Think of this as a mash up of black bean dip and onion dip. Thanks to cooked sweet onions this easy bean dip is absolutely delicious and perfect when served with pita wedges or chips. If you love classic onion dip, then you must give this version with black beans a try.
How to Make Black Bean Dip
If you are like me and love bean dips, this recipe is one to try. We also have classic hummus, red pepper hummus and this easy cheesy bean dip for you to look at, too. The secret to this creamy dip is cooked onions. In fact, the recipe starts just as classic onion dip starts. We cook sweet onion in a bit of oil until it is wilted down and tastes sweet.
When the onions are cooked, we blend them with spices, sour cream, a bit of water and black beans (you can use canned or home cooked black beans). I’ve used a food processor in the photo below, but a blender will also do the trick.
You can serve the dip straight away or spoon it into a baking dish, top with some cheese and bake for a warm and cheesy dip.
Most often, we serve this black bean dip with chips or warm pita wedges, but it can also be used a sandwich spread and even as a taco filling. I’ve even spooned it on top of rice for a make-shift rice bowl.
More black bean recipes
- How to Cook Black Beans from Scratch
- Extra Easy Black Bean Burgers
- Our Favorite Black Bean Soup
- Black Bean and Quinoa Salad
- Smoky Black Bean and Corn Salad
- The Best Veggie Burgers
Sweet Onion Black Bean Dip
Think of this as a mash up of black bean dip and onion dip. Thanks to cooked sweet onions this easy bean dip is absolutely delicious and perfect when served with pita wedges or chips.
Watch Us Make the Recipe
You Will Need
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 cups chopped onion (1 medium)
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon chili powder, see our chili powder recipe
1/8 teaspoon to 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
2 (15 ounce) cans black beans, drained and rinsed (3 cups cooked black beans)
1/2 cup sour cream
2 to 3 tablespoons water
Spritz of fresh lime
Salt and fresh ground black pepper
1/3 cup shredded cheese, optional for baked dip
1In a skillet over medium heat add the oil, onions and 1/4 teaspoon of salt. Cook the onions until they are very soft and smell sweet, 15 to 20 minutes. Stir in the garlic powder, cumin, chili powder and cayenne pepper. Remove from heat and set aside for 5 minutes.
2In a blender or bowl of a food processor, combine the cooked onions, drained black beans, and sour cream. Add 2 tablespoons of water, and then blend. If the mixture is having trouble blending, add one or two more tablespoons of water to help it along.
3Taste, and then season with salt and lime. Serve or follow directions for baked black bean dip below.
4For a baked dip, transfer the bean dip to a small baking dish and top with shredded cheese. Bake in a 350 degree Fahrenheit oven until the dip is warmed through and the cheese has melted on top, about 10 minutes.
Adam and Joanne's Tips
- Vegan modifications: Leave out the sour cream and increase the water by a tablespoon or so. The dip will still be delicious. You can also substitute the sour cream with a plant-based sour cream or cream cheese.
- Nutrition facts: The nutrition facts provided below are estimates. We have used the USDA database to calculate approximate values.