Cafe Rio Ranch Sauce Imitation Recipe

Cafe Rio Ranch Sauce Imitation Recipe


A copy of the recipes of the Rio Café Ranch seasoning-we love these things! It is made with coriander, mayonnaise, ranch seasoning, sour cream and jalapeno!

I may or may not be fascinated by Cafe Rio. For a while, there was no location near us, so I had to make my own Cafe Rio-style recipes at home. We love their shredded chicken, cilantro lime rice and especially their ranch sauce!

CAFE RIO’s famous HOUSE dressing

We have a favorite homemade ranch dressing recipe, but when it comes to Mexican cuisine, Rio Café dressing is the only way out! I have been looking for the perfect Cafe Rio Dressing mission, and I am happy to tell you that my friends have completed the mission!

We made some modifications to the recipes we found in the church cookbook, and VOILA, the perfect Cafe Rio Cilantro Ranch Dressing Recipe.

This seasoning is delicious! ! You will want these things! Like, really—we have it on tacos, chips, quesadillas, salads—you said it! ! So glad we finally found the recipe that most resembles Rio Café (in our humble opinion)! ! 😉

5 minutes + blender

It only takes 5 minutes and a good blender (or food processor) to make this delicious dressing. You just need to put all the ingredients (minus the milk) into the blender, mix, and then add the milk until it reaches the consistency you like. I prefer it in the middle of thick and thin, so I added about ⅓ cups.

Many knockoff recipes I have seen include tomatoes, but we decided not to. If you like the taste of ketchup, feel free to use 1-2. Some other add-ons/subscriptions you might like:

  • Lime juice (from 1 lime)
  • ¼ teaspoon chili powder or cumin (more Texas Mexican flavor)
  • If you want something light, replace mayonnaise or sour cream with plain Greek yogurt.

Even better over time

I personally prefer to make this seasoning one or two days before I want to use it, because then it has time to put in the refrigerator for the flavor to mix.

How long does it last? If the dressing is stored properly, it should be able to keep in the refrigerator for 1-2 weeks. To store it, put it in an airtight container, a glass jar with a lid, or even reuse an empty dressing bottle.

Can you freeze this? I’m not sure how good this is to freeze, because I know that dairy products don’t always defrost well after freezing. It may be worth a try, as some people have successfully frozen ranch dressing in ice cube trays or muffin tins.

To freeze, pour it into an ice cube tray or muffin tin and freeze. After freezing, take them out and put them in a freezer-safe zipper bag, and store them in the freezer for up to 3 months. When you are ready to serve, take out the required amount and thaw in a bowl on the counter. You may need to stir before eating. Let me know the follow-up!

For ideas on how to use this dressing, try:

Course dress

American cuisine

Preparation time 5 minutes

Total time 5 minutes

1 serving

Calories 2052 kcal

Author Little Luna

  • 1 package ranch dip (or 3 tablespoons)
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 bunch coriander
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1-3 teaspoons diced jalapeno
  • ⅓ to 1/2 cup milk

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