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Tangy Black Bean Dip – Recipe

Tangy Black Bean Dip – Recipe

Here is the perfect match for thin, crisp corn chips, a great kick-off for a zesty Mexican menu. Black beans are tasty little members of the high-fiber legume family. According to Lisa Turner in “Meals that Heal,” they help prevent heart disease, stabilize blood-sugar levels, lower cholesterol, and help prevent obesity. So healthy and so yummy–and this dip can be stored in the fridge for up to two weeks!

Super people-pleasing, Tangy Black Bean Dip is a great addition to parties of all kinds.


2 cups dried black beans (4 cups cooked)
1 ½ tablespoons vegetable oil
1 medium onion, chopped
1 medium bell pepper, any color, chopped
2 medium cloves garlic, minced
1 ½ tablespoons ground cumin
1 ½ tablespoons ground coriander
1 tablespoon chili powder
1/3 to ½ cup cider vinegar
Salt, to taste

1. Sort, rinse, soak and cook the beans by your preferred method (or skip this step and use canned beans).

2. In a heavy-bottomed frying pan, heat the oil over medium-high heat. When hot, add the onions, peppers, and garlic, and saute until the onions are translucent. Add the cumin, coriander, and chili powder and saute 1 minute, stirring often. Add the vinegar and stir to dislodge any browned bits in the bottom of the pan.

3. In a food mill or food processor, puree the bans and the pepper mixture until smooth. Season with salt.

Yields 3 ½ cups.

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Adapted from “The Bean Harvest Cookbook” by Ashley Miller (Taunton Press, 1998). Copyright (c) 1998 by Ashley Miller. Reprinted by permission of Taunton Press.
Adapted from “The Bean Harvest Cookbook” by Ashley Miller (Taunton Press, 1998).

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8:55PM PDT on Apr 14, 2014

Looks delicious, beans make a flavourful dip.

6:43PM PST on Jan 27, 2013

This sounds great. I need to make some soon.

8:47AM PST on Jan 27, 2013

Looks like a good black bean dip, I am going to try it.

9:14AM PST on Jan 26, 2013


9:03AM PST on Jan 26, 2013

Thank you for sharing.

12:40AM PDT on Oct 4, 2011

Yummy! Thanks for the great recipe.

9:40AM PDT on Mar 30, 2010

Can hardly wait to try it.. It is has overtones of a bean salad I make... the apple cidar vinegar makes it...

I am going to twist it up abit and use fresh cilantro..
Thank you!


7:30PM PDT on Mar 23, 2010

A luscious dip served on wheat thins makes for an exciting as tasteful appetizer. Instead of the vinegar, I added the juice from 2 limes and garnished with thinly chopped green onions.

4:05PM PST on Feb 4, 2010

Sounds delicious!

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