Black Bean Dip For Game Day

Prep Time5 minutes
Total Time5 minutes

This fresh and flavorful black bean dip recipe is made with lime juice, cilantro, and smoked paprika. Ideal for healthy snacking or entertaining friends!

Dipping chips in black bean dip.

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. This simple Black Bean Dip is perfect for making ahead to snack on all week, or makes a great appetizer for a game day party. If you’ve got a blender or food processor, you’ll have this dip made in less than 5 minutes! Since dips can be a bit of a slippery slope when eating them with tortilla chips, I always serve mine with chips and celery sticks! They give me that crispy, crunchy texture I’m looking for without packing on the fat and calories.

Ingredients

Ingredients for black bean dip
  • Black beans: Full of protein and fiber, they are somewhat chewy in texture, but blend to make a creamy dip.
  • Salsa: Make your own or use store bought, you can adjust the heat of the dip based on which salsa you use.
  • Lime juice: Bright and acidic flavor that balances out the flavors.
  • Cilantro: Fresh and somewhat citrusy in flavor, unless you have the gene that makes it tastes like soap, in which case you can skip it.
  • Garlic: Pungent, aromatic, nutty, and somewhat spicy in taste.
  • Cayenne: Brings the heat! Add more or less to your liking.
  • Paprika: I love to use a smoked paprika for an extra depth of flavor and smokiness.
  • Salt: Brings balance and enhances the natural flavor of the other ingredients.

How to Make Black Bean Dip

Black Bean Dip

To make your black bean dip, simply toss all of you ingredients into a food processor or blender and pulse until smooth and evenly mixed. When it reaches your desired consistency, serve alongside tortilla chips or celery, and enjoy your Black Bean Dip!

Frequently asked questions

How do you add more flavor to black bean dip?

Chipotle peppers in adobo sauce are an amazing add for this dip. 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’s the difference between refried beans and bean dip?

Refried beans are usually beans cooked and mashed with some spices, while a bean dip typically throws more ingredients into the mix, like salsa, cheese, or sour cream.

Is bean dip a good source of protein?

Beans are an excellent source of protein, so by extension, bean dip has quite a bit of protein as well.

Black Bean Dip with chips

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Black Bean Dip

Black Bean Dip For Game Day

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This fresh and flavorful black bean dip recipe is made with lime juice, cilantro and smoked paprika. Ideal for healthy snacking or entertaining friends!
PREP: 5 minutes
TOTAL: 5 minutes
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Servings8

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Ingredients
 

  • 15 ounce can black beans (drained and rinsed)
  • 1 cup salsa
  • ¼ cup lime juice
  • 1 cup cilantro
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • celery sticks and tortilla chips (to serve)
  • 2 chipotle peppers in adobo sauce (optional) (If looking to add a smoky flavor to the dip)

Instructions
 

  • 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 or celery.

Nutrition

Calories: 56kcalCarbohydrates: 10.3gProtein: 3.1gFat: 0.3gSodium: 462mgFiber: 2.8gSugar: 1.5g

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18 responses to “Black Bean Dip For Game Day”

  1. Cash Anthony (Cash is the first name) Avatar
    Cash Anthony (Cash is the first name)

    I’m not sure what “2 in Chipotle peppers in Adobo Sauce” is. I use the canned chipotle chili peppers in adobo sauce for an egg-and-cheese dish, but the “2 in” confuses me. Do you mean to pull 2 peppers out of the can and use only those? Or does the “2 in” refer to the size of the can? My brand is 7 oz.

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      Thanks for pointing that out! I’ve fixed it on the recipe card. It’s supposed to say 2 peppers in adobo sauce, so just use two from the can and not the whole can. Although if you like the flavor, you can always use more!

  2. Keisha Taylor Avatar
    Keisha Taylor

    I can’t believe how good this simple recipe tastes I was doubtful at first, felicidades!

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      I’m so glad you like it!

  3. Emmie Avatar
    Emmie

    What could I use instead of cilantro?

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      Just leave it out!

  4. Tanya Schroeder Avatar
    Tanya Schroeder

    It’s always smart to have a good bean dip recipe in your back pocket. This looks so good!

  5. Liz Avatar
    Liz

    Perfect with celery!! And this black bean dip is so packed with flavor—it would be hard to resist!!

  6. Julia Avatar
    Julia

    This dip looks so creamy! I love a good black bean dip–not only is it healthy and high protein but it is easy to make. The celery is a perfect crisp, cool combo!

  7. Gina @Running to the Kitchen Avatar
    Gina @Running to the Kitchen

    Yum! Gotta try this!

  8. Taylor @ Food Faith Fitness Avatar
    Taylor @ Food Faith Fitness

    I think this could actually make me fall in love with black beans! Can’t wait to try!

  9. Aimee Shugarman Avatar
    Aimee Shugarman

    We would go nuts over this dip!!!

  10. Diane Wilkins Avatar
    Diane Wilkins

    This is such a yummy dip! I made twice with and without jalapeno. Both came out great! Thanks for sharing.

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      I’m so glad you liked it!!!

  11. Lori Morgan Avatar
    Lori Morgan

    After reading this, it is now my official New veg dip recipe! Love all that fresh garlic, fresh cilantro and the cayenne! I’ll try adding cumin in too but this is the one for me. thanks!!

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      I’m so glad you like it Lori!! Enjoy!!

  12. Claudia Phillips Avatar
    Claudia Phillips

    I made this, but only used 1/2 tsp. of cayenne and smoked paprika. I think that was plenty. Also, I didn’t have cilantro. It’s a very tasty dip and nutritious as well. It took about three minutes to make. I ate it with tortilla chips and avocado. It’s also good spooned into an avocado half with cheese on top melted under the broiler. Yummy.

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      Love the idea of the avocado1!!

Liz Della Croce eating black bean dip

Hi I’m Liz!

Hey there, I’m Liz Della Croce and I’m thrilled to have you here! My aim is to motivate and ignite your passion for cooking amazing meals for your loved ones.