This delicious red ranch sauce is exactly what we need right now in this chilly weather. It's sweet, spicy, and tastes excellent, made with minimal ingredients with less processing time.
Grab a bowl of this zesty hot sauce and pair it with a dish of your choice. Voila, you just got your finger-licking licking dish. You can sit back, relax, and pat yourself for deciding to make this spicy sauce.
This ranch sauce is packed with complex flavors(like this boom boom sauce) and is ready in less than 10 minutes. It was made with the inspiration of Arby's red ranch sauce.
If you are a massive fan of Arby's beef and cheddar sandwich and wondering what makes it so delicious? You know what? The red ranch sauce is a magic ingredient that makes it more special.
And today, let's learn how to make this at home with minimal ingredients and minimal processing time that tastes much similar to the popular restaurant’s style.
The ingredients for this red ranch sauce
There are many ways to make this sauce. And like any other recipe, there are also millions of ways to customize them. Let’s keep everything simple for today's recipe, like this spicy mango sauce.
Tomato ketchup. I have used the store-bought Haynes tomato ketchup. However, you may use your favorite brand of tomato sauce/homemade tomato sauce is also more welcome to use.
Onion powder and garlic powder. Both are needed, as these are flavor boosters and make the sauce linger on the palate for a while.
Light brown sugar. It's a classic version of making a sauce sweeter. I have used light brown sugar, refined sugar, and honey, which are excellent choices for this red ranch sauce.
Red hot sauce. I always have a big bottle of red hot sauce from Costco. This serves as a versatile ingredient that can instantly spice up the food. Also, it adopts and enhances the overall flavors of the dish.
Worchester sauce. Adding Worcester sauce to a tomato-based sauce is the wise choice. A dash of Worcester sauce will do wonders.
How to make Red ranch sauce
Place a pan over medium heat and add all the ingredients.
Stir well to make all the ingredients combine well.
Turn the heat to low and stir occasionally.
Let the sauce cook for 7 to 10 minutes or until the surface of the red ranch sauce turns glassy. Allow it to thicken to the desired consistency.
Remove it from the heat and allow it to cool to room temperature.
Serve with your food, and enjoy!
To store. Transfer the sauce to an airtight container and refrigerate it. This red ranch sauce will last up to two weeks in the refrigerator.
To freeze. The sauce is a freezer-friendly recipe. Use a space-saving, freezer-friendly storage container for the best results. This sauce is good to use after four months when frozen.
To thaw. Leave this in the refrigerator overnight. Or gently reheat it in the microwave in 30-second increments.
Room temperature. This is good for a day when stored on the kitchen counter at room temperature.
Frequently asked questions
The sauce gets thicker when it's cold down. And if you want to thin down the sauce, adjust the consistency with water. Then, reheat it gently until it reaches the desired consistency.
Both onion powder and garlic powder are used as they are more convenient. However, you may also feel free to use fresh garlic and onion.
You may mince it before cooking. On the other hand, you may blend the cooked sauce into a smooth consistency.
I have not tried making this red ranch sauce without Worcester sauce. However, you may substitute it with soy sauce and white wine vinegar.
Best to pair with
Sandwich and burger: Drizzle over a sandwich(like this grilled vegetable sandwich) or burger, and make a homemade meal of restaurant quality.
Fries: Serve a dip for fried food like fries or fried chicken. Or give a quick try Chinese French fries.
As a glaze: Use this red ranch sauce for grilled or BBQ meat.
Recommended tools for making this recipe
Whisk: Your tools to combine all the flavors into a creamy, dreamy ranch sauce.
Glass bottle: Store your homemade red ranch sauce.
Measuring cups: Great to achieve the perfect balance of tangy, creamy, and spicy flavors.
Printable recipe card
Red ranch sauce
- Add all the ingredients to a saucepan, and stir well until all the ingredients gets combined well.
- Turn the heat to low and stir occasionally. And cook for 7-10 minutes or until the sauce turns glazzy and thickens to the desired consistency.