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Spicy Chipotle Ranch Potato Salad with Bacon, Cheddar & Green Onions

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The “dog days of summer” haven’t been very cruel lately, thank goodness!! We’ve had a bit of a break from the awful heatwave we’ve been in, and the weather has been absolutely stellar!

So I planned a quintessential summer supper for us complete with beer can chicken, corn on the cob grilled right in the husks, cantaloupe and watermelon, and a new potato salad!

This is truly THE FIRST potato salad that my hubby has actually loved! He’s never cared for it much, and some potato salads he won’t eat at all. So this was a VERY happy and surprising first!

I didn’t want to do just the plain ol’ regular Bacon-Ranch salad, I wanted more. Lots of fun goodies in there! I’m greedy like that. 😉 I wanted cheese, the sharper the better, and lots of it! I wanted the crisp crunch of celery and the bright bite of fresh green onions snipped straight from my garden.

But most of all, I wanted it to have an extra kick!

Something to set it completely apart and has you saying, Wow!, this isn’t my mama’s tater salad! 😉 


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So I snooped through my own kitchen cupboards, and spied two of my favorites….creole seasoning and chipotle chili pepper powder! Not to be confused with regular chili powder. This is made from chipotle chili peppers, and packs quite a punch! So use it sparingly until you get used to it. Especially for those who are sensitive to too much spicy heat.

Anyways, I thought, THAT ought to kick it up a “few” notches! 😉

I didn’t want us running for the hose with our tongues on fire, but I did want a few sparks. 😉 Just lots of extra flavor and added depth. Enough to make it a whole lot more fun and interesting!


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And those two little bottles really rocked it out! Not too hot, but a really nice, spicy flavor to make your tongue sing and dance, not scream bloody murder running in place cartoon-style, chugging milk straight from the plastic gallon container! 😉

So if you’re looking for a way to perk up your potato salad, pick up a few new bottles of spices, (if you don’t already have these on hand), and give this potato salad a try! TRUST me, if my hubby fell in love with it, you certainly will, too. 😀


Spicy Chipotle Ranch Potato Salad with Bacon, Cheddar & Green Onions
Yield: 6-8 servings

Spicy Chipotle Ranch Potato Salad with Bacon, Cheddar & Green Onions


  • 2 lbs. red potatoes, scrubbed
  • 1 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 3/4 cup thick Greek yogurt such as Fage or sour cream such as Daisy
  • 1 packet Hidden Valley Ranch Dip Mix
  • 1/2 tsp. coarse ground black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp. creole seasoning
  • 1/4 tsp. chipotle powder
  • 6 strips bacon, cooked crisp and torn into small 1/2" wide pieces
  • 3 very large green onions, sliced, (green part), about a third of a cup
  • 1/2 - 1 small rib celery, very thinly sliced, as desired
  • 1 (7-8 oz.) bag extra-sharp shredded cheddar
  • 1 extra large or jumbo egg, hard boiled and sliced or chopped for garnish, optional
  • light dusting of paprika for garnish
  • more sliced green onions for garnish


  • Place potatoes into large pot and cover with salted water. Bring to a boil over high heat, reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer until tender, about 20-25 minutes. Drain into colander, then run under cold water until cool. Set in fridge to chill.
  • Mix the mayo, Greek yogurt or sour cream, Ranch Dressing Mix, pepper, creole seasoning and chipotle powder in a large bowl until well blended.
  • Stir in bacon, green onions, celery and cheddar cheese.
  • Cut potatoes into bite-sized pieces, (unpeeled). Fold potatoes gently into dressing mixture until well mixed and all is coated.
  • Garnish with sliced hard-boiled egg and sprinkle top with paprika lightly.
  • Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours before serving to let flavors meld and potatoes absorb the excess salt.
  • Before serving, garnish with more snipped green onion.
  • *Sixth strip of bacon can be added last as a garnish on top also if desired.


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    Wednesday 11th of September 2019

    With a couple minor tweaks, this was awesome!!! I left the cheese out, and used Paul Purdom’s blackened seasoning for blackened prime rib, which includes fennel seed. Absolutely delicious!! Definitely in our rotation!!!


    Wednesday 12th of August 2015

    Now see, where is my little bowl? Or shall I say huge one?? This looks awesome my sweet friend!! Pinning and sharing


    Wednesday 12th of August 2015

    Bless your heart, thanks, Didi!! :D I'll save ya a BIG bowl!! :D

    The Surprised Gourmet

    Wednesday 12th of August 2015

    It's always fun to see what you can create with just a few extra ingredients you'd had put together before. This looks like a winning combination for the potato salad.


    Wednesday 12th of August 2015

    Thank you very much! Hope you give this a try sometime! We really enjoyed it! :)

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