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Bean Dip

 Bean Dip
"This colorful, crowd-pleasing dip is full of flavor," remarks Darnele West of Lancaster, South Carolina. "A cousin made it for a family get-together, and we finished off every bite!"
20 ServingsPrep/Total Time: 20 min.


  • 6 bacon strips
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 can (15 ounces) black beans, drained, rinsed and mashed
  • 1-1/2 cups (6 ounces) shredded cheddar or Monterey Jack cheese
  • 2/3 cup picante sauce
  • 1/3 cup sliced green onions
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • Chopped sweet red or yellow pepper, optional
  • Minced fresh cilantro, optional
  • Fresh vegetables or tortilla chips


  • In a skillet over medium heat, cook bacon until crisp. Drain,
  • reserving 1 tablespoon drippings. Crumble bacon and set aside. In
  • the drippings, saute garlic for 1-2 minutes. Stir in beans, cheese,
  • picante sauce, onions and cumin; mix well. Cook over low heat until
  • cheese is melted, stirring occasionally. Stir in bacon. Transfer to
  • a serving bowl. Garnish with peppers and cilantro if desired.
  • Serve with vegetables or chips. Yield: 2-1/2 cups.
Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (2 tablespoons) equals 89 calories, 6 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 14 mg cholesterol, 176 mg sodium, 4 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 3 g protein.

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Wine: Sweet Red Wine: Enjoy this recipe with a sweet red wine.