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Black Bean Dip

It’s too hot to cook. I look at my oven and shudder at the very thought of turning the knob. The idea of having heat spew from every crevice of the square box, turning my house into a rotisserie oven, down right scares me. What was once inviting is now ominous.

It looks beautiful outside–the sky is blue and cloudless–but looks can be deceiving. As soon as I stick one toe outside the comforts of my air-conditioned house, sweat beads begin to form on the bridge of my nose and upper lip. Blech, lip sweat is the worst!

Anyone with me?

Squirrel and I have been sleeping in the basement because our third floor feels like a sauna. All it needs are some old men wrapped in white towels wearing steam ridden glasses and that’s exactly what our upstairs would be, a sauna. The ceiling fan swirls around the already hot air. It’s not pleasant. Thank goodness we own a comfortable couch.

Because I lack the energy to do any real cooking, I made you guys some easy, no-cook black bean dip. All you’ll need is a food processor and a knife.

Simple, no-fuss food is what summer is all about.

Black Bean Dip

The beans are the star of the show. They’re full of great protein and packed with tons of fiber.

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I added a generous sprinkle of cumin for that signature smoky and earthy flavor, and then I brightened it up with fresh cilantro and a squeeze of lime juice. A few shakes of Tabasco spices things up a little and a clove of garlic gives this dip a punch of flavor.

Black Bean Dip |

You can use the classic tortilla as your vessel, or you can mix it up with some fresh veggies or toasted pita. The choice is yours.

Black Bean Dip |

Whatever your choice, this dip is delicious. Enjoy!

Black Bean Dip

A healthy dip made with creamy black beans, fresh cilantro, and smoky cumin.

Yield: 1 1/2 cups

Total Time: 5 minutes

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 0 minutes


1/4 cup cilantro

1 small garlic clove, roughly chopped

1-14 ounce can black beans, drained and rinsed

2 tablespoons water

1 tablespoon lime juice

1/2 teaspoon cumin

5 dashes Tabasco

1/4 teaspoon kosher salt

2 tablespoons olive oil


In the bowl of a food processor, add cilantro and garlic. Pulse until minced.

Add the beans, water, lime juice, cumin, Tabasco, and kosher salt to the bowl; pulse until combined. Scrap down the bowl. Continue to pulse, adding the olive oil, until the bean mixture is smooth and velvety. Test the mixture and, if necessary, add more salt to taste.

Serve with tortilla chips, toasted pita, or fresh cut veggies.

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20 Responses to “Black Bean Dip”

  1. #
    [email protected] & Trinkets — July 10, 2013 at 8:41 am

    I know what you mean. I leave for work at 7:45 in the morning. The second I step outside, I start sweating. 7:45 should not be that hot yet!

    I think I might make this bean dip for dinner. No heating required? I’m sold.


    • Jennie replied July 11th, 2013 at 11:49 am

      It really shouldn’t, Kim. Do it, girl!


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    Megan S — July 10, 2013 at 11:13 am

    I love no bake options in the summer. I think i’ll try this with some pita and also make a wrap with this as one of the ingredients for lunch.
    Lovely photos!


    • Jennie replied July 11th, 2013 at 11:50 am

      This would make a great wrap, Megan. Enjoy!


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    Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking — July 10, 2013 at 1:19 pm

    Totally agree! Here in Austin, we’re regularly in the triple digits so I definitely don’t wanna fire up my oven. This bean dip, chips and margaritas could be a fine enough dinner for me!


    • Jennie replied July 11th, 2013 at 11:50 am

      Triple digits–blech! Adding a margarita to the mix would be delicious. Thanks, Georgia!


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    Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. — July 11, 2013 at 1:07 am

    Black beans are one of my most favorite things ever! This looks super addicting!


    • Jennie replied July 11th, 2013 at 11:51 am

      I put them on and in just about everything, Steph. Thanks!


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    shannon — July 11, 2013 at 7:48 am

    food processors and not turning on ovens are really the BEST in the summer, right? because seriously…so hot right now. and it’s like you want to make something, but you don’t. i get it. I’m in the same place. :)


    • Jennie replied July 11th, 2013 at 11:52 am

      I miss my oven in the summer. I want to use it, but I don’t want to turn the house into an oven. My poor food processor is overworked in the summer.


  6. #
    Anita at Hungry Couple — July 11, 2013 at 7:58 am

    Yummy. I love black beans! I commiserate on the heat since it’s been obnoxious in New York lately. When we’re in the city, our 11th floor, 1,000 square foot apartment, with 2 air conditioners, is super comfortable and even using the oven is no problem. When we’re out at our 2 level, 2,000 square foot, summer house, it can be brutal. We have an A/C in the living room downstairs and the master bedroom upstairs but the rest of the house gets sauna-like. It’s actually less oppressive outside in the garden so we tend to grill out rather than use the oven. I swear you could pass out from the heat in the kitchen. :(


    • Jennie replied July 11th, 2013 at 11:53 am

      We do a ton of grilling in the summer for that very reason. We have central air, but our upstairs never gets cool.


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    Laura Dembowski — July 11, 2013 at 8:46 am

    This dip looks so yummy and sounds like a great healthy treat! I love this hot weather but we do keep our air really low. And I love cooking and baking way too much so my oven is typically on everyday – year round.


    • Jennie replied July 11th, 2013 at 11:53 am

      You are a brave gal, Laura. Thanks!


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    [email protected] — July 11, 2013 at 9:47 am

    Simple, no-fuss food is definitely what summer is all about! Love this dip!


    • Jennie replied July 11th, 2013 at 11:54 am

      Thanks, Jess!


  9. #
    Jenn and Seth — July 12, 2013 at 12:56 am

    this dip is PERFECT for these hot days!! looks delicious Jennie!


  10. #
    Nancy @ gottagetbaked — July 15, 2013 at 1:34 pm

    Yum, Jen, this is so easy, yummy and healthy! I hear ya on the hotness – I’m the fool who’s still turning on the oven in the dead heat of summer! You and Squirrel could make some extra money by charging some old guys to use your third floor. Just tell them to bring their own towels. See how I’m looking out for your financial well-being? ;)


    • Jennie replied July 15th, 2013 at 6:46 pm

      Heck yeah, Nancy. I never thought about that. Thanks for having my back, girl.


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    mjskit — July 17, 2013 at 11:44 pm

    Definitely understand the concept of no cooking in this heat! However, it sounds A LOT hotter where you are. Hang in there girl! The bean dip looks like a great solution and a wonderful little meal! I could definitely make it the meal for the night! So GooD!


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