Bender’s Blenders: Black Bean Fiesta!

by Jenn (eating bender) on September 3, 2008

This Bender’s Blenders post is a bit different from all the rest! I wanted to take the opportunity to use the blender for a more savory treat. Originally, I was planning on making a hummus, but soon realized I didn’t have tahini on hand – kind of a crucial ingredient :mrgreen: So I did the best I could with what I had and came up with a pretty good substitute – black bean dip!

For my first try at making any sort of dip, I’d say it went pretty well. My family definitely enjoyed it and wanted to know how I made it for the future – always a good sign, right? I definitely added some extra salt to keep it from being too bland. Next time, I hope to try something with tahini – but it was really fun to try something beyond the usual smoothie or shake, so I highly recommend giving it a go!!


Bender’s Blenders: Black Bean Fiesta!

This black bean dip combines spiciness with tanginess to create the perfect complement to a tortilla chip, pita, or any other “dipper” you desire!

Ingredients (serves 8):

  • 15 oz. can of black beans, drained
  • 1 tbsp. olive oil
  • 3 tbsp. lime juice
  • 1 tsp. minced garlic
  • 1 tbsp. dried parsley
  • 1/2 tbsp. dill
  • 1/2 tbsp. pepper
  • Pinch of salt



Combine ingredients and blend until smooth. Do a spoon – or in my case, chip! – taste test to ensure that the dip isn’t too bland. Add extra salt or spice as needed!

The end result is a super creamy, super delightful chip topper!

Nutrition (1/8 of recipe):

  • Calories: 60
  • Fat: 2g
  • Sodium: 170mg
  • Carbohydrates: 9g
  • Fiber: 3g
  • Protein: 3g
1 Melissa S. September 3, 2008 at 12:54 am

wow! that is so simple and looks soooo good! I don’t have a can of black beans…think it would work well with navy beans?


Melissa S. ~ Haha I’m sure it would! Bean dip is bean dip, after all – it’d be interesting to try different types of beans and see how the flavor changes!

2 HangryPants September 3, 2008 at 5:39 am

Oh yum. I love making dips in the food processor with beans!

WHen I make “hummus” at home I don’t put tahini because I never have any, so I won’t judge if you do the same. ๐Ÿ˜€

HangryPants ~ Glad you’re not going to judge me ๐Ÿ˜‰

3 glidingcalm September 3, 2008 at 5:59 am

ooo yum! i love black bean dip!! that looks so good too!! thanks for the recipe Bender!! and I’d love to see you make hummus sometime too! there are so many recipes out there… I never know which one is a bettter one to try!

happy Wednesday!

glidingcalm ~ I definitely want to try hummus sometime. It’d be nice to make my own and know all the ingredients that go into it!

4 Erin September 3, 2008 at 6:00 am

That looks excellent! Did you just kind of throw that recipe together? Yum! It looks like a good sandwich spread.

Erin ~
I was looking online at various recipes for hummus without tahini and I took what I gathered from them and added what I think would create a good flavor!

5 Erica September 3, 2008 at 6:02 am

I love any form of black bean dip and this looks great! I love the savory idea for benders blenders :) What are you up to today?

Erica ~ Thanks! Today has been pretty low-key…but I need to hit the gym soon!

6 Danielle September 3, 2008 at 6:03 am

Mmmm, sounds like the perfect party dip!

Danielle ~ Thanks!

7 VeggieGirl September 3, 2008 at 7:11 am

ยกOlรฉ! :-)

VeggieGirl ~ Haha ๐Ÿ˜‰

8 Megan September 3, 2008 at 7:30 am

Very impressed with your dip and you pictures!!

Megan ~ Thank you!

9 jenngirl September 3, 2008 at 7:40 am

I love black bean dip! My mom has a recipe that processes half the amount of beans that the recipe calls for, and then stirs in the other half at the end, so you have whole black been floating throughout. So good!

jenngirl ~ Ooh, that’s a really good idea! I will definitely do that next time!

10 melissaeats September 3, 2008 at 7:46 am

That sounds/looks REALLY good!!! It was funny because at first I thought it was a blueberry smoothie :)

melissaeats ~ Haha, now that I look at it, the dip does look surprisingly purple!

11 Sarah September 3, 2008 at 7:54 am

that looks really good! I love dips but sometimes they are loaded with cheese which is no good–this is the perfect healthy treat. I bet it would be good stuffed in a pita with lots of veggies!

Did it really look that purple? I totally thought it was blueberry something too!

