Happy Cinco de Mayo!!!! If you are looking for a delicious and healthy black bean dip you came to the right place!

This holiday is so much fun- after all, who doesn’t love an excuse to eat Mexican food and search for the perfect margarita? (As I’m writing this I’m being reminded that actually that’s just me- who knew Kristen wasn’t a huge fan of margarita’s?)

Anyway, we love good Cinco de Mayo festivities as much as the next girl, but in the interest of the upcoming  summer semester and the beach days it will bring, we thought we would search Pinterest for a healthy Cinco de Mayo treat. After searching in vain, the answer came from somewhere we didn’t expect- Kristen’s mom!

She makes black bean and corn salsa that’s pretty fabulous besides being downright good for you! This healthy black bean dip is full of protein and super-low in calories, plus it’s enough tex-mex to make us happy. All in all, it makes for a perfect (and easy!) Cinco de Mayo recipe. Here’s how to make Kristen’s mom’s delicious black bean dip:

easy bean dip recipe

Ingredients (Pictured Below):

2 Cans of Black Beans (15 oz)
1 Can of Corn (16 0z)
1 Red Pepper
1 Green Pepper
1 Yellow Pepper
1 Onion (1 cup of chopped onion)
1 Clove of garlic
2 Limes
1 Tsp Cilantro
4 Tbsp Red Wine Vinegar
1/4 Cup Olive Oil
1 Tsp of Pepper
Salt to taste (a couple pinches)

ingredients for black bean dip

1) Chop your red, green and yellow peppers. You can do this by using a knife, a nifty vegetable chopper, or you can see if your grocery store carries pre-chopped peppers (Publix does).

chop the green peppers

2) Drain your 2 cans of black beans and add them to the chopped peppers.

how to make bean dip

3) Add about a cup of chopped onion (Publix also sells this pre-chopped).

add onions to bean dip

4) Mix in your 1/4 cup of olive oil.

add olive oil to chip dip

5) Then add 4 tbsp of red wine vinegar.

add vinegar to bean dip

6) Finely chop/crush your clove of garlic. (We used my mom’s nifty garlic crusher)

garlic crusher

7) Finely chop the cilantro and add about 1 tsp to the mix (if you like cilantro you may want to add a little more).

chop cilantro for bean dip

8) Roll your limes on a table (to get the juices flowing) before cutting. Then cut both of your limes and squeeze the juice into your mixture. The limes really bring out the flavor so don’t forget them!

add lime to chip dip

9) Add one tsp of pepper and a couple pinches of salt.

add pepper to bean dip    salt to taste

Ta-da! You’re all done!! It is ready to eat as soon as you mix all the ingredients together, but it gets better as it marinates (beware: everyone will fight over the leftovers). We LOVE this black bean dip recipe because it tastes delicious and it’s really, really hard to mess up. Plus it’s got nearly every color of the rainbow, which means it’s got a bunch of different vitamins and anti oxidants and other things your body loves. It’s great for chips, on salads, or just on its own!

bush's bean dip

This dip is especially great to bring to parties- its mildly addictive and its a nice alternative to chips and queso. Did we mention it’s also awesome on tacos? We’ve yet to put it on something we didn’t like; be sure to let us know what you pair it with in the comments below! Our friends Thomas and Allison approve!

bean dip for chips DSC06008

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7 Responses

  1. Pam

    Sounds yummy! Can’t wait to try this 🙂

  2. JoAnn

    We all love this BLACK BEAN SALSA it is a great dip for the 4th of July grilling!!! So colorful fun and healthy! Happy 4th Shenanigans!!!!!

  3. Rachael

    To this day this is still my favorite black bean salsa! I’m glad to finally have the recipe…good times 🙂

  4. Megan

    Made it today.. It was really good! Wanted to let you know you left the yellow bell pepper off of the list of ingredients.