This is another fun one that I absolutely had to update with some new photography.
If you've ever been to Texas... you may have heard of a little place called Chuy's Mexican Restaurant. Mhn, the mere thought that place makes my mouth water. Seriously. They have some amazing Tex-mex. One of my most favorite things at Chuy's is their Creamy Jalapeño Ranch. It's something that they will serve along side chips, but... you have to ask for it! It's also used as a salad dressing option.
I've been trying for years now to find a recipe that's even remotely close to the infamous dip that Chuy's serves. There's a lot of options out there, but none of them can hold a candle to the original, especially when making any healthy substitutions.
Seriously, a few years back I think I went through 3-4 versions of recipes and still wasn't entirely sold on the outcome of any of them. They were too green, too spicy, not spicy enough...
I eventually gave up in my quest.
Then my wheels once again started spinning. What did I do wrong? Did I miss something? There has to be a way. It seemed like a simple enough ranch style dressing. How could I not manage to duplicate it?
After much research and a lot of time and anguish... I finally did it!
Of course, this ranch does taste slightly different from the original due to the lighter and more healthy alterations. However, it doesn't taste any less amazing!
I have found that in order for this ranch to reach it's full potential, it must be prepared 12-24 hours in advance and allowed to sit in the fridge so that the flavors can fully marry. But, honestly... I can never wait that long! This stuff is just too good to ignore.
Skinny Creamy Jalapeño Ranch
TheSkinnyFork.com - Originally Posted 3/8/14
Servings: 8 • Size: About 2 Tbsp. • Calories: 35.3 • Fat: 2.3 g • Carb: 1.7 g • Fiber: 0 g • Protein: 1.6 g • Sugar: 0.9 g • Sodium: 110.6 mg
1/2 C. Light Mayonnaise
1/2 C. Plain Fat Free Greek Yogurt
1/3 C. Light Sour Cream
1/3 C. Fresh Cilantro
1/3 C. Fat Free Milk
4 Oz. Chopped Green Chiles
1-4 Oz. Pickled Jalapeños (Depending on spice level desired.)
1 (0.74 Oz.) Pkg. Dry Ranch Dressing Mix or Homemade Dry Ranch Seasoning
2 Garlic Cloves
Salt & Pepper to Taste
Toss everything into a blender or food processor.
Blend away to creamy bliss.
Serve as a dip, salad dressing, or even with tacos, enchiladas, or fajitas!
Store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for 3-5 days.