Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Spicy Hot Jalapeno Ranch Dip

Spicy Hot Jalapeno Ranch Dip recipe by Barefeet In The Kitchen

A few months ago, while visiting my sister, she gave me a jar of dried diced jalapenos that she bought impulsively and then forgot she had. I was happy to have a new ingredient to play with and I decided to try making a spicy version of our favorite Homemade Ranch Dip. This dip turned out fantastically well. Spicy and tangy with just enough heat from the jalapenos to leave a bite in the back of your throat.

I had never used dried jalapenos before, so I gradually increased the amount in the dip. It's important to note that the heat in the dip will increase significantly after sitting overnight and it will increase even further after 48 hours. I stopped adding spice, a bit short of where I wanted the heat to be and then let it chill in the refrigerator to meld all the flavors. 

We served this to some friends at a barbecue over the past weekend and it was a huge hit. I've already made another batch of this at my son and husband's request. This dip was delicious with tortilla chips as well.

Spicy Hot Jalapeno Ranch Dip
(printable recipe)

1 1/2 cups sour cream
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1-2 tablespoons dried diced jalapenos, fresh or canned would work as well, simply dice finely
1 teaspoon red chile powder
1/2 teaspoon red chile pepper flakes
1 teaspoon chives
1/2 teaspoon dill
1/2 teaspoon granulated garlic or garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
squeeze of fresh lemon, to taste

Mix all of the ingredients together and chill several hours before serving. You can certainly eat this soon after making it, but the flavors will improve the longer you let it rest. As noted above, it was best after 24-48 hours.


  1. Great tip about the dried peppers increasing the heat factor as they re-hydrate. We would have wondered what in the world happened during the night! I might have accused someone of spiking the dressing without me knowing - thanks for saving me this embarrassment! Lovely dip/dressing. I'm still in love with the perfect Balsamic dressing. I made more last night and could eat it by the spoonful. Thanks for another great recipe.

  2. This would be a really great treat for my hubby and the boys...Paired with tortilla chips, pita bread or even baked fries. Bring out the booze! It's gonna be a wild ranch party! ;)

  3. This is my favorite dip that you have made so far. It went well with tortillas, with carrots, with cucumbers and bell peppers. I am pretty sure it would be fabulous on a spoon or just on a finger (a clean finger).

    Awesome dip Mary! Fantastic BBQ get together too! <3 <3 <3

  4. This dip sounds fantastic. Sounds like it would be perfect for a party.

  5. Love this dip idea!! Perfect for Cinco de Mayo!

  6. I've made a dip very similar to this before and it was fantastic! Yours wonderful!

  7. Oh my, I have to try this! I don't have dry jalapenos but I do have dried chipotle, habanero and other peppers. Maybe a nice blend of them with this recipe would rock!

  8. I have never seen dried jalapenos...sounds good to me! This dip would be great with veggies and the spice sounds perfect! Would also be nice thinned out on a southwest type salad..mmmm...