Creamy Tomatillo and Jalapeno Ranch


If you live in Utah you know what Cafe Rio is. It’s our beloved Mexican cantina restaurant with some seriously delicious food and this is probably the most popular and famous thing on the menu, the creamy house dressing. Well, this is my attempt at it because we seriously can’t live without it. This goes on salads, tacos, burrito bowls, you name it. It is addictive! If you’ve never heard of this you absolutely need to try and make it! If you know what it is, well…you know! :)))



Creamy Tomatillo and Jalapeno Ranch

Cafe Rio copycat creamy tomatillo and jalapeño ranch dressing
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Course condiment, Side Dish
Cuisine American, Mexican


  • Food processor or blender


  • 2-3 small to medium tomatillos
  • 1 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1 1/2 cup light mayo
  • 1 package Ranch dressing mix
  • 2-3 cloves garlic
  • 1/2 bunch cilantro
  • 1 small lime juiced
  • 1 small jalapeno seeds removed


  • Clean the tomatillos and cut in half, do the same with jalapeno and remove the seeds if you don't like too much heat (I left mine in so the dressing was nice and spicy)). Broil for 5-10 minutes until slightly charred.
  • Put all the ingredients into a food processor or blender and blend until completely smooth, about 1 minute.


Serve on salads, tacos, or burrito bowls. I love this on top of roasted veggies too or as a chip dip. We basically love it with anything!
Keyword dressing, jalapeno ranch, ranch, salad dressing, tomatillo ranch


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