All the time.
But this past week, I had a sudden and really intense craving for a very, very specific food. Some sort of warm, gooey, and cheesy black bean dip that I could scoop up with crunchy, salty tortilla chips.
From that weirdly specific craving, this Cheesy Refried Black Bean Dip was born.
And despite the very generic sounding name, this bean dip is the bean dip to end all bean dips. What you will love about it:
- It takes less than 30 minutes to throw together, and that includes about 23 minutes of bake time.
- The beans to cheese ratio is on point. Though I am a self-proclaimed lover of beans (and all legumes, for that matter), there is no greater disappointment than digging into a warm, cheesy bean dip and discovering that it’s almost all bean and very little cheese.
- It’s versatile. I’ve categorized this as an appetizer, but if I’m completely honest, I’ve scooped some of these cheesy beans into a tortilla and eaten it for a full meal more times than I’d care to admit.
This dip would also make a most excellent football game day snack. Though, I should mention that I say this without having watched a full football game in, like, 4 years. It occurs to me that the only reason I get excited for football season is, exclusively, the finger foods and dips and little bites.
And it is in this way, that I love you, football.
Though, not as much as this Cheesy Refried Black Bean Dip.
- 1 14 ounce can refried black beans (I really like Amy's brand)
- 4 ounces cream cheese
- ½ cup sour cream
- ¼ yellow onion, minced
- 1 teaspoon chili powder
- 1 teaspoon cumin
- ½ teaspoon oregano
- ½ teaspoon garlic powder
- 8 ounces sharp cheddar cheese, grated
- 1 2.25 ounce can sliced black olives
- 1 cup grape tomatoes, quartered
- 4 green onions, thinly sliced
- handful cilantro, roughly chopped
- Using an offset spatula, spread the refried beans into the bottom of a 9X5 inch loaf pan.
- In a medium bowl, microwave the cream cheese for 30 seconds or until softened. Add the sour cream, minced onion, chili powder, cumin, oregano, and garlic powder, whisking to combine. Stir in the cheese, reserving about ¾ cup of cheese.
- Spread the cheese mixture directly on top of the refried beans. Distribute the olives, tomatoes, and green onions evenly over the top of the cheese mixture and sprinkle with the remaining cheese.
- Bake in a 350 degree F oven for 20-23 minutes or until the sides are bubbling.
- Sprinkle with the cilantro and serve with tortilla chips.