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Easy Hot Black Bean Salsa Dip Recipe

by Jeanette on September 6, 2011 · 47 Comments
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Hot Black Bean Salsa Dip
With football season starting up, I will be making “football snacks” every weekend, a tradition in our house since my boys were young. Although football snacks are notoriously greasy and unhealthy, I’ve been trying to “healthify” our weekend snack fare the past several seasons while keeping them tasty and satisfying.

Last football season, I came up with a healthier version of Hot Buffalo Chicken Dip, and today, I tried a Hot Black Bean Salsa Dip, based on a hot layered Mexican dip I had years ago at a friends’ house. Although I still remember how good that dip tasted, I can only imagine how many calories were in each scoop.

This Hot Black Bean Salsa Dip takes all the flavors from the Mexican dip I so fondly remember, and mixes them into a single base layer. Melted with some shredded cheese on top, your guests won’t feel they’re missing out on anything. My little guy absolutely loved this dip. Although I served the Hot Black Bean Salsa Dip with tortilla chips, other whole grain dippers or crackers would go really nicely.

In my post last week, I wrote about Whole Grains Month, which is being celebrated the entire month of September. I am thrilled to announce that I will be hosting lots of healthy giveaways this month to help get everyone on the whole grains kick. To start us off with Whole Grains Month, Dr. Kracker is providing a giveaway of an assortment of their whole grain crackers, perfect for dipping in this Hot Black Bean Salsa Dip.

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I have a fun giveaway package from Dr. Kracker, perfect for healthy snacking. FOUR winners will receive a gift box of assorted artisan-baked whole grain crackers, made with a blend of nature’s best whole grains and seeds.  The gift box will include one box each of Dr Kracker’s Klassic 3 Seed, Pumpkin Seed Cheddar, Seedlander and Seeded Spelt crackers, full of whole grain goodness.

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All you have to do to enter is leave a comment telling us what your favorite whole grains are, what your favorite whole grain recipe is, or how you plan on adding more whole grains to your daily diet. The deadline for entering this giveaway is 9/13/11, 12 midnight EST. FOUR winners will be chosen using random.org and will have 4 days to respond or a new winner will be selected (please be sure to include your email address in your comment). For U.S. residents only.

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Hot Black Bean Salsa Dip

I had an ear of grilled corn leftover and fresh tomatoes from the farmer’s market so that’s what I used. However, you can use frozen corn and boxed/canned diced tomatoes when these vegetables are not in season.

Printable Recipe


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • One medium onion, finely chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 1/2 cups cooked black beans, or one 15-ounce canned black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1/2 cup corn kernels
  • 1/2 cup tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1/4 teaspoon Spanish smoked paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground chipotle powder
  • salt to taste
  • 1/2 cup shredded low-fat organic cheese


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Heat oil in a large skillet. 
  3. Saute onions and garlic for 1-2 minutes until onions are softened. 
  4. Add black beans and cook another minute or two until warmed through. Mash lightly with the back of a large spatula.
  5. Add corn, tomatoes, oregano, cumin, coriander, smoked paprika, chipotle powder and salt to taste.
  6. Cook for 2-3 minutes until vegetables are warmed through.
  7. Spoon contents of pan into a pie pan.
  8. Sprinkle cheese on top.
  9. Bake until cheese is melted, about 15 minutes.
  10. Serve with organic corn tortilla chips or whole grain crackers.

This recipe has been submitted to Amy’s Slightly Indulgent Tuesday.

More Healthier Game Day Snacks:

ingredients, inc.’s Lightened-Up and Healthier Mexican Layered Dip
Two Peas and Their Pod’s Loaded Nachos
Cookin’ Canuck’s Baked French Fries with Garlic, Parsley & Parmesan Cheese

Disclosure: Dr. Kracker offered this giveaway as part of Whole Grains Month, to help encourage all of us to add more whole grains to our daily diet :)

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  1. Caroline @ chocolate and carrots says:

    Wow…this looks incredible! As for my favorite whole grain recipe, does breakfast count? http://chocolateandcarrots.com/2011/01/whole-wheat-lemon-blueberry-scones


  2. Absolutely Caroline, love to hear how whole grains are enjoyed for all meals and snacks throughout your day.

  3. Pretend Chef says:

    This looks so tasty and perfect for Game Days. What a great giveaway. I think these would make perfect after school snacks for my son. We try to incorporate as many whole grains as we can into our daily intake.

  4. Pretend Chef says:

    I signed up for the emails.

