Chili’s Ranch Recipe Copycat, Lets Start Dipping!

Want to recreate favorites from popular restaurants? One dressing that we love is the Chili’s ranch dressing – a creamy, tangy dip that can jazz up almost any dish. My homemade ranch dressing is super close to the irresistible flavor of Chili’s ranch and it’s made with ingredients you likely have in your kitchen.

A wooden bowl filled with creamy ranch dressing, surrounded by fresh herbs, garlic, and spices. A bottle of chili sauce sits nearby, ready to be added for a spicy kick

Creating this homemade ranch dressing is simple. It starts with a base of mayonnaise and buttermilk. Then, I add sour cream for extra creaminess. The seasoning blend – a combination of garlic powder, onion powder, fresh herbs, and a few other kitchen staples – gives it my dressing that signature taste! Whether you’re tossing it with a salad, pairing it with veggies, or using it as a dip for your favorite snacks, this Chili’s ranch dressing recipe is a keeper!

Key Takeaways

  • A homemade ranch dressing that’s just like Chili’s ranch can be easily made.
  • The dressing uses common ingredients combined with a mix of herbs and spices.
  • It’s perfect for salads, as a dip, or as a condiment for various dishes.

Ingredients and Preparation

Fresh chilis, garlic, and herbs are arranged on a cutting board. A bowl of buttermilk and mayonnaise sits nearby

Creating a delicious Chili’s ranch dressing at home is easy! Here’s what you need:

Essential Ingredients

  • Mayonnaise: 1 cup of full-fat mayonnaise for a creamy base
  • Sour cream: 1/2 cup to add tang and thickness
  • Buttermilk: 1/2 cup to thin the ranch to the perfect consistency
  • Fresh herbs: 1 tablespoon chopped parsley and 1 tablespoon chopped chives to infuse freshness
  • Dried herbs: 1 teaspoon each of dried oregano and tarragon
  • Garlic powder: 1/2 teaspoon for mild, consistent garlic flavor
  • Onion powder: 1/2 teaspoon for depth and savoriness
  • Salt: 1/2 teaspoon, more or less, to taste
  • Black pepper: 1/4 teaspoon for a slight kick
  • Dill: 1 teaspoon of dill or dill pickle juice to add a unique tangy twist
  • Lime juice: 1 tablespoon for a zesty tang
  • Optional: a pinch of cayenne pepper for heat

Mixing and Consistency

For mixing, I utse a medium-sized bowl and a whisk or spatula. I start by combining the mayonnaise, sour cream, and buttermilk. I slowly mix these until the mixture is smooth and to check for the desired creaminess. If the ranch dip is too thick, I adjust the consistency by adding a bit more buttermilk.

Seasoning Adjustments

After it’s mixed well, I add the garlic powder, onion powder, salt, and black pepper. It’s important to season cautiously; I can always add more according to taste after a quick test. For extra depth, I might sprinkle in additional dried herbs like oregano or tarragon.

Diet Variations

If you have dietary restrictions, try substituting full-fat mayonnaise with Miracle Whip or lighter variations, which also lowers calories and fat content. I can swap in dairy-free alternatives for sour cream and buttermilk when needed, although this may alter the flavor slightly.


I thoroughly mix all ingredients until well combined, ensuring there are no lumps. Measuring is important to keep the dressing tasting authentic and balanced. I then refrigerate the dressing in an airtight container for at least 30 minutes before serving to allow flavors to meld. This awesome homemade ranch can be used as a salad dressing, a condiment, or as a dipping sauce for endless possibilities.

Serving and Pairing

A bowl of chili sits next to a dollop of ranch dressing. A spoon hovers over the bowl, ready to mix the two together

To really enjoy Chili’s Ranch dressing, pair it with the right foods. To help you indulge in its creamy goodness, I’ve outlined some ideal pairings, creative ways to serve it, and its nutritional information.

