Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Black Bean Dip

Several members of my family love mexican food, and I made this black bean dip to go with chicken enchiladas and a salad for dinner tonight. Made a different recipe tonight with the added ingredient of sambal oelek to spice it up a little, and the adults enjoyed it.
Black Bean Dip
1 tsp minced garlic
1/4 large green pepper, diced
1/4 onion, diced
1/2 tsp vegetable oil
1 15 oz can black beans, rinsed and drained well
2 tbs fresh lime juice
2 tbs chopped coriander sprigs
1/2 tsp coriander seeds
1/2 tsp ground cumin
1/4 tsp sambal oelek or to taste
salt to taste
fresh ground pepper to taste
1 tbs water

Saute the first 4 ingredients in a non-stick skillet til onion is translucent and remove from heat.
In food processor, blend 1/2 cup beans, lime juice, coriander sprigs, spices, and water til smooth. Add onion mixture and blend again. Add the rest of black beans, stir, and chill dip for at least 3 hrs and up to a day.

Recipe adapted from Gourmet

Note: The sambal oelek gave the dish a more spicy note and also heightened the sweet and sour notes for this dish. In the past, I have also added bacon. Use 1-2 slices of bacon, cook til crisp and drained on paper towel. Chop coarsely and use as garnish.


KellytheCulinarian said...

Delicious! I love dips, they're such a great snack or appetizers.

East Meets West Kitchen said...

Hi Kelly,
Thanks! It's somewhat difficult to dress up a black bean dip, but it was tasty!

Lia said...

delicious! my hubs he loved black beans, am going to to try this soon, thanks ;)

Big Boys Oven said...

This dish sound and looks delicious....just look at the ingredients!

Anonymous said...

It reminds me of Pulut Hitam :)

Home Cooking said...

wow looking tasty yummy

East Meets West Kitchen said...

Hi Wokandspoon,
Thanks! hehe!

Hi Lia
Thanks! Let me know if you liked it, ya?

Hi Big Boys Oven,
LOL! Thanks!

Hi Cooking Ninja,
Now I'm hungry for Pulut Hitam! ;)

Hi Isha,

Anonymous said...

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Okay, Mexican food is only my VERY FAVORITE! YUM! This dip sounds FABU! (((((HUGS))))) sandi

Anonymous said...

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East Meets West Kitchen said...

Hi Sandi,
Thanks! :)

Anonymous said...

I seldom have Mexican food cos I don't really like it...doe noe why.
The secret ingredient here is sambal olek, definitely!

Cris said...

We love mexican food here.. this is so easy huh, we always have beans in our house and my son loves cumin, so this will be on the table soon...

Anonymous said...

Do your girls eat this? You are constantly churning out new dishes...I am thinking, "Wow, your family is so blessed with your culinary skill".

Padma said...

Yeyyy! that looks so delicious feels like munching on some of those chips

East Meets West Kitchen said...

Hi Tigerfish,
It's ok...more for me! LOL!

Hi Cris,
Glad to hear that your son likes cumin! My kids are not there yet.

Hi Judy,
No, this was too spicy for my kids. I made a non-spicy refried bean dip for them instead, and they liked it! Thanks!

Hi Padma,
Thanks! I love chips too!

Cynthia said...

Black bean dip is one of my favourites. I like it spicy with a lot of chilies :)