Chipotle Ranch Dressing
You might already know this, but homemade sauces are one of my favorite things to create for this blog and I am so excited to add this Whole30 chipotle ranch to the list. Some of my other favorites include this 1 minute mayo, buffalo ranch and, of course, some regular ranch. All of those sauces are Whole30 friendly as well.
I chose to make a chipotle ranch because my mom and I had a salad with chipotle ranch on it when we went to Austin together a few months ago. It was one of those things that I ate and then thought, “hmmm maybe I can make that at home!” And I did, but I cleaned the ingredients up a bit.
I love this sauce because it is slightly thicker than a dressing so it can be used the traditional way on salads, but is also super delicious as a dipping sauce. I have been dying to cook up some homemade fries to have with it. I really love it with my eggs or cucumbers.
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Prior to making this chipotle ranch recipe I had never cooked with a dried pepper and I was definitely intimidated. To be honest, they are a little finicky to work with, but I think I worked out the kinks for you all so you don’t have to.
The dried chipotle peppers need to be rehydrated in some way. I decided to hydrate mine for this recipe in the oil, but water can also be used. The tricky thing is that they can burn quite easily so learn from my mistake and watch the oil you heat the peppers in. Make sure that you take it off the heat as soon as it bubbles.
If you make sure not to burn your peppers, this recipe is super simple. The thick and creamy dressing that you are left with is packed with flavor. I really like the flavor of the chipotle because it adds a lot of smokey flavor without being overly spicy.
I make chipotle ranch dressing with my immersion blender and I think this is the easiest way to do it, but if you want to make it in a blender you can add all of the ingredients to the blender except for the oil and pepper mixture.
Blend all the ingredients and then slowly stream in the oil while the blender is running. The dressing may be slightly thinner than the immersion blender method, but it will thicken up in the fridge.
To make it with the immersion blender it is as simple as throwing all of the ingredients into a cup or wide mouth jar and blend! It is really that simple.
Store it in the refrigerator for 7-10 days in an air tight container. Serve on salads or as a dip for fries, veggies, sandwiches and wraps! You can find the full recipe down below.