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This homemade Buffalo Ranch Sauce is the perfect dipping sauce you can make in minutes. Try this easy recipe at home for your chicken wings and crispy vegetable sticks. This creamy and tangy sauce is mixed with red hot sauce, making it a good substitute for a creamy ranch dressing if you want something more intense.

A bowl of buffalo ranch sauce served with lettuce on a plate.
A bowl of buffalo ranch sauce.

I made this sauce just to create a baked buffalo chicken dip for my guests. I realized it was way easier than running outside to buy some in the grocery stores. I made this recipe in less than 5 minutes. Can you believe it?

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If you are having trouble deciding what dipping sauce to make at home, this recipe is perfect because you can use it for chips like cucumber chipsrutabaga french fries, and even crispy chicken chips jerky.

Why You Will Love This Recipe

  • Fresh Ingredients – making this sauce at home lets you control the quality of the ingredients. You will achieve a fresher and more flavorful sauce compared to store-bought ones.
  • It is cost-effective – if you have all the ingredients in your kitchen, this recipe will be much easier than buying pre-made versions at the stores.
  • Customize All You Want – what I love about this recipe is you can adjust the spice level and thickness of the sauce to suit your taste preferences. Add more or less hot sauce or adjust the amount of sour cream and mayonnaise used.

What Is A Buffalo Sauce?

Buffalo sauce is made from hot sauce, cream, and sometimes other ingredients like vinegar or spices. It is famous, especially in America, for its spicy flavor. It’s best used to coat chicken wings or as a dipping sauce for snacks. It was named after Buffalo, New York, where it originated.

A bowl of creamy, buffalo ranch dip served with fresh cucumber slices and leafy greens on a patterned plate.
A bowl of creamy, buffalo ranch dip.

What Is A Ranch Sauce?

Ranch sauce is a creamy dressing made from a mixture of mayonnaise, sour cream, buttermilk, and herbs I used for this recipe. It has a creamy and excellent flavor with hints of garlic, onion, and sometimes lemon juice or vinegar. Most people use it as a salad dressing or a dipping sauce for vegetables, chips, and other snacks.

This sauce adds creaminess and savory flavor to the buffalo ranch sauce. Since our buffalo ranch sauce is made with a ranch base, it is basically a combination or fusion of the two famous sauces.

Is Buffalo Ranch Dressing Spicy?

Yes, the usual buffalo ranch sauce is spicy, depending on the amount of hot sauce or buffalo sauce used in the recipe. As we know, ranch dressing is not spicy, but the amount of buffalo sauce or hot red sauce adds spiciness to this sauce, making it more like a spicy ranch sauce.

How To Make Homemade Buffalo Ranch Sauce Recipe

Try this homemade buffalo ranch recipe, which requires only a few simple ingredients you can probably find in your kitchen. It’s super easy to make since you only need to mix all the ingredients. Follow these simple instructions and make your buffalo wing sauce with a creamy twist.

Kitchen Tools:

  • Mixing Bowl: Use a medium-sized or large mixing bowl if you are making a large batch. It is better to use a bigger one to prevent any mess once you start mixing all the ingredients.
  • Spoon: A spoon is essential for stirring and mixing the sauce, so using one bigger than a tablespoon is better.
  • Mini Storage Containers: These containers place each ingredient, making it easier to prepare the recipe.
Bowl of creamy herb dip with fresh lettuce on a dark wooden table.
Bowl of creamy herb dip with fresh lettuce on a dark wooden table.

Ingredients:

  • Hot Sauce: You can use your favorite hot sauce you can buy at the stores or make a homemade one. Choose one with the heat level you prefer so you can control the sauce’s spice. Frank’s Red Hot Sauce is okay to use since it’s most people’s favorite.
  • Mayonnaise: Opt for a good-quality mayonnaise to give your sauce a creamy texture. You can use regular or low-fat mayo, depending on your dietary preferences, but as much as possible, use a low-carb one.
  • Sour Cream: Sour cream will add tanginess to the sauce. If you want a lighter cream, you can use buttermilk instead.
  • Yogurt: Choose plain yogurt for a healthier option on traditional ranch dressing. Greek yogurt works well, too, and adds extra creaminess.
  • Fresh Dill: Use chopped fresh dill, but you can use dried dill if you do not have fresh dill.
  • Fresh Parsley: Just a little parsley will do for this recipe. You can also use dried parsley flakes if you do not have available parsley at home.
  • Fresh Chives: You can use finely chopped green onions as a substitute if you do not have fresh chives.
  • Granulated Garlic: Use homemade granulated garlic, or if you prefer, minced fresh garlic instead.
  • Onion Powder: You can buy one or make a homemade grinding onion flakes. This is important for adding a rich onion flavor to the ranch sauce.

