The Best Bean Dip

This is 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. It’s the ultimate combo and is seriously one of the best bean dip recipes I’ve ever had.The Best Bean Dip Ever -


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.The Best Bean Dip Ever - the-girl-who-ate-everything.comI 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.


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.
The Best Bean Dip Ever - the-girl-who-ate-everything.comBut this, THIS is the dip. Couldn’t be anymore perfect. This bean dip is everything I ever wanted when I was pregnant…and not pregnant.


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).

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The Best Bean Dip
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
1 hr
Total Time
1 hr 10 mins
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Mexican
Servings: 18 servings (1/4 cup)
Author: Christy Denney
  • 1 can (16 ounces) refried beans
  • 1 cup picante sauce
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded Monterey Jack cheese
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese
  • 3/4 cup sour cream
  • 1 package (3 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin (or more to taste)
  • tortilla chips
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. For the Oven: Bake dip at 350 degrees for 20-30 minutes or until hot and bubbly.
  4. Microwave: Heat in a microwave safe bowl for 5-8 minutes or until cheese is melted and smooth. Stir every couple of minutes.
Recipe Notes

Source: Taste of Home

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  1. Nice recipes. Thanks so much and have a great day.

  2. This looks interesting – I had to google refried beans and picante sauce, but they both look easy enough to make and useful. Is Monterey Jack cheese similar to Mozzarella? I’ve read a couple of descriptions that make it sound like it. Mostly the mild flavour and smooshieness when cooked. Or if not similar would it make a decent substitute?

    • Christy {The Girl Who Ate Everything} says:

      Monterey Jack is somewhat similar to Mozzarella. You can substitute with any cheese really. You could use all cheddar or a Mexican blend cheese. You can’t go wrong!

    • Christy {The Girl Who Ate Everything} says:

      Refried beans can be bought in the Mexican aisle and picante is just a type of salsa. Use any salsa you like.

  3. Im mexican and we dont really eat bean dip but that looks good. I would love to share some authentic and delicious mexican recipes that my husband and friend that they are not mexicans at all love them!! I love your recipes i tried some before even i share your recipes on my Facebook page thank you!!!

  4. MmMmm yummy! This sounds amazing and would be so perfect for Super Bowl Sunday! Thanks for the recipe, pinned!

  5. This looks perfect for our Super Bowl party. Quick question though–it says 1 package/3oz cream cheese. The normal packages of cream cheese are 8 oz. So is it a smaller package?


  6. Yum, it’s like queso and black bean dip in one 🙂

  7. It looks amazzzingggggg! So delicious! Need to try this recipe.

  8. Whoa, I would eat dips for every meal if I could. I wish it was socially acceptable. This one looks AMAZING! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  9. You know what—-after I read the recipe this might really be THE best bean dip. I like it. The picture
    certainly pulls one in, but the recipe backs it up.

  10. This sounds and looks amazing! I love bean anything! I have to try this dip. I am thinking on tostadas! Thanks for sharing! Pinned 🙂

  11. Thanks for providing non-slow cooker options for those of us with tiny kitchens. I love love love a good bean dip.

  12. Can I substitute the sour cream for greek yogurt?? thanks

  13. Can I substitute the sour cream for greek yogurt?? thanks

  14. Pinning this to try at my next party! Sounds so yummy!

  15. I made a double batch of this for a party tonight and we didn’t eat as much of it as I thought. Do you think it would freeze?

  16. What do you recommend for the Picante sauce? Do you like a certain brand? Is that the same as salsa? Thank you. This looks so delicious!

  17. Bean was good, I tried the 2nd time I made it using about a little less than half a packet of Taco seasoning instead of the Chili powder and defnitely improved it, also added onions.

  18. Sandy Massone says:

    I made this for a get together last night and it was delicious. I used a medium spiced salsa with black beans and corn in place of the picante sauce and substituted taco seasoning for the chili powder and cumin. The whole dip was devoured by six people within a very short time 🙂 Great recipe!

  19. This is delish!! Thanks for another terrific recipe!

  20. made this yesterday and I wasn’t a fan.

  21. Had to laugh reading your commentary leading up to the recipe. I’m pregnant and thinking about what to make for lunch. I thought of making some sort of bean taco/burrito but then I wanted BEAN DIP … But I think I’ve only had a bean dip once? It didn’t matter, I had to have it! So I went to mr. Google and he led me straight to you. I’m patiently waiting as it gets melty in the oven. Thanks! 🙂

  22. Red Flashlight says:

    Delicious, but I added more beans! Otherwise it seems like cheese dip with some beans in it. Lol.

  23. Really good. I used home made salsa as I didn’t have picante sauce. I will make again! Thank you for tecipe.

  24. Have you ever used dry black beans to make the refried beans vs buying them?

  25. This is my first time commenting on a Pinterest recipe, but I felt compelled to do so.. This bean dip is DA BOMB!!!!! Seriously, its life changing people. Mexican night is forever changed at our house. If you like bean dip, do yourself a favor and make this. You won’t be disappointed. Thanks for a wonderful recipe!!

  26. I’m actually not a fan of bean dip, but my daughter is in love with beans, so of course I had to make it, long story short, everyone including me loves it!

  27. Absolutely delightful!!!! Yummylicious!!! Can’t stop eating it. I covered it with Colby cheese. Would make it again & again!!!

  28. Georgette McIntyre says:

    I just made it by following the recipe through. It taste really good, but it’s way too spicy! Next time, I’m going to reduce the amount of spice in half or even less than that. Thanks for sharing!

  29. Stacy Thompson says:

    Awesome dip! I’ve made it a few times now. Yum

  30. Great dip best I’ve tried yet. I’ve fixed it twice within a week. Family eats most of it before I get any. Thanks

  31. Alejandra Marshall says:

    Is the picante sauce from Pace or what brand do you use?

  32. Oh you are a woman after my same heart. I cannot wait to try this!! While pregnant with boy 2 out of 3 I walked into the grocery store and smelled cinnamon raisin bread. I smelled every loaf just because I wanted the one that I smelled. My husband gave me that look like this did not happen. A really nice gentleman walked by and told him it’s ok for have children too.

  33. Any idea how many people this recipe serves?

  34. Can I use a can of rotels instead of salsa?