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Southwest Ranch Dipping Sauce


This southwest ranch dipping sauce is the perfect compliment to so many things! The spice from chipotle peppers in adobo sauce and the creamy goodness from Hidden Valley Ranch, makes the perfect balance.

dipping chip into southwest ranch

To be honest, I’m not a big ‘heat person’. I have never really enjoyed spicy things and my tastebuds are a baby when it comes to anything hot. I’ve been working my way up over time and I have to thank my husband with a Sriracha obsession for helping me. (He makes the BEST breakfast sandwich I’ve ever had and has been increasing the amount of Sriracha on my sandwich over time haha).

I’ve tried making this recipe without the chipotle peppers but every time, it just didn’t taste right. One variation tasted exactly like I was eating tacos? It was strange- but maybe that will pop up on here another day for some odd reason.

Heat Factor

If you are afraid of the heat like I am, I can 1000000% say this recipe is A-OK for you! I made this with very minimal spice, but just enough to pack a little heat. If you enjoy lots of heat and setting your mouth and insides on fire….. feel free to add more peppers and sauce in here! My husband didn’t complain about lack of heat so I think it’s a pretty good balance.

What You’ll Need

  • Mayonnaise
    • I always use Duke’s in all of my recipes. I was switched over to Duke’s thanks (again) to my southern grown husband a few years ago, and won’t look back
  • Sour cream
  • Chipotle peppers in adobo sauce
    • If your grocery store has an International aisle, you’ll likely find these there with the other Latin ingredients
  • Hidden Valley Ranch Packet
    • The seasoning packet, not the dressing!
  • Milk
  • Lime juice
  • Cayenne pepper
whisk in bowl of southwest ranch dipping sauce

What to Pair With

This Southwest Ranch Dipping Sauce pairs SO well with Beer Battered Onion Rings and Zucchini Chips. You can also eat this with some tortilla chips or use it on a wrap! The possibilities are honestly endless.

southwest ranch dipping sauce in bowl
dipping chip into southwest ranch

Southwest Ranch Dipping Sauce

Chipotle peppers and Hidden Valley Ranch make this Southwest Ranch Dipping Sauce the best condiment. You'll need just 5 minutes to make this!
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 0 mins
Total Time 5 mins
Course : Condiments
Cuisine : American
Servings : 4


  • ½ cup sour cream
  • ½ cup mayonnaise
  • Tbsp milk plus more if needed
  • 1 Hidden Valley Ranch packet
  • 1 Chipotle pepper from can, diced small
  • 1½ – 2 tsp adobo sauce from can (to heat preference)
  • 2 tsp lime juice


  • Dice 1 chipotle pepper (1 pepper, not 1 can!) from can
  • Whisk together all of the ingredients. Adjust amount of adobo sauce from can to fit your heat sensitivity
  • If dip is too thick, add more milk as needed


This dip is made thick enough so you can enjoy it right away. It will thicken in the fridge- add more milk later if it’s too thick.

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