Saturday, February 14, 2015

Chipotle Black Bean Dip #SundaySupper

This Chipotle Black Bean Dip is creamy, and smoky, and spicy, everything you could ever want from a bean dip minus that yucky fat that none of us need. Pair it up with baked tortilla chips for a low cal/low fat snack the whole family will love. 



February is American Heart Month. So this week the Sunday Supper family is celebrating all things heart healthy, and showing you that eating healthy tastes good! Thanks so much to Ethel of eating instead, and Lori of Foxes Love Lemons, for hosting this event!

Are you one of those people that immediately looks for the closest exit when someone mentions healthy food? It is OK to admit it, I know I was one. As soon as the conversation turned to eating healthy, my brain thought of flavorless boring food. I saw things like colorless boiled chicken, bread that tasted like cardboard, and vegetables void of any seasoning. Butter and salt banished forever from my kitchen. In other words hell, I saw hell people! 


So of course I had no desire to learn how to incorporate this torturous notion into my life. I refused to read cookbooks. I mean why would I? Nobody would want to eat anything made from them right? And I was not the only one that felt that way. The whole entire family balked at the mere mention of it. But then, in 2004, my Dr talked to me about my health and used the ace up his sleeve by asking me if I wanted to be around to see my grandchildren. Nicely played Doc, nicely played!

The reality of my situation was I was 40 years old, and 160 pounds overweight. Changes had to be made, and made fast! My diet of Loaded Carne Asada Nachos, foot long Philly Cheesesteaks with extra cheese, Meat Lovers Pizza, and Hot Fudge Sundaes? Ya um, that was going to have to change. But what in the heck was I going to eat? How was I going to eat healthy when I didn't like fish (unless they it was fried and dipped in a gallon of tartar sauce) and vegetables and I were not exactly on speaking terms. If it wasn't cooked in butter, fried, or smothered in cheese, I pretty much didn't eat it. But I was determined to try.




Little by little I made changes to the way my family and I ate. Red meat made appearances occasionally, I opted for chicken and pork instead. I braved the task of cooking AND eating fresh veggies. Cut out the tons of bread, high fat, and sugary foods we were eating. I filled the fridge with bags of fresh fruit so the kids could just grab and go when they wanted a snack. It was a lot easier (and tastier) than I thought it would be, and the family didn't complain near as much as I thought they would.

Kevin has high blood pressure, I mean like OhhEmmmmGeeee Dude high blood pressure, so I checked out the American Heart Associations website for the recommended heart healthy diet suggestions. Now I am careful with salt, we try to eat fish once or twice a week (since moving to the Pacific Northwest I LOVE fish), fresh fruits and veggies are a daily thing (we love love LOVE our vegetables grilled or roasted), whole grains are becoming a regular player in the game (I use whole grain pastas now and we all love quinoa), low fat low fat low fat is a mantra in my house, and beans are becoming a fave substitute when I am looking for protein in a meal without adding meat. Kevin is a die hard carnivore, but when I began making things like Hearty Ham and Bean SoupGarlicky Kale with Beans and BaconHomemade Healthy "Refried" Beans, and Creamy Spaghetti and Beans, he decided beans weren't too bad. Yay me!! 



But there are days when my junk food loving evil twin rares her wicked little head and whines and cries about missing her favorite binge foods. She is such a pain I swear! Those are the times I have to bring out my WMDs. Weapons of munchie destruction! 

OK admit it, you giggled at that just a little bit.

One of my favorite munchie choices was chips and dip, and Fritos and bean dip were always a big weakness of mine. I don't want to think about how many cans of that stuff I put away! Or what is really in it *shudder*. Between the greasy fried chips, and fat filled dip UGH horrible, HORRIBLE!! I knew I had to come up with a way to satisfy that craving while still sticking to our heart healthy eating plan. 

Enter the awesome black bean. I seriously love these little guys? I am never without a can of them, and they make their way into tons of my recipes. I knew I wanted to use them as the base of my bean dip. I found several ideas on Pinterest. There was Simple Black Bean Dip over at Edible Perspectives, 5 minute Black Bean Dip from Cookin' Canuck, and Spicy Black Bean Dip from Savory Sweet Life. They were all so simple, and sounded so good. 

I decided I wanted to go the spicy route, and chipotle is a favorite of both Kevin and I. We love the smoky heat it adds to a dish. So chipotle it was, and out came my food processor. A few minutes later this amazing black bean dip was on the table, ready for us to dive into.

