Creamy Tomatillo Ranch {cafe rio copycat}

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Creamy Tomatillo Ranch {cafe rio copycat} – Creamy ranch dressing seasoned with fresh cilantro, zesty lime and tomatillos!

Creamy Tomatillo Ranch {Cafe Rio copycat!}

It’s no secret that I adore Mexican food. Both the truly authentic, and the American-ized. Cafe Rio is a regular even at our house. We l.o.v.e. Cafe Rio and we are o.b.s.e.s.s.e.d with their Creamy Tomatillo Ranch dressing. I could put that stuff on everything! And I do. Sometimes I just drink it straight.

Okay I don’t drink it straight.  But I do lick the spoon.

Creamy Tomatillo Ranch {Cafe Rio copycat!}

This Cafe Rio copycat recipe is so simple and quick to make, just throw all of the ingredients in the blender, give it a few good pulses, let it chill and you’ve got the most amazing dressing. I especially love to pour this Creamy Tomatillo Ranch on tacos, burritos, sandwiches, and our favorite copycat Cafe Rio Sweet Pork!! (Scroll down to check out that recipe as well!)

Creamy Tomatillo Ranch {cafe rio copycat}
Recipe Type: Side Dish/Condiment
Author: Tiffany
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Creamy ranch dressing seasoned with fresh cilantro, zesty lime and tomatillos! A Cafe Rio favorite you can whip up in minutes at home!
  • 1 package Hidden Valley Buttermilk Ranch Dressing Mix (dry)
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 cup mayo (I used reduced fat)
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 2 medium-sized tomatillos, husked and chopped
  • 1/2 cup packed cilantro leaves, roughly chopped
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 1 small jalapeño, seeded and finely diced
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons lime juice
  1. Add all ingredients to your blender and pulse 2-3 minutes until smooth and creamy. Add extra water 1 tablespoon at a time if needed to reach desired consistency. Chill at least one hour before use and store in fridge in airtight container. **Makes about 2 cups**

These are tasty too!

Cafe Rio Sweet Pork {copycat}Copycat Cafe Rio Sweet Pork

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I made this tonight, and it was like water! Im hoping that it thickens in the fridge. I read through the comments (should have done That first) and i’ll add sime avoc tomorrow if its still wateRy.

Luckily i read the comments fIrst and left out the water. Used 1/3c greek yogurt + 2/3c milk in place of buttermilk anr it was perfect. Great flavor.

    Thanks for your input!

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I forgot to put the ranch packet on my grocery list. Can i signature with a bottle of ranch dressing? And if so how much should i use? I’m thinking mix everything else and then add A little bit Of ranch.

    Substitute not signature

    It will def be different with ranch dressing itself! but it’s maybe worth a try. I just don’t know how the consistency will be.

Never heard of Cafe Rio, but the recipe looked delicious. Taste is amazing but is extremely watery and thin – nothing creamy about it, even after 2nd day in fridge. Should have started with 1/4 c buttermilk and gone from there.

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