Warm Layered Black Bean Dip
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This Warm Layered Black Bean Dip with cilantro pesto and Monterey Jack cheese is a delicious addition to any gathering.
It’s no secret that I’m partial to beans, especially a good bean dip. Those layered bean dips that pop up at pot luck get-togethers are the best. A few weeks ago we ordered a black bean dip at a local restaurant mainly because I had to see how they made it. It was a hot layered black bean dip, chock full with jalapenos and topped with cheese. Good stuff.
This past weekend I decided to create my own version. It was easy, with simple ingredients. Not only did we eat it as a dip, but topped our chicken burritos with it. Yum! You’ll need black beans, ancho chile powder, cumin, salt, pepper, cilantro, poblanos, olive oil, tomato, corn and cheese. Of course, add or subtract any ingredients as you like.
Begin by roasting the peppers. I used poblanos, but if you like it hot, add a jalapeno. The roasting of the peppers isn’t totally necessary but it does bring out the flavor of the peppers. You’ll find a mini-explanation on how I roast peppers in this Cilantro, Roasted Peppers & Pistachio Pesto recipe.
After you get the peppers going move on to the beans. Heat drained beans in a saucepan over medium heat, add the ancho chili powder, cumin, salt and pepper. Ancho chili powder is a nice change from the regular chili powder but whatever you have on hand will work just fine. Aleppo chili powder would be nice too. I’ve been on a hunt for some but can’t find it anywhere locally but again, just use what you have on hand.
When the beans and seasonings have warmed, mash the heck out of them with a potato masher or your preferred mashing technique. Add 1/4 cup (or more to your liking) of the shredded cheese and mix well. I used yummy queso this time but again, use what cheese you like – Monterey Jack would be nice, as well as a cheddar. If needed, add some of the bean juice for a smooth consistency. Once the peppers are roasted and prepped (again, see this post for one way to roast peppers), place the cilantro, peppers and 1 tablespoon of olive in a food processor and process until smooth.
Now it’s time to begin the layering process. Begin by spreading the bean mixture on the bottom of an oven safe dish. Next goes the cilantro/pepper combo over the black bean mixture. Top the cilantro/pepper mixture with tomato and corn, then follow with the remainder of the cheese. Bake in a 400° F oven until the cheese melts & begins to brown, about 10-15 minutes.
Serve with chips, bruschetta, in a burrito or whatever tickles your fancy. Enjoy!
Warm Layered Black Bean Dip
This tasty warm layered black bean dip is great for any gathering. Serve with chips or crackers.
- 2 15 ounce cans black beans, drained
- 1/4 teaspoon ancho chile powder (or preferred chili powder)
- 1/4 teaspoon cumin
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 3 poblano peppers, roasted (see here for roasting technique – if not roasting peppers, seed peppers before using unless you want it spicy)
- 1/3 cup cilantro leaves, packed
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1/3 cup corn, drained
- 1/3 cup diced tomato
- 4 oz. (divided) queso or Monterey Jack cheese, shredded
- Heat the beans in a saucepan over medium heat.
- Add the ancho chili powder, cumin, salt and pepper and combine well.
- When beans have warmed, mash the heck out of them with a potato masher or your preferred mashing technique.
- Add 1/4 cup (or more to your liking) of the shredded cheese and mix well. If needed add some of the bean juice for a smooth consistency.
- In a food processor place the cilantro, peppers and 1 tablespoon of olive and process until smooth.
- Spread the bean mixture in the bottom of a oven safe dish.
- Spread cilantro/pepper mixture over the black bean mixture.
- Add the tomato and corn, then the remainder of cheese.
- Bake in a 400-degrees F oven until the cheese melts & begins to brown, about 10-15 minutes.
- Serve with chips, bruschetta, in a burrito or whatever tickles your fancy.
The dip looks delicious, can’t wait to try it and to maybe try it with a new strainer!
I saw these on another site too and they look fab, I love butter beans the best, we had some last night in a butter bean and chorizo stew – so good!
I’d like to win a strainer, pretty please?
This dip looks really good, I’ll have to give it a try, thankfully I’ve already had my lunch or this post would be making me drool.
Have a lovely day,
Oooooh, doggy! That looks delicious! And, yay me, Bush’s beans are on sale at the market this week and I just stocked up…
I would love a strainer! I always lose beans when I try to strain them with just the lid, and I never want to bring out a regular size colander just for a can or two of beans. This would be such a handy tool to have!
this sounds yummy and I would love to have a strainer.
Mmm… This looks very tasty:) I will have to make this for our next family dinner!! That bean strainer would really come in handy then too!!
Oh (wo)man that looks good! And I’d love a bean strainer!
Mmm, that looks tasty! I could use a strainer too!
I’d love one of the stainers! I’m a huge bean fan and this recipe looks marvelous! Yum.
My husband loves bean dip and now I have a new recipe to make for him! I’d love to have a stainer too 🙂
Ooh, what a neat bean strainer. I’d love to add that to my collection.
I love that little strainer! What a useful tool to have. The bean dip looks wonderful too.
That looks delicious and this is what I am making for my hubby bday dinner for an appetizer! I have to leave cilantro out (taste like soap to me lol!)
I too have never met a bean that I didn’t like…on occasion, I’ve met a bean or two that doesn’t like me (I’m not offended though) and don’t think for one little minute that, it would stop me from eating them! Can’t wait to try this little ditty!
Would love to have the little bean strainer, stinkin cute!
Looks delicious! i love that photo of the chili powder – awesome.
That recipe looks delicious! Can’t wait to try it.
That looks so good! I’ve been looking for a good bean dip to try and this looks like it. I bet my husband thanks you for it. 🙂 That bean strainer looks so handy. Would love to have one. 😉
yet another bean dip i can try! thanks for the recipe! :o)
This looks great! I am going to give it a try this weekend.
The bean strainer does look like it would be handy to have. I would love to have one.