Craving Creamy Jalapeno Dip? This Recipe is Super Close to Chuy’s Version

This Creamy Jalapeno Dip recipe is as close to the famous Chuy’s Jalapeno dip as I’ve been able to get. So when you can’t have the real deal, this is a close second.

Chuy's Creamy Jalapeno Dip recipe

If you’re ever in the Austin, TX area, a stop for a bite to eat at Chuy’s is well worth it if you want some tasty Tex-Mex. Yes there are other Chuy’s locations, from Colorado and heading east you’ll find them scattered about all over the place, but it originated in Austin.

Right before we left my hometown to leave on our year(ish) long trip, I had to eat at Chuy’s. It’s loud, a little chaotic, and I love it.

I knew it would be quite a while before I could have a plate of their Baja tacos, a margarita on the rocks (extra salt, please) and dip chips into their Creamy Jalapeno sauce, so I tried to savor every bite and soak in the eclectic atmosphere as much as possible.

Although we’ve eaten at some pretty amazing places on the west so far (the east is coming up soon!), there’s no other place I can order this iconic dip. And really, why would I want to have it anywhere else?

But when you’re on the road and you’re missing the comforts of home, sometimes you do what you can to get a little taste of your favorites. And sometimes that means making it yourself.

I knew this dip had jalapenos and ranch. But that was about it. After doing some research, I saw that almost every recipe had mayonnaise in it. Now, while the original Chuy’s jalapeno ranch may have mayo in it, I just don’t do mayo when it comes to cooking. I’m a big fat baby when it comes to the stuff and the smell is, just, ugh.

So I left out the mayo, happily. And it turned out quite yummy.

Chuy's Creamy Jalapeno Dip Recipe

Creamy Jalapeno Dip Recipe

This Creamy Jalapeno Dip Recipe is super easy and fast to whip up. Make it and immediately dig in or make it a day ahead to let it thicken up and for the flavors to develop.

You can make this in a food processor or a blender. Since we’re currently traveling by RV, I have very limited gadgets. When the time came to choose between the blender and the food processor, the blender won (by a long shot because…smoothies) and the food processor was sold at a garage sale.

I have the Ninja blender and it did such a fantastic job pureeing the cilantro and jalapenos. There were zero chunks.

Creamy Jalapeno Dip Recipe - Chuy's copy cat recipe


  • 16 oz. container of sour cream (I don’t recommend the light sour cream)
  • 1 packet of Ranch dressing mix
  • 1/2 cup cilantro, chopped finely
  • 2 jalapenos, diced
  • 1 lime
  • 2 – 3 Tbsp. buttermilk or milk (I used milk because I had it on hand, but buttermilk will make it a bit richer tasting and thicker)


Add the first five ingredients and 1 Tbsp of milk into the blender. Blend, then add the rest of the milk according to how thick or how thin you’d like the dip.

Easy peasy.

Serve with chips or spoon it over, well, anything. Fajitas, enchiladas, tacos, just drink it straight from the blender…

If you’re a Chuy’s fan, let us know what your favorite dish is. I’m in a Baja tacos rut and need to branch out!

chuys copycat creamy jalapeno dip recipe

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  1. This recipe is great! I’m a big fan of the Chuy’s dip, and this is very close. Super easy to make too. Be very careful with the milk at first. The 1st time I made it perfectly, the 2nd time it was a little runny. My fault.
    The closest Chuy’s to me is 25 minutes away, so this gives me my fix!

    1. So glad you are enjoying that dip, Laura! We gotta have that fix every now and then. Thanks for providing that tip to take it easy with the milk!

      Keep on enjoying…

  2. OMG! This dip is amazing! The closest Chuys to us is 14 hours away! This definitely cures my want for Chuys Jalapeño Dip. Thank you for this amazing recipe.

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