This easy, vegan 5-minute black bean dip is perfect for your next get-together, or keep it on hand for afternoon snacking.
This easy black bean dip recipe fits right in with my healthy living goals. You see, I’m a snacker, through and through. If I’m going to lose all control of my food willpower, it’s going to happen between meals. Darn those cheese and crackers!
This lack of self-restraint hits hardest when I’m sitting on my butt…watching TV, reading, working on the computer. So, when football and hockey season ramp up, I know that I’m in serious trouble if I don’t have a plan for our game day munchies.
This zesty black bean dip recipe (or any of my favorite Healthy Dips for Entertaining & Snacking) fits the bill on three levels – easy, healthy and delicious. And even better, it takes about 5 minutes to make and uses spices found in most pantries. Short prep time is always a welcome bonus!
WHAT YOU NEED FOR THIS CREAMY BLACK BEAN DIP RECIPE:
These are the main components of this recipe (affiliate links included):
- Black beans: The recipe calls for 2 cans black beans, rinsed and drained.
- Salsa: Use your favorite kind, either homemade or store-bought.
- Garlic: 3 to 4 cloves, minced before adding to the food processor.
- Lime juice: Please use fresh lime juice. It really does make a difference to the flavor of the overall dish.
- Seasoning: Just a bit of cumin and kosher salt does the trick, but feel free to add a dash of chili powder if desired.
- Water: While many dips call for olive oil, I use water to loosen up the texture. Less fat without sacrificing flavor.
- Cilantro: If fresh cilantro isn’t your thing, swap in flat-leaf parsley or green onion instead.
- Many dips call for red onion. I am not a fan of raw red onion and I find that it tends to overpower the flavors in dips like this one. If you feel strongly about adding it, either stir it in at the end or sprinkle a little on top (mince well first).
See recipe card below for full ingredients list & recipe directions.
How to make black bean dip:
Throw all of the ingredients, except for the cilantro, into a food processor and puree until smooth. Scrape down the sides, add the minced cilantro and pulse briefly to combine. That’s it!
A couple of tricks to remember. First be sure that the canned black beans are drained and well rinsed. Dump the content of the can into a fine mesh sieve and run it under cold water, shaking slightly so that the beans are well rinsed. Once the water is off, shake some more to drain the beans.
One of the ingredients in this easy black bean dip is salsa. Be sure to use a salsa that you love. If the salsa tastes great on its own, then it will be perfect for this dip. Do you prefer some zip in your dip? Choose a medium or hot version. Or add some minced jalapeño pepper.
The garlic should be minced before adding to the food processor. Even though food processors can do wonders when pureeing most foods, I find that the blade doesn’t always reach the garlic cloves adequately when there are several other ingredients in the processor. The last thing you want is a dip with big chunks of raw garlic!
Is black bean dip healthy?
Each 1/4 cup serving contains about 80 calories, 0.3 grams of fat, 5.3 grams of fiber and 0 mg of cholesterol. Not too shabby! (Scroll down to the recipe card for more nutritional data.)
According to Medical News Today, black beans are a good source of fiber, potassium, Vitamin B6, selenium, iron, magnesium, calcium and zinc. These various nutrients can have a positive effect on heart health and gut health, as well as other various health concerns.
How to serve bean dip:
Dipping: Raw veggies (carrots, celery, red bell pepper, cucumber), homemade baked tortilla chips or crackers (my favorite are sweet potato crackers) are all good dippers.
Is black bean dip served hot or cold?
I typically serve this bean dip at room temperature. However, it’s also fantastic served warm. It can be warmed in the oven, in a saucepan on the stovetop or even in the microwave (use a lower power setting).
How long does black bean dip last?
When stored in an airtight container, such as this one, this dip will last 3 to 4 days in the refrigerator.
Can black bean dip be frozen?
Yes! And that is a fantastic reason to make a double or even triple batch of this healthy dip. Transfer the mixture to freezer containers or resealable freezer bags in desired serving sizes. Freeze for up to 3 months.
To defrost, transfer the dip to the refrigerator.
Other healthy dip recipes:
5-Minute Black Bean Dip Recipe
- In the bowl of a food processor, puree the black beans, salsa, garlic, lime juice, cumin, water and salt until smooth.
- Add the cilantro and pulse until just combined.
- Serve with tortilla chips or raw vegetables.
This post was first published on September 24, 2014 and updated on October 18, 2021.
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