When I say it is amazing I am not blowing smoke people. It is creamy, and smoky, and spicy, everything you could ever want from a bean dip minus that yucky fat that none of us need. Pair it up with baked tortilla chips, fresh veggies, or pita chips, and you have a snack the whole family will love. 

Give this dip a try, I promise you will never go back to that canned dip again!!


Chipotle Black Bean Dip

Bobbi's Kozy Kitchen
Published 02/15/2015
Chipotle Black Bean Dip

Ingredients

  • 2 cans low sodium black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1/2 cup chipotle salsa
  • 2 large cloves garlic, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon chipotle chili powder
  • Kosher salt
  • Fresh cracked black pepper
  • A good sized handful fresh cilantro leaves

Instructions

  1. Combine all of the ingredients in a food processor and blend until smooth. Add the cilantro and pulse a few times to incorporate it into the dip. Taste and adjust the seasonings if needed.
  2. Serve with baked tortillas chip, veggies, or pita chips.
Prep Time: 00 hrs. 05 mins.
Cook time: 00 hrs. 00 mins.
Total time: 5 mins.
Tags: black beans, salsa, chipotle, garlic, lime juice, cilantro, dip, healthy, appetizer


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This Chipotle Black Bean Dip is creamy, and smoky, and spicy, everything you could ever want from a bean dip minus that yucky fat that none of us need. Pair it up with baked tortilla chips for a low cal/low fat snack the whole family will love.

26 comments:

  1. I love bean dips and this one looks fabulous!

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  2. That's a dip I'd also use as a spread or perhaps a filling in quesadillas. So good!

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    1. Yes yes yes!! I used it in a quesadilla and it was wonderful!!

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  3. I absolutely LOVE Weapons of Munchie Destruction! I need to remember that for myself. I love the flavors you added to your bean dip, I believe you have inspired me to make it also!

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    1. Haha glad you love it Shelby! I hope you enjoy the dip as much as we did!!

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  4. Wow! Way to go on changing your eating habits. I struggle daily with it myself, but have learned to make more dishes from scratch, and I love it! This dip looks so so good!

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  5. Ooh, I would definitely like this! I'm a big fan of black beans.

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  6. Congrats on the huge lifestyle change! You are an inspiration! This WMD sounds like the perfect healthy snick-snack!

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  7. I am loving this healthy and delicious snack! Why not make the chips and make it even healthier! Thanks for the idea and congrats on getting on board with heart healthy! It's not so bad ;)

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  8. This bean dip looks great! We love this kind of thing schmeared on a wrap and filled with roasted veggies and a sprinkle of cotija cheese. Definitely will be giving yours a try!

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  9. I love my black beans, this looks amazing!! A must try recipe!!

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  10. Yum this looks so tasty and go you for figuring out that healthy doesn't have to mean boring!!

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  11. You are such an inspiration, Bobbi. And I can completely relate to looking for the nearest exit signs when conversations about "healthy" foods appear. However, I've also faced a few heart issues so can very much appreciate yummy dip recipes like yours =)

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  12. I adore black bean dip ... and I love the idea of adding chipotle to it! Sounds delish!

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  13. I'm such a sucker for any kind of chips and dip, love that this is a healthier and lighter version that I can eat without any guilt!

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  14. Great way to suppress that tempting snack devil!

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  15. Proud of you! And, yes, I did giggle about your WMD. ;) Thanks for sharing this.

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  16. Good for you for not only for finding a way to eat healthier but for making it yummy! I love bean dips. A smokey, chipotle one sounds delicious.

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  17. I used to buy a dip like this all the time, then my stores stopped carrying it! Definitely going to make it now!

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  18. I can't wait to try this! It's perfect for that 3pm salty snack fix.

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  19. Good for you for tackling your diet. It's so, so hard to lose weight. Especially as a food blogger - we want to try so many of the dishes we see daily on Pinterest and other sites. I'll add one more motivator: when I finished menopause, it was almost impossible to lose weight. And it's increasingly harder with each passing year. But I have 7 grandchildren now and want to continue skiing and hiking with them for the next 10 years, so I do it. My husband can just decide "I'm going to lose 20 pounds" and do it. Pisses me off. I'm definitely trying your dip! I love every one of the ingredients!

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