Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Spicy Bean Dip!!


Divisional Round Weekend had it's share of exciting endings and shockers and upsets. We saw a little trickeration from the Pats as they put on a show. The Seahawks showed us why they ran away with the whole enchilada last season. The Packers made us that believe magic is still alive and well on the frozen tundra. The Colts and Andrewl Luck in particular are making us think that perhaps we are finally witnessing a changing of the guard in the AFC. So now we're all set for Colts vs Pats and Packers vs Seahawks for this Sunday's Conference Championship games. So what to whip up for the gang for this one? This is a good ol' stand-by, but one that will get lots of thumbs up:  Spicy Bean Dip!

Although I've already done a couple of dips/spreads here, you can never have too many dips. They were, are and always will be a mainstay when the gang comes over to watch the games. This dip is a real easy one and can literally be whipped up in the food processor. The nice thing about this dip is that you probably already have most of the ingredients in your pantry already.

Spicy Bean Dip
(serves 4-6)

1 can black beans, drained & rinsed
1 can red kidney beans, drained & rinsed  
1/4 small red onion, chopped
1 small jalapeno, chopped (remove seeds
if you don't want it too hot)
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp smoked paprika
2 tsp chipotle puree*
1 tsp tomato paste
1 tbs lime juice
1 tsp cider vinegar
2 tbs chicken stock
1 tbs cilantro


1.  In the bowl of a food processor, add the onion, jalapeno and cilantro and pulse until finely minced.

2.  Add remaining ingredients and mix until completely blended. Taste and adjust seasonings.

3.  Serve with chips and/or crackers

*Empty a can of chipotle chiles (including the adobo sauce) in a food processor and puree. Strain puree to remove the seeds (there are usually a lot).

There you have it! This is quick and easy, will go with a variety of chips and/or crackers. And it doesn't hurt that the spiciness of the dip will go great with an ice cold, chilly beer!

Hope you feel inspired to try this! I will see you back here next Wednesday for more gameday grub!

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