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Southwestern Ranch Dip

by Chris Carlton

I love to serve this Southwestern Ranch Dip with sweet mini-pepper scoops for a low-carb version of chips and dip that’s crunchy and tasty!

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Southwestern Ranch Dip finished dip with mini-pepper dippers

Years ago I went on a trip to Rhode Island to visit my friend Tia, and she served me a type purchased Southwestern ranch dip that I went crazy over. But when I got home I couldn’t find her dip in any stores in Utah, so I improvised on Grandma Denny’s Homemade Ranch Dip and came up with my own recipe for a ranch dip with Southwestern flavors.

This was in the very early days of the blog and, and I’ve been making it ever since. And when I took the photos you see here, I made the Southwestern Ranch Dip, scooped it up with my favorite Sweet Mini-Peppers, and took a few photos to share.

What ingredients do you need for this recipe?

What gives this ranch dip the Southwestern flavors?

The ingredients that add Southwestern flavor in this recipe are ground Chipotle chile pepper (affiliate link), Kalyn’s Taco Seasoning (or your favorite purchased Taco Seasoning), and ground cumin (affiliate link). And if you like those kinds of flavors you’ll want to serve this dip in lots of different ways!

See also  Grandma Denny’s Homemade Ranch Dip

Want more Southwestern recipe ideas?

You might have noticed that I’m a big fan of Mexican and Southwestern food around here! If you also enjoy those flavors, you might like Cauliflower Rice Southwestern Stuffed Peppers, Sheet Pan Chicken Fajitas, Instant Pot Southwestern Pot Roast, Instant Pot Southwestern Beef Stew, or Southwestern Egg Skillet.

Want more low-carb appetizer recipes?

This recipe is featured in my collection of 50+ Low-Carb and Keto Appetizers, enjoy!

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How to Make Southwestern Ranch Dip:

(Scroll down for complete recipe with nutritional information.)

  1. Peel the onion and grate a few teaspoons of onion and juice into a small bowl.
  2. Add grated onion, sour cream, mayo, dried dill weed (affiliate link), Beau Monde Seasoning (affiliate link), ground Chipotle chile pepper (affiliate link), Kalyn’s Taco Seasoning, and ground cumin (affiliate link) to the food processor.
  3. You can also whisk it together in a bowl if you don’t have a food processor, no worries!
  4. Process until it’s mixed together completely.
  5. Chill the dip for an hour or two.
  6. When it’s time to eat, cut sweet mini-peppers in half, cut off stem end and scoop out the seeds.
  7. The Southwestern Ranch Dip would also be delicious with tortilla chips of course, if you’re not watching your carbs!

Southwestern Ranch Dip on serving plate with sweet mini-pepper scoops

More Tasty Dips to Scoop Up with Sweet Mini-Peppers:

Greek Yogurt Dip ~ Kalyn’s Kitchen

Healthy Mediterranean 7-Layer Dip ~ Cookin’ Canuck

Easy Avocado Sauce~ Kalyn’s Kitchen

Hot Chorizo Dip with Cream Cheese ~ White on Rice Couple

Sheila’s Low-Carb Shrimp Dip ~ Kalyn’s Kitchen

Weekend Food Prep:

This recipe has been added to a new category called Weekend Food Prep  to help you find recipes you can prep or cook on the weekend and eat during the week!


  1. Peel a small onion and on the small side of a hand grater, grate a few teaspoons of onion and juice into a small bowl. (Save the rest of the onion for another use.
  2. (If you just can’t manage grating an onion, use about 1/2 teaspoon of onion powder, but the grated onion is really good in this.)
  3. In a food processor combine the sour cream, mayo, grated onion with juice, dried dill weed,  Beau Monde Seasoning (affiliate link), ground Chipotle chile pepper (affiliate link), Kalyn’s Taco Seasoning (or any taco seasoning you have) and ground cumin.
  4. Process until the ingredients are mixed together well.
  5. Chill dip for several hours.
  6. When you’re ready to serve, cut sweet mini-peppers in half lengthwise, cut off the stem end, and scoop out the seeds.
  7. Serve dip with sweet mini-peppers, other veggies of your choice, or even tortilla chips if you’re not watching carbs.


If you don’t have ground Chipotle chile pepper (affiliate link), use any chili powder you have.

Nutritional information is for dip only and is based on 1/4 cup serving size, which is probably a generous serving for most people!

Recipe created by Kalyn after she had Southwestern Ranch Dip at Tia’s house in Rhode Island.

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Southwestern Ranch Dip

Low-Carb Diet / Low-Glycemic Diet / South Beach Diet Suggestions:
Southwestern Ranch Dip is great for low-carb diet plans, which would prefer full-fat sour cream and mayo. If you’re making this dip for the original South Beach Diet, they recommend light sour cream and light mayo. If served with sweet-mini-peppers or other low-carb veggies, this should be suitable for any phase of South Beach or any type of low-carb diet. 

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Historical Notes for this Recipe:
This recipe was first posted in 2006! It was last updated with more information in 2022.

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