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Recipe of the Week - 2/17/12
Chipotle Black Bean Dip

Chipotle Black Bean Dip

Chipotle Black Bean Dip

This is a spicy, smokey, flavorful dip, soupier than refried
beans for easy dipping. I took it to a Super Bowl party
and it was a popular dish. And it's very easy to make.

This is generally versatile. Use it on nachos, serve it
as a 5-layer dip, or just by itself.


4 cups cooked black beans, undrained (2 15 oz cans)
1 cup diced onion
1 8 oz can tomato sauce
1 10 oz can diced tomatoes and green chiles
3 cloves garlic, pressed
2 tablespoons chopped chipotle chiles in adobo sauce
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon salt (to taste)
2 tbsp chopped cilantro or 3 cubes of Knorr cilantro
Tortilla chips
optional: 2 cups shredded cheese, 2 avocados (diced),
sour cream, green onions, shredded lettuce, diced tomatoes,
for garnish


Note: You can use either canned or dried beans for this. I used
1 lb dried beans. I soaked them overnight and put them in a
crockpot just covered with water. Then I cooked them on low
for 2 days. They ended up with a texture halfway between
canned beans and refried beans (very lumpy refried beans).
I really like that texture.

1. Put beans in a crockpot, undrained. Add onions, tomato
    sauce, diced tomatoes, garlic, and chipotle chiles. Cook on
    low for 2 hours.
2. Add remaining ingredients and cook on low for another hour.

3. If you want a smoother texture, puree in batches in a food
    processor. For a smoother texture but with lumps in it, you
    can puree half the batch and then blend it back in with the
    other half in the crockpot. You can also use a potato masher.

4. To serve, spoon the beans into serving bowls. You can
   either serve cold or sprinkle shredded cheese on top and
    microwave to melt the cheese.

5. Garnish with shredded cheese, diced tomatoes,
   avocado or guacamole, sour cream, shredded lettuce,
as desired. Serve with tortilla chips.

Preparation time: 15 minutes
Cooking time: 3 hours
Makes: about 6 cups

Chipotle Black Bean Dip

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