This chipotle spiced taco dip might just be my new lifeline. Whether I’m using it as a dip for crunchy veggies, swapping it for the plain mayo in my Clean and Green Chicken Salad recipe, or using it as a dressing for my homemade grain free taco bowls, this taco dip is the money maker.
Over the past three weeks I’ve made my way through an entire jar of Primal Kitchen Chipotle Lime Mayo, as well as my garden’s entire supply of cilantro, as I’ve been slathering every single, savory morsel of food with this taco dip.
Let’s get real. If you’ve skimmed ahead to the actual recipe, you’ll already have noticed that the primary ingredient in this taco dip has a pretty bad reputation in most health minded communities (and I call myself a health blogger *gasp*). Now, before you navigate away from this page in search of a “healthy” taco dip… well, just give me a minute to explain.
It’s true, most store bought mayos have really convincing reasons to be vilified, but not all are created equal. I’m here to exonerate the good ones, and one brand in particular.
What’s the problem with most conventional, store bought Mayonnaise?
Most conventional mayos are made with pro-inflammatory oils like canola, grapeseed, and/or soybean. Here’s the kicker, even if your bottle claims to be made with healthier olive oil, you can most definitely bet that’s not the only oil being used. Check your ingredient labels if you don’t believe me!
The second condemning factor of most conventional mayos is the use of factory farmed eggs. Caged, factory farmed eggs come from chickens kept in terrible living conditions. But that moral issue aside, these eggs are high in pro-inflammatory fat while lacking overall in nutrients.
So if conventional Mayo is unhealthy, why is Primal Kitchen Mayo healthy?
Primal Kitchen mayo is made with avocado oil and cage free, organic eggs. Avocado oil has a much healthier fat composition compared to the oils I mentioned above, and unlike those oils, avocado oil actually helps balance our inflammatory response. Avocado oil, when compared to other oils, has also been shown to improve the absorption of nutrients in the foods consumed with it. Also… the flavor is incredible.
As I mentioned above, caged, factory farmed eggs are not quite the “incredible, edible eggs” from our childhood. So if that’s the case, how different can cage free, organic eggs be? Well, studies show these eggs to have a very different nutrient profile compared to their counterpart. According to these studies, they have less saturated fat and cholesterol, while being higher in vitamins A, E, and beta carotene. They also have a healthier fatty acid profile containing more inflammation balancing omega-3 fatty acids, and fewer pro-inflammatory omega-6 fatty acids.
So, while one type of mayo can be full of yucky industrialized oils from GMO’s, & highly inflammatory, another can truly be consumed daily as a nutrient rich, inflammation balancing, and delicious condiment. Viva la Primal Kitchen mayo!
Onto the Taco Dip!
- Mix all ingredients together in a bowl and garnish with remaining green onions and cilantro.
- Use as a dip for crunchy veggies, as a 1-1 swap for the mayo in my Clean and Green Chicken Salad, or as a dressing for your favorite salad.