Zesty Fat-Free Black Bean Dip - Our Family Favorite

This Fat-free Vegan Black Bean Dip is one of our favorite recipes of all time! It tastes amazing and is sooo simple to make--you probably have all the ingredients in your home right now so what are you waiting for?

Easy Fat-free Black Bean Dip in a bowl with chips

We love bean dips of all kinds.  But have you seen the price of them in the grocery store?  Unbelievable and untenable in today's economy.

And really - even the dips made from beans are crazy expensive?  I thought they were supposed to be the budget-friendly food :-)!

Well, here is a money and a time-saving recipe for you.  A seriously delicious and Easy Bean Dip Recipe.

As in lick your lips delicious.

Easy Fat-free Black Bean Dip in a bowl with chips

This easy bean dip recipe is a remake of one that I got from a Vitamix demonstrator.  It apparently used to be on the Vitamix website, but no longer.  What a loss - but at least you can find it here!

This is one of those "tried and true" recipes, a real go-to when you need something fast that you know will be a success.  And boy, is it fast to make!

I gave the recipe to one of my friends two years ago and she said that she made it for all of her Christmas gatherings and it was a great hit!

Easy Fat-free Black Bean Dip in a bowl with chips

Then another friend asked me for the recipe this year so that she could take it to her Holiday gatherings as well.  Finally, we had some friends from Nicaragua over this past summer and served this.

Again, a bit hit!  Simple and satisfying!

Take this to your next gathering. Your friends will thank you. And you will thank me!

Recipe Notes

Time and Money Saving Tips for this Black Bean Dip:

  • Cilantro can be purchased in large amounts and then washed, chopped and frozen (stems and all) in baggies in the freezer.  Then it is ready at your fingertips year round! (For more ideas, see my post on 6 Super Tips for Cilantro)
  • For lime juice, I use bottled organic lime juice to save time.  (I recommend Dream Foods.)  However, you can also just throw in a whole washed lime into your blender or food processor if you happen to have limes in your kitchen.  The rind is healthy too!
  • Problems digesting beans?  See my post on How to De-Gas Beans, so you can eat a lot of bean dip and not suffer the consequences!
  • No time to make beans?  Try making them ahead of time and storing them in the freezer for quick access whenever you need them!
  • Tomatoes left over after making this bean dip? See my post on The Easiest Way to Preserve Tomatoes.  Works for fresh or canned!

Looking for other budget-friendly recipes?  How about

- Super Savory Hummus (w/ tahini-free option)
- Indian Lentils (ready in as little as 9 minutes!)
- Homemade Protein Bars

Vegan Black Bean Dip - gluten-free, healthy, easy, whole30, dairy-free, low fat

Yummy Fat Free Easy Bean Dip - Our Family Favorite

This Easy Bean Dip is super easy and flavorful--guaranteed to be a hit at your next gathering. Makes great wrap filling too!
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Course: Appetizer, Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine: Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free, Grain-Free, Vegan
Servings: 18
Calories: 47kcal


  • 3 1/2 cups cooked beans
  • 2 to 3 medium tomatoes (fresh or use the equivalent of any canned / jarred tomatoes. I always approximate here)
  • 4 tablespoons lime juice (or the juice of 2 limes)
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 1/2 medium onion
  • 1/2 cup cilantro
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 jalapeno (optional)


  • Place all of the ingredients except for the tomatoes and beans in a food processor or blender. Blend until smooth.
  • Add tomatoes and beans. Process slowly to desired consistency - just a little for a chunky / salsa-like dip; a lot for a smooth, thick, hummus-like dip.


Calories: 47kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 196mg | Potassium: 152mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 163IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 15mg | Iron: 1mg | Net Carbs: 6g

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Note: If you are following the Trim Healthy Mama plan, this is an E.

This easy bean dip is great served with vegetables, chips, or Focaccia Flax Bread (it's gluten-free with a vegan option - and it's super easy too!)

What will you serve this Easy Bean Dip recipe with?

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  1. i have found a new way to get almost instant fresh beans ..by using the tiny red lentils! I make a bean paste by boiling them hard about 12 min (sometimes adding a grain like millet, buckwheat or quinoa) and add my fav seasonings (usually garlic, cumin, maybe some onion, & a tbsp or 2 of salsa, sometimes i sneak in some granulated kelp -hardly noticeable!) Sometimes if my sons come over, I'll add a half can of non-fat refried beans for just a bit more authentic flavor, but it hardly needs really!

  2. When you say "1/8 cup minced...would be a good approximation" are you referring to DEHYDRATED onion? Since onions come in all shapes and sizes I'd like to know how much minced FRESH onion this recipe calls for. Thanks!

  3. I think I need to try this again with something other than kidney beans and definitely use less onion. I did the recipe exactly as it says, and only omitted the cilantro b/c I have none. All I taste is onion! 🙁

    1. Hmmm...did you use a lot of onion or maybe it was just a really strong one? I hope it works for you next time!