Black Bean Dip ~ A healthier black bean dip that offers a tasty punch by combining beans with poblano peppers, cilantro, garlic and lime.
I love dip, particularly if said dip is sour cream based. Laura Scudder’s green onion dip is my favorite packaged dip ever. I have had family members mail it to me or pack it in their luggage when they come to visit from California for the past fifteen years.
Then, about six months ago I saw it sitting there in a display, all quiet and unassuming. I would have missed it if I weren’t picking up potato chips for another dip. Talk about surprised, I about passed out when I saw it there.
Deciding to be conservative, I only bought 4 packages. Then I sent picture messages to my family, who are now happy to no longer be my dip supplier.
However, since I have had my gastric bypass surgery, I have to watch my consumption of chips and dip, especially sour cream based dips. I didn’t want to sacrifice eating dips forever, nor did I want to live on hummus alone. Not that I don’t love hummus.
Therefore, I began playing with various ingredients to make dips that were fun, yet healthy. I have seen beans of all kinds turned into dips and decided I needed to take my favorite little black bean and make my own dip out of it.
Over the years I have made several black bean dip versions, but something possessed me to add a pinch of cinnamon, so I did. Wow! Talk about flavor enhancer.
Serving Suggestions: Hot Versus Cold
I opted to quickly toss the dip in the oven to heat it through. Normally I just blended the beans, or processed them, then served. Warming it was awesome. The flavors really had the opportunity to meld together. I think heating it might be my new go-to method.
But whether you choose to heat it up or serve it room temp, this Black Bean Dip is a sure hit at any gathering you may or attend, or if you are just needing a dip and chip fix at home.
Dips to Serve With Chips
Tuscan White Bean and Sausage Dip
Black Bean Dip
A healthier black bean dip that offers a tasty punch by combining beans with poblano peppers, cilantro, garlic and lime.
- 2 cans black beans; drained & rinsed
- 1 poblano chili pepper; chopped and seeds removed
- 2 tbsp cilantro (heaping)
- 1/2 cup onion
- 2 large/plump garlic cloves (4 small)
- Pinch of cinnamon (about 1/16 tsp.)
- 1/2 tsp cumin
- 1 tbsp fresh lime juice
- Salt/pepper to taste
- 3 green onions; diced
- 1/4 cup queso fresco +/-
Preheat oven to 350°F.
Add the black beans, poblano pepper, cilantro, onion, garlic, cinnamon, cumin, lime juice, salt, and pepper to either a blender or food processer.
Blend or process until smooth.
Add the mixture to an oven-proof baking dish.
Bake for 20 minutes, then remove it from the oven and allow it to rest for a few minutes.
Garnish with queso fresco and green onions.
Serve with your favorite chips and/or vegetables.
MegANJuly 21, 2014 at 11:58 am
Please someone wipe the drool off my screen for me. I’m too busy staring at this beautiful food creation!
MichelleJuly 21, 2014 at 12:20 pm
MegAN, thank you for that! I hope you enjoy it! I am not sure what part I loved more, the black beans or the copious amount of queso fresco. It could be a tie.
Sherri @ Well Floured KitchenJuly 21, 2014 at 2:56 pm
I just love all the flavors in this dip. I enjoy a warm dip no matter what time of year. Looks incredible!
MichelleJuly 21, 2014 at 8:54 pm
Thank you Sherri.
Lauren @ Healthy DeliciousJuly 21, 2014 at 7:58 pm
I completely forgot black bean dip existed. Yum! I need to make this soon!
MichelleJuly 21, 2014 at 8:55 pm
Love your comment. I have done that before, just forgot about certain foods. 🙂
anita willittsJuly 22, 2014 at 9:02 pm
Definitely want a bite! Looks so tasty.
MichelleJuly 24, 2014 at 12:58 am
Thank you Anita, it really was tasty. And healthy, so that’s a bonus.
Healing TomatoAugust 11, 2014 at 10:40 pm
This is such a wonderful recipe. I love poblano peppers. I think I will try this recipe with poblano and habanero peppers. I wonder how spicy I can get it before my mouth is on fire. Your recipe is so great!
MichelleAugust 12, 2014 at 11:54 am
Habanero…brave lady. I love the flavor of those, but not the heat, but I’m a wimp. Enjoy. Let me know how it goes.
amanda @ fake gingerJanuary 13, 2015 at 6:48 am
Oooh, I love bean dip! And I love that you put queso fresco on top!
MichelleJanuary 13, 2015 at 8:44 am
I’m surprised I had any left to put on top, I kept eating it.
LauraJanuary 13, 2015 at 12:22 pm
I’ll take your healthier dip any day over something packaged. This looks wonderful!
MichelleJanuary 13, 2015 at 12:44 pm
Thank you Laura, it was fab.
Kelly @ TastingPageJanuary 13, 2015 at 1:07 pm
Love the touch of cinnamon in here…and all the other ingredients as well. Yum!
MichelleJanuary 13, 2015 at 4:09 pm
The cinnamon really added to the dish.
Dan from Pltter TalkJanuary 20, 2015 at 6:33 am
Upon reading this post, seeing the mouthwatering photos, and reviewing the ingredients, one thing became crystal clear to me: You and I could never occupy the same kitchen/home. We would be cooking and eating all. Of the time. This dip is SO up my alley. Lime juice is such an overlooked yet ass-kicking flavoring agent, lending so much character to so many dishes. Of course your cilantro and cumin mixed in with the black beans are all solid elements of a dip which I can see would be purely delightful. Very nice job with this post, in case it isn’t obvious, I love this one.
MichelleJanuary 20, 2015 at 8:57 am
Not sure how to indicate I’m blushing other than *blushes*. Thank you! While you are right, we probably couldn’t permanently share a kitchen, a weekend collaboration would be so much fun.
Joanne/WineLady CooksJanuary 20, 2015 at 11:27 am
Black Bean Dip is always a favorite for parties or ‘game day’ snacks. I love the flavors in this dip.
Arman @ thebigmansworldMay 23, 2015 at 6:18 pm
I only tried a black bean dip for the first time last week and fell in LOVE- This will be made!
MichelleMay 24, 2015 at 10:08 pm
Oh yay! and how did you go this long without trying black bean dip?
Carol BorchardtMay 23, 2015 at 6:22 pm
Love black bean anything! This looks fantastic!
MichelleMay 24, 2015 at 10:08 pm
Thank you Carol.
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