Appetizer/ Recipe

Black Bean Dip

February 3, 2020 (Last Updated: February 2, 2020)

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Black bean dip is a flavorful dip made with black beans, ground cumin, fresh cilantro and fresh squeezed limes. This healthy bean dip is perfect served with veggies or crackers. It takes less than 10 minutes to make, so this is a great last minute dip to pull together for a party or a quick appetizer.

A white bowl filled with a dark bean dip topped with fresh cilantro.

Black Bean Dip

Black bean dip is smooth and creamy. It is similar to a hummus, but it does not contain any oil or tahini. This bean dip is much smoother than refried beans. You can easily dip a veggie into the dip and scoop up some.  

This dip has a perfect blend of flavors. It has ground cumin, chili powder, garlic powder, fresh cilantro and fresh lime zest and juice. 

Black beans in a bowl with fresh cilantro and limes behind the bowl.

For this recipe you can use either canned black beans or make your own black beans.  If using canned beans, be certain to drain and rinse the beans. You don’t need all that liquid sauce that comes with canned beans.  I use canned beans when I am short on time. 

To make bean dip:

  1. Place beans, seasonings, cilantro, lime zest and lime juice in a food processor along with 1 tablespoon of water A food processor bowl filled with black beans, seasonings, and fresh cilantro.
  2. Pulse until blended. Scrape down sides. Add one additional tablespoon of water if the mixture is too thick
  3. Taste and add additional salt if needed. If mixture is still too thick, add an additional tablespoon of water. The dip should be very creamy in texture Pureed beans in a food processor bowl.
  4. Remove from food processor bowl and garnish with fresh cilantro

Black dip topped with fresh cilantro with fresh cut veggies behind the dip.

Tips for making bean dip

  • Be certain to rinse and drain your beans before using
  • The amount of water added varies due to the size of your lime used. Some limes contain more juice than other limes.
  • Use fresh squeezed lime juice and freshly grated lime zest.
  • If making ahead of time, cover and refrigerate until ready to use. 

A small dish with a dark colored dip and fresh veggies and crackers on a plate.

Are black beans good for you?

One of the reasons I like this dip so much, is I don’t have any guilt when I eat it. Black beans are reported by Good Housekeeping to have the following benefits:

  • Low calories
  • High fiber
  • Low cholesterol
  • High magnesium
  • High in iron and other vitamins and minerals

A carrot stick with black bean dip on the end of the carrot..

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A white bowl filled with a dark bean dip topped with fresh cilantro.

Black Bean Dip

Kathy
Creamy bean dip made with black beans, lime juice and fresh cilantro
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Total Time 10 mins
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American, Mexican
Servings 1 cups
Calories 30 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 can black beans (15 ounce can or approximately 1 1/4 cups of beans)
  • 2 Tablespoons fresh cilantro
  • 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon chile powder
  • 1 lime zest
  • 1 lime juiced
  • 2 Tablespoons water

Instructions
 

  • Place beans, seasonings, lime zest and lime juice in a food processor along with 1 tablespoon of water
  • Pulse until blended. Scrape down sides. Add one additional tablespoon of water if the mixture is too thick
  • Add cilantro and pulse until just blended
  • Taste and add additional salt if needed. If mixture is still too thick, add an additional tablespoon of water. The dip should be very creamy in texture
  • Remove from food processor bowl and garnish with fresh cilantro

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Notes

Tips for making bean dip

  • Be certain to rinse and drain your beans before using
  • The amount of water added varies due to the size of your lime used. Some limes contain more juice than other limes.
  • Use fresh squeezed lime juice and freshly grated lime zest.
  • If making ahead of time, cover and refrigerate until ready to use.ย 

Nutrition

Serving: 2TablespoonsCalories: 30kcalCarbohydrates: 6gProtein: 2gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 98mgPotassium: 80mgFiber: 2gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 17IUVitamin C: 2mgCalcium: 7mgIron: 1mg
Keyword bean dip, black bean dip, black bean hummus
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7 Comments

  • Reply
    Dawn - Girl Heart Food
    February 5, 2020 at 5:11 am

    5 stars
    I love black bean dip and even made a batch this past weekend! It always amazes me what wonderful flavours you can get from a few simple ingredients. This one looks super creamy and love how healthy it is too…which means I can enjoy a little more ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Reply
    Heidi | The Frugal Girls
    February 4, 2020 at 12:35 pm

    What a great recipe for a healthy and delicious dip! I love how it’s so versatile, too… perfect for parties or a Taco Tuesday side!

    • Reply
      Kathy
      February 6, 2020 at 5:31 am

      Taco Tuesday here I come! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply
    David @ Spiced
    February 4, 2020 at 4:46 am

    5 stars
    I remember the first time I ever had (even heard about) Black Bean Dip was at a popular restaurant/tavern in Atlanta. We ordered it, and I was hooked! I’ve made it at home on occasion, and it’s a great way to mix up the flavors. Plus, if there is any leftover dip, then it goes great as a base for quesadillas! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Reply
      Kathy
      February 6, 2020 at 5:31 am

      Adding to a quesadilla is a great idea!

  • Reply
    Mary Ann | The Beach House Kitchen
    February 3, 2020 at 5:31 pm

    5 stars
    I can’t wait to give this recipe a try Kathy! I’ve been trying to snack more on veggies and dips instead of crackers and pretzels lately. This will be perfect .

    • Reply
      Kathy
      February 3, 2020 at 6:49 pm

      You can feel indulgent and healthy all in one bite!

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