The BEST Chuy’s Creamy Jalapeno Copycat Recipe (2024)

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Move over salsa, queso, and guac. Creamy Jalapeno is all you are ever going to need with your chips and margs. This stuff is SO addictively good, get ready to be uncomfortably full from the shameful amount of creamy jalapeno and chips you’ll consume – no joke! This is the BEST Chuy’s Creamy Jalapeno copycat recipe and it is one to keep in your recipe arsenal.

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What is Chuy’s Creamy Jalapeno?

This creamy dip is speckled with pureed tangy and spicy pickled jalapenos, cilantro and lime juice in a buttermilk ranch base. This is extraordinarily popular and made famous by Chuy’s Tex Mex restaurant from Texas. The spice is low-medium. I don’t find pickled jalapenos to be too terribly hot. Plus, the creaminess from the mayo, buttermilk, and sour cream offset the heat quite a bit.

Chuy’s Creamy Jalapeno starts with a delicious ranch dressing base. I’ve tried this recipe using my delicious homemade ranch, but in all honesty, it tasted less like the Chuy’s version. The powdered Hidden Ranch seasoning packet is the closest I can find to tasting exactly like Chuy’s!

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How to Make The BEST Chuy’s Creamy Jalapeno Copycat Recipe?

I start with a 1:1 ratio of mayo and sour cream. Don’t skimp on brands here, Daisy or similar quality sour cream and Duke’s or Hellman/Best Foods mayo really make a difference here. Then I flavored the ranch with fresh jalapeños andfresh cilantro, that I puree in a food processor or blender. Add some fresh buttermilk and fresh lime juice and you have BETTER than Chuy’s Creamy Jalapeno dip!

There is speculation that Chuy’s uses tomatillo’s in this creamy jalapeno dip but that’s actually not the case. After a bit of research with the help of some awesome staff at my local Chuy’s, they gave me the scoop on this phenomenal sauce and it’s true to my recipe below!The BEST Chuy’s Creamy Jalapeno Copycat Recipe (4)

Let The Creamy Jalapeno Chill First!

Although it will still be delicious immediately…

Allowing this dip time to chill in the fridge – at least 4 hours – will give the flavors time to blend and intensify.

As for the flavor, I always recommend tasting it just before serving in order to adjust the salt, pepper, and lime, if necessary.

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The BEST Chuy's Creamy Jalapeno Copycat Recipe

The famous creamy jalapeno dip from Chuy's can be easily made at home with a few quick steps. The sauce is a ranch base, loaded with zesty lime juice, tangy pickled jalapenos and cilantro.

Serve it as a party dip alongside chips and salsa or use this as a condiment for tacos, burgers, or sandwiches.

Prep Time10 minutes mins

Total Time10 minutes mins

Course: Appetizer, Snack

Servings: 6 servings

Calories: 260kcal

Author: Mallory Austin


  • 3/4 cup cilantro leaves, large stems removed
  • 1/2 cup pickled Jalapenos
  • 2 tablespoons juice from pickled Jalapenos
  • 3/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 3/4 cup sour cream
  • 1 heaping tablespoon dry ranch seasoning Hidden Valley or similar
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice (fresh)
  • 1/4 cup buttermilk optional


  • In a food processor (or blender works too), purée cilantro leaves with the pickled jalapenos and 2 tbsp of their juice. Purée until as minced as possible, scraping down the sides a few times.

  • Put the mayo and sour cream in a mixing bowl. Add the ranch seasoning, garlic powder, and salt. Mix well to combine.

  • Pour cilantro mixture directly into the sour cream mixture. Stir to combine. Add lime juice, then a little buttermilk if needed to thin it out, a splash at a time until you reach desired consistency.

  • Store in a mason jar, condiment bottle, or a bowl tightly sealed. Refrigerate up to five days. Best served chilled so they flavors have time to meld together.

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The BEST Chuy’s Creamy Jalapeno Copycat Recipe (2024)


What is Chuy's creamy jalapeño made of? ›

What is Chuy's Creamy Jalapeno? This creamy dip is speckled with pureed tangy and spicy pickled jalapenos, cilantro and lime juice in a buttermilk ranch base. This is extraordinarily popular and made famous by Chuy's Tex Mex restaurant from Texas. The spice is low-medium.

