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Southwestern Ranch Dip with Sweet Mini-Pepper Scoops

I really like this Southwestern Ranch Dip with Sweet Mini-Pepper Scoops, and using the mini-peppers instead of chips makes this recipe low-carb and gluten-free; enjoy! Use Appetizer Recipes to find more recipes like this one.

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Southwestern Ranch Dip with Sweet Mini-Pepper Scoops found on KalynsKitchen.com

Back in 2005 I went on a trip to Rhode Island to visit my friend Tia, and she served me a type of 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 From-Scratch Ranch-Style Vegetable 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 (before I entered the digital camera age!) so imagine my surprise recently when I discovered that recipe in the archives without a photo. Right away I made some Southwestern Ranch Dip, scooped it up with my favorite Sweet Mini-Peppers, and took a few photos to share. This another option for Low-Carb and Gluten-Free Superbowl Party Appetizers, enjoy!

And it’s been a while since I’ve managed to actually post a Meatless Monday recipe on Monday, so score for that too! If you want more meatless recipe ideas, click that link, or follow my Meatless Monday Recipes board on Pinterest.

Southwestern Ranch Dip with Sweet Mini-Pepper Scoops found on KalynsKitchen.com

Peel the onion and grate a few teaspoons of onion and juice into a small bowl. Add grated onion, sour cream, mayo, dried dill weed, Bon Appetit or Beau Monde Seasoning, chipotle chile,Kalyn’s Taco Seasoning, and ground cumin to the food processor and blend until it’s mixed together. Chill the dip for an hour or two. When it’s time to eat, cut sweet mini-peppers in half, cut off stem end and scoop out the seeds.

Southwestern Ranch Dip with Sweet Mini-Pepper Scoops found on KalynsKitchen.com

This Southwestern Ranch Dip would also be delicious with tortilla chips if you’re not watching your carbs!

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

Greek Yogurt and Tahini Dip for Tomatoes and Cucumbers ~ Kalyn’s Kitchen
Healthy Mediterranean 7-Layer Dip ~ Cookin’ Canuck
Ultra-Easy Avocado Sauce or Dip ~ Kalyn’s Kitchen
Hot Chorizo Dip with Cream Cheese ~ White on Rice Couple
White Bean and Artichoke 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!

Southwestern Ranch Dip with Sweet Mini-Pepper Scoops

This Southwestern Ranch Dip with Sweet Mini-Pepper Scoops is so delicious, and perfect for any gathering!


  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 cup mayo
  • 1-2 tsp. grated onion
  • 1 tsp. dried dill weed
  • 1 tsp. Beau Monde seasoning (or use Bon Appetit seasoning if you have that, but it’s been discontinued)
  • small pinch dried ground Chipotle chile (or other chile powder can be substituted)
  • 1 tsp. Kalyn’s Taco Seasoning(or other taco seasoning of your choice
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cumin
  • Mini Peppers or other 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. 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.)
  2. In a food processor combine the sour cream, mayo, grated onion with juice, dried dill weed, Bon Appetit or Beau Monde  seasoning, dried Chipotle chile, Kalyn’s Taco Seasoning and ground cumin.
  3. Process until the ingredients are mixed together well.
  4. Chill dip for several hours.
  5. When you’re ready to serve, cut sweet mini-peppers in half lengthwise, cut off the stem end, and scoop out the seeds.
  6. Serve dip with sweet mini-peppers, other veggies of your choice, or even tortilla chips if you’re not watching carbs.


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

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Low-Carb Diet / Low-Glycemic Diet / South Beach Diet Suggestions:
If you’re making this dip for the South Beach Diet, they would recommend using 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. It’s also great for most other low-carb and low-glycemic diet plans, many of which would prefer full-fat sour cream and mayo.

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    10 Comments on “Southwestern Ranch Dip with Sweet Mini-Pepper Scoops”

  1. I have been low carbing for two years, although if I get off it in the least the pounds do creep back up, but I feel at my best when living that way.

    I have been in a bit of a rut as far as food goes though and this…of course your photography is amazing…just revved me up. I am going to a dinner party this weekend and though I have been assigned the salad, I am going to bring this along as well. They are serving Chili so it will go well.

    Those peppers look so tasty!

  2. The mini-pepper scoops are a fantastic idea–one that I'll be using often, I'm sure.

  3. Dana, except for a few food mentioned in the book, portions aren't limited on South Beach. There are limited portions for a few high calorie density foods like nuts, avocados, and dried beans, but otherwise eat until you are full. For beans the recommended serving is 1/3 -1/2 cup portion so that means you could have about 1 cup of chili if it contains meat and vegetables with the beans.

  4. I plan to start the diet tomm, and I am wondering if you eat snacks in between are you supposed to only have two snacks a day? And how much of the snack are you allowed? Ive read the book, but I dont really understand how much of your meals you are supposed to eat, If I make your bean soup how much of it will I will be allowed to have for dinner?

  5. Sabrina, I'd like it on chicken fajitas. It's like a spicy version of ranch dip, so if that appeals to you, you'd like it.

  6. Do u think this would be good on chicken Fajitas?

  7. Taco seasoning is something I always keep in the pantry. I use it along with some chipotle powder when I make enchiladas and they come out wonderfully smokey and spicy.

    I’m going to have to add this dip to my list of things to try.

  8. Kalyn, this dip is delicious! You have inspired me to try the South Beach diet. I have 3 days to go in Phase 1, and I have lost 5 pounds. Yea!

    Thank you for all of your great recipes, and for keeping this blog current. I check in almost daily to see what’s new. Thank you!