Habanero Ranch Dip Recipe

We have come to the end of our Pepper Extravaganza. We have added serrano peppers to our breakfast with Ultimate California Toast, made a tasty appetizer with the Black Bean + Corn Stuffed Jalapeños and combined both of these peppers with some anaheim chilies in the 3 Pepper Vegan Mac and Cheese.

And we are going to end this week with a bang with this Habanero Ranch Dip. It is all kinds of spicy and delicious.

We talked about the Scoville heat ratings of the serrano and jalapeño here, and it seemed like we were dealing with some pretty hot peppers.

Well, we were wrong.

The habanero pepper is one of the spiciest peppers in the WORLD – or so the internet tells me.

It measures between 100,000-350,000 Scoville units which is 10+ times hotter than a jalapeño.

Phew. That’s hot.

This may make you wonder why I put THREE of these bad boys in this dip.

Well, I’m a little crazy.

Oh…and I wanted a good kick for this dip.

The awesome thing about making this dip creamy is that the sour cream mellows the spice.

But don’t get me wrong, this is still spicy.

And so so so good.

I would start with 1 habanero and work your way up until you are comfortable with the spice.

Serve these fresh veggies – I cut up some bell peppers and celery.

You could also thin this out with some water and serve it over a salad. I have put it on my Grilled Fajita Chicken Salad and it was A++++.

I hope you enjoyed this series of spicy recipes. Don’t worry this won’t be the last – what would ESC be without a little (or a lotta) spice?

Habanero Ranch Dip

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  • ½ cup light sour cream
  • 1 tbsp. dry ranch mix
  • 1-3 habanero peppers*
  • ½ bundle fresh cilantro, stems removed
  • water


  1. Add the first 4 ingredients to a food processor. Turn the food processor on low and slowly add water through the top – adding1 tbsp. at a time until the ingredients are incorporated and the dip has the consistency you want.
  2. Serve with fresh veggies.


*Add 1 habanero at a time until dip reaches the spice level you are comfortable with.