Spicy Black Bean Dip

by Alice Currah on April 23, 2013

I had intended to post this recipe last week but due to the Boston bombings the last thing I felt like doing was posting anything because frankly I was pretty glued to the news feeling a bit paralyzed from what I was hearing and seeing. Feeling an emotional blanket of heaviness, these types of disasters always remind me of 9/11 and the frequency of these types of attacks serves as a constant reminder that we are definitely living in a post 9/11 world. I’m very thankful to the brave men and women who serve this country to protect its citizens and borders.

Last Friday when the 2 Boston suspects were caught (dead and alive) I remember this sense of relief for the people of Boston. Our family flew out the next morning for Spring Break in Hawaii without me feeling fearful or filled with anxiety.  Trust me, I am a horrible travel companion when I feel anxiety driven sadness.

We’ve been staying in Oahu’s North Shore hanging out at the beach every morning through late afternoon eating shaved ice and all the local favorites including shrimp trucks, spam-musabi, and haupia pie. I hope to share a little bit of what I have loved about this place in an upcoming post in case other people may be interested in what to eat or what to do in the North Shore.
Until then, I have this fast and easy, healthy and oh-so-good, black bean dip recipe for you. It reminds me very much of the spicy black bean dip they sell at Trader Joes, except this one taste better because of the fresh lime juice that gives it just enough acidic zing. You can use mild, medium, or hot salsa depending on how spicy you like it. Although tortilla chips are the obvious pairing to this dip, you may want to consider using vegetable sticks or use it as a burrito filling. Did I mention it takes only a few minutes to make in a food processor? Can’t beat that!

Until next time, Aloha!

Spicy Black Bean Dip
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Serves: 6
Quick and easy black bean dip that is delicious and healthy!
  • black beans, drained and rinsed
  • fresh salsa (mild, medium, or hot)
  • fresh cilantro, including stems
  • fresh lime juice
  • cumin
  • garlic salt
  • chili powder
  • kosher salt


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{ 11 comments… read them below or add one }

Holiday Baker Man April 23, 2013 at 6:22 pm

A great zingy dip! A new one for the next dinner party. Thanks!


Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar April 24, 2013 at 9:51 am

This sounds so good!! Yum!


AzFood April 27, 2013 at 5:47 am

i will like to eat it again and again. It is very colorful.


fnbindia April 27, 2013 at 7:54 am

Good for desert.


Renee @ Awesome on $20 April 27, 2013 at 6:22 pm

I hope you visited Ted’s bakery on the North Shore. Their chocolate haupia pie is fantastic. I also love the eclairs the size of your face. I can’t wait to try this black bean dip. The spicier the better. Mahalo!


Cheryl May 1, 2013 at 9:36 am

What a great dinner party treat. I like to use veggie chips for dip (muli-colour). Any idea what the calorie count is? Thanks so much for this delightful recipe :)


Theodore May 5, 2013 at 2:24 pm

WOW, the Spicy Black Bean Dip sounds just great. I will definitely try it tonight for Cinco de Mayo. Thanks


meg jones wall May 5, 2013 at 6:41 pm

i totally hear you – i live in boston but was out of town at my grandmother’s funeral when the city shut down on friday, and it was beyond surreal to see footage of my city silent and filled with law enforcement and weapons. i’m so glad you were still able to go on your trip, and it sounds like you had a great time :) will definitely be trying this dip out – thanks!


Cynthia Stuckey May 5, 2013 at 6:49 pm

This is so delicious! I added a few tbs. of Greek yogurt and it made it even creamier. Thank you so much for sharing!


Ruxandra @ Gourmandelle June 9, 2013 at 9:58 am

Love black beans! They’re super nutritious and tasty. Will surely give it a try!


Concerned Citizen September 25, 2014 at 9:52 pm

Why do most of the people commenting decide to comment before they actually prepare the dish? It crowds out all the answers reviewing the recipe. It adds nothing useful to the site. It takes more time to actually find useful remarks pertaining to the recipe. Come back when you’ve made the dish.


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