Easy Chipotle Ranch Dip

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A small clear bowl filled with chipoltle ranch chip dip is on a white serving plate. The small bowl is surrounded by a mixture of corn chips and ridged potato chips. There's small bowl filled with baby carrots just off to the side of the plate. It's ready to enjoy!

Is it even a party if a delicious creamy chip dip isn’t on the appetizer table? In my book the answer is a resounding NO, y’all. Chips and dips are the ultimate easy, party foods! Serving up some version to guests is simply a must at every gathering, in my opinion.

Even if we’re not partying here at home, I rely on easy appetizers like simple chips and dips to keep tempers even if dinner is running a little late here at the house. We haven’t made it in a while, but this flavorful Shrimp and Olive Spread is a classic, pre-dinner treat around here. Now that I’ve brought it up, I’ve got whip up a batch very soon… in fact I think I’ll put this oldie, but goodie dip on our NYE snack table!

However, this zesty Chipotle Ranch Dip is our favorite one lately, and we’ve been making it a bunch.

A small clear bowl is filled with a chip dip with a light pink hue, it's garnished on top with a sprinkle of chili powder and finely chopped, fresh green cilantro. The serving plate is filled with corn chips and ridged potato chips, ready to dip!
Chipotle Ranch Dip garnished with a sprinkle of chipolte chili power and finely chopped fresh cilantro.

How to make chipotle ranch dip

This dip is simple to make, but it’s peppy and full of flavor. All you need to whip up a batch are measures of sour cream, mayonnaise, a packet of ranch seasoning, and canned chipotle peppers in adobe sauce. I always choose the lightened up versions of both sour cream and mayo, but you’ve got to do you in that department, y’all.

Although this is a seriously no-fuss recipe, a little bit of chill time is essential for these ingredients. I recommend at least 30 minutes of refrigeration before serving as it gives the flavors time to marry and the dehydrated veggies in the ranch seasoning a chance to soften up. As with so many recipes, the longer this simple chip dip sits, the better it gets. Consider making this recipe a day ahead if you can, and allow it to chill overnight. I think this is an excellent make-ahead recipe to share at any occasion.

Oh, and of course you’ll need to stock up on your favorite dippers too. I personally love to eat this Chipotle Ranch Dip with some hearty, ridged potato chips and carrot sticks. But, corn chips, celery sticks, sliced zucchini, yellow squash, and cucumbers all complement this saucy dip perfectly on a platter.

A hand holds a ridged potato chip that has a hearty teaspoon of dip on the end. Spices, and bits of chopped cilantro are visible in the dip. An assortment of chips and corn chips on a platter is slightly blurred in the background.

This dip is a four-ingredient sensation and I don’t think you’ll be able to stop one little scoop, I know we can’t! We love that those little chipotles pack a punch, they really give this dip a nice little kick.

It’s safe to say that my whole fam thinks this Chipotle Ranch Dip is the bomb (dot com?), and we hope you all love it too!

Happy dipping, my fantastic friends! ๐ŸŒถ๏ธ๐Ÿฅฃ xo – M

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Easy Chipotle Ranch Dip

Recipe by Marcelle at A Little Fish in the Kitchen Course: Appetizers, SnacksCuisine: AmericanDifficulty: Easy


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This Chipotle Ranch Dip is a cinch to make, it’s also flavorful with a spicy little kick! We think it’s so much better than any dip you can buy off the shelf. Be sure to serve with plenty of your favorite chips and assorted fresh veggies because no one will stop at one scoop!


  • 1-1/2 cups light sour cream

  • 1/2 cup light mayonnaise

  • 1 (1 ounce) packet Ranch dip or dressing mix

  • 1 chipotle pepper in adobo sauce, finely chopped

  • 1 teaspoon adobo sauce from the can of chipotle peppers

  • For serving
  • potato chips

  • corn chips

  • assorted fresh veggies


  • Place all ingredients together in a medium size bowl and stir to mix.
  • Cover and chill the Chipotle Ranch Dip for at least 30 minutes before serving. This is an excellent make-ahead recipe and can be left to chill overnight.
  • Enjoy!

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  1. Love this! I really love chipotle chile peppers canned in adobo sauce because the flavors are so layered! Thereโ€™s more than just the chipotle flavor!!

    • Hi Chef Mimi, thank you so much for the visit! Yes, those little peppers are packed with awesome flavor!

  2. Happy New Year Marcelle!

    I enjoy a good chip n dip. It’s fun, delicious and easy to enjoy.


  3. You know, I haven’t had a party that included chips and dip in, I don’t know, decades! That was a mistake that this recipe will definitely fix.

  4. This sounds wonderful, Marcelle! I love chipotle in almost everything! (Well, not in most desserts!)

  5. i wonder what you can use instead of ranch mix? I don’t think we have it here in australia. This sounds tasty!

  6. A perfect party treat! Do you think I can use chipotle pepper instead the one in adobo sauce?
    Have a great holiday season!

    • Hi Angie, I’ve only made this dip using the peppers in adobo sauce. I use a portion of the adobo sauce to season the dip in addition to the canned peppers, so the sauce is definitely important to the flavor in this recipe. You could certainly make the sour cream/mayo base and season it with the chipotle pepper powder to your taste, just know that seasoning packs a lot of heat so start with a small amount and build it up gradually. It will be experimental prepared that way, but I think it could work. Let me know if you give it a try! Thanks for the comment. Merry Christmas to you and your family, my friend!! ๐ŸŽ…๐Ÿป๐ŸŽ„๐Ÿ’›

      • I hope itโ€™s okay to โ€œbutt inโ€ โ€” but I make homemade chipotles in adobo. The recipe is on my blog and is being updated a little in the next month or so. I love making my own and giving jars to friends!

        • Sounds great, David!! I will have to check out your recipe, looking forward to it!! Belated Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, my dear friend! xo – M

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