Recipes

Seven-Layer Black Bean Dip

Aired May 5, 2016

Serves 10-12 as a snack
Ingredients

For the Black Bean Dip:
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 small white onion, finely chopped
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
2 jalapeño peppers, seeded and chopped
Salt and pepper
1 1/2 teaspoons (half a palmful) ground cumin
1/2 cup water
2 14-ounce cans black beans
A handful cilantro leaves
Juice of 1 lime
1 tablespoon Frank’s Red Hot

For the Smoky Grilled Guacamole:
3 ripe avocados, halved and pitted
2 limes, halved
Olive oil
Salt
2 cloves garlic, grated or chopped
2 jalapeños, finely chopped
1/2 small red onion, finely chopped
Handful cilantro, finely chopped

For the Chipotle Sour Cream:
1/4 cup puréed chipotle in adobo
1 cup sour cream
Juice of 1 lime
Salt

For the Pico de Gallo:
6 vine-ripened or plum tomatoes, seeded and chopped
1 jalapeño, finely chopped
1 red finger chili, finely chopped
1/2 small red onion, finely chopped
2 cloves garlic, grated or finely chopped
4 scallions, white and light green parts, thinly sliced
Juice of 1 lime
1 tablespoon Frank’s Red Hot
1 handful cilantro, chopped
Salt and pepper

1 8-ounce block (2 cups) Pepper Jack cheese, shredded
1 pound bacon, cooked until crispy and cut into 1-inch pieces
1 Romaine heart or 2 heads gem lettuce, chopped
Pickled jalapeños, sliced, for topping
1 bag blue and white tortilla chips, preferred brand Que Pasa, for dipping
1 bag jalapeño pita chips
 

Preparation

For the Black Bean Dip, heat a small sauce pan over medium-high heat with oil, 1 turn of the pan. Add onions, garlic and jalapeños; season with salt, pepper and cumin. Stir 5 minutes to soften then add water. When reduced to 2 to 3 tablespoons, add beans and heat through. Transfer everything to the bowl of a food processor and add cilantro, lime juice and hot sauce. Process to smooth and adjust salt; reserve.

For the Smokey Grilled Guacamole, heat a grill pan over medium-high heat. Drizzle avocados and limes with olive oil and grill both cut-side down until marked and heated through. Spoon out grilled avocado flesh into a medium bowl and mash with grilled lime juice and salt to taste. Add garlic, jalapeño, red onion and cilantro, and stir to combine.

For the Chipotle Sour Cream, in a small mixing bowl, combine chipotle, sour cream, lime juice and salt to taste.

For the Pico de Gallo, combine tomatoes, jalapeño, chili, red onion, garlic and scallions in a mixing bowl. Add lime juice, hot sauce and cilantro, and salt and pepper to taste.

To build the dip: In a clear-sided, 8x8” serving dish, spread black bean dip evenly out along the bottom. Sprinkle Pepper Jack over the bean layer. Spread guacamole on top of cheese layer then spread a layer of chipotle sour cream. Sprinkle with the layer of bacon, then a layer of lettuce and finally, the pico de gallo.

Top with sliced sliced jalapenos. Serve with tortilla and pita chips alongside for dipping.
 

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