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One of my favorite snacks is Hint of Lime Tortilla Chips with Creamy Spinach Dip, but I haven’t had them in a while because a serving of chips (which is just 6 chips) has 17g of net carbs. Plus, the dip contains lots of random ingredients. Since most of us would not stop at 6 chips and homemade spinach dip is easy to make, I made some substitutes to make this snack combo low-carb. This Kale Artichoke Dip is a clean, keto-friendly & low-carb recipe that is sure to please a crowd! I used kale in this recipe because that’s what I had on hand. However, you could easily swap kale with spinach. I replaced the chips Hint of Lime chips with Cilantro Lime Pork Rinds. However, don’t fret if you don’t eat pork, I include some other keto chip substitutes.
Why make homemade Kale Artichoke Dip?
I chose to make this dip at home because I wanted to control the ingredients for this dip. Plus, as I explained in my Creamy Caesar Dressing recipe, there is really no comparison in flavor and quality than homemade. Since this dip is also super easy to make, then it only made sense to use my own recipe.
What are keto-friendly substitutes for tortilla chips?
To be honest, there aren’t many things besides a tortilla chip that will replace the taste exactly. There are a few options for alternatives that are just as satisfying and cure the tortilla chip cravings. Some options are:
- Pork Rinds: I swapped the tortillas that I would normally have in this dish with Southern Recipe Small Batch Cilantro Lime Oven Baked Pork Rinds. Each bag has a total of less than 7g of carbs!
- Cut Da Carb Wraps: As mentioned in my recipe for Pumpkin No Bake Cheesecake Dip with Cinnamon Sugar Tortillas, Cut Da Carb Wraps can be a good option for tortillas. After cutting the wraps into your desired shape, it only takes a few tablespoons of Coconut Oil and your favorite seasoning to make chips at home.
- Cheese Crisps: For those who do not eat pork, you can absolutely substitute the pork rinds for your favorite cheese crisp. One option is to use these Cello Whisps Pure Parmesan Cheese Crisps.
- Cali’thins Low Carb Crackers: These cracker substitutes are a great option for eating with cheese slices and dip. Each serving is 90 calories and 1g net carbs. These are only available on Califlour Foods’ website (they have pizza crusts, crackers, and flatbreads). If you’d like to purchase these, then use DRDAVINAHS for 10% off any order of $50 or more.
How do you store this dip?
I store this in an airtight glass bowl in the refrigerator. When I’m ready to eat this, I simply take out a serving and heat it in the microwave for 15-20 seconds because I prefer to enjoy this dip hot. If you don’t mind having this dip cold, another option is to sit it on the counter for a few minutes so that it’s closer to room temperature.
Kale (or Spinach) Artichoke Dip w/ Cilantro Lime Pork Rinds
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- 3 Sweet baby red peppers, sliced thinly
- 1/2 Yellow Onion, sliced thinly
- 1 Jalapeño, sliced thinly (optional)
- 5 oz Baby Kale, or Spinach
- 4 cloves Garlic, minced
- 1 tbsp Olive Oil
- 14 oz artichokes, drained and roughly chopped into small bits
- 8 oz Cream Cheese, softened
- 1/4 cup Sour Cream
- 1/4 cup Mayonnaise
- 1/3 cup Grated Parmesan Cheese
- 1 tsp Natural Ancient Sea Salt
- 1/2 tsp Black Pepper
- 1 tsp Lemon Juice
- Heat a frying pan to medium-high heat
- Add 1 tbsp butter or another healthy fat to the pan
- Sauté the baby bell peppers, yellow onions, jalapeno, baby kale, and garlic until they are soft (~8 minutes)
- Add the sauteed vegetables and remaining ingredients to a mixing bowl and combine
- WE LOVE SPICY FOOD My husband and I are a fan of spicy food. Typically, this means that I do not take the time to de-seed and de-vein peppers like jalapenos. You should devein your jalapenos if you wish. You might also omit this from the dish.
- BROILING/BAKING IS OPTIONAL This dip is ready to eat after you mix all of the ingredients. To have a restaurant quality finish (bubbly cheese crust on top of the dip), I put this in the oven with a handful of Mozzarella Cheese on top!
- YOU CAN QUICKLY SOFTEN CREAM CHEESE IN THE MICROWAVE Most times, I start cooking and forget to take the cream cheese out of the refrigerator to soften. To save time/correct my mistake, I remove the cream cheese from its foil-like wrapper and warm the cream cheese in a microwave safe bowl for 30-60 seconds.
- OK TO SWAP KALE FOR SPINACH This recipe usually has spinach. You could definitely use that or any green that you’d prefer.
The nutrition facts come from entering the recipe ingredients into Spoonacular API, a database of food ingredients. They may vary for any recipe based on the exact product used. The keto sweeteners I use have 0g net carbs & are not included because sugar alcohols do not impact most people. This is provided as a courtesy, but you can do your own calculations if you wish!