Sarah ~ I think it has to be the lighting – but it was a bit purple! :)

12 ChocolateCoveredVegan September 3, 2008 at 8:00 am

I think this is my favorite feature of your blog, because I love using my Vitamix.

CCV ~ Hurray for Vitamix!

13 Rose September 3, 2008 at 8:06 am

This is so creative – I love it. The color of the dip is very unexpected – I thought it would be darker. Maybe from the navy beans? This color is much prettier though.

Rose ~ Haha, saw your next comment :) I think I like the color, too!

14 Rose September 3, 2008 at 8:07 am

Oops – I read that wrong. You did use black beans. Well, it’s still an interesting color… :)

15 gina (fitnessista) September 3, 2008 at 8:17 am

YUM! thank you so much for yet another amazing recipe! i can’t wait to make this for our next mexican night (or any night!)- the hubby will like it, too ๐Ÿ˜€
hope you have a great day!

gina (fitnessista) ~ Yay! I hope you enjoy it, if you do make it :)

16 Fit Bottomed Girls September 3, 2008 at 8:55 am

Looks tasty — and easy to make! Black beans are my fave…

Fit Bottomed Girls ~ Mine too!

17 Kristie September 3, 2008 at 9:16 am

YUM. That looks so great. I’ve only recently discovery the greatness that is black beans. I’ll have to bookmark this dip for sure!

Kristie ~ Black beans are my favorite bean! They are useful in so many ways and taste darn good.

18 HeatherBakes September 3, 2008 at 9:24 am

YUM!!! And such a pretty color, too :)

It looks really creamy- I bet this would go great on burritos. Thanks for the recipe!

HeatherBakes ~ Mm…burritos…

19 Grounded Fitness September 3, 2008 at 9:32 am

wow, thats a lot creamier than i thought it would be.

it looks purple. i love it.

Grounded Fitness ~ Thanks!

20 Christie September 3, 2008 at 9:59 am

Love the fiesta bowl you served it in.. and what a great idea… OK since you are so good at improvising I have a challenge for you or suggestion… can you attempt to make a healthy not fried falafel?? Areyou up for the challenge hahah!

Christie ~
Interesting challenge! I will definitely take you up on it soon :)

21 Nicole September 3, 2008 at 11:03 am

Yum! I love black bean dip. It looks pretty, I love the color.

Nicole ~ Thanks!

22 Natalie September 3, 2008 at 11:56 am

Looks great, plus I actually have all those ingredients on hand, I’ll have to try it!

Natalie ~ Yay! Let me know what you think if you do :)

23 Mark Salinas September 3, 2008 at 1:20 pm

Dips are my weakness….I love me dips! Great stuff as always…thanks for sharing!

Mark Salinas ~ Haha, thank you!

24 wholefoodswholeme September 3, 2008 at 3:12 pm

what a beautiful dip you made!! it looks purple-y and oh so yum! i will be making something inspired by this as SOON as we get our food processor fixed/replaced… i hate not being able to use it!!

wholefoodswholeme ~ Thanks so much! I hope your food processor gets fixed soon!

25 Aimee September 3, 2008 at 3:47 pm

I didn’t even think that Bender’s Blenders may go beyond smoothies, how great:)

Aimee ~ Aw, thank you!

26 Foodie (Fab and Delicious Food) September 3, 2008 at 6:26 pm

Love the purple color!

I think I’ve only tried bean dip once before, and would love to try another one!

Foodie (Fab and Delicious Food) ~ Definitely try it!

27 caitlin (see bride run) September 3, 2008 at 7:45 pm

hmmm i never thought to use my blender to make a dip… i always complained i didnt have a food processor! i might have to try this soon… as in… tomorrow. ๐Ÿ˜€

caitlin (see bride run) ~ I didn’t think I could use it either – but it worked perfectly!

28 ttfn300 September 3, 2008 at 8:11 pm

MMmm, black bean dip :) Don’t think it needs tahini to be considered hummus! Sometimes I’ve used sesame oil (similar taste to tahini). It’s awesome to make it at home, can’t wait to see what variations you come up with!

ttfn300 ~ Ooh good to know! I’ll have to try it with sesame oil sometime! Thanks :)

29 Caroline September 3, 2008 at 10:32 pm

Yummy! I will definitely have to try that with my new blender:)

Caroline ~ Let me know what you think if you do!

30 Heather September 3, 2008 at 11:05 pm

Yum! I’ll have to try that! I bet it’s a whole lot cheaper than buying hummus and dip too!

Heather ~ It was!! And a lot more fun :)

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