I recently re-discovered this tasty recipe for Southwestern Ranch Dip and used sweet mini-peppers to scoop up the dip.
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.
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.
This Southwestern Ranch Dip would also be delicious with tortilla chips if you're not watching your carbs!
Southwestern Ranch Dip with Sweet Mini-Pepper Scoops
(Makes about 2 cups dip, recipe created by Kalyn after she had Southwestern Ranch Dip at Tia's house in Rhode Island.)
1 cup sour cream (light or regular)
1 cup mayo or light mayo (not fat free)
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
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.)
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, taco seasoning and ground cumin. Process until the ingredients are mixed together well. Chill dip for several hours.
When you're ready to serve, cut sweet mini-peppers in half lengthwise, cut off the stem end, and scoop out the seeds. Serve dip with sweet mini-peppers, other veggies of your choice, or even tortilla chips if you're not watching carbs.
South Beach Diet / Low-Carb 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, or for most other low-carb diets.
Find More Recipes Like This One:
Use the Recipes by Diet Type photo index pages to find more recipes suitable for a specific eating plan. You might also like to Follow Kalyn's Kitchen on Pinterest to see all the good recipes I'm sharing there.
I chose the South Beach Diet to manage my weight partly so I wouldn't have to count calories, carbs, points, or fat grams, but if you want nutritional information for a recipe, I recommend entering the recipe into Calorie Count, which will calculate it for you.
More Tasty Dips to Scoop Up with Sweet Mini-Peppers:
(Recipes from other blogs not always South Beach Diet friendly; check ingredients.)
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
(Want even more recipes? I find these recipes from other blogs using Food Blog Search.)