Black Bean Dip (stove top or Instant Pot)

An easy and flavorful black bean dip that can be served as an appetizer, side, or main dish! I use Baked Corn Tortilla Chips as my “scoop”; surprisingly, they hold up well under the weight/thickness of the black bean dip and all the toppings. This recipe is adapted from


Servings: about 3 very full bowls, original recipe says it’s about 6 cups of dip

  •  1½ cups dried black beans
    • If you’re not using an Instant Pot, use about 3 cans of canned beans, or about 4½-ish cups cooked beans 
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 4 cloves of garlic, minced (or 2 tsp. from a jar of garlic)
  • 2 medium jalapeños (about ⅓ cup chopped, or 2 heaping tbs. of jarred jalapeño – more if you want it hotter!)
  • 1 (14.5-oz.) can diced or crushed tomatoes, fire-roasted is fine too
  • 1¾ cup low-sodium vegetable broth
  • Juice of 1 lime (2 tbs. bottled lime juice)
  • 2 tsp. cumin
  • 1 tsp. paprika
  • ¾ tsp. sea salt (or omit)
  • ½ tsp. chili powder
  • ½ tsp. coriander

Optional add-ins and toppings:

  • the “cheese” sauce from the Black Bean Quesadillas recipe or other WFPB “cheese”
  • tomatoes, chopped
  • more jalapeño, diced
  • bell pepper, diced
  • red onion, diced or chopped
  • cilantro
  • salsa
  • guacamole (just mash up an avocado with a fork, add a couple pinches of garlic powder, and one squeeze of lemon juice)
  • For more heat: Cayenne or Red pepper flakes

Directions for Instant Pot

Rinse the black beans and dump them in the Instant Pot. Dump everything else, onion through coriander, in the Instant Pot. 

Press the “Bean” button and cook for 30 minutes on High pressure. Allow a natural release for 10 minutes, then use the quick release. 

Use an immersion blender to mostly blend it all together, or scoop out half (or more, as much as you want) into a food processor, blend it, and add it back to the rest. 

Add toppings and serve.

Directions without Instant Pot

There are two ways to do this depending on how much you want everything blended and mashed together: 1) Either add everything to a large bowl and use something like a potato masher to smoosh it all together, then serve, or 2) Mash it all together in a bowl first, then scoop as much as you want to blend in the food processor, then mix it together again in the bowl. The end-goal here is that your bean mix is mostly (or entirely) blended together into a dip. Do it however you prefer.

Add toppings and serve with baked corn tortilla chips!



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