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! And I think this would also be a delicious topping for tacos!

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Southwestern Ranch Dip shown 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.

This was well-received as a crunchy snack and the dip eaten with the sweet mini-pepper scoops are very low in carbs! If you have family members who aren’t into low-carb, I think Fritos Scoops would also be a great vehicle for delivering this to your mouth.

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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!

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How to Make Southwestern Ranch Dip:

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  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

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Southwestern Ranch Dip
Yield: 8 servings

Southwestern Ranch Dip

Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes

This Southwestern Ranch Dip is delicious with sweet mini-pepper scoops or most any kind of crunchy vegetable!


  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 cup mayo
  • 2 tsp. grated onion
  • 1 tsp. dried dill weed
  • 1 tsp. Beau Monde seasoning
  • small pinch ground Chipotle chile pepper (see notes)
  • 1 tsp. Kalyn’s Taco Seasoning
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cumin
  • Mini Peppers or other  crunchy veggies for dipping


  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.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 247Total Fat: 26gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 19gCholesterol: 29mgSodium: 400mgCarbohydrates: 2.2gFiber: .2gSugar: 1.2gProtein: 1.1g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated by the Recipe Plug-In I am using. I am not a nutritionist and cannot guarantee 100% accuracy, since many variables affect those calculations.

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Southwestern Ranch Dip on large serving plate with mini-pepper scoops.

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 type of low-carb or Keto diet as well as for the original South Beach Diet. 

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Historical Notes for this Recipe:
This recipe was first posted in 2006 after I had visited my friend Tia in Rhode Island! It was last updated with more information in 2023.

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