Ideal Pairings

  • Salads: A classic Caesar or garden salad is instantly elevated with a drizzle of my Chili’s Ranch dressing.
  • Chicken Tenders: Dip crispy chicken tenders into the dressing for a satisfying crunch followed by that cool ranch flavor.
  • Tex-Mex: Adding it to your favorite Tex-Mex dishes, like tacos or nachos, introduces a creamy zest that’s hard to resist.
  • Appetizers: Whether it’s potato skins or loaded nachos, a side of Chili’s Ranch is always welcome.
  • Pizza and Burgers: Drizzle or dip for a tangy twist; it pairs especially well with pepperoni pizza or a cheddar cheese-loaded burger.

Creative Ways to Serve

  • Buffalo Ranch or Zesty Ranch: Mix in some hot sauce or extra spices to craft variations like Buffalo Ranch or Zesty Ranch that are perfect for wings and fries.
  • Pasta Salad: Stir it into a chilled pasta salad for a refreshing summer dish.
  • Dipping Sauce Trio: Offer a variety of ranch-inspired dips by combining it with avocado or sriracha. Guests can enjoy the flavors in a new light every time.

Nutritional Information

Here’s a breakdown of the nutritional content in a typical serving size of Chili’s Ranch dressing:

NutrientAmount per Serving
Calories140 kcal
Total Fat14 g
Saturated Fat2.5 g
Trans Fat0 g
Cholesterol15 mg
Sodium260 mg
Total Carbohydrates2 g
Dietary Fiber0 g
Sugars1 g
Protein1 g

For storage, I make sure to keep my homemade Chili’s Ranch in an airtight container in the refrigerator and refrigerate it promptly. It usually maintains its best quality for about a week.

Frequently Asked Questions

A bowl of creamy ranch dressing with a sprinkle of chopped chilis and herbs, surrounded by fresh vegetables and a stack of tortilla chips

In this section, I cover some of the common questions about Chili’s ranch dressing including ingredients, how to make it, and differentiating factors from other ranch dressings.

What are the ingredients for Chili’s ranch dressing?

The key ingredients for Chili’s ranch dressing include mayonnaise, buttermilk, sour cream, and dill pickle juice. Spices like dried parsley, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, and pepper are essential for the iconic flavor profile. For an added tangy twist, dill pickle juice is used.

How can you replicate the Chili’s ranch dressing at home?

To replicate Chili’s ranch dressing at home, mix mayonnaise, buttermilk, and sour cream with pickle juice for the base. Then thoroughly mix in garlic powder, onion powder, salt, pepper, and fresh parsley until fully incorporated. Letting the dressing chill for some time allows flavors to meld.

What is the recipe for Chili’s Southwest Ranch?

Chili’s Southwest Ranch dressing features traditional ranch ingredients with a Southwestern twist, including spices and peppers for additional heat. The exact proportions and additional components can vary, but typically, the recipe would involve blending ranch dressing with chili powder or diced jalapeños for a distinct kick.

How does restaurant-quality ranch, like Chili’s, differ from store-bought?

Restaurant-quality ranch like Chili’s often differs from store-bought because it is freshly made with creamier bases such as mayonnaise and sour cream, and seasoned with freshly chopped herbs and spices. The freshness and absence of preservatives can also lead to a more authentic taste.

What are the components of spicy ranch dressing?

The components of spicy ranch dressing typically include the base ingredients of classic ranch dressing—mayonnaise, sour cream, buttermilk, and herbs. To add heat, ingredients like cayenne, jalapeños, or hot sauce are mixed in. Adjusting the levels of spicy components can customize the heat to personal preference.

How is the distinct flavor of ranch dressing achieved?

The distinct flavor of ranch dressing is achieved by mixing a creamy base, often mayonnaise and buttermilk or sour cream, with a variety of herbs and spices such as dill, parsley, chives, garlic, and onion. Acidity from lemon juice or vinegar and the zest from black pepper balance the creaminess.