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spicy bean dip

Spicy Bean Dip

spicy bean dip

spicy bean dip


This quick and easy vegan bean dip will be your new entertaining go-to. Made with mostly pantry items, and ready in just 15 minutes, this punchy and flavorful recipe turns any gathering into a fiesta in a flash. If you want to kick it up a notch, sprinkle in some shredded cheddar or pepper jack cheese during the last minute of cooking.


By Elizabeth Palmer Califano


Serves 2-4 (Easily doubled)

Total Time: 15 minutes




  • 2 tablespoons olive oil (or butter)
  • ½ red onion, peeled and diced
  • 2-4 garlic cloves (to taste), chopped
  • ½ tablespoon ground cumin
  • 1 tablespoon red chili flakes (more or less to taste)
  • 1 16 oz. can refried beans
  • the zest and juice of 2 limes (more or less to taste)
  • Tortilla chips, crackers, or cut up veggies, to serve




  1. In a small sauté pan, heat the olive oil over medium heat, and add the onion and garlic. Sautee for 2-3 minutes, until slightly softened. Add the cumin and chili flakes, and stir to combine.
  2. Add the refried beans, the lime zest, and lime juice, and stir well to combine. Season to taste with more lime and chili flakes if needed.
  3. Serve warm or at room temperature, with tortilla chips or chopped vegetables to dip.


Note: this dip also makes a delicious filling for burritos or tacos, and an awesome addition to your seven layer dip.

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