Habanero Ranch Dressing & Sauce
This easy recipe for Habanero Ranch Dressing makes a great sauce for salads, potatoes or even a dip for chicken wings. It’s not like the McDonald’s version because it contains clean simple ingredients which makes it a great sauce for Whole30 resets and keto diets. It’s also a great budget friendly option as a Tessemae’s copycat recipe made from scratch.
This habanero ranch dressing is definitely spicy but not so spicy that you won’t be able to taste your food. While you’re making it, adjust the level of habanero sauce to your liking. A little bit goes a long way!
🌶️Ingredients You’ll Need
Avocado Oil: This tasteless oil is the base of the dressing and is a great healthy fat. If you’d like to use olive oil, make sure it is light as it can make the dressing taste bitter.
Coconut Milk: This gives the sauce a creamy texture without adding any dairy. You won’t taste the coconut!
Habanero Hot Sauce: Will give the dressing it’s spicy kick. If you’re Whole30, make sure you get a compliant one with approved ingredients like this one from Siete Foods.
Lemon Juice: Adds a slight acidity to the dressing.
Garlic & Onion Powder: Compliments the flavors well.
Dried Chives: Adds flavor and specs of green color.
Ground Mustard: Adds flavor and helps the dressing emulsify.
Fresh Cilantro: Gives the dressing a fresh southwestern taste.
📖How To Make Habanero Sauce & Dressing
1️⃣ Add all ingredients to a high powered blender or large wide mouth jar to use an immersion blender.
2️⃣ Blend until all ingredients are incorporated and smooth.
3️⃣ Adjust seasonings as needed to suit your spice level.
📝Tessemae’s Habanero Ranch Copycat Recipe
This ranch dressing is also comparable to Tessemae’s habanero ranch but with a much smaller price tag even though Tessemae’s is more shelf stable.
- Tessemae’s Habanero Ranch: .65/oz
- Thyme and JOY Habanero Ranch: .22/oz
Other Healthy Sauces You’ll Love:
- Whole30 Ketchup
- Homemade BBQ Sauce
- Whole30 Red Enchilada Sauce
- Sugar Free Instant Pot Cranberry Sauce
- Whole30 Applesauce
- Spicy Almond Butter Sauce
Habanero Ranch Dressing & Sauce
- 1 cup Avocado Oil
- 1 Lemon juice
- 2 tsp Onion Powder
- 2 tsp Garlic Powder
- 2 tsp Dried Chives
- ½ tsp Ground Mustard
- 2 tsp Salt
- ¼ tsp Black Pepper
- ¼ cup Fresh Cilantro chopped
- 4 tbsp Habanero Pepper Hot Sauce
- ⅓ cup Coconut Milk
- Add all ingredients to a high powered blender or large wide mouth jar to use an immersion blender
- Blend until all ingredients are incorporated and smooth
- Adjust seasonings as needed to suit your spice level
I made this recipe and the dressing tasted good, but it didn’t have the consistency of a dip. Is it possible the recipe actually calls for less than 1 1/2 cups of avocado oil? Or maybe there were extra steps not noted to indicate to use only the solid portion of canned coconut milk left overnight in the fridge? I used 1/3 cup of canned coconut milk at room temperature since no other notes were made and it cannot be used as a dip. Thanks!
Hi Kathy! The recipe is made for a dressing consistency and not so much a dip, however I think that decreasing the amount of avocado oil by 1/2 a cup and using 1/3 cup of coconut cream instead of coconut milk will help make it more thick for dipping. Hope that helps! 🙂
I am allergic to avocado and can’t use avocado oil. Could I substitute for extra light olive oil?
How long will this keep in the fridge?
Hi Mandy! This has always been good for at least 7-10 days for me. If it starts smelling or tasting sour, its not good anymore. Sometimes I make half batches when I know I am only going to use it for a couple recipes or salads.
Do you make your own habanero hot sauce? We grow our own peppers but have never made hot sauce from them.
I’ve never tried before but let me know how it goes!