a Mexican food-themed mealtime, these tortilla pizzas are perfect as they have layers of ground beef with a spicy chipotle ranch dressing that is packed with herbs and spices that can be served with sour cream.
This dressing works really well with chicken, so we couldn’t leave out this grilled chicken recipe that you can combine with the dressing as a type of marinade, and you’ll find this can be a cleaner way to use this dressing.
Not only do these work well with chicken, but the ranch dressing also works wonders for tacos, as here you can use frozen or fresh fish in any type you prefer, and you can marvel at how creamy, and rich these tacos become.
Salad with ranch dressing is good and all, but adding some pasta into the mix gives you a more diverse texture palette where you have many options in what veggies you add to the pasta salad, so have fun with it.
If you want a filling for a sandwich or something to liven up a salad, this coleslaw with sour cream, white vinegar, sugar, canned chipotle, shredded green and red cabbage, and green onions should do the trick.
If you want more flavors of home and want something that goes beyond generic dressing brands, you can use whole greek yogurt, apple cider vinegar, dried dill, and some sea salt that you can use to complement a savory meal.
You like the distinct flavors of burgers but find the usual sauces a bit lacking, but not anymore, as you can make any kind of ranch sauce that is thick enough but isn’t too overwhelming, whatever ingredients you use in your burger.
For those looking for a low-carb ranch dressing, you can find it here, as you can use ground cumin, heavy cream, mayo, cilantro, parsley, garlic, and apple cider vinegar which you can adjust according to your preferences.
You want a dressing that works as a more substantial meal, so for your next meal time, you can make a burrito bowl with your favorite ingredients alongside a marinade that you can add or remove ingredients as you like.
For those weeknights, you may be looking for a warming and satisfying recipe that gives you your daily carb needs, as this uses slow-cooked ranch chicken and vegetables with blended cheese for the ultimate casserole.
For those on vegetarian diets, it can be hard to get your protein fix, so you can use this recipe with some dry ranch dressing mix, milk, and some dijon mustard which can be used to elevate the flavors of so many dishes.
If using greek or low-fat yogurt isn’t your thing, you can replace it with buttermilk and use it with mayonnaise and sour cream, which you may find replicates that of the dressing they serve at diners, so have at it.
If you’re tired of dressings that use mayonnaise as a base, you can swap it out for avocado, which, when mixed with the chipotle chili powder, gives you a smoky and tangy base, which can make some interesting results.
If an avocado isn’t your thing, you can use mango instead, which adds some sweetness so you can have a sweet and sour mix that can be more diverse and works perfectly with chicken or salad recipes that need a dash of flavor.
We’ve mentioned a smoky dressing, but with the inclusion of the paprika powder and lemon peel, you can find something worthy of the title of spicy, as long as it’s processed correctly.
If you want something that compliments a snack like chips, you can use this sauce with ground cumin and lime juice for a well-earned flavor uplift.
This one is a bit different, but the inclusion of pickled jalapenos and pork shoulder gives you the ultimate sandwich blend, which you can swap out and replace as you choose.
Frequently Asked Questions
How Do I Store My Chipotle Ranch Dressing?
If you have some dressing or sauce left over, you can store it in an airtight container that will last for a week in the fridge, and you’ll find keeping it this way will preserve the spices, herbs, and creamy texture that we all love so much.
What If I Want Something Different From A Chipotle Ranch Dressing?
You can get vinaigrettes instead if you aren’t using them on a salad or you want more flavors like honey, vinegar, and a bit of oil, or you could go for a salsa dressing which is made from tomatoes, onions, peppers, and some jalapenos for a spice kick.
Now you know what is possible with chipotle ranch dressings, you can make these in a few easy steps, which you can get creative with and experiment with different flavors, so you can have the perfect ranch dressing or sauce that you’ve been looking for.