*Exact measurements are listed in the recipe card below.

FULL INSTRUCTIONS WITH STEPS FOR MAKING BUFFALO RANCH SAUCE

First Step: Prepare All The Ingredients

The first thing to do is prepare all the ingredients. Because of our clean eating, make sure you use fresh herbs and gluten-free seasonings.

As for the liquid ingredients, you can substitute sour cream, yogurt, and mayonnaise for any other ingredients, like buttermilk, if you like, as long as you use those without sugar or preservatives. You can also use any hot sauce you want to control the spiciness of your buffalo ranch sauce.

Ingredients for buffalo ranch sauce recipe are displayed in separate bowls on a wooden table, including sour cream, dill, garlic, chives, yogurt, parsley, onion powder, and hot sauce.
Ingredients for buffalo ranch sauce recipe.

Second Step: Add the Wet Ingredients

Start the process by adding the sour cream, mayonnaise, and yogurt to the mixing bowl. Adding them first makes it easier to mix them with the other ingredients later.

Four-step sequence preparing buffalo ranch sauce in a wooden bowl.
Preparing buffalo ranch sauce in a wooden bowl.

Third Step: Add Seasonings and Herbs

After all the wet ingredients are in, you can add the seasonings: granulated garlic and onion powder, followed by chopped parsley, dill, and chives.

Two images showing steps in preparing a sauce: 1) spreading sauce on cream in a wooden bowl, 2) adding chopped herbs on top.
Two images showing steps in preparing a sauce.

Fourth Step: Mix Well

Mix everything together with a spoon or whisk until all the ingredients are combined and the flavors are evenly distributed.

Once the ingredients are all mixed and the sauce turns tender, smooth, and creamy, you can enjoy it or store it immediately.

A person mixing ingredients in a wooden bowl with a spatula, including chopped green herbs, spices, and a creamy sauce.
Mixing ingredients in a wooden bowl.

TRICKS AND TIPS:

  • Herbs – as much as possible, use fresh herbs because they provide better flavor than dried herbs.
  • Seasonings – I would suggest making the granulated garlic and onion at home and storing them for later.
  • Whisk – you can use a whisk to mix the ranch buffalo sauce since it is easier, especially with the thick ingredients. But a spoon also works perfectly fine.
  • Spice – If you want your sauce to have more kick of heat, try adding more hot sauce, but if you prefer mild spicy buffalo ranch, use only a little.

FAQ

What Is A Good Substitution For The Seasonings Used?

If you do not have granulated garlic and onion powder in your pantry, you can substitute fresh garlic and onion. Just ensure they are chopped or minced to provide the same flavor.

A bowl of creamy, herb-infused dip served with fresh green lettuce.
A bowl of creamy, herb-infused dip served with fresh green lettuce.

What To Serve With Buffalo Ranch Sauce?

This buffalo sauce with the creamy taste of ranch dressing is the best sauce for various recipes. Either use it as a dip for your baked radish chips or add it to your crack chicken casserole as a substitute for classic ranch dressing.

While some might only use this creamy sauce as a dip for chicken wings or buffalo chicken tenders recipe, it is also perfect for dipping in your homemade onion rings, chicken nuggets, and popcorn chicken since the combination of buffalo and ranch is suitable for any snack.

Is It Okay to Use It as A Salad Dressing?

Yes, absolutely! If you love spicy food or ranch dressing, you will definitely love using this sauce as your salad dressing. I love this sauce because it is for buffalo chicken wings and other dishes like chicken salad and chips. This sauce can add a zesty flavor to your salads by drizzling it over your green vegetables and tossing it to coat everything evenly.

