Appetizers/ Dips/ Recipe

Veggie Black Bean Dip

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.

Black Bean Veggie Dip




  • 500g Can Black Beans, drained & rinsed.
  • 1 Onion, chopped.
  • 3 Cloves Garlic, chopped.
  • 1 Red Pepper, chopped.
  • 1 Bird's Eye Chili, chopped.
  • 1/2 C Apple Cider Vinegar.
  • 4 Tbsp Local Honey.
  • 1 Tsp Chili Powder.
  • 1 Tsp Ground Cumin.
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil.
  • Kosher Salt & Fresh Cracked Black Pepper.
  • 1 Bag Organic Corn Tortilla Chips (to serve).


  1. In a large skillet, heat a couple glugs of olive oil over medium heat. Once hot, add the onion, peppers, and garlic. Saute for 4 minutes.
  2. Add the beans, vinegar, honey, chili powder, and cumin, season well with salt and pepper. Massage well to combine and simmer over medium-low heat for about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  3. Remove from the heat and carefully dump all the contents into a food processor. Puree. Taste and add more honey, vinegar or salt if necessary (I never have to).
  4. Allow to cool to at least room temperature (if not fridge temperature) - it will thicken substantially as it cools.
  5. Serve with corn tortilla chips.




  • Annie Smith
    February 1, 2012 at 4:14 PM

    Making it!! Don’t worry, I’ll drop your name. I’m thinking this looks like a super healthy protein snack! Yum.

  • Kristy Lynn
    February 1, 2012 at 4:27 PM

    @ Annie Smith: That makes me feel better 😉 Let me know how it turns out (include photos and I’ll post em!)…

  • Aarthi
    February 1, 2012 at 5:44 PM

    This looks awesome..Yummy Recipe


  • detailsjuliette
    February 1, 2012 at 5:50 PM

    Oh my, this sound really good! I’d love to try it soon..mmh!

  • Anna
    February 2, 2012 at 3:54 AM

    It does kinda look like sludge – which is a great thing in a dip 🙂 Sounds delicious!

  • John
    February 2, 2012 at 4:03 AM

    As the great man once said… this is the shizzle

  • Eron
    February 2, 2012 at 2:56 PM

    oooh– a perfect Super Bowl Sunday dish (not that I watch the Super Bowl, I just come for the food)! Thanks for another inspiration!

  • Eron
    February 2, 2012 at 2:58 PM

    Oh — and beautiful photos!! Your photos are looking amazing — new tricks?

  • Kristy Lynn
    February 2, 2012 at 4:31 PM

    @ Aarthi: thank you! and as always, glad to have you 🙂

    @ detailsjuliette: thanks love!

    @ Anna: hahahaha – should be a requirement really.

    @ John: who? Snoop Dogg?

    @ Eron: Thanks sugar! is that this weekened? New camera mostly. But also learning a bit about lighting and lenses..

  • Cheap Ethnic Eatz
    February 2, 2012 at 6:12 PM

    So glad you gave it up 🙂 Black beans are a fave but forget about their existence….must try this dip.

  • Teresa,
    February 3, 2012 at 7:58 PM

    Kristy Lynn your dip looks beautiful. I don’t have a good black bean dip so this is going to be my go-to recipe….I will give you credit of course!

  • Kristy Lynn
    February 3, 2012 at 11:10 PM

    @ Cheap Ethnic Eatz: So was he! 😉 I find black beans to be a super protein machine and very useful for a solid snack and/or a veggie based diet.

    Teresa: Christmas lights make anything look good 😉

  • jas
    February 8, 2012 at 2:25 AM

    so much deliciousness!

  • Kristy Lynn
    February 8, 2012 at 3:11 AM

    @ jas: why thank you!

  • Angie {Successful2gether}
    February 8, 2012 at 11:50 PM

    this looks amazing 🙂 cant wait to try it!

  • Kristy Lynn
    February 9, 2012 at 4:01 AM

    @ Angie: thank you! i hope you enjoy it!

  • April @ The 21st Century Housewife
    February 9, 2012 at 6:05 PM

    I really like the sound of this – it’s got so many healthy ingredients, and some really wonderful flavours going on! Thank you for sharing your veggie black bean dip with the Hearth and Soul hop.

  • Miz Helen
    February 10, 2012 at 8:25 PM

    This is my kind of dip, we would just love these tasty and flavorful dip. Hope you have a fabulous week end and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  • Kristy Lynn
    February 11, 2012 at 5:46 PM

    @ April: Thanks for coming by – always happy to see you!

    @ Miz Helen: It really is fantastic. Thanks for stopping in 🙂

  • Charise @ I Thought I Knew Mama
    February 13, 2012 at 1:52 AM

    My husband will love this! I’m pinning it and will try it soon 🙂

  • Jen
    February 13, 2012 at 4:17 PM

    Yum! I will have to make this. It’s on my list and I just posted to pinterest! 🙂

  • Kristy Lynn
    February 13, 2012 at 4:44 PM

    @ Charise: That’s great! Let me know how it turns out for you! Hope you enjoy!

  • Penniless Parenting
    February 14, 2012 at 6:00 AM

    OMG that looks sooo good!!!

  • Rebecca Watkins
    February 14, 2012 at 2:05 PM

    What an ingenious way to use black beans and those images.. they make my mouth water! Thanks for sharing on Seasonal Celebration and hope to see you next week!
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  • Kristy Lynn
    February 14, 2012 at 10:33 PM

    @ Penniless Parenting: Why, thank you!

    @ Rebecca: Aw shucks! Thank you!

  • luckiest1
    December 31, 2012 at 2:55 PM

    Hmmmm, this might be a good dip for tonight’s festivities 😉 I believe I have all the ingredients, so no need to brave the grocery store line ups…

    • Kristy Lynn
      January 6, 2013 at 2:57 PM

      oooooh! i hope you enjoy it Lisa!

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