My fabulous Keto BLT Dip has the flavors of a BLT sandwich in dip form. It can be served warm or cold and is perfect for a summer bbq or party. Or any other time of the year you need keto appetizers. This easy recipe is also low carb, gluten-free, grain-free, sugar-free, and Trim Healthy Mama friendly.
I was browsing Pinterest the other day and saw a photo for a BLT Dip. What the?? Oh yes. I clicked on it and skimmed the ingredients, but it was a hot baked dip, and this time of year, I prefer dips cool or room temp. It gets too hot to eat hot food in the summer. I thought about that dip for the last couple of days and knew I had to make one.
When we are heading to a barbecue or are all spending the evening outdoors, it just makes sense to serve keto appetizers that are cold. This dip fits the bill, and we can't keep our hands off of it. You'll understand what I mean when you start munching on it.
One thing that I love about this keto BLT dip is that it makes a large batch. You can typically get 12 servings even if you have a super-hungry group. Let's talk about what you need for this keto dip recipe:
- Bacon - Cook the bacon until it's crispy and crumble it. This is for sure the star of the dish, so naturally, you aren't going to want to skip it.
- Cream Cheese - To make the dip super rich and creamy, I like to include cream cheese. It's seriously the best!
- Mayo - You will need mayo that is keto-friendly to keep the dish low carb, and so it tastes the best.
- Sour Cream - I feel like you can never have too much sour cream. It enhances the texture beautifully.
- Cheddar Cheese - If possible, shred the cheddar yourself. It is not only going to taste better, but it's also not coated in cellulose like store bought shredded cheese.
- Seasonings & Spices - You'll need to use some dried minced garlic, smoked paprika, and a touch of salt for seasonings.
- Lettuce - Chop up your favorite lettuce for some added crunch and nutrients.
- Tomatoes - I like to include chopped tomatoes just like you would in a traditional blt. You can use full-sized tomatoes like a Roma or go for cherry tomatoes, depending on your preference.
- Fresh Veggies - We like to use fresh veggies like bell peppers or celery to scoop the dip.
How To Make Keto BLT Dip
Well, it really doesn't get much easier than this:
Step One: Mix together ⅓ of the bacon along with the cream cheese, sour cream, mayonnaise, shredded cheddar cheese, and seasonings.
Step Two: Place in a deep-dish pie plate and top with lettuce, tomatoes, and bacon. Serve with fresh vegetables.
I use onion, garlic, salt, and smoked paprika in the base of my BLT Dip. The smoked paprika is really the secret ingredient. It gives the dip a smoky, bacony flavor throughout. I highly recommend investing in some smoked paprika. It is one of my favorite spices, and we use it on chicken and pork all the time. My favorite dry rub, Smoked Paprika Pork Tenderloin Rub, is based on this spice.
This is one of our favorite keto appetizers because there are so many ways to customize it!
- In the mood for a kick of heat? Sprinkle in a few dashes of sriracha or your favorite hot sauce!
- Mix in a few onions for some extra flavor. Red onions or green onions are my go-to's.
- Try out different kinds of cheese like Pepper Jack or Colby Jack. It's a fun way to change the way it tastes or use up ingredients you already have.
- For some added creaminess, mix in some chopped avocado.
- When hosting a party, add the keto dip to small clear cups for a single-serving option. Guests go wild for this idea!
- Change out the bacon for some air fryer pork belly.
Bacon Crumbles vs Fresh Cooked Bacon
I bought a pound of bacon this morning and cooked it in the oven until crisp. And just because I was curious, I weighed it after cooking.
One pound of fresh bacon cooked down to weigh 5.2 oz. I knew bacon cooked down a lot, but that was ridiculous. It was only slightly cheaper per pound than buying real bacon crumbles and so much more work. This was the cheapest bacon found at Walmart (Jonestown brand for $2.50 a lb), and Walmart also sells real crumbled bacon for $8 a lb., a 9 oz bag is $4.99. When using a premium brand of bacon, you will yield more bacon after cooking.
When using bacon crumbles, make sure they are real bacon and not the fake ones made from soy.
What to dip into Keto Dip
My favorite dippers for BLT Dip are mildly flavored vegetables such as cucumbers and thinly sliced raw zucchini. You can use fathead pita dippers or your favorite low carb chips.
Raw peppers, celery, broccoli, and cauliflower work well with keto appetizers and this dip too.
Love BLTs? You need to try these Keto BLT bites.
How Far In Advance Can I Make Dip?
This homemade keto dip recipe will actually last in the fridge for up to 4 days. Keep it covered tightly and cold. The lettuce tends to become a little soggy after the 4-day mark, so it's up to you if you want to store it a little bit longer.
- 1 lb bacon (cooked until crisp and chopped or 5 oz of bacon crumbles)
- 8 oz cream cheese
- ¼ cup mayo
- ¼ cup sour cream
- ¼ cup shredded cheddar
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- 1 teaspoon dried minced garlic
- ½ teaspoon smoked paprika (or regular, but the smoked compliments the bacon nicely)
- pinch salt
- 1 cup chopped lettuce
- 1 cup chopped tomato (squeeze out the juice after chopping)
- fresh veggies to dip
- Combine ⅓ of the bacon with the cream cheese, sour cream, mayo, cheddar, and seasonings. Mix in a deep dish pie plate. Sprinkle on the lettuce, tomato, and the rest of the bacon. Serve with fresh veggies to dip.
Originally Published on May 23, 2016. Revised and Republished on May 4, 2021.