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Smoky Black Bean Dip

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Smoky Black Bean Dip: A terrific bean dip flavored with chipotle, onions, garlic, spices and more before being pureed to perfection!

Smoky Black Bean Dip in a white serving bowl

Smoky Black Bean Dip

It’s taking me some time to share all the marvelous recipes I’ve made this spring. This Smoky Black Bean Dip was part of my book club buffet; it was the spiciest offering, but wonderful nonetheless. This would be perfect for Cinco de Mayo or any game day gathering as well. Serve with lots of tortilla chips, tomato or fruit salsa, guacamole and some sour cream for a lovely appetizer spread.

Smoky Black Bean Dip in a white bowl with a bowl of tortilla chips

How to Make This Black Bean Dip

This recipe is quite simple despite a bit of cooking and a number of ingredients.

Onions, garlic, bell pepper, and a chipotle pepper were sauteed in olive oil till tender. Honey and vinegar were then added along with some spices. After the black beans were tossed in, the mixture was pureed in the food processor. More vinegar, honey or seasonings can be added depending on your taste buds’ preferences. If you’re a fan of the rich smokiness of chipotles, this Smoky Black Bean Dip is for you!

Recipe adapted from Big Small Plates by Cindy Pawlcyn.

Smoky Black Bean Dip in a white bowl topped with fresh bell pepper rings

Smoky Black Bean Dip

An irresistible black bean dip flavored with chiptole!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Yield 1 1/2 cups


  • 15 ounce can black beans rinsed and drained
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 chopped onion
  • 1 chopped red pepper
  • 1 deseeded and chopped chipotle pepper
  • 3 cloves chopped garlic
  • 1/2 cup cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup. honey
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt or to taste
  • Freshly cracked pepper
  • Tortilla chips


  1. Drain and rinse beans; set aside.
  2. Meanwhile, heat the olive oil in a sauté pan. Add the onion, red pepper, chipotle pepper and garlic. Sauté for about 4 minutes.
  3. Add the beans, vinegar, honey, chili powder, cumin, salt and pepper. Simmer over low heat for about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  4. Puree the mixture in a food processor. Add extra honey, cider vinegar or salt according to taste. The beans will cook and absorb the flavors differently each time you prepare them. If desired, serve with chips.


Adapted from Big Small Plates

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 145Total Fat: 6gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 352mgCarbohydrates: 21gFiber: 5gSugar: 10gProtein: 4g


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30 comments on “Smoky Black Bean Dip”

  1. Your recipe looks wonderful. Love a good party dip and this has all the makings for a perfect party gathering. Ole! Take Care, BAM

  2. Wow, this bean dip looks wonderful! I love all the flavors!

  3. I guess the list of ingredients really makes this dip very yummy!

  4. One can never steer wrong with a savory dip sweetened with a bit of honey =)

    I am in awe Liz of how you manage your blogging, meal making and reading books in time for your book club =)

  5. I love bean dips! The addition of honey would be new to me. Happy Cinco de Mayo:@)

  6. This looks like a really thick salsa. I love black beans and dip. I could probably eat this whole bowl and call it a day.

  7. What a delicious and rich bean dip! I’d probably pick up the bowl and inhale it all… 😉

  8. I have been looking for something to make tomorrow for Cinco. I’ve found it. I think I might wrap this up in a burrito or in enchiladas! Thank YOU, Liz!!!!

  9. This looks delicious!

  10. This sounds so delicious. I’d have this dip scarfed up in 2 minutes flat.

  11. This dip looks and sounds delicious. It actually looks just like a meat dip. I bet the honey and spices make it so so tasty. 🙂

  12. I am really enjoying the Cinco de Mayo theme on food bogs this weekend! I’m adding this recipe to my growing list of ones I want to try. This one might even be at the top! Thanks!

  13. Hi Liz!
    I’m a huge fan of the rich smokiness of chipotles. As a matter of fact, I made shrimp with chipotle sauce for dinner all for myself. Marion is a bland sort of eater:) I would love this Smoky Bean Dip. Problem is I would probably eat the entire bowl myself, lol (hopefully not in one sitting:)

    Thanks for sharing, Liz…

  14. That smokiness makes this dip very enticing, Liz.

  15. This is a great party dip, Liz. Bacon and beans…a perfect pairing!

  16. You have been doing a lot of cooking! I love how this has some heat – I’m not afraid of a bit of heat! xx

  17. I love black beans and anything with chipotle, this dip is a must-try!

  18. This dip is a winner for sure. I could live on dips.

  19. I’m very intrigued by the flavoring of this dip…honey, cider vinegar and that chili pepper! Sounds authentic and delicious!
    🙂 ela

  20. Mmmm I love bean dip and I love Cinco de Mayo!!! Looks so good!

  21. I love smoke and spice and everythin’ nice! This dip will be good with chips while on a movie marathon.

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  22. This dip looks so flavorful! I love all the spices in it and the smokiness.

  23. This bean dip looks wonderful Liz! Love the smoky flavors in here 🙂

  24. I grew up eating beans…Black beans is one of my faves. This dip looks great for casual entertaining, Liz!

  25. This would go fast at my house, especially sine it has some spiciness in it!

  26. Love snack recipes, hubby and I are huge snack lovers! This recipe does sound easy to make, which is perfect for my schedule! Delicious, Hugs, Terra

  27. Lizzy,
    My hubby would love this recipe. He loves everything to be spicy.

  28. you know what?
    I could dip chips in this lush dip all day long. xxx

  29. Honey……yes!!!

  30. This sounds so delicious really. I will try this recipe at home for sure. Thanks & Regards

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