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Smoky Black Bean Dip

    Fresh cilantro, bright lime juice and smoky chipotle pepper in adobo give this healthy black bean dip delicious flavor.

    Smoky Chipotle Black Bean Dip - The Lemon Bowl

    Recently I was downtown shopping with my BFF visiting from Chicago when we stopped into a fun local foodie market full of delicious goodies. Olive oils, handcrafted soda pop, artisan cheeses, vinegars, and more. In other words, it was my version of heaven.

    One item that caught my eye was a delicious looking black bean dip that was begging for my favorite blue corn tortilla chips. The price tag? $6.00 for a 12 oz jar! Hard to justify when I knew I could go home and make it for less than $2.00. So I went home and did just that. 

    Smoky Chipotle Black Bean Dip Platter - The Lemon Bowl

    If you’re hosting any summer BBQ’s, graduation celebrations or pool parties in the coming months this is the perfect dish to serve. Not only is it packed with flavor but it is also naturally gluten free, perfect for feeding crowds with unknown allergies.

    Smoky Chipotle Black Bean Dip Bite - The Lemon BOwl

    Speaking of delicious, chipotle peppers in adobo sauce are the star ingredient of 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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    Smoky Chipotle Black Bean Dip - The Lemon Bowl

    Smoky Black Bean Dip

    4.50 stars average
    Fresh cilantro, bright lime juice and smoky chipotle pepper in adobo give this healthy black bean dip delicious flavor.
    PREP: 15 mins
    TOTAL: 15 mins
    Servings: 4


    • 15 oz can black beans (drained and rinsed)
    • 1 cup fresh cilantro (roughly chopped)
    • 1 cup salsa
    • 1 Juice of lime
    • 2 in chipotle peppers in adobo sauce
    • 2 cloves garlic
    • 1 tablespoon cumin
    • 1 tablespoon smoked paprika
    • salt and pepper to taste


    • Place all ingredients in a food processor or high speed blender and puree until smooth.
    • Check for seasoning and add salt and pepper to taste.


    Dip can be made several days in advance and will taste better as it ages. Great for entertaining or healthy snacking throughout the week. To lessen the heat, remove seeds from chipotle peppers.


    Calories: 56kcalCarbohydrates: 10.3gProtein: 3.1gFat: 0.3gSaturated Fat: 0gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.3gTrans Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 332mgFiber: 2.9gSugar: 1.5g
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    Liz DellaCroce

    Liz Della Croce is the creator and author of The Lemon Bowl, a healthy food blog. Since 2010, Liz has been sharing delicious recipes that just so happen to be healthy. By using real ingredients with an emphasis on seasonality, Liz has built a growing audience of loyal readers who crave good food for their families. Click Here To Subscribe to my newsletter:


    1. Just made this…YUM! I’m a bit of a wimp for spicy-ness so I only used 1 chipotle plus a bit of the adobo. Its soooo good! And super easy! Thanks!

    2. I love the chipotle and bean combo. I always have chipotle peppers on hand. Normally I puree the whole can and then freeze it. I add just a little bit of the puree to mostly all of my Mexican inspired dishes. I can’t wait to make this on our next Mexican night!

        1. Just made this and it is absolutely delicious!!!! I had leftover cooked black beans from a meal I made a couple nights ago and when I read this recipe I realized I already had most of the remaining ingredients on hand. It was easy and quick to make too. I seriously may eat it all! Also, love the idea of freezing the chipotle peppers in adobe as I would hate to waste them! Thank you :-)

    3. Yum! Liz this dip sounds amazing! Our friends make a black bean dip that is amazing but adding the smokiness of chipotles would make it over the top!

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