Spicy Southwest Salad Dressing

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Add a little Tex-Mex flavor to your greens…

If you have Ranch dressing at the ready, a decently stocked spice rack, and a few common kitchen ingredients, you’re ready to make a delicious spicy Southwest salad dressing. This is a 5-minute “whip it up” recipe that’s still mighty Tex-Mex tasty for how simple it is. Try it with a simple green salad or use it as the dressing base for a Tex-Mex salad bowl featuring beans, corn, greens, and chicken.

Chili powder provides that Tex-Mex flavor, though it’s not known for its spiciness (being a mix of spices). The heat in this spicy Southwest salad dressing comes from cayenne pepper powder. Adjust it based on your spice tolerance.

Spicy Southwest Salad Dressing

Spicy Southwest Salad Dressing

5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Servings 2 servings



  • Add all ingredients to a mixing bowl and stir to combine.
  • Use immediately or transfer to a sealable jar and refrigerate for future use (best used in 2 to 3 days).


The cayenne pepper is optional, though it does provide the real spiciness in this recipe. Chili powder is a mix of spices and tends to be on the milder side.
Want it spicier? Add a little more cayenne pepper powder, to taste.
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Matt Bray

Matt Bray

Chief Chilihead at Cindermint
Founder of PepperScale and Cindermint LLC. Sucker for a good scotch bonnet. Spicy food super-fan. Current fiery fascination: Datil hot sauces.


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