This fresh and flavorful black bean dip recipe is made with lime juice, cilantro, and smoked paprika. Ideal for healthy snacking or entertaining friends!
Snacks are my jam, especially healthy snacks. Whether it’s to refuel after a workout, tide my hungry kiddos over before dinner or serve at an impromptu get together with friends, I always keep my pantry stocked with the ingredients to whip up a quick and easy bean dip.
Need a few more reasons to make this dip?
What benefits do black beans have?
- Good source of dietary fiber.
- Black beans have more antioxidants, gram per gram, than any other bean. (Runner up? Red.)
- Great source of protein – minus the cholesterol and saturated fat.
With the big game right around the corner, this black bean dip is sure to be a home run. (Oops…touch down? I’m not much of a sports person.) Regardless, this dip couldn’t be easier to make and comes together in just minutes. You simply pulse together black beans with fresh cilantro, salsa, lime juice, garlic and spices until thick and creamy.
Since dips can be a bit of a slippery slope when eating them with tortilla chips, I always keep my fridge stocked with Dandy celery sticks. They give me that crispy, crunchy texture I’m looking for without packing on the fat and calories.
I like to save my fat calories for the healthy kind found in guacamole if you know what I mean.
How to add a smoky flavor to black bean dip:
Chipotle peppers in adobo sauce are the star ingredient to add for this dip. You can find them in most grocery stores, international markets or online. Deep, woodsy, smoky and delicious – this will be the ingredient that has your friends begging for the recipe. If you prefer a more mild dip, remove the seeds from the peppers which are where most of the heat lives.
What to do with leftover chipotle peppers:
Does cilantro need to be in a dip?
If you aren’t a fan of cilantro like my husband just leave it out!
No forks required.
Black Bean Dip For Game Day Recipe
- 15 ounce can black beans (drained and rinsed)
- 1 cup salsa
- 1/4 cup lime juice
- 1 cup cilantro
- 2 cloves garlic
- 1 teaspoon cayenne
- 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- celery sticks and tortilla chips (to serve)
- 2 in chipotle peppers in adobo sauce (optional) (If looking to add a smoky flavor to the dip)
- Place all ingredients in a high speed blender and puree until smooth.
- Check for seasoning and add more salt if needed. Serve with tortilla chips, celery
How to add smoky flavor to black bean dip?Chipotle peppers in adobo sauce are the star ingredient to add for this dip. You can find them in most grocery stores, international markets or online. Deep, woodsy, smoky and delicious - this will be the ingredient that has your friends begging for the recipe. If you prefer a more mild dip, remove the seeds from the peppers which is where most of the heat lives. Wondering what to do with the rest of the chipotle peppers in the can? Mince them finely and place in a small resealable plastic bag then pop it in the freezer for a later time. I love adding chipotle peppers to chili, burgers, marinades and more.
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