This cheesy black bean dip is the perfect balance of creamy, spicy flavors. Serve it with your favorite chips for a delicious appetizer.

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I love dips and after years of making this vegan black bean dip, I thought I’d give it a little twist and create a cheesy version. It’s just as simple but it adds a lovely layer of spicy, creamy flavor. This recipe can be made in a food processor or blender, so it only takes a few minutes to assemble. I served it with chips but it could also be served with bell pepper slices for a lower-carb option.

black bean dip ingredients

Ingredients & Substitutions

  • Black beans– I used canned black beans but you could also use leftover Slow Cooker Black Beans or Mexican Black Beans.
  • Chipotle peppers– I used two chipotle peppers in adobo sauce. You could substitute with 2 tablespoons of adobo sauce. I really love the spicy, smoky flavor this adds to the dip but if you don’t have any, you could use 2 tablespoons of your favorite spicy tomato salsa.
  • Cream cheese– This helps create a rich, creamy dip and balances out the spices.
  • Seasonings– I used cumin, garlic powder, and salt — but you could substitute this with a teaspoon of your favorite taco seasoning.
  • Lime– A squeeze of lime juice brightens the overall flavor of the dip.
  • Pepper Jack cheese– You can substitute Monterey Jack or even shredded cheddar, but if you can get your hands on Pepper Jack cheese it really does make a difference.

What is Pepper Jack Cheese?

This is a variation of Monterey Jack cheese that has a spicy flavor and melts easily. It’s a semi-soft cheese and typically contains a variety of peppers. Some versions are spicier than others, so you may want to adjust the seasonings to taste based on your cheese. I used Borden’s Spicy Pepper Jack cheese for this recipe.

How to Make Black Bean Dip