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What Is Red Ranch Sauce?

Have you seen the Red Ranch sauce on the menu over at Arby’s and are wondering what it is and whether you will like it? Well, here is what you need to know.

So, what is Red Ranch sauce? Red Ranch sauce is a sweet, creamy tomato-based sauce, that is included in the Beef ‘N Cheddar menu item and is also commonly ordered with sides and snacks, such as fries and chicken tenders at Arby’s.

This is essentially Arby’s take on Ranch Dressing, and while there is certainly some overlap it’s not actually the same.

Such as the inclusion of tomato and hence the “red”.

But what else is this sauce made out of and what does it taste like?

Let’s find out!

What Is Red Ranch Sauce Made Of?

The recipe for Red Ranch sauce at Arby’s is based on mayonnaise and tomato paste.

The full ingredient list is as follows:

High Fructose Corn Syrup, Soybean Oil, Corn-Cider Vinegar, Tomato Paste, Distilled Vinegar, Water, Salt, Paprika, Spice, Beet Juice (for color), Onion (dehydrated), Natural Flavor, Xanthan Gum, Propylene Glycol Alginate, Garlic (dehydrated).

And such ingredients yields the following nutrition:

Red Ranch Sauce Nutritional Information

– of which saturated1g
Carbohydrates 5g
– of which sugars4g
Per Serving, 0.5 oz (14g)

What Does Red Ranch Sauce Taste Like?

Red Ranch sauce is tangy, creamy, and very sweet in flavor.

It does not taste like your typical ranch dressing, but there is somewhat of overlap in regards to the consistency.

Does Arbys Sell Their Red Ranch Sauce?

Arby’s does not sell their Red Ranch sauce or any other sauce for that matter.

So, if you are looking for some Red Ranch you have one of three options;

  • Enjoy it each time you go, savoring it and eating it more rarely.
  • Stocking up and taking away a few condiments upon your next visit, asking for more is the polite way of going about it!
  • Making your own from ‘copycat’ recipe.

For the latter, let us now look at a simple recipe that comes highly regarded.

How To Make Your Own Red Ranch Sauce

You can make your own Red Ranch sauce at home with just five ingredients and a little bit of simmering!

Here are the recommended ingredients and then the method of preparation!


  • 1 cup of Ketchup
  • 1/2 Cup of Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 1/3 Teaspoon of Onion Powder
  • 1/3 Teaspoon of Garlic Powder
  • 1/2 cup of Sugar


Step One: Add all of the ingredients to a saucepan and mix them thoroughly together with a wooden spoon or similar utensil.

Step Two: Gently simmer on low heat for 5-10 minutes, stirring routinely.

Step Three: Remove from the stove and let the sauce cool completely.

Step Four: Serve and enjoy!

Alternatively, you can also store the red ranch sauce for a few days too.

Just be sure to transfer to an airtight container.

It should last fresh for up to 5-7 days, although if you notice the quality degrading, throw it away and make a fresh batch!


Red Ranch sauce is a popular one over at Arby’s.

It just pairs so nicely with their signature Beef ‘N Cheddar sandwich, but you can really add it to any sandwich where you are after a sweet and tangy kick.

Or you can use it as a dipping sauce instead.

I personally love it with crinkle and curly fries when I’m in restaurant.

And while you cant buy this sauce to use at home, you certainly can make it.

And its far more simple than it initially might seem.

So give the above recipe a go. You’ll be pleasantly surprised at how similar it takes and it may even be your next regular sandwich spread!