The Best Bean Dip
The Best Bean Dip Ever – creamy, spicy, and the perfect texture for dipping. Bring it to a friend’s house to watch the game and it’ll be a hit. Beans, salsa, cheese, cream cheese, sour cream, chili powder and cumin make this recipe delicious. It’s the ultimate combo and is seriously one of the best appetizers I’ve ever had.
REFRIED BEAN DIP RECIPE
During my last pregnancy I had an overwhelming craving for bean dip. I wasn’t sure exactly what I was looking for but I was sure if I tasted enough bean dips I would find the right one to satisfy the craving.
I tried Taco Bell and drove around to every local restaurant in South Florida and nothing came close to what I wanted.
Growing up in Arizona we had a plethora of Mexican restaurants that were known just for their bean dip and that’s sooo what I wanted.
Just a couple thousand miles too far away.
I never did find one that did the trick until now…when I’m not pregnant anymore.
There are some foods that I ate while I was pregnant and honestly still have a hard time eating now because they bring back such strong memories of how sick I was.
Don’t let my wacky hormones fool you…those recipes are good. I’m just being honest.
WHAT IS IN BEAN DIP
This bean dip is pretty simple. Beans, salsa, cheese, cream cheese, sour cream, chili powder and cumin. It’s the ultimate combo and is seriously one of the best bean dips I’ve ever had.
But this, THIS is the dip. Couldn’t be anymore perfect. This is everything I ever wanted when I was pregnant…and not pregnant.
HOW TO MAKE BEAN DIP
This recipe was meant for the slow cooker but due to my procrastination I’ve found that it can also be done in the oven and even the microwave (ultra procrastinator).
OTHER DIP RECIPES:
- Chili’s Queso Dip
- Beef Enchilada Dip
- Buffalo Chicken Dip
- Easy Feta Dip
- Hot BLT Dip
- Black and White Bean Dip
- Chip n’ Dips
- 7-Layer Mediterranean Dip
The Best Bean Dip
- 1 can, 16 ounces refried beans
- 1 cup chunky salsa
- 1 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese, (4 ounces)
- 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese, (4 ounces)
- 3/4 cup sour cream
- 1 (3 ounces) package cream cheese, softened
- 1 tablespoon chili powder
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin, (or more to taste)
- tortilla chips
- In a large bowl, combine the first eight ingredients; transfer to a small (1-1/2-qt) slow cooker. Cover and cook on high for 2 hours or until heated through, stirring intermittently. Serve with tortilla chips and salsa.
- Optional ways of preparing: The slow cooker is ideal because it keeps the dip warm but you can also prepare this in the oven or even microwave.
- For the Oven: Bake dip at 350 degrees for 20-30 minutes or until hot and bubbly.
- Microwave: Heat in a microwave safe bowl for 5-8 minutes or until cheese is melted and smooth. Stir every couple of minutes.
I used this as the base for the 7 Layer dip cups I found on another part of your page. I found condiment cups at The Dollar Tree that had lids on them! They were awesome for our super bowl party. I have used several recipes from your page and they have always turned out so well!!
I made this last night to share with friends. It was easy to make and received many compliments. I enjoyed it as well and will definitely be making it again. One of the best bean dips I, also, have ever had. Thank you for sharing!
Can I freeze this ? Love it so much , but hubby hates anything bean
It says 1 cup of each cheese, but isn’t a cup 8 ounces. It says 4.
Thanks. Hope to make this for Monday football game
If you have a scale, use 4oz cheese by weight.
If you have a cup, use 1 cup by volume.
Reason: Cheese is not water, shredded cheese even less so.
Not for dry measurements. For liquid 8 ounces is a cup
Made this and added some chorizo sososo good!
Made it. Tried it. Loved it. I’m not pregnant either. Great recipe. Thank You Much !
I got lost at picante sauce. You mean hot sauce?. Why would you not just call it hot sauce?
It’s not hot sauce. It’s an actual brand of chunky salsa. You could use any chunky salsa.
Just tried this recipe for the 1st time, soooo good!!! Didn’t have picante sauce so I used mild taco sauce. Definitely going in my recipe file. I’m going to use it as the base for my taco pizza next. Thank you for this great recipe!
Hi I absolutely love this recipe! I’ve been making it for I think 8 years now. I don’t know if it’s just me but did this recipe change? Maybe I’m confusing it with another recipe with similar seasonings. 😅 I guess that’s why it’s best to print it or have it written down haha🤦😄 I was thinking this had paprika, chili powder, garlic powder and cumin which I’m pretty sure I’ve been doing but since i made a bigger batch I wanted to double check the recipe but couldn’t find thise seasonings listed in here. Please let me know if I’ve lost my mind lol Thanks in advance! 😵🤔😅🙏☺
Do you have to use sour cream?…I do not like that in Mexican…Add more cream cheese maybe?
