Homemade Jalapeno Ranch Dressing with Hidden Valley Packet

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Updated Recipe February 6, 2024

Note: Fresh parsley and black pepper were added to this recipe to enhance the delicious fresh herb flavors.

Homemade Jalapeno Ranch Dressing and Dip made with both Hidden Valley Ranch packets and fresh ingredients create such great taste plus are super easy to put together. The semi-homemade combination of a handful of simple ingredients with both fresh and a few store-bought items creates the best homemade ranch that comes out perfect every time.

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This homemade version is packed with delicious herb flavors from fresh dill, parsley, crushed garlic, jalapenos and green onions with the convenience of a store-bought seasoning mix. It tastes like you spent hours measuring out a homemade ranch dressing mix. 

This easy recipe is much better than store-bought ranch or restaurant ranch. It creates a delicious eating experience for anything it’s served with. You will never buy the store-bought stuff again.

Why You’ll Love Jalapeno Ranch Dressing

  • Easy to Make: Chop up the jalapenos, green onions, fresh garlic, parsley, and dill then add the remaining ingredients to a blender or food processor and blend. That’s it. This recipe is easier than making your own homemade ranch seasoning mix from scratch.
  • Create Your Version: Homemade salad dressings are by far better than any store-bought bottled dressing. Buying a cheap seasoning packet like Hidden Valley Ranch seasoning mix provides the flavor base while enhancing with the extra fresh herbs and vegetables. Using low-fat or no-fat sour cream, one or two percent milk, or non-fat Greek yogurt helps make this dressing great for any low-calorie diet.
  • All-Purpose Condiment: Homemade ranch dressing isn’t just for salads. It’s become an everyday condiment just like mustard and ketchup. Use it as a spread on sandwiches and wraps and as a sauce for enchiladas, tacos, and chicken wings. Add more mayonnaise, sour cream, or yogurt, and use it as a dip for veggies, French fries, onion rings, tortilla chips, pork rinds, or potato chips.
  • Cheap to Make: Making homemade ranch dressing with a packet of Hidden Valley Ranch mix is cheaper than buying a bottled dressing from the grocery store and produces twice as much as you get in a bottle. You can use half a packet for small portions or double it for larger amounts. Homemade ranch dip is better tasting and cheaper to make yourself.

What You’ll Need for Jalapeno Ranch Recipe

  • Dairy: Buttermilk, regular milk, 2% milk all work just about the same. Buttermilk makes the dressing thicker and has a lot more calories than regular milk or 2 percent. Sour Cream is the thickening ingredient and can be substituted with yogurt or even cottage cheese. 
  • Mayonnaise: I use light mayo and light sour cream in this homemade dressing because both have fewer calories. Anytime I can shave off a few calories and fat I consider it a win. I’ve used yogurt before and I didn’t like it, and neither did my family. The end.
  • Fresh Herbs: Fresh dill is one of my top 3 flavors in this world. I try to grow it every year but sadly the weather gets too hot, too fast in Oklahoma to be successful. Fresh chives or green onions are delicious added to this dressing as is fresh parsley.
  • Fresh Vegetables: Jalapenos and garlic make this creamy blend of herbs sassy and spicy. They add a savory, earthy kick that makes this the best homemade ranch you will ever make.
  • Hidden Valley Ranch Dressing Mix: I’ve tried other brands of seasoning packets and they didn’t have the same great taste. 
  • Extra Spice: Black pepper and the Cajun seasoning add another layer of delicious spice. Instead of using Cajun seasoning, add 1 tablespoon of Chipotle sauce is next-level wonderful.

Best Ranch Dressing Ingredients

  • 1.5 cups of milk or buttermilk
  • 3/4 cup of sour cream
  • 3/4 cup of mayonnaise 
  • 2 medium jalapenos or 1 large jalapeno
  • 1 cup of fresh dill weed, loosely packed or to taste
  • .5 cup fresh parsley
  • 2 green onions
  • 4 fresh garlic cloves. medium or 3 large cloves
  • 1 packet of Hidden Valley Ranch Dressing seasoning or your favorite ranch seasoning dry mix
  • 2 teaspoons of Cajun or Mexican spice, optional
  • 1/2 teaspoon of black pepper

How To Make Homemade Jalapeno Ranch Dressing

  • STEP 1: Rough chop the garlic, jalapenos (deseed for milder taste), green onions, parsley, and fresh dill.
  • STEP 2: Measure and add milk, sour cream, mayonnaise, chopped herbs, garlic, jalapeno, green onions, salad dressing mix, black pepper, and the Cajun seasoning to a food processor or blender. Process until smooth and creamy.
  • STEP 4: Taste for seasoning adjustments. Note: Flavors will meld and get stronger while it chills.
  • STEP 5: For best flavor let set for a couple of hours in the refrigerator.

