Spicy Black Bean Dip, photo by Sonia Mendez GarciaPhoto by Sonia Mendez Garcia

Spicy Black Bean Dip

Cuisine: Tex Mex
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 20-25 minutes
Servings: 6 servings
You've got people coming over? You need a tasty dish. Look no further! Serve up this piping-hot spicy bean dip, and don't forget the chips!

As a kid, I remember enjoying those cans of black bean dip with chips at family gatherings. Beans are so versatile and can be served up in so many delicious ways! Whole beans, bean dip, soup or chili... I enjoy them in all of these recipes.

They are fairly inexpensive and come in several varieties, dried or canned. This super-easy recipe is especially good for game day or any occasion you need a quick dish to pass around. All my friends love it! It could be the flavor of Mexican chorizo or those smoky chipotles that keep you coming back for more. Whatever it may be, these flavor combinations work well together. This dish can also be made with just black beans, pinto beans or a combination of both if you want to mix it up.

Ingredients

  • For the Spicy Bean Dip
  • 2 14-15 oz. cans black beans drained and rinsed
  • 2 chipotles in adobo
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1/2 tablespoon chile ancho powder or any mild chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cracked black pepper
  • salt to taste
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 cup white onion diced
  • 1/2 cup Mexican chorizo
  • 1 cup chihuahua cheese or Monterey jack cheese, shredded
  • For the Garnish
  • 1/2 cup Sour cream
  • 1 large jalapeño pepper minced
  • 2 Roma tomatoes diced
  • 2 green onions sliced
  • 1/4 cup cilantro chopped

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Directions

  1. To the blender, add black beans, chipotles, broth, garlic powder, cumin, pepper and salt to taste. Blend on high until smooth; set aside.
  2. Preheat 1 tablespoon of oil in a large skillet to medium heat. Add the onions and saute for 5 minutes. Add the chorizo and cook for another 6 minutes, breaking chorizo into pieces with a wooden spoon.
  3. Add the blended beans to the skillet with chorizo. Stir well to combine. Cook and let simmer for 5-7 minutes.
  4. Transfer to a small baking dish. Top with whole black beans and 1 cup of cheese. Place under preheated broiler just until cheese melts. Garnish with crema, jalapeños, tomatoes, green onions and cilantro. Serve with chips.

Chef Notes

Add extra broth to the blended beans to prepare a quick and delicious bean soup. Or, cook the blended beans, low and slow, until very thick for a healthy version of refried beans.

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