How do you make Chuy Gooey? ›

One cup of sour cream, one cup of mayonnaise, one cup of buttermilk, a package of ranch seasoning mix, 1/3 cup of pickled jalapeno slices, 2 cans of green chilies, half a cup of cilantro. Packed and I did. The fresh were obviously from Texas.

What is creamy jalapeno sauce made of? ›

Place minced jalapenos, sour cream, ranch dressing mix, garlic powder, and cilantro in a blender or food processor. Blend until smooth. Cover and refrigerate at least one hour, or overnight, before serving.

What is the green sauce at Chuys? ›

What is the green sauce at Chuy's? Chuy's famous green sauce is a deluxe tomatillo sauce with sour cream, fresh herbs, cilantro & spices. This delicious dip gets its green color from both the tomatillos and the fresh cilantro.

Is creamy chipotle sauce the same as creamy jalapeño? ›

Is creamy jalapeno sauce the same as creamy chipotle sauce? Jalapeno sauce and chipotle sauce are very similar. The biggest difference is the pepper. Chipotle peppers are fully ripened red jalapeno peppers that are smoked and dried so they have a slightly different, smokier flavor.

What is the secret menu item at Chuys? ›

Chuys: Famous Creamy Jalapeño - "The original Chuy's secret menu item. Started as a salad dressing and those in "the know" would ask for it for their chips. Famous and not so secret anymore."

Is Chuy's Boom Boom sauce spicy? ›

This spicy sauce is made with beef stock, fresh fire-roasted New Mexican green chiles and caramelized onions. BOOM-BOOM Made with cheese, roasted New Mexican green chiles, tomatillos, green onions, cilantro and lime juice. Advance notice is appreciated. We can modify and customize an item to satisfy your cravings.

How do you thicken jalapeno sauce? ›

By Adding Xanthan Gum

You can use Xanthan gum to thicken your homemade hot sauce too. Simply add ⅛th teaspoon per cup of hot sauce and blend it well into the sauce while it is still hot, using a blender.

How long is creamy jalapeno sauce good for? ›

When stored in the refrigerator in an airtight container, this Creamy Jalapeño Cilantro Sauce will stay fresh for up to a week.

What is Taco Bell creamy jalapeño sauce? ›

Pickled jalapenos, cilantro, sour cream, mayonnaise, buttermilk, tomatillo green salsa, cumin & Ranch dressing mix.

What kind of oil does Chuy's use? ›

Great question! We do fry in soybean oil, so you'll want to avoid anything fried. Our flour tortillas contain soy, but the corn tortillas are both soy and dairy free!

How many calories are in Chuy's creamy jalapeño dip? ›

Chuy's Creamy Jalapeno Dressing (4 fl oz) contains 10g total carbs, 10g net carbs, 40g fat, 2g protein, and 380 calories.

What makes Chuys different than other restaurants? ›

Every dish at Chuy's is made from scratch each day in our kitchens. Our produce comes in every morning, and we carefully pick through each box to make sure we have the best ingredients to make your favorite Tex-Mex meal. Fun fact – The freezers at Chuy's are about the same size as the one you have in your house.

What is jalapeno cheese made of? ›

Ingredients: Cultured Milk, Water, Cream, Skim Milk, Sodium Phosphates, Green & Red Jalapeno Peppers, Salt, Sorbic Acid (Preservative), Titanium Dioxide, Natural Flavor, Red Ground Peppers, Enzymes.

Does creamy jalapeño have dairy? ›

The Avocado Ranch Sauce, Creamy Jalapeno Sauce, regular Nacho Cheese Sauce, and Spicy Ranch Sauce at Taco Bell do contain milk. The seasonal Lava Sauce also contains milk. Packaged Sauce Note: There are sauces sold in stores with the Taco Bell name.

What is jalapeño ranch made of? ›

Blend ranch dressing, cilantro, jalapeno pepper, tomato, and avocado in a blender until smooth. Refrigerate for 2 hours before serving.

What is jalapeño tree green sauce made of? ›

Jalapeno Tree's Green Sauce: 2 avocados, 3 tomatillos, 1 green pepper (bell, anaheim, banana, etc), 1-2 jalapenos to taste, 2 cloves fresh garlic, 1/2 bunch fresh cilantro, 1 Tablespoon Salt, 8 oz fat free sour cream. Blend everything together.

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