1-2chipotle peppers in adobo sauce (NOT the entire can) Note 4
BLEND: Combine all of the ingredients in a high-powered blender or food processor. Season to taste with salt and pepper. (I add 1/4 teaspoon of each.) Blend until completely smooth.
ADJUST: Taste dip and adjust -- adding more seasonings to taste preference or increasing the chipotle peppers to heat preference. You may even want additional lime juice for a tangier sauce.
ENJOY: Serve as aveggiedip with sticks of celery, bell pepper, carrot, cucumber, and snap peas. Serve with wings. Almost any flavor of chicken wings pairs nicely with this dip -- especially a sweeter wing (so you'll get sweet and spicy!). Use as a sandwich spread, drizzle on salads, tacos, or burrito bowls. Use as a dip for sweet potato fries. The sky is the limit!
Note 1: I highly recommend real, full-fat mayo for the best possible flavor in this dip. Hellmann's/Best Foods® is hands-down my favorite brand (not sponsored). There aren't any substitutes that I'd recommend instead of mayo.Note 2: I've used both lite and full-fat sour cream in this dip and didn't notice much of a difference in flavor or creaminess -- either works great.Note 3: The secret for ranch flavor without ranch dressing? A seasoning mix! We love Hidden Valley® ranch seasoning mix best -- it has the most robust flavor we've found! (Again, not sponsored.) Unfortunately, prepared ranch dressing doesn't work in this recipe, only the dry seasoning packet. Don't prepare the packet according to directions; just use the dry powder in this recipe.Note 4: I buy a 7.5 ounce can of Chipotle Peppers in Adobo Sauce and start with 1 tablespoon of pepper(s) and surrounding sauce (which is usually 1 small pepper -- remove seeds if super sensitive to heat). Do not add the entire can; start slow and then add more until this dip is to your heat preference. Note that this dip does get hotter after sitting in the fridge overnight or for a few hours. Also, if you don't add enough chipotle peppers, the sauce may be lacking in flavor.Nutrition information is for the entire recipe, since serving sizes will vary.