Spicy Tomatillo Ranch Dressing

This Spicy Tomatillo Ranch Dressing is so EASY! You'll want to pour it on EVERYTHING!

Spicy Tomatillo Ranch Dressing is a creamy sauce that goes perfectly with salads, tacos and even a veggie dip!

This Spicy Tomatillo Ranch Dressing is so EASY! You'll want to pour it on EVERYTHING!Spicy Tomatillo Ranch Dressing has been one of my favorite dressings for YEARS!

I was first introduced to this creamy goodness back when I was first married and living in Southern Utah. There is a restaurant in my hometown of St. George, Utah called Cafe Rio and it’s now gaining more and more popularity around the southwest. I know they have chains all over Utah, Arizona and I think even some in Idaho and California.

Tomatillos are the base for this Spicy Tomatillo Ranch Dressing

This dressing is their iconic salad dressing. It’s so good that there are several knock off recipes all over the internet!

I’m pretty sure this is the BEST recipe out there though. It’s creamy and slightly spicy (just enough to keep you coming back for more). If you’re not a fan of spice, you can definitely leave the jalapeno out.

I originally posted this recipe back in July of 2010, but the photos were needing an update, so I went ahead and did that. It’s always nice to revisit the archives and give them a facelift. Especially when they’re delicious recipes like this one (which I make constantly anyway).

This Spicy Tomatillo Ranch Dressing is seriously the BEST copy cat recipe out there!

Here are some of my favorite ways to use this Spicy Tomatillo Ranch Dressing:

  • Drizzle it over your salad
  • Top your Sweet Pulled Pork Tacos with it
  • Dip a cheese quesadilla in it
  • Use this dressing in place of ranch dip

Either way you use it, you’ll be hooked. The dressing can last for a while in the fridge, but I’ve never had it stick around long enough.

This Spicy Tomatillo Ranch Dressing is seriously the BEST copy cat recipe out there!

Don’t be surprised if this Spicy Tomatillo Ranch Dressing becomes your new favorite dressing.

I know you’re going to love it as much as we do!

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Spicy Tomatillo Ranch Dressing

Spicy Tomatillo Ranch Dressing is a creamy sauce that goes perfectly with salads, tacos and even a veggie dip!

  • Author: Shawn
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 2 1/2 cups 1x
  • Category: Side dish
  • Method: no cook
  • Cuisine: American
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Ingredients

  • 1 packet traditional ranch dressing mix
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 cup mayo
  • 3 tomatillos, chopped
  • 1/2 bunch fresh cilantro
  • 2 green onions
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1 jalapeno, remove seeds if you prefer less spice
  • 1 lime, juice of
  • 1/2 tsp salt

Instructions

  1. Place all ingredients in blender and blend until smooth.
  2. Dressing lasts 2 weeks in fridge, when sealed tight. Enjoy!

Keywords: spicy, tomatillo, ranch, salad dressing, mayo, cilantro

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This Spicy Tomatillo Ranch Dressing is so EASY! You'll want to pour it on EVERYTHING!
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Shawn is the Owner and Creator of I Wash You Dry. She loves to create and share simple, family-friendly recipes. Mom to 5 adorable children and dwells in the desert of Southern Utah.
13 Responses
  1. Deborah M Belletsky

    Hi Shawn. Just made the tomatillo dressing. Question? The flavor is great, but I want it to be a thicker consistency. What would you suggest adding to it to make it thicker, without taking away from the flavor. Many Thanks. Debbie

    1. You’ll want to make sure you’re using all full-fat ingredients for the thickest dressing possible. You can try adding in extra ranch dressing mix to thicken it up if you’ve already blended. Hope this helps!

  2. jeni

    I love all of of the things and receipes but I find that when I print recipes a line or so goes onto a second page and this to me is a waste of paper an d therefore trees. please use one and a half spacing then most will fit on one page. Thanks

    1. Thank you for letting me know Jeni! I definitely want to make sure we aren’t wasting paper, so I’ll see if there is anything I can do to shorten the recipes to just one page.

    1. Make sure you’re using the full fat buttermilk. You could also try adding another half packet of ranch mix to thicken it up. Also, your tomatillos could be on the larger side, creating more liquid in the dressing. Cut back to 2 or 2 1/2 tomatillos.

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Shawn Syphus Hi, I'm Shawn and I'm a busy mom of five; pretending to live on a budget. I love to cook, and explore new recipes, but they have to be quick and easy with as few dishes as possible.

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