Stupid-Easy Bean Dip

When I was young and single and basically broke, I stretched my money and ate as cheaply as I could. One of my favorite dinners was soft chicken tacos which I ate almost every night. I’d cook up the chicken one night and keep it in the fridge, eating a bit at a time with a little cheese, salsa, and a spoonful of canned fat-free refried beans inside a flour tortilla.  But those fat-free refried beans were nearly two dollars a can and I could find plain pinto beans for less than fifty cents. I figured I could make those plain beans taste like something so I experimented a little and found that with a little salsa for moisture and some spices for flavor, the result was a tasty and cheap alternative to those pricey fat-free refried beans.  (Sorry, Rosarita’s!)

When my honey discovered the leftover beans in the fridge, he assumed it was bean dip and devoured it so this dish now serves dual-duty. When we need a quick side to take to potluck dinners, this bean dip fits the bill.  It takes less than ten minutes to prepare so it’s great when you’re pressed for time – you don’t even need to heat it up.  I usually have to bring a double batch because it disappears so fast. When you want to use it in a taco or wrap, a minute in the microwave is all you need to transform it from bean dip to mock refried beans.

Stupid-Easy Bean Dip

  • 1 15 oz can plain pinto beans, rinsed and drained or you can use your own cooked pinto beans
  • 1/2 cup salsa of your choice
  • 1 tbsp chili powder
  • 2 – 7 dashes Tabasco sauce (more or less, depending on how hot you like it)
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne (more or less to taste)
  • salt
  • pepper

Blend ingredients together in food processor or with stick blender.  Serve with chips and salsa or heat to use as mock refried beans. I told you it was stupid-easy.


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