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Creamy Jalapeno Ranch Dip

There is this Tex-Mex restaurant just down the road from me called Chuys that introduced me to this creamy jalapeno ranch dip  10 years ago. Everyone raves about it, says they could swim in it or have it drenched over their heads and they’d be happy. I tend to agree. They serve it with their chips and salsa (but only if you ask). They also serve it as a dressing for their salads.  I came across a recipe at one point, but I changed it around a bit and added the limes.

If you see the word “jalapeno” and want to turn away–DON’T! I do not like jalapeno’s by themselves. I don’t put them on anything, in fact when I was making this, the idea of pickled jalapeno’s made my stomach turn just a bit as a spooned them out of the jar. But I pressed forward because I knew the end result was pure delicious-ness.

Creamy Jalapeno Ranch Dip

5.0 from 3 reviews
Creamy Jalapeno Ranch Dip
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Cuisine: Tex Mex
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Serves: 10
 
This delicious dip is great for chips or as a salad dressing
Ingredients
  • ½ cup mayo
  • 16 oz. sour cream
  • ½ cup buttermilk
  • ½ cup tomatilla salsa
  • 1 small handful cilantro
  • 5 T Ranch dressing mix (or 1.5 packets)
  • ⅓ cups pickled jalapeños
  • 1 squeezed lime juice
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients in a bowl
  2. In a large blender or food processor, pulse til smooth
  3. Refrigerate 30 minutes serve with tortilla chips.
  4. This dip can continue to be refrigerated, covered, for about a week. If you want it more runny for a dressing, add more lime juice

Here is a close up of the two unique ingredients that you likely won’t have at home and may be searching for at the store:

pickled jalapenos

The jalapeno’s give a bit of a kick to the ranch, but not too much. I don’t care for too much spice in my food.

Jalapeno Ranch DipWhip up a batch to celebrate Cinco de Mayo this weekend! Or just to enjoy in a quiet corner of your home;) What do you think? Sound weird? Delicious? Can anyone out there vouch for this goodness along with me? Try it, you won’t regret it!

If you like this dip, you might also enjoy my Easy 4 ingredient queso with Velveeta Block Cheese

velveeta queso dip

 

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Easy 4 Ingredient Queso with Velveeta Block Cheese

I’m going to tell you a little secret, that you have to promise to still be my friend after I tell you.

I. Hate. Onions.

Always have, always will. I never really cared much for queso because it always had big fat onions in it. Until this one day…years ago…I was introduced to this Easy 4 Ingredient Queso with no trace of onions in site. I fell in love….hard. I make it often. It’s my “go to” appetizer to take to parties, and to gobble up for a lunch meal the day after. Everyone loves this stuff.

4 ingredient queso

I’ve thought about sharing this recipe a few times, and then just plum forgot. Today is the day, my friends. So simple and easy, and there is a secret ingredient that might sound weird, but trust me…it’s all part of the goodness.

5.0 from 1 reviews
Easy 4 Ingredient Queso with Velveeta Block Cheese
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Serves: 12
 
Easy Queso recipe using Velveeta Block cheese and 3 other ingredients.
Ingredients
  • 1 2 lb. block Velveeta cheese
  • 1 lb. ground sausage
  • 1 16 oz. can diced green chilies/tomatoes
  • 1 16 oz. can cream of mushroom soup
Instructions
  1. Cook the ground sausage, then cut up Velveeta block into cubes and cook on the stovetop until melted. Stirring constantly. Once cheese is melted, add a can of green chili's/tomatoes and small can of cream of mushroom soup. Stir all together until warm.
  2. You can use a glass dish and cook in microwave as an alternative
  3. You can also use ground beef if sausage is too spicy
  4. Plan tomatoes is diced chillies are too spicy
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 12

The cream of mushroom soup is the secret random ingredient. I don’t generally care for mushrooms (I’m starting to sound picky) but it works in this recipe for me. It keeps the queso creamy, and less likely to harden on top like a lot of queso’s do.

This recipe has a little kick to it from the chili’s and a bit from the ground sausage, so if that isn’t your style,  you can substitute it for ground beef and tomatoes. That’s what my mom does, she doesn’t like spicy.

I love the convenience of using the Velveeta block cheese because it can hang out in my pantry until it’s ready to use. The 2 canned ingredients as well. The sausage keeps in the fridge or freezer, so I often keep all 4 ingredients on hand for emergencies, or just late night cravings. Go ahead, try it, you’ll see how easy it is!!

velveeta queso dipVelveeta Logo1Velveeta asked me if I knew any Liquid Gold Diggers. I’ll know more soon once they taste these dishes! Why? Because Liquid Gold Diggers love the Liquid Gold of Velveeta.

Disclosure: Compensation was provided by Velveeta via Glam Media.  The opinions expressed are all mine and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Velveeta

Do you love Queso like me? This Easy 4 Ingredient Queso is super hearty, I can eat this stuff morning, noon, and night!

If you love this queso with chips, you might also like the Creamy Jalapeno Ranch Dip I shared, too.

Jalapeno Ranch Dip