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Chuy’s Creamy Jalapeno Dip

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Chuy’s Creamy Jalapeno Dip will make you feel like you’re at the restaurant! This bold and flavorful dip has a few simple ingredients, and I’ve included a couple of easy swaps to lighten it up. This dip gets even better as it rests, and you’ll want to drizzle, dip and dunk it with everything

This post and recipe card were updated May 21, 2019
overhead shot of finished dip in black bowl

I rarely ate Mexican food growing up, so it was serious culture shock when I moved to Oklahoma and my friends wanted to eat out at Mexican restaurants all the time.

I learned to love the cuisine pretty quickly, and have incorporated quite a few recipes into my blog.

My friend Mary introduced me to Chuy’s Tex-Mex restaurant a couple of years ago, and it immediately jumped into my Top 10. Chuy’s has 10 signature sauces they make daily in small batches, and my hands-down favorite is Creamy Jalapeno.

It’s sort of listed on the menu–they tell you to ask about it–but everyone who’s been there knows about it. And that, of course, means lots of copycat recipes online. So I decided to join in the fun, with Chuy’s Creamy Jalapeno Dip

WHY THIS RECIPE WORKS
  • It’s easy to make and incredibly flavorful
  • It will last in the fridge for about a week
  • You can dip/dunk/drizzle it on everything

When I knock a recipe out of the park, I dance around my kitchen. I did a serious dance after one bite of this Chuy’s Creamy Jalapeno Dip!

overhead shot of dip in black bowl with napkin on the side
INGREDIENTS FOR CHUY’S CREAMY JALAPENO DIP

Let’s be honest…Chuy’s Creamy Jalapeno Dip probably won’t win any healthy awards. But you know that, especially when you accept a 2nd helping of chips and dip. However, I made a few adjustments to lighten it up a little.

Mayonnaise – I use two different types. Avocado Oil Mayo is light, creamy, and has great flavor. Duke’s Real Mayonniase is my newest favorite find, and I love the creamy texture and rich flavor.

DO NOT use imitation mayo, as it totally changes the flavor

Light sour cream – tastes the same as regular, with half the calories

Buttermilk – adds a little bit of tang, and creates a nice, creamy consistency

Canned Chiles – I found both chopped and diced chiles in the Hispanic foods section of the grocery store. Either one is fine, and your real choice is mild, medium or hot

Ranch – I almost never buy ranch dressing, but I do keep Ranch Dip Mix in the pantry. The mix adds just the right flavors to the Chuy’s Creamy Jalapeno Dip. I have not tried to make the dip with ranch dressing, but have heard other people say that the consistency isn’t the same

Fresh jalapenos, garlic, and cilantro. The major jalapeno heat comes from the ribs and seeds, so make sure to remove them

5 MINUTES TO DELICIOUS CHUY’S CREAMY JALAPENO DIP

That’s right, it takes 5 minutes to make Chuy’s Creamy Jalapeno Dip. And it’s so incredibly simple

Start with fresh jalapenos, garlic, and cilantro. Remove seeds and ribs from jalapenos. Coarsely chop the garlic. Remove and discard cilantro stems

overhead shot of fresh cilantro, jalapeno and garlic

Combine all ingredients in a food processor

overhead shot of all ingredients in food processor

Process until smooth

overhead shot of Creamy Jalapeno Dip mixed

Allow the dip to rest in the fridge for 30 minutes before serving! I know you want to dive right in, but trust me on this. The dip is better after a few hours, or even overnight, but I can never wait that long.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

How far ahead should I make the dip? You can make it the day before you need it, but I usually make it up to 4 hours before serving

How long will leftovers last? Up to one week, stored in an airtight container in the fridge

Can I use almond or soy milk? You can, but the consistency is significantly thinner. If you use one of these options, make sure to use unflavored.

Do I have to use two different mayonnaises? Absolutely not! I swap in Avocado Oil Mayo to help lighten up the dip. But you could easily go one or the other

overhead shot of dip in black bowl. Chip with dip in the foreground
WHAT TO SERVE WITH CHUY’S CREAMY JALAPENO DIP
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Chuy's Creamy Jalapeno Dip - Karyl's Kulinary Krusade

Chuy's Creamy Jalapeno Dip

Yield: 2 cups
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Additional Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes

Chuy's Creamy Jalapeno Dip will make you feel like you're at the restaurant! This bold and flavorful dip has a few simple ingredients, and I've included a couple of easy swaps to lighten it up. This dip gets even better as it rests, and you'll want to drizzle, dip and dunk it with everything

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup real mayonnaise (do NOT use imitation!)
  • 1/2 cup avocado oil mayo
  • 1/3 cup buttermilk
  • 1/3 cup light sour cream
  • 1 can (4 oz) chopped chiles (mild or hot)
  • 2 large jalapenos, seeded, ribs removed, coarsley chopped
  • 1/3 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 1oz packet dry ranch dip mix
  • 3 cloves garlic, coarsley chopped

Instructions

  1. Add all ingredients to a food processor, and pulse until smooth
  2. Allow dip to rest for at least 30 minutes before serving

Notes

I use a combination of avocado oil mayonnaise and real mayonnaise.

Do NOT use imitation mayo, as it completely changes the flavor of the dip.

The serious heat of jalapenos comes from the ribs and seeds. So make sure to remove both prior to chopping. Also, wash your hands thoroughly as soon as you are done!

If you have access to fresh chiles you can certainly use those. I can never find them in my grocery, so I use canned

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

How far ahead should I make the dip? You can make it the day before you need it, but I usually make it up to 4 hours before serving

How long will leftovers last? Up to one week, stored in an airtight container in the fridge

Can I use almond or soy milk? You can, but the consistency is significantly thinner. If you use one of these options, make sure to use unflavored.

Do I have to use two different mayonnaises? Absolutely not! I swap in Avocado Oil Mayo to help lighten up the dip. But you could easily go one or the other

Can I use ranch dressing instead of ranch dip mix? I have not tried this, but have heard other people say that the consistency of the finished product isn't the same.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 16 Serving Size: 2oz
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 142Total Fat: 15gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 12gCholesterol: 8mgSodium: 81mgCarbohydrates: 1gFiber: 0gSugar: 1gProtein: 1g
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