How Long Does It Last?

A homemade sauce like this buffalo creamy ranch sauce usually stays in the fridge for 1 to 2 weeks if you keep it well. But how long it lasts might change depending on how fresh the ingredients are, and since we have added fresh herbs, sour cream, and yogurt, I would give it a maximum of a week.

How Do I Store This Dipping Sauce?

Usually, when I make sauces like this, I use them immediately. But if you ever have some leftover sauce or you made a large batch, you can place the sauce in an airtight container and store it in the fridge for a few days. This will help maintain the flavor and quality of the sauce for as long as possible.

More Delicious Sauce and Spice Recipes

Explore and enjoy some of our delicious sauces and spices that I made for my clean-eating main dishes. Try our new Worcestershire sauce, made with gluten-free ingredients, and our BBQ sauce, perfect for grilled meats and seafood. The first sauce I made for this blog is this gluten-free enchilada sauce, which I still make now together with my enchilada spices.

If you need more spices to add to your pantry, make this garlic powder recipe from dehydrated garlic and our stevia powder made from dried organic stevia leaves.

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A bowl of buffalo ranch sauce.

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Buffalo Ranch Sauce Recipe

Zuzana Paar
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This homemade Buffalo Ranch Sauce is the perfect dipping sauce you can make in minutes. Try this easy recipe at home for your chicken wings and crispy vegetable sticks. This creamy and tangy sauce is mixed with red hot sauce, making it a good substitute for a creamy ranch dressing if you want something more intense.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Course Appetizer, Sauces and Spices
Cuisine American
Servings 10 Portions
Calories 72 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 0,25 Cup Hot Sauce
  • 0,25 Cup Mayonnaise
  • 0,5 Cup Sour Cream
  • 0,5 Cup Yogurt
  • 1 Tablespoon Dill Fresh
  • 1 Tablespoon Parsley Fresh
  • 1 Tablespoon Chives Fresh
  • 1 Tablespoon Granulated Garlic
  • 1 Tablespoon Onion Powder

Instructions
 

  • The first thing to do is prepare all the ingredients. Because of our clean eating, make sure you use fresh herbs and gluten-free seasonings. As for the liquid ingredients, you can substitute sour cream, yogurt, and mayonnaise for any other ingredients, like buttermilk, if you like, as long as you use those without sugar or preservatives. You can also use any hot sauce you want to control the spiciness of your buffalo ranch sauce.
  • Start the process by adding the sour cream, mayonnaise, and yogurt to the mixing bowl. Adding them first makes it easier to mix them with the other ingredients later.
  • After all the wet ingredients are in, you can add the seasonings: granulated garlic and onion powder, followed by chopped parsley, dill, and chives.
  • Mix everything together with a spoon or whisk until all the ingredients are combined and the flavors are evenly distributed. Once the ingredients are all mixed and the sauce turns tender, smooth, and creamy, you can enjoy it or store it immediately.

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Notes

  • Herbs – as much as possible, use fresh herbs because they provide better flavor than dried herbs.
  • Seasonings – I would suggest making the granulated garlic and onion at home and storing them for later.
  • Whisk – you can use a whisk to mix the ranch buffalo sauce since it is easier, especially with the thick ingredients. But a spoon also works perfectly fine.
  • Spice – If you want your sauce to have more kick of heat, try adding more hot sauce, but if you prefer mild spicy buffalo ranch, use only a little.

Nutrition

Serving: 3TablespoonsCalories: 72kcalCarbohydrates: 2gProtein: 2gFat: 6gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 3gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0.01gCholesterol: 10mgSodium: 228mgPotassium: 49mgFiber: 0.2gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 126IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 27mgIron: 0.1mg

Disclaimer

Please note that nutrient values are estimates only. Variations can occur due to product availability and manner of food preparation. Nutrition may vary based on methods of origin, preparation, freshness of ingredients, and other factors.

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By Zuzana Paar on April 20th, 2024
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Zuzana is the creative force and mastermind behind this scrumptious clean eating heaven. She will guide you on this delicious journey as a content creator, recipe developer, food writer, movie maker, blogger, and photographer. With her diverse skills she is dedicated to sharing delicious, healthy recipes and helpful tips with readers.

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