Okay, I’m giving it up. Actually, I gave it up when I was 16 (too much information?).. But I am giving up “my” secret recipe for black bean veggie dip. This recipe comes out of Jennifer Joyce’s Small Bites cookbook and it has been a staple of mine for potlucks and parties. People go ga-ga over this dip despite it’s brown sludge-like appearance, and I haven’t given up my source as of yet (except to Mom) simply because it is such a hit. I want the credit. Mwah ah ah ah ah!
It’s sweet yet spicy, holds a brilliant acidity, has an excellent mouth-feel texture, and is easy to transport – hence the potlucks. It’s also a cinch to make, veggie friendly, pretty darn healthy (if served with toasted pita wedges, not the corn tortilla chips as depicted below) and completely scrumptious. I’m not gloating, I’m payin some love to Ms. Joyce.
Let’s just call it what it is, shall we? It’s a damn good dip! And you’d be a sad little chicken not to give this a shot. If you don’t like heat, omit the chili – though I think it’s the sweet/spicy combination that really makes it.
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Hey, I'm Kristy. I'm a writer, photographer, actress, and general badass (who goes to bed at 8:30pm) in Vancouver, BC. I've written & photographed with Edible Communities, The Taste Canada Food Writing Awards, and CountryMan Press and have presented at The Food Blogger’s Online Summit. My book, Cooking With Cocktails, is avaiable at all major retailers! When I'm not online, I'm indulging in seasonal cocktails, carbs, bad ’80s films, hiking, camping, bourbon, and pigs.