  5. The dip looks really good ^^ My mom&dad never host football parties or eat dips (except when we're at my cousin's, which is approx. twice a year)
    My favorite whole grains are: spelt & whole grain/wheat and quinoa…if that is a grain :)
    What My favorite whole grain recipe is: I don't know, I like a lot of recipes! Maybe one with chocolate? Or carrots ^^
    How I plan on adding more whole grains to my daily diet: by eating less white flour, or avoiding it completely and focus on more whole grains. I find white bread to be very dry sometimes…

  6. I've been trying to eat oatmeal for breakfast each day and use only whole wheat bread.

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  8. Feast on the Cheap says:

    Looks so yummy Jeanette, love sneakily healthy snacks!

  9. Love hearing what all of you are doing to try to add more whole grains in everyday meals, and yes, this dip is a bit "sneaky," great way to add some fiber and protein without the fat!

  10. Jennifer (Savor) says:

    I adore Quinoa

  11. Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen says:

    That dip looks incredible. My favorite grain (which isn't actually a grain) right now is quinoa, love it!

  12. Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen says:


  13. Quinoa is one of my favorites too, and you're right Sylvie, it's not actually a grain, it's a seed, related to leafy green vegetables like spinach and Swiss chard.

  14. delicious. i have a weakness for mexican dips. yummy!!! have a great week! hope your boys are enjoying their first week of school!

  15. My favorite whole grain recipe is amazing Oatmeal and Banana pancakes…delicious! You can find the recipe here: http://www.food.com/recipe/oatmeal-banana-pancakes-with-pomegranate-syrup-374632

  16. I absolutely love whole grains…all kinds. My favorites are whole wheat pastas and oatmeal. This dip looks crazy good! I want to make it for my football fanatic family and me!

  17. Kim, those oatmeal banana pancakes sound amazing, full of whole grain goodness!

    Junia and Aggie – hope you get to try this dip…my little guy asked me to make it again for the football game tomorrow night (he's a Saint's fan).

  18. Shirley @ gfe says:

    I'm not entering the giveaway, but I'm definitely reaching through my monitor to grab a chip and scoop up some of that wonderful dip! 😉


  19. Some of my favorite are oats, rye, and brown rice. One of my favorite sites is http://www.wholegrainscouncil.org/ I've found it easier to incorporate whole grains by doing some of their recipes. One of my favorites is the quinoa stuffed peppers http://www.wholegrainscouncil.org/recipes/salads-sides/quinoa-stuffed-peppers

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  22. That dip looks so good! My husband would go gaga for that. Whole grains? Well, it's tough for me now with diabetes, but oatmeal (the real kind, made from scratch) is my favourite.

  23. Let's see. I guess my favorite whole grain would have to be wheat berries, no, maybe oat groats. OK, both!!!!!

  24. Lindsay Cook says:

    Incorporating whole grain flour in my recipes vs. white flour – also enjoying whole grain breads!

  25. Melissa – thanks, yes the Whole Grains Council site does have lots of terrific recipes, great way to get started (or get motivated!).

    Carolyn – oatmeal is a favorite in our house

    Leslie – I haven't had oat groats before, will have to give it a try sometime

    Lindsay – over the years, I started substituting whole grain flour for white flour in recipes gradually, and now I am able to substitute 100% most of the time.

  26. France@beyondthepeel says:

    Is it wrong to suddenly crave hot black bean dip at 7:30 am?

  27. First things first, that bean dip looks so yummy! I found you on knapkins and just had to come over to get the recipe (:

    Lucky me, I love Dr. Kracker crackers. I always try to use whole grains but I guess my favorite would have to be using whole wheat flour in pancakes. No one knows the difference and I like the extra flavor it provides. Thanks!

  28. The bean dip looks amazing.. hmm i think my current fave is oats.. i've been adding them to anything and everything from breads, to burgers to cookie and even indian sweets which never use oats!
    My oatmeal cranberry cookies are my fave!

    Richa@ Hobby And More Food Blog

  29. And i also follow u on twitter! Have an amazing day!
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  30. Loving all the ways everyone tries to include whole grains in their diet. And yes, this black bean dip can be eaten for breakfast!

    Richa – those oatmeal cookies sound really good!

  31. I'm making this as we speak but with black eyed peas (b/c all I had!) Smelling so good!

  32. yumm whole grains – oatmeal, whole wheat, corn, wheat germ …

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  34. Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga says:

    fave whole grains = oats

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  44. I know we'd love this dip. No chips necessary — just a spoon!

  45. I see why this is your kids favorite dip! This sounds amazing!!!

  46. Oh I remember this one – it’s delicious Jeanette! I love bean dips of all kinds, especially with corn.

    Thanks so much for linking up!

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