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Zesty Black Bean Dip

Published by Cheryl Mussatto, MS, RD, LD on Apr 28, 2023

Impress guests with this irresistibly healthy, delicious, and easy-to-make dip by serving it with various fresh veggies or tortilla chips made for scooping. 


It’s time to elevate your game day snacks (or for any gathering of friends or family) with this taste-bud tantalizing Zesty Black Bean Dip. If you’re looking for a unique but inexpensive dip that is satisfying without being overly filling, you’ve come to the right place.

What I like best about this dip is its versatility. Besides using it as a dip for fresh veggies, chips, pretzels, or crusty bread pieces, you can also use it to top tacos or quesadillas. Now doesn’t that sound mighty good?

Besides its dietary versatility, black beans are also a valuable nutrition powerhouse source of soluble fiber and protein – good for gut health, muscle-building, and bodily repair.

Once you try it for the first time, you’ll notice that the “zestiness” is subtle; part tangy, tart, and sour, this dip offers a vibrant blend of aromatic and savory spices creating a somewhat Tex-Mex flavor.

Now it’s your turn to experience this one-of-a-kind recipe! Enjoy not only the nutritional benefits it offers but also the adaptability of the many ways to incorporate it into meals or snacks.

Zesty Black Bean Dip

Impress guests with this irresistibly healthy, delicious, and easy-to-make dip by serving this crowd-pleaser with various fresh veggies or tortilla chips made for scooping.
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Servings 10 Serving size 2 tablespoons
Calories 45 kcal


  • 2 15 oz. cans Low-sodium black beans, divided
  • 1 clove garlic diced
  • ¼ cup minced green onions
  • ¼ cup minced red onion
  • 2 tablespoons chopped cilantro
  • ¼ cup roasted red peppers
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon hot pepper sauce


  • Open one undrained can of black beans and add to either a food blender or food processor.
  • Add to the blender with the black beans, the garlic, green onions, red onion, cilantro, roasted red peppers, olive oil, chili powder, lime juice, and hot pepper sauce.
  • Blend the above ingredients together until smooth.
  • Open the second can of black beans, drain into a colander, and then add these beans (not blended) to the blended dip to provide more texture. Stir together until well-mixed.
  • Serve with fresh vegetables, chips, pretzels, crusty bread, or add as a topping to tacos or quesadillas.


Nutrition per serving: Calories – 45; Total Fat – 1 gram; Protein – 4 grams; Carbohydrates – 7 grams; Cholesterol – 0 milligrams; Fiber – 4 grams; Sodium – 135 milligrams
Notes: Feel free to be creative in adding in more or less of the hot pepper sauce, lime juice, or chili powder in small increments; then check the flavor to suit your taste preferences. Also, mixing the dip at least a couple hours or more before serving, helps intensify the blending of all ingredients for a more flavorful dip.
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Cheryl Mussatto, MS, RD, LD

Cheryl Mussatto MS, RD, LD is a registered dietitian with a master’s degree in Dietetics and Nutrition from the University of Kansas and a bachelor’s degree in Dietetics and Institutional Management from Kansas State University. She is a clinical dietitian for Cotton O’Neil Clinics in Topeka and Osage City; an adjunct professor for Allen Community College, Burlingame, KS where she teaches Basic Nutrition; and is a freelance writer and blog contributor for Dr. David Samadi, Urologic Oncologist Expert and World Renowned Robotic Surgeon in New York City. Cheryl is also the author of The Nourished Brain, The Latest Science on Food’s Power for Protecting the Brain from Alzheimers and Dementia and The Prediabetes Action Plan and Cookbook, both available on Amazon in Kindle and paperback editions.

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