Sure! It just makes it creamy
I made this for a birthday party appetizer and it was gone in 15 mins! So good – I will definitely make again!
Wow that’s amazing!
Whoo Hoo! Closest to my fav Mexican restaurant in AZ. Best bean dip! Maybe even better than Serrano’s 😉
I have so much nostalgia for Serranos. That’s my high school nights out right there
Thanks for the lovely recipe. I’m about to make it. Wondering if it can be eaten cold? Like a 5 layer dip type dip (dip dip – lol)? Thanks
I haven’t tried it but sounds good
Can this be cooked on low in a small crockpot and if so, double the time say 4- 5 hours?
I think it will still be done around 3 hours
hi there! I cannot find any “3 (three) oz” packages of cream cheese.. did you mean 8 (eight) oz ?
Thanks for your help.
Nope. It’s 3 ounces. You can just use 3 tick marks on an 8 ounce package.
I need to heat this with sterno under a chafing tray – could I serve it in a cast iron skillet?
Oh my goodness this is the best ! Made it for super bowl tonight and not a drop left !
So good. Made this last night and was a huge hit. Didn’t have a lot of time so I made it on the stove. Came out so good.
So happy to hear that!
Fantastic recipe! Didn’t have picante so used salsa. I wanted a recipe that didn’t have a big glop of cheese sitting on top so this looked perfect. Mixed it up in a 9 inch casserole dish and stuck it in the oven for about 45 min. Wow is it delicious. Thanks!
So happy to hear this!
When do you add the spices?
Immediately. She lists the first eight ingredients. That’s everything, but the chips 😊
With all of the ingredients.
Very easy, and good tasting. I didn’t either have picante sauce so just cooked
w/o and still can out great, thanks.
I see prepare in a crock pot, oven, or microwave. Not so much a pot on the stove then? I’m afraid to try.
Yes, stove is totally fine.
I’m making this right now, but stovetop! I also didn’t have any salsa so I’m using rotel! Thanks for the recipe 😍🥰
Gonna make this for a get together tomorrow, how much does it feed?
It makes 18 servings.
It says a package of cream cheese but then it says it’s only 3 oz, is that a typo? I’ve never seen smaller than 8 oz
There are 3 ounce packages, they just aren’t as common.
I wonder if this is freezable.
I have not tried it but i don’t see why not.
Hi! I am going to make this. Just wanted to clarify. Is it 3 oz of cream cheese? Not a package? The ones at my grocery are 8 oz. thanks so much!!!
Yes, it’s 3 ounces.
Hi, how many people does this feed?
The servings is listed on the top left of the recipe card. This serves 18.
The is the best, my husband just loved it.
Aw thank you!
Hi, I was wondering if this can be kept for a few days and reheated because I’m the only one in our family who likes bean burritos or bean dip.
Totally reheats well!
So simple and GOOD! I made this in the microwave and stirred after 3 minutes, then another 3 minutes, and then 2 minutes. Came out perfectly creamy and tasty!
Yep! Totally easy!
WOW. I love this stuff!! I am a bean burrito junkie. I made a batch of this and eat it first as a dip. Super YUM! Then I saw a comment how this made good burrito. Good…trying amazing in my book! As an adult who has become concerned with her health I no longer eat Taco Bell…but their bean burritos….I would dream. Now no more……I made a burrito with the leftovers…..WAY better than Taco Bell. This will become a new food group for me I believe. Thank you so much for sharing!
Haha a new food group!! I love it.
I have, wait, I mean HAD been searching for a good bean dip recipe for some time. This one was a huge hit! Although I did not use store bought hot sauce, I used my own. I can’t wait to make it again!
So glad you loved it!
My Brother Made this and brought it to me and my Mom, first time eating this Bean Dip, we All Loved It!!!! Beats Store Prices and you get more for your money to make it yourself.
I’m confused. Is it 1 cup of cheddar (8ounces)
Or a 1/2 cup cheddar (4ounces)?
I think you are confusing “fluid ounces” with “dry ounces”. The recipe is correct, 1 cup of shredded cheese weighs about 4 ounces.
Similarly, the 16 ounce can of beans refers to its weight, not its volume. 16 ounces (by weight) of beans is only ~1.75 cups.
Yeah ounces is 2 cups of cheddar and 4 ounces is one cup.
Hi! Just curious if this dip would be okay eaten cold? Thanks!
I don’t love it cold.
I can , so I used a 16 oz. Jar of my pinto beans and made this as I am a HUGH fan of bean dip. This recipe is GREAT.. thank you so much…
So happy you liked it!