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.

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How to Make the Best 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.

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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.

Making black bean dip in a food processor

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.

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Sweet Onion Black Bean Dip

Sweet Onion Black Bean Dip

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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.

Makes 8 servings

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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.

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Nutrition Per Serving Serving Size 1/8 servings / Calories 173 / Total Fat 6.9g / Saturated Fat 2.4g / Cholesterol 7.4mg / Sodium 146.7mg / Carbohydrate 20.4g / Dietary Fiber 6.4g / Total Sugars 2g / Protein 8.5g
AUTHOR:  Adam and Joanne Gallagher
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4 comments… Leave a Review
  • Shaz June 20, 2022, 11:22 am

    I made this for the first time at the weekend and topped it with spicy Mexicana cheese and heated it in the oven. For such a simple recipe the taste was delicious. Our friends immediately asked me for the recipe. This will definitely be a go-to recipe in the future!

  • Vivian O'Brien April 11, 2021, 2:26 pm

    Really enjoyed this as a dip, but my little secret is that I added chilled, fat free beef broth to the leftover dip and called it a summer soup. Loved that as well.

  • Carol hunt January 8, 2021, 8:33 pm

    The salmon recipe is the best .. I will use forever! I think u can help me w more recipes hope so?!

  • Karen Hilliard December 14, 2020, 12:02 pm

    This looks delicious and just the type of thing I need right now. You guys are fabulous and I want to tell you how much I appreciate your great recipes. I also thankful that you take the time to do this for all of us here in the interweb land! I hope your holidays are joyful


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