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 – for beans? I thought they were supposed to be the budget-friendly food :-)!
Well, here is money and time-saving recipe for you. And oh—it tastes great as well.
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This 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!
Fast and Yummy Bean Dip
3 1/2 cups cooked beans (canned is OK, but preferably use previously soaked beans that have been cooked with ajwain (ajowan) and/ or epazote. You can read my post on both of them here). Our favorite varieties are black turtle, pinto, kidney and cranberry, but you can use any bean that you have available. See How to De-Gas Beans)
2 tomatoes (fresh or use the equivalent of any canned / jarred tomatoes. I always approximate here.)
juice of 2 limes (2 T = the juice of 1 lime)
4 cloves of garlic (Make sure you read The Easiest Way to Peel Garlic)
1/2 onion (1/8 cup minced dried onion, plus a bit of water, is a good equivalent)
1/2 cup cilantro (and see my 6 Tips for Cilantro)
1 1/2 t salt (I recommend Real Salt.)
1 jalapeno (optional)
1. Place all of the ingredients except for the tomatoes and beans in a food processor or blender. Blend until smooth.
2. 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.
This is great served with vegetables, chips, or Focaccia Flax Bread (it's gluten-free with a vegan option – and it's super easy too!)
Time and Money Saving Tips:
- 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 dip? See my post on The Easiest Way to Preserve Tomatoes. Works for fresh or canned!
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