FAQ’s

Q: How long with homemade ranch dressing stay fresh?

A: If stored in an airtight container like a glass mason jar or a plastic container with an airtight lid, it will last for a few weeks in the refrigerator.

Q: Is Hidden Valley Ranch dressing mix the same as the dip mix?

A: The seasoning mix is the same in the dressing mix and the dip mix while the ingredients added, according to the packet instructions, are different. The dressing mix uses buttermilk or milk and the dip instructions require sour cream or Greek yogurt. 

Q: Will using low-fat or fat-free dairy ingredients change the consistency and flavor?

A: The consistency will not change but the flavor might be a little bit sour or tangy. If you’re trying to lose weight or cut extra calories, then this extra twang probably won’t matter.

Q: Can I use dried herbs in place of the fresh herbs called for in the recipe?

A: Yes absolutely. I would use 2 tablespoons of each dried dill weed and dried parsley flakes. Add more to taste.

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Tips and Tricks

To make it lower in calories substitute full-fat mayo, sour cream, and milk for light or no-fat versions. Replacing with lighter ingredients, 2 tablespoons equal 2 Weight Watcher points. 

​For best flavor let the salad dressing chill for at least 2 hours.

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How to Store Homemade Ranch Dressing

Store in an airtight container such as a glass mason jar, salad dressing bottle, or a plastic tub with a secure lid.

How To Serve Homemade Jalapeno Ranch Dressing

Serve as a Dip:

  • Cut up fresh veggies (low Carb)
  • Chips
  • Pork Rinds (Low Carb)
  • Sausage Balls
  • Little Smokies Wrapped in Bacon
  • Chicken Fingers like these Spicy Grilled Chicken Tenders
  • Chicken nugget
  • Buffalo wings
  • French Fries
  • Tator Tots
  • Onion Rings

Serve as a Dressing:

  • Green Garden Salad
  • Taco Salad
  • Fajita Salad
  • Chicken Salad
  • Shrimp Salad
  • Bean Salad

Serve as a Sauce:

  • Hamburgers
  • Chicken Burgers
  • Fish Burgers
  • Veggie Burgers
  • Tacos
  • Fajitas
  • Enchiladas
  • Taquitos
  • Grilled Chicken, Steak or Fish

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Homemade Jalapeno Ranch Dressing

Elise Austin
Spicy, Creamy, Savory dressing, dip or sauce for your favorite food.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 minutes
Course Appetizer, party, Salad, Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 25
Calories 70 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1.5 cup Milk or buttermilk or more to thin
  • 3/4 cup Light sour cream or full fat
  • 3/4 cup light mayonaisse or more to thin or taste
  • 4 pods garlic more or less to taste
  • 2 whole jalapenos, medium or 1 large seeded or not seeded
  • 1 cup fresh dill loose packed
  • 1/2 cup fresh parsley loose packed
  • 2 green onions
  • 1 packet Hidden Valley Seasoning mix
  • 2 tsp Cajun or Mexican Spice optional but it does make it spicier
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper

Instructions
 

  • STEP 1: Rough chop the garlic, jalapenos (deseed for milder taste), green onions, parsley, and fresh dill.
  • STEP 2: Measure and add milk, sour cream, mayonnaise, chopped herbs, garlic, jalapeno, green onions, salad dressing mix, black pepper, and the Cajun seasoning to a food processor or blender. Process until smooth and creamy.
    1.5 cup Milk or buttermilk, 3/4 cup Light sour cream, 3/4 cup light mayonaisse, 4 pods garlic, 2 whole jalapenos, medium or 1 large, 1 cup fresh dill, 1/2 cup fresh parsley, 2 green onions, 1 packet Hidden Valley Seasoning mix, 2 tsp Cajun or Mexican Spice, 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • STEP 3: Taste for seasoning adjustments. Note: Flavors will meld and get stronger while it chills.
  • STEP 4: For best flavor let the dressing set for a couple of hours in the refrigerator.

Nutrition

Calories: 70kcal
Keyword creamy, jalapeno, low carb, spicy
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