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Chef Rafael’s Jalapeño Ranch Dip

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25-1 Spring Issue
Entertaining the Bakersfield Way by Miles Johnson

Hors d’oeuvres need not be cheese and cracker plates fussily attended to with just the right sprig of dill on each delicate wedge of Lacey Swiss. Who has that kind of time? Sometimes, a simple, fiery dip is all it takes to whet the appetite in preparation for the meal and evening ahead. Served with blue corn tortilla chips, Italian bread sticks, or sliced vegetables, a bowl of this ultra-simple spicy dip will please everyone, especially the host.


  • 16 oz fat-free sour cream
  • 1 packet Hidden Valley Ranch Dip Mix
  • 1 medium bunch of cilantro leaves with as little of the stem as possible
  • 1 fresh jalapeño, capped, sliced, and seeded


  1. Combine all the ingredients in a food processor and pulse until smooth.
  2. This remarkably simple recipe can be adjusted for individual taste and pickled jalapeños can be used in place of fresh ones.

Additional Tips

Entertaining Tip: Allow guests to serve themselves whenever possible. This will leave more time for the host to be a part of the gathering rather than simply catering to it. Small ramekins or serving dishes are perfect for allowing each guest to spoon up their own dips and sauces.