Warm Black Bean Dip
The parade of appetizers continues as Super Bowl week continues! Let’s talk dip. Easily one of the best inventions, ever. Okay, maybe it’s not an “invention”… most certainly an idea, though. It’s genius. Take something that is warm, gooey and cheesy and dip salty, crunchy chips into it. Consume. Repeat. Best.Idea.Ever. I’ve eaten countless bowls of dips and chips, but somewhere along the way, I missed out on black bean dip, which I realized needed to be rectified immediately. I fall hard for dips, and this one was no exception. Thanks to pureeing half of the black bean mixture, the dip is thick, cheesy, spicy and utterly addicting. You can’t ask for much more from a dip!
The key to all of the flavors in this dip is how they are added, layer upon layer, at different stages of the prep process. Between the chipotle chiles and chili powder, along with the variety of other ingredients, this dip packs a flavor punch. I can verify that this is football-watching approved; my Chief Culinary Consultant and I made quick work of it while watching some of the playoff games a few weeks back. It certainly deserves a spot on your Super Bowl menu!
Warm Black Bean Dip
This black bean dip is bursting with flavors, including the distinct smokiness of chipotle chiles. This is a crowd-pleaser, perfect for get-togethers and game days!
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 large yellow onion, finely diced
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 tablespoon chili powder
2 (15½-ounce) cans black beans, drained and rinsed well, divided
2 canned chipotle chiles, minced + 3 tablespoons adobo sauce (from a can of chipotles in adobo sauce)
¾ cup water
3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
1 (14.5-ounce) can diced tomatoes, drained and chopped
1½ cups frozen corn, thawed
6 ounces sharp Cheddar cheese, shredded (about 1½ cups), divided
6 ounces sharp Monterey Jack cheese, shredded (about 1½ cups), divided
¾ cup chopped cilantro, divided
Freshly ground black pepper
1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. Spray a 1½-quart baking dish with non-stick cooking spray and set on a foil-lined baking sheet; set aside.
2. Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat until it is shimmering. Reduce the heat to medium, add the onion and salt, and cook, stirring, until the onion is softened and translucent, 4 to 6 minutes. Add the garlic and chili powder and cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Add half of the black beans, the chipotles and adobo sauce, and the water, and bring to a boil. Cook until the liquid reduces by about half, 2 to 3 minutes.
3. Transfer the bean mixture to a food processor, add the vinegar and process until smooth, scraping down the sides of the work bowl as necessary. Allow the mixture to cool for 5 minutes, then transfer to a large bowl. Add the rest of the beans, the tomatoes, corn, half of each of the cheeses, and ½ cup of the cilantro. Mix well and season to taste with additional salt and pepper, if needed.
4. Transfer the mixture to the baking dish and sprinkle with the remaining cheese. Bake until the cheese melts and browns around the edges, about 15 minutes. Sprinkle with the remaining cilantro and serve with tortilla chips.
Note: You can assemble this dip up to two days ahead of time and keep it covered with plastic wrap in the refrigerator until ready to bake. If refrigerated, the dip will need to bake longer than the 15 minutes called for in the recipe.