Homemade Zesty Ranch Sauce

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Homemade Zesty Ranch Sauce is sure to tantalize your taste buds. You’re about to whip up something that’ll put store-bought dressings to shame. We’re talking about a homemade ranch dressing that’s not just creamy and dreamy but also packs a delightful punch, thanks to a little cayenne pepper. And it can be used as a sauce or a dip. 

Dipping a burger into ranch sauce.


You only need a few ingredients for this mouthwatering and spicy ranch dip.

  • Mayonnaise and sour cream: The creamy base that sets the stage.
  • Original Ranch Seasoning Mix: The star of the show.
  • A dash of paprika, salt, and that kick from cayenne pepper: These simple ingredients elevate the sauce to new heights.

The full printable recipe with measurements and instructions is waiting for you at the bottom of this post in the recipe card!

Sauce on a counter with hamburgers.

What We Love About Ranch Sauce

  • The recipe is a simple one. No need for a food processor or mixer. It’s as easy as adding a few things to a small bowl and mixing. 
  • The recipe is perfect for adding variety, whether it’s buttermilk, Greek dressing, or adding some spice with black pepper and diced jalapeños.
  • It’s the perfect recipe if you’re a beginner or a seasoned chef. 
  • It works as the perfect salad dressing, a dip, a hamburger dressing, or anything you want to add it to.
steps for making sauce.


  1. In a small mixing bowl, blend mayonnaise and sour cream until smooth.
  2. For that zesty touch, stir in the seasoning mix, paprika, salt, and cayenne pepper.
  3. Serve or store your sauce in a mason jar or an airtight container in the fridge.


  • Spice it up with a splash of hot sauce or a bit of chipotle ranch flair.
  • For a herbier version, add fresh parsley, fresh dill, or chives.
  • If you love garlic, a teaspoon of garlic powder will make it pop!
  • For a healthier twist of this creamy dressing, swap mayo with Greek yogurt or light mayo.
  • Fresh lemon juice or a dash of Worcestershire sauce can add a unique tang.
  • Love a thinner consistency? Add a splash of your own buttermilk or regular milk.
Hamburgers on a counter with a bowl of dip

Ingredient Substitutions

  • No sour cream? Use Greek yogurt or buttermilk for a buttermilk ranch flavor.
  • For an allergy-friendly version, use dairy-free alternatives like coconut yogurt.

Storage Instructions

Keep refrigerated in a mason jar or any airtight container. The spicy ranch dressing is best enjoyed within a week for that fresh flavor.

Dish Pairings

  • Imagine this ranch with chicken wings, a taco salad, or as a dipping sauce for your fresh veggies. Heaven!
  • It’s perfect with french fries, burrito bowls, or as the best ranch dressing to drizzle over your favorite salad.
  • Add it to Hidden Valley Ranch burgers.
  • Create a charcuterie board with potato chips and fresh vegetables. Add the homemade ranch dip in the center of the board for plenty of dipping.
sauce in the background on a counter.

Forget the store-bought ranch because this will become one of your family favorites. This recipe will give you a ranch sauce that’s not only delicious but also customizable to your heart’s content. Next time you’re craving something creamy with a little bit of heat, remember this recipe.

It’s your ticket to saying goodbye to store-bought dressings and hello to the flavor of homemade goodness. Now, tell me, what’s your favorite way to enjoy this homemade Zesty Ranch Sauce? Let me know in the comments. I check back often!

Ranch sauce in a small bowl with a spoon.

Homemade Zesty Ranch Sauce

Discover the rich flavors of Homemade Zesty Ranch Sauce, a creamy blend of herbs, spices, and tangy ingredients, perfect for salads and snacks.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 minutes
Course Dip
Cuisine American
Servings 10
Calories 117 kcal


  • cup mayonnaise
  • ¼ cup sour cream
  • 2 teaspoons Original Ranch Seasoning Mix
  • ½ teaspoon paprika
  • Pinch of salt
  • Pinch of cayenne pepper


  • In a small mixing bowl, combine mayonnaise and sour cream, and mix until well combined.
  • Next, add ranch seasoning mix, paprika, salt and cayenne pepper until fully combined.
  • Serve or place in a glass jar and store in refrigerator.


  • Best served chilled.
  • Great on burgers, fries, tacos, as a dip, and more!


Serving: 1gCalories: 117kcalCarbohydrates: 1gProtein: 0.3gFat: 12gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 7gMonounsaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0.03gCholesterol: 10mgSodium: 187mgPotassium: 12mgFiber: 0.03gSugar: 0.3gVitamin A: 95IUVitamin C: 0.1mgCalcium: 7mgIron: 0.1mg
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