BUFFALO CHICKEN BLACK BEAN DIP

This Buffalo Chicken Black Bean Dip is not only addictive, it’s microwave easy. Served with tortilla chips, crackers, bread, or celery sticks, it’s sure to be a hit.

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8 oz reduced fat cream cheese

1-15 oz can black beans, drained and rinsed

1-15 oz can Hormel No-Bean Chili

12 oz shredded deli chicken

1/3 cup Frank’s Red Hot Wings sauce

1/2 cup cheddar cheese

2 tbsp diced jalapeños (I used Mezzetta’s “Tamed Jalapeño Peppers)

Chips, Crackers, Bread, Celery–anything dippable 🙂

1) In large microwave-safe bowl, microwave cream cheese 1 minute; remove from microwave and stir in black beans, no-bean chili, deli chicken, and hot wings sauce; microwave 3 minutes, stir, microwave another 2 minutes; remove from microwave

2) Spread dip in large casserole dish, top with cheddar cheese and jalapeños and microwave an additional 1 minute until cheese melts; remove from microwave and serve with “dippable” of your choice; yum!

Servings: 8-10

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BLACK BEAN-BACON DIP

I know dips are usually reserved for appetizers, but from time to time our family enjoys making a meal of chips and dip. Though our favorite remains Cream Cheese Black Bean Dip, this Black Bean-Bacon Dip is a contender. The only complaint was from Junior Too: “It could be spicier.” In which case, you can always substitute hot salsa.

Black Bean-Bacon Dip

6 slices bacon (I used turkey bacon; if you use regular fatty bacon, you probably won’t need the olive oil)

1 tbsp olive oil

1/2 medium-sized onion, chopped fine

1 jalapeno, seeded and chopped very fine

1/2 cup fresh cilantro, chopped

1-1/2 cup salsa (I used medium)

2-15 oz cans black beans, rinsed, drained, and coarsely mashed (leave some beans intact)

1/2 cup sour cream

1 cup grated Colby-Monterey Jack blend, divided (cheddar is good too)

2 tbsp taco seasoning

tortilla chips

1) In large, deep skillet over medium-high heat, cook bacon until just crisp; remove from heat and chop; set aside

2) Add olive oil to skillet and heat over medium-high; add onions and jalapeno and, stirring often, cook 5 minutes until veggies soften; reduce heat to medium and stir in cilantro (reserving 2 tbsp for topping), salsa, mashed black beans, sour cream, 3/4 cup cheese (reserving 1/4 cup for topping), bacon (reserving 2 tbsp for topping), and taco seasoning; cook, stirring often, 10 minutes until heated through; remove from heat

3) Pour bean dip into medium-sized serving dish, top with reserved cheese, bacon, and cilantro, and serve with tortilla chips

Servings: 10-12 (appetizer), 4-6 (entree)