Black Bean with Cilantro Spread / Dip Recipe

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A quick-to-fix spread/dip to serve for a party or tailgate, or use as a vegetarian lunch entree with pita bread and veggie sticks. Menu ideas abound ~ spread on roasted vegetables or grilled meat sandwiches. Serve with an open-faced grilled beef sandwich on whole-wheat bread with stir-fried vegetables and pineapple sherbet. Best served at room temperature because chilling makes it too thick to use as a dip. This version is low-fat, and if beans are rinsed and no salt is added, it makes a good choice for heart-healthy and diabetes-friendly diets.

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Servings: 10


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  • 1 15.25-ounce can black beans
  • 2 to 3 teaspoons fresh lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon hot pepper sauce
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro leaves, plus a few extra sprigs for garnish
  • 2 tablespoons finely diced red onion
  • 1 small garlic clove, minced
  • Salt and pepper (optional)


  1. Drain the black beans and save a few teaspoons of the liquid.
  2. Purée the beans, lime juice, oil, and hot pepper sauce in a food processor or blender, scraping down the sides once or twice. If the mixture seems too dry for the blender to process, add 1 to 3 teaspoons (or more) of black bean liquid to the mixture.
  3. Add the cilantro. Process it just until the leaves are coarsely chopped and well mixed. Stir in the red onion and garlic.
  4. Transfer spread to serving dish and garnish with additional cilantro sprigs.
  5. Serve at room temperature with crackers, pita bread and baked tortilla chips
  6. Yield: About 2 cups. Figure 10 servings as a party spread/dip, or 3 or 4 lunchplate servings with pita bread.
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Nutrition Facts

Amount Per Serving %DV
Serving Size 44g
Recipe makes 10 servings
Calories 140  
Calories from Fat 9 6%
Total Fat 1.02g 1%
Saturated Fat 0.21g 1%
Trans Fat 0.0g  
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 4mg 0%
Potassium 592mg 17%
Total Carbs 24.97g 7%
Dietary Fiber 6.0g 20%
Sugars 0.99g 1%
Protein 8.56g 14%



  • Arturo Féliz-Camilo
    April 20, 2013
    Did you say cilantro?! LOL! Thanks for sharing!
    I've cooked/tasted this recipe!
    1 person likes this review

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