Chipotle Black Bean Dip

Chipotle Black Bean Dip | Coffee & Quinoa

Last week, as I was writing Friday’s Bachelor cupcake post, I realized something terrible.

Tonight = Bachelor season premier.

Tonight also = National championship bowl game.

Uhhhhh ohhhhh.

Chipotle Black Bean Dip | Coffee & Quinoa

Let’s just say that this is Nate’s and my first “bowl season” living together. (Did not know that was a phrase until last week.) Sure, we’ve been together for many football seasons, but shit got real once my TV was also his TV.

There is football on ALL THE TIME.

Chipotle Black Bean Dip | Coffee & Quinoa

I actually forced him to watch multiple episodes of Honey Boo Boo on New Year’s Day, just so we could take a break from football. Believe it or not, Honey Boo Boo was a compromise. What we were not doing was watching The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, which sat on our coffee table for 5 whole nights before I gave up and returned it to Redbox, unwatched.

The Bachelor doesn’t even stand a chance.

Yay football.

OK, I don’t really hate football; it’s just the crazy frequency of games recently. (And don’t even remind me about that March Madness thing coming up…)

One thing that all these bowl games are good for, though, is experimenting with new recipes on unsuspecting taste testers. Enter: a new bean dip!

Chipotle Black Bean Dip | Coffee & Quinoa

There have been many bean dips on here lately, and I’m basically just hoping that you love bean dip and all his hummus cousins as much as I do. This one, made with black beans, is much different than my hummus recipes, and much more appropriate to serve to a living room full of hungry football fans. It tastes like classic football food without having any cheese, has a little kick to it, and is unbelievably quick and easy to make.

Making this bean dip tonight: Mandatory. Making your boyfriend watch The Bachelor instead of the bowl game: Optional.

Chipotle Black Bean Dip | Coffee & Quinoa

Chipotle Black Bean Dip

Serves 6


2 cans low-sodium black beans, rinsed and drained (or 3 cups cooked black beans)

2 Tbsp olive oil

juice of 1 lime

1 vine-ripened tomato, roughly chopped

1 large clove garlic, peeled and roughly chopped

1/4 onion, roughly chopped (I used white, but yellow or red onion would also be good)

2 chipotle chilies from a can of chilies in adobo

1 tsp adobo sauce

1/2 tsp cumin

1/4 tsp kosher salt

chopped cilantro for sprinkling

tortilla chips or veggies for serving


Add all ingredients to a food processor and process until smooth. Transfer to a serving bowl and sprinkle with chopped cilantro. Easy peasy!

This dip keeps in the refrigerator for several days, and will become firmer when cooled.


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  1. Mom says

    Although I predict we will watch neither The Bachelor nor football tonight, I am excited to make this bean dip because it perfectly uses up a bunch of odds and ends in my fridge before the grocery shop tomorrow. I am thinking I could use a 1/2 can of leftover tomato paste instead of the fresh tomato. Really handy to have yummy recipes like this! Thanks!

    • Erica says

      Yep you could definitely use tomato paste! I meant to mention that you could use that or salsa instead of the tomato… oops. Enjoy!

  2. says

    I’m pretty lucky to have a nerdy boyfriend, so our days aren’t spent watching sports (I’m actually the one who has had to make HIM watch the Olympics or the NBA)…this does, however, mean much more History Channel and the occasional Star Trek -_-

    I am 100% supportive of bean dips and hummus, so keep ‘em comin!! Especially black beans and chipotle…I’ve never thought of this combo, but they are two of my favorite things!

    • Erica says

      Hah I guess it has to be something… so between sports and Star Trek, maybe sports aren’t so bad :) Glad you are a bean dip fan, too!

  3. says

    “shit got real” is a phrase I use often and I smiled when I read yours! I’m in the same boat with you on football being on ALL THE TIME. Congrats on getting him to compromise with Honey Boo Boo- the best I can get my hubby to compromise with is biggest loser! Maybe if I make this delicious looking dip for him he will feel compelled to watch honey boo boo?

    • Erica says

      Biggest Loser is higher quality TV than Honey Boo Boo, I think! I wouldn’t resort to Honey Boo Boo unless you’re reeeeeally desperate :)

  4. Amy says

    I hope you finally got around to watching “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel,” because it was fantastic.

    Oh, and the recipe looks great, too. Going to try it, for sure. I bet it would be good as a sandwich spread or in place of refried beans in a burrito.


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