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?
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.
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!
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!
- Canned beans are OK, but preferably use previously-soaked beans that have been cooked with organic ajwain (ajowan) and/ or epazote. You can read my post on both of them here. Our favorite varieties are organic cranberry, black turtle, pinto, and kidney, but you can use any bean that you have available. See How to De-Gas Beans.
- Make sure you read The Easiest Way to Peel Garlic for tips on peeling garlic.
- 1/8 cup minced dried onion, plus a bit of water, will work well instead of 1/2 onion.
- For help using cilantro, see my 6 Tips for Cilantro.
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
Yummy Fat Free Easy Bean Dip - Our Family Favorite
- 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.
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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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This looks delicious! We love beans.
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This looks so good. I love black beans.
Yumm! I can't wait to make this. It beats store bought any day!!
I wish I would have seen the link to "how to easily peel garlic" a few days ago when I had to peel 20 cloves! Brilliant!
Stopping from the Tuesday Tip hop too! We love bean dip. I will have to make it this weekend for the game.
Let me know how you like it :-).
Stopping by on the Tuesday Tip hop. I'm a new follower!
Thanks for linking your great post to FAT TUESDAY. This was very interesting! Hope to see you next week!
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What a great recipe! I am always looking for new bean recipes. I make a lot of chili, beans and rice, and refried beans for burritos. A nice bean dip would be a good change of pace, and a good way to eat the many raw carrots our farmers' market is providing these days 🙂
Thanks for this recipe - sounds so good!
It was actually The Girls Creative that I found you! I also have an Excalibur dehydrator and LOVE it! I'm having fun reading about what you do with it. I'll try the nuts!!
I happen to have some beans soaking tonight! I'll be making this tomorrow! Thanks for sharing. Great to find your site through Tip Junkie!!!
Sounds amazing...never made anything like that before...but it's sure time to try. Can I use parsley instead of cilantro as I'm allergic to cilantro?
I would probably try it without the parsley and see how you like it. Then add the parsley to a bit of it and see what you think. I think that they have very different tastes, but my husband thinks it would taste OK :-).
I've really been enjoying black beans. I think I'll try this one.:)
I can't wait to try this! And thanks for the cilantro tip, I too, have seen many a bunch of cilantro go bad.
Whole Foods sells a black bean hummus that I absolutely love. It's been on my list of things to make, but I haven't yet. Your recipe sounds very similar. I can't wait to try it out.
OH I am so making this tonight! I have all of the ingredients -- thanks so much -- I love your blog!
Let me know how you like it!
I tried this recipe. It tasted nice but it became sort of solid. How to make it liquified as seen in your pic?
Hello Scinia! I suppose it could be that you blended it too much? Blend the garlic, cilantro, etc. first and then add the tomatoes and beans last. Blend ever so slightly. That way the beans stay in chunks instead of being blended up when they will thicken the whole thing and it will be more of the texture of a hummus.
How much ajwain &epazote do you use for that amount of beans?
I mistakenly left out a link to that information.
Here is a post on my site about ajwain and epazote. Let me know if you need more information!
Jolon, I didn't know what ajwain and epazote were until a few years ago. You can soak the beans overnight and then drain the water, rinse the beans and then cook them. That is the basic method for degassing beans, but we found that it wasn't enough for our family.
By the way, I am sure that there are other resources, but it is hard to find both of those spices. Penzeys has both, but I prefer Mountain Rose Herbs since you can get the organic for less money.
And I never knew about being able to freeze cilantro either.
I think even if I live to be 80 I will still be leaning new things and trying to decide what I can implement into my life! 🙂
Thanks for the link, Adrienne. This sounds delish and super easy (my kind of recipe!).
I had no idea cilantro could be frozen. I can't tell you the number of times I've only used a little bit in a recipe and the rest of the bunch has gone in the trash. Ugh. Live and learn, I guess.
For now, I'll make it without the ajwain/epazote because I have no idea what that is (haha) but someday when I'm ready for the next step of healthy eating, I will check it out! 🙂