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Most Amazing Bean Dip takes just 15 minutes and minimal effort to make the most delicious party appetizer!

overhead view of a baking dish filled with bean dip.

Good food and drink are the best excuses to get old friends together. Everyone brings their favorite dish, and we can just talk and laugh the evening away. If you’re anything like us, you have a few go-to recipes that you use for such occasions. These are the recipes that you rarely think to make for just your family, but are always a smashing hit. Bean dip is one such recipe that our friends beg us to continue making every time we get together. Everyone is used to the generic store-bought bean dip, and our homemade bean dip knocks their socks off every time!

Garlic:

Nothing beats freshly minced garlic, but you can always substitute with 3/4 teaspoon of garlic powder or granulated garlic.

Cheese Options:

If you cannot find queso fresco, you can substitute with mild feta cheese, queso blanco, or even paneer!

Spice Level in Most Amazing Bean Dip:

We love when our dip has just enough heat to add to the flavor, without burning anyone out. Canned green chile peppers can have a medium heat, but it should not be overpowering in this dish by itself. If you want a truly mild dip, look for mild canned green chile peppers and definitely omit that cayenne! If you want a more spicy kick, be sure to use regular canned green chile peppers and include that cayenne. You can even increase the cayenne to your own personal taste preferences.

Is this dip vegetarian?

If you want a vegetarian bean dip, make sure to use vegetarian refried beans. Regular refried beans are cooked in animal lard.

If you’re looking to make this completely vegan, opt for your favorite plant-based cheese alternative for the queso fresco.

A hand holding a tortilla chip dipped in the most amazing bean dip.

Storage Instructions:

Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 1 week. Reheat either in a skillet on the stovetop over medium-low heat, or in the microwave in 30-second increments until warmed through.

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Overhead view of the most amazing bean dip.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Ingredients
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 small yellow onion diced finely
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 (7 ounce) green chile peppers diced
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper optional
  • 2 (15 ounce cans) refried beans undrained
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro leaves chopped
  • 1/2 cup crumbled queso fresco
Instructions
  • Heat a heavy skillet over medium-high heat. Add in the olive oil and let heat briefly.
  • Add in onions, garlic, and canned chiles and sauté for 5-7 minutes until soft.
  • Add in cumin, salt, and cayenne pepper (optional) and sauté another 60 seconds.
  • Add in beans and water and let simmer for 5 minutes.
  • Transfer to a serving dish and serve hot topped with fresh cilantro and queso fresco.
Notes

Nutrition

Calories: 44kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 5mg | Sodium: 133mg | Potassium: 33mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 123IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 49mg | Iron: 1mg
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: Bean Dip
Overhead view of the most amazing bean dip.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Ingredients
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 small yellow onion diced finely
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 (7 ounce) green chile peppers diced
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper optional
  • 2 (15 ounce cans) refried beans undrained
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro leaves chopped
  • 1/2 cup crumbled queso fresco
Instructions
  • Heat a heavy skillet over medium-high heat. Add in the olive oil and let heat briefly.
  • Add in onions, garlic, and canned chiles and sauté for 5-7 minutes until soft.
  • Add in cumin, salt, and cayenne pepper (optional) and sauté another 60 seconds.
  • Add in beans and water and let simmer for 5 minutes.
  • Transfer to a serving dish and serve hot topped with fresh cilantro and queso fresco.
Notes

Nutrition

Calories: 44kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 5mg | Sodium: 133mg | Potassium: 33mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 123IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 49mg | Iron: 1mg
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: Bean Dip
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