Ugly Dip

This Ugly Dip may not look pretty, but boy does it taste amazing! Made with tomatoes, chilis, olives, cheese and more, this easy low-carb dip recipe won’t disappoint!

“Ugly” Dip Recipe

Full disclosure – This recipe was given to me from one of my Instagram followers. Here’s the story…right before the Super Bowl I was in a bit of an appetizer rut. I knew I was making my Tuscan Sausage Dip, but beyong that I was out of fresh ideas! We always do nachos, queso, shrimp, wings…standard stuff. So I asked my Instagram people what they were making and I got tons of responses. You guys all know your appetizers! Anyhow, one follower told me she made this thing called Ugly Dip. Of course, I was intrigued by the name, so I asked her what it was! She sent me this screen shot…

I love everything listed, and I can never resist an old fashioned, hand-written recipe, so I went ahead and made it for the big game. And since then I have made it multiple times, because as strange as it is, IT JUST WORKS! And basically anything covered in Good Seasonings dressing is gonna be good. I mean…

Ugly dip showing off tomatoes ready to eat

I made a few tweaks to the recipe, for ease and taste preference. I actually hate onions, which the original recipe calls for. I know, I’m a toddler…but unless they are cooked within an inch of their life, I always avoid them. And tomatoes are woefully out of season here in New Jersey, so I used a can of Ro-Tel tomatoes, which always get the job done…

Ugly dip ingredients before being mixed together

How to Make This Easy Dip

The beauty if this dip is you can really adjust it to your own taste preference. And did I mention it’s easy? You literally put all the ingredients in a bowl, stir and let the flavors combine. It’s definitely best if you give it a full overnight to marinate.

Ugly dip served with a spoon

And you can serve it with so may things! To keep it a low-carb situation you can serve it with veggies. If carbs are your jam, tortilla chips are the obvious choice!

Ugly dip ready to eat

Such an easy appetizer to take to a party! I do recommend that you grate your own cheese, as opposed to using the pre-grated cheese. You and I both know it’s better 🙂

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Ugly Dip served with chips

Ugly Dip

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  • Author: Shelly
  • Prep Time: 3 hours 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 3 hours 5 minutes
  • Category: Appetizer
  • Method: Bowl
  • Cuisine: American


This Ugly Dip may not look pretty, but boy does it taste amazing! Made with tomatoes, chilis, olives, cheese and more, this easy low-carb dip recipe won’t disappoint!


  • 1 cup grated sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup grated pepper jack cheese
  • 1 (10- ounce) can Ro-tel diced tomatoes & green chilis, drained
  • 1 cup chopped cilantro
  • 1 (4.5- ounce) can chopped green chilis, drained
  • 1/2 cup chopped olives (green or black)
  • 1 package Good Seasonings Italian Dressing seasoning mix, prepared with oil, vinegar, and water according to package directions.


  1. In a medium bowl combine all the ingredients. Pour the salad dressing on top and stir to combine.
  2. Cover and refrigerate for at least 3 hours, but overnight is better.
  3. Serve with tortilla chips, crackers, crusty bread, or celery.


Store airtight in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

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23 comments on “Ugly Dip”

  1. I know this is an older post, but i was wondering if you could send me the original recipe? For some reason, I can’t see it on this post. Thanks!

    1. The recipe is in the recipe card art the bottom of the post! You can click the “jump to recipe” button at the top, or even the “print recipe” at the top and it will take you right to it!

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