Monday, January 28, 2013

Homemade Ranch Dressing Mix

A lot of recipes nowadays call for DRY Ranch dressing mix. For example, just out of MY recipes that call for Ranch dressing mix, I've got Bacon Ranch Potato SaladCilantro-Lime Ranch DressingGoldfish Snack Mix, Cheddar Bacon Ranch DipSlow-Cooker Creamy Pork Chops, Fiesta Ranch Chicken Cheese Ball, Bacon Cheddar Ranch Hashbrown Casserole, Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad, AND something I need to make for the upcoming Super Bowl, my Bacon Cheddar Ranch Cheese Ball.

The point is, I can't be the ONLY one who goes through their fare share of Ranch mix. It's one of key ingredients in my favorite pot roast recipe, too! Most stores only carry the Hidden Valley Ranch brand, and it's not exactly cheap (side note: ALDI has their own version and it IS cheap. I've used it before, and, honestly, it's GREAT). After looking at what felt like HUNDREDS of recipes online, then deciding to just wing it, I came up with my very own version, all out of spices I already had in the pantry! 

Now, not only do I not have to buy dry mixes anymore, I don't have to buy bottled dressing either - I can whip up my own homemade batch in minutes! 

Homemade Ranch Dressing Mix

1 cup powdered buttermilk
2 Tbsp dried parsley
1 Tbsp dried chives
2 tsp dried minced onion
2 tsp onion powder
2 tsp garlic salt
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp dill weed
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp white pepper
1/2 tsp celery salt

Combine all of the ingredients in a food processor and pulse until powdered. Store in an air-tight container. 

To make dressing, combine 1 1/2 Tbsp of mix with 1 cup of mayonnaise and 1/2 cup of milk. Whisk to combine, then chill for 2 hours to let the flavors meld.


  1. Taco Soup

    (optional) 1 pound ground meat or substitute
    1 can kidney beans
    1 can pinto beans
    1 can black beans
    1 can corn (full kernel; you don't want creamed) (optional: drained)
    1 can hominy, drained
    2 cans of diced tomatoes (I use Ro-Tel lime cilantro or diced green chili, and Hunt's garlic and onion)
    1 envelope taco seasoning (or appropriate spices)
    1 envelope dry Ranch dressing (or appropriate substitute, such as your lovely recipe here!)

    If you are using meat, brown it in a STOCK pot. Once the meat is browned, slowly mix in the dry ingredients and coat the meat well with it; doing this will prevent the dry ingredients from clumping together once you add the liquid ingredients.

    After the dry ingredients are well mixed with the meat/substitute, pour all of the remaining ingredients in the pot, and heat to a simmer.

    Serve in plain bowls as a chili, in corn or flour tortillas as burritos, in a taco salad, with tortilla or corn chips, with fresh onions/peppers/mushrooms/tomatoes/avocados, with cheese, with sour cream, and/or anything else that strikes your fancy. This is easy, inexpensive, feeds a lot of people, is VERY versatile, only messes up one pot if you brown the meat in the stock pot (or don't use meat at all), can easily be adjusted to accommodate many dietary restrictions, freezes and reheats well, is delicious and nutritious, and fills you up. It's a FANTASTIC recipe.

    1. This sounds FANTASTIC! LOVE the addition of hominy! THANK YOU!

  2. I made this to go with some Avocado Egg Rolls with Chipotle Ranch Dipping Sauce that I made today, and it turned out awesome! Thank you so much for the recipe. It was great to find a homemade version of this mix that doesn't contain a bunch of junk. I posted it over on my blog with a link back to yours. Thank you! :)

    1. Awesome!! I checked out your blog and it's great! Thanks for reading :)

  3. I love Aldi's Ranch mix! Unfortunately the Aldi near us stopped selling them and I am on the hunt for homemade ranch mix recipes. Does this recipe taste like Aldi's mix?

    1. Brianna, the Aldi stores here still carry it! To me, THIS recipe has more dill than Aldi, so, you might want to leave it out or cut it back a little :)