Homemade Bean Dip Recipe

A simple game day appetizer that is sure to be a hit!  This Homemade Bean Dip Recipe is a flavorful blend of pinto beans, green chilies, spices and lots of cheese!

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I make this tasty homemade bean dip recipe several times a month.  It tastes great with chips or rolled up in a tortilla for an amazing bean burrito!

While this bean dip does take a bit of time to make.  Most of that time is inactive.

Easy: Soak. Cook. Mash. Eat.

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I prefer to eat this bean dip burrito style.

But man oh man, it is so dipp-able! 

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First and most importantly, it IS worth the extra effort to make bean dip starting with dried pinto beans.  There is a time and place for canned beans . . . this is not that time or that place.

I prefer a chunky bean dip.  So instead of an immersion blender, I use a simple hand held masher like this OXO Potato Masher.

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Cheesy Bean Dip
Author: WonkyWonderful
  • 16 oz Dried Pinto Beans
  • 6 Cups Water or Chicken Stock
  • 1 Tb Cumin
  • 1 tsp Chili Powder
  • 1 tsp Onion Powder
  • 1 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Ground Pepper
  • 4 oz Can of Green Chilies
  • 14.5 oz Can of Diced Tomatoes
  • 1/2 tsp Salt or more to taste
  • 2 Cups Shredded Colby/Jack Cheese
  1. Soak the dried pinto beans in cold water overnight. (check for rocks and funky beans)
  2. After beans have soaked, drain and rinse the beans.
  3. Transfer to a large pot and add the 6 cups of water or chicken stock.
  4. Bring the beans to a simmer over medium heat.
  5. Add the cumin, chili powder, onion powder, garlic powder and pepper.
  6. Decrease heat to medium/low, partially cover pot with lid. (leave the lid cracked)
  7. Continue to lightly boil. Check beans after an hour of cooking. Beans should be cooked within an hour and a half or so.
  8. The beans will be soft and there will be some liquid still remaining. (if the liquid has boiled off, add a bit more)
  9. Add the green chilies and diced tomatoes.
  10. Continue cooking with the lid off for 15-20 minutes while stirring frequently. (watch it very closely because it will burn)
  11. Once most of the liquid has cooked off, decrease heat to low.
  12. Add 1/2 tsp salt and mash with potato masher for a chunky dip. Or use an immersion blender for a smooth bean dip.
  13. Add the shredded cheese and stir until melted.
  14. Taste and add more salt if needed.
  15. Serve hot, room temperature or cold.
Recipe Notes
This recipe yields approximately 7 cups of bean dip.

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  1. I’m a big fan of bean dip, and love that you started with dried pinto beans instead of canned. There really is a difference!

  2. Anxious to try tho might have to wait till next season since the 49ers lost yesterday πŸ™

    • Nicole Harris says:

      I hope you enjoy (when you do end up trying it). A lot of bummed out Niners fans πŸ™

  3. Auntiepatch says:

    It’s much easier if you check for rocks and “funny” beans BEFORE you soak the beans. Just a thought……

    • Nicole Harris says:

      Haha … True. You wouldn’t want funky beans and rocks in your soaked beans. I’ll have to go edit that. Thanks πŸ™‚

  4. Love the idea of making bean dip from scratch with dried beans. Can’t wait to try this.

    • Nicole Harris says:

      Once you make it with dried beans, you will not be able to go back to canned. It makes such a difference!

      • k.e.harris says:

        thank nicole i`m been looking for a good bean dip this sounds good going to try it coming from the last name harris it`s got to be good that`s my last name

  5. M.J. Jacobsen says:

    I’ll be making this for Super Bowl! Go Seahawks!!

  6. Leila Emeric says:

    That bean dip looks so good! I have the oxo tongs and I use them often. Entered the giveaway. Thank you!

  7. I haven’t met an OXO product I didn’t like! I have several and love them all. The bean dip look yummy! Can’t wait to try! Thanks for sharing!

  8. Carrie H says:

    This recipe looks awesome! May not make the Superbowl party (its a full roasted pig and bacony sides, we are calling Porkpalooza) but it will be made soon! I love OXO products!

  9. How do you think it would taste if I used a can of Rotel tomatoes instead of plain diced?

  10. Anne M. Berkey says:

    If you don’t want to wait overnight to make this, you can take the beans in a pot with double the water and put it on high until it reaches a good boil then let it simmer uncovered for two hours and It has the same effects as soaking the beans overnight..

    • Nicole Harris says:

      Hi Anne! Check your package of dried beans. Most will have instructions for a quick soak method. My package instructions say: For every 1 lb of beans add 6-8 cups of hot water in a large pot. Bring to a rapid boil for 2 minutes. Remove from heat. Cover and let stand 1 hour. Drain soak and rinse beans. Then follow the recipe instructions. Hope that helps πŸ™‚

  11. crystal Cargill says:

    Think I will add green onions to this. Bet its yummy

  12. Can I make this dip with fresh beans?

    • Nicole Harris says:

      If you are talking about home grown, straight off the farm beans … I have no experience with that. I have only used dried or canned. Sorry.

  13. I just cooked a whole pot of pinto beans and figured I could make a holiday dip with some of them. So glad I came across your recipe. Can’t dip dipping right now πŸ™‚

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