Easy Bean Dip

Easy Bean Dip
Easy Bean Dip. Photo and Recipe: Diana Rattray
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  • Total: 12 mins
  • Prep: 7 mins
  • Cook: 5 mins
  • Yield: 3 Cups (12 servings)

This easy bean dip is made with only 5 ingredients, and it's an excellent dip for any party or gathering.

Serve the dip with vegetables for dipping, tortilla chips, or crackers. I garnished the tip with some chopped fresh cilantro, but thinly sliced green onions would make a nice garnish as well. 

If you don't have refried beans, make them quickly with a can of pinto beans. See the tips and variations below the recipe.

Ingredients

  • 1 can (approx. 16 ounces) refried beans
  • 1 package (8 ounces) processed American cheese (cubed)
  • 1/2 cup mild to medium chunky salsa
  • Cayenne or finely chopped jalapeno chile (to taste)
  • Optional garnish: chopped green onion or cilantro

Steps to Make It

Combine refried beans, cheese, salsa and cayenne or jalapeno peppers in a medium saucepan.

Cook the mixture over medium heat, stirring constantly,for about 5 minutes or until cheese melts and the mixture is well blended.

Cool and garnish with chopped green onions or cilantro, if desired.

Cover and refrigerate until serving time.

Serve this flavorful dip with tortilla chips, assorted crackers, or vegetable dippers.

Makes about 3 cups or bean dip.

Tips and Variations

Baked Bean Dip - Prepare the bean dip (except garnish) and transfer to a small casserole or pie plate. Sprinkle with shredded queso fresco cheese and bake at 375° F for about 10 minutes, or until the cheese has melted and the dip is hot. Garnish as desired.

Quick Refried Beans - In a skillet over medium heat, cook 1 smashed and minced clove of garlic in about 1 tablespoon of canola oil until lightly browned. Add 1 can (15 ounces) of undrained pinto beans or black beans, 1/2 teaspoon of ground cumin, 1 teaspoon of chili powder, and salt, to taste. Heat  for about 4 to 5 minutes. Mash the beans and stir in 1 tablespoon of lime juice if desired.

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