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My Creamy Jalapeno Ranch Dip recipe is a delicious, slightly spicy, slightly tangy chip dip that takes just minutes to make!
Last Thanksgiving my family visited the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas. It was an incredibly cool experience, especially for my fiance who is a really space history buff and recalls as a child watching US astronauts land on the moon, and Buzz Aldrin’s famous words from Apollo 11.
Upon returning to our hotel that day, we asked the hotel staff for a recommendation for dinner. There were several restaurants within walking distance and we chose Chuy’s Mexican Restaurant. The decor was amazing and eclectic, with everything from photos of Chewbacca holding a taco to hubcaps and license plates literally covering every square inch. But the thing I remembered most was the Jalapeno Ranch Dip they served alongside their chips and salsa. I knew immediately that it was something I would have to recreate at home.
Creating a creamy chip dip is pretty simple and requires just a few ingredients. In the case of this Jalapeno Ranch Dip, those ingredients are sour cream, Ranch seasoning, jalapenos, cilantro and lime juice. These ingredients are pulsed in a blender or in a food processor until smooth.
The great thing about a recipe like this is that you can keep adjusting the ingredients until you have something that you love. For example, I added too much lime juice, so I just added more sour cream and ranch mix to balance it out. You can amp up the heat by adding more jalapenos, or if you want the flavor without the spice, swap them out for a milder green pepper like Anaheim.
For the jalapenos, I did remove the seeds and the membrane. You could leave those in if you really want to create a spicy dip – those part of the jalapeno tend to carry the most heat.
The final touch for your dip is to add salt. Always, always taste your food people! And if it’s bland, add salt. Salt is a beautiful thing that can really amplify the flavors in any dip. Just use it carefully, and don’t overdo it. But again that’s the great thing about this dip – you can’t over do anything because you can just re-balance by adding more of something else!
I served this Jalapeno Ranch Dip with my favorite tortilla chips, (aff) but I think it would be delicious as a pretzel dip too.