Spicy Smoky Black Bean Dip

Ingredients

  • 1 (15.5 oz.) can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1/2 cup vegetable stock
  • 4 to 5 scallions, tough ends discarded, chopped
  • 1 tsp. ground cumin
  • 1 tsp. garlic, minced
  • 2 tbsp. cilantro leaves, chopped
  • 1-2 chipotles in adobo, seeded and minced (optional)
  • Juice of 1 to 2 limes, to taste
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • Cheddar cheese, shredded
  • Scallions, chopped, for garnish
Place the beans, stock, scallions, cumin, garlic powder, onion powder, cilantro, and chipotle in the bowl of a food processor fitted with the chopping blade or in a blender. Puree until smooth. Taste and add lime juice, salt and pepper, and additional chipotle as desired.

This may be made up to 3 days ahead and kept in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Place plastic wrap directly on the surface of the dip to protect the surface from drying out. Bring to room temperature or reheat slightly in a microwave to take the chill off the dip. Sprinkle the top with cheese and bell pepper pieces. Garnish with a sprig of cilantro.

If you would rather serve this hot, place dip in an ovenproof dish, top with shredded cheese. Place in a 350 degree F oven for 10 to 15 minutes or until the cheese is melted and the dip is warmed. Sprinkle minced bell pepper over the top for color. Garnish with scallions. Serve with tortilla chips, salsa, and guacamole if desired.

by The Savvy Kitchen
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