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Black Bean Dip

Black Bean Dip ~ A healthier black bean dip that offers a tasty punch by combining beans with poblano peppers, cilantro, garlic and lime.

Black Bean Dip ~ The Complete Savorist

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.

Black Bean Dip ~ The Complete Savorist

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

Cranberry Salsa Dip

Quick Queso Dip

Creamy Avocado Cilantro Dip

Tuscan White Bean and Sausage Dip

Plum Salsa


A healthier black bean dip that offers a tasty punch by combining beans with poblano peppers, cilantro, garlic and lime. ~ The Complete Savorist by Michelle De La Cerda

Black Bean Dip

Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: Appetizer, beans, dip
Author: Michelle De La Cerda

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 +/-


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.

  2. Add the black beans, poblano pepper, cilantro, onion, garlic, cinnamon, cumin, lime juice, salt, and pepper to either a blender or food processer.
  3. Blend or process until smooth.
  4. Add the mixture to an oven-proof baking dish.
  5. Bake for 20 minutes, then remove it from the oven and allow it to rest for a few minutes.

  6. Garnish with queso fresco and green onions.
  7. Serve with your favorite chips and/or vegetables.


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  • Reply
    July 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!

    • Reply
      July 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.

  • Reply
    Sherri @ Well Floured Kitchen
    July 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!

  • Reply
    Lauren @ Healthy Delicious
    July 21, 2014 at 7:58 pm

    I completely forgot black bean dip existed. Yum! I need to make this soon!

    • Reply
      July 21, 2014 at 8:55 pm

      Love your comment. I have done that before, just forgot about certain foods. 🙂

  • Reply
    anita willitts
    July 22, 2014 at 9:02 pm

    Definitely want a bite! Looks so tasty.

    • Reply
      July 24, 2014 at 12:58 am

      Thank you Anita, it really was tasty. And healthy, so that’s a bonus.

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    Healing Tomato
    August 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!

    • Reply
      August 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.

  • Reply
    amanda @ fake ginger
    January 13, 2015 at 6:48 am

    Oooh, I love bean dip! And I love that you put queso fresco on top!

    • Reply
      January 13, 2015 at 8:44 am

      I’m surprised I had any left to put on top, I kept eating it.

  • Reply
    January 13, 2015 at 12:22 pm

    I’ll take your healthier dip any day over something packaged. This looks wonderful!

    • Reply
      January 13, 2015 at 12:44 pm

      Thank you Laura, it was fab.

  • Reply
    Kelly @ TastingPage
    January 13, 2015 at 1:07 pm

    Love the touch of cinnamon in here…and all the other ingredients as well. Yum!

    • Reply
      January 13, 2015 at 4:09 pm

      The cinnamon really added to the dish.

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    Dan from Pltter Talk
    January 20, 2015 at 6:33 am

    5 stars
    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.

    • Reply
      January 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.

  • Reply
    Joanne/WineLady Cooks
    January 20, 2015 at 11:27 am

    5 stars
    Black Bean Dip is always a favorite for parties or ‘game day’ snacks. I love the flavors in this dip.

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    Arman @ thebigmansworld
    May 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!

    • Reply
      May 24, 2015 at 10:08 pm

      Oh yay! and how did you go this long without trying black bean dip?

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    Carol Borchardt
    May 23, 2015 at 6:22 pm

    Love black bean anything! This looks fantastic!

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