This spicy white bean dip is made with fresh jalapeño and cilantro for a flavorful recipe that is easy to make! You only need 5 ingredients for this tasty spread!

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I’ve been loving bean and hummus style dips lately! It’s an easy way to turn a veggie platter into a filling snack and there are so many tasty combinations. I’ve made edamame hummus, white bean dip, and now, I’m turning my white bean dip into a spicy spread! I was inspired by this creamy jalapeño dip, but I wanted to make something healthier, and that’s how this spicy bean dip came to be!

Ingredients & Substitutions

  • Great Northern Beans– These beans are medium-sized with a delicate flavor and a smooth, creamy texture.
  • Lime Juice – Lime juice adds a fresh, citrusy tang to the dip. You can substitute the lime juice with a splash of white wine vinegar or lemon juice.
  • Olive Oil – Olive oil helps create a smooth texture and it adds a little richness to the dip. Just a little oil helps give this hummus a rich and creamy taste.
  • Cilantro – Fresh cilantro adds an earthy, herbal flavor to this dip. I cut the main part of the stems off, but don’t worry about trying to strip the leaves off completely. The softer, thinner part of the stem is fine to keep.
  • Jalapeño– Fresh jalapeño adds a spicy layer of flavor to this dip. You can remove the seeds if you want to tame the heat slightly.

Tips for Making the Perfect Bean Dip

  • This recipe works best with soft, creamy beans like Great Northern Beans or cannellini beans. I cooked my Great Northern Beans from dried beans and I cooked them for a few extra minutes to get them really soft. This isn’t a necessary step, but it’s a nice little trick!
  • I recommend a high quality food processor. I have this Cuisinart food processor, but this food processor is a great affordable option.
  • The heat of jalapeños can vary a lot so adjust the amount based on the spiciness of the peppers. Sometimes I add an extra pepper if I want it extra hot.

What to Serve with White Bean Dip

I love pairing this dip with crunchy vegetables like bell peppers or carrots, but it’s also delicious with pita bread, naan, or tortilla chips! The cilantro flavors pair well with tacos, making it a great option to serve with fresh veggies on taco night. It would also be delicious in this veggie burrito bowl!

How to Store Leftovers

To store this white bean dip, transfer it to an airtight container and refrigerate for 3 to 5 days. This dip is actually better after it’s had a couple of hours to sit in the fridge, so it’s a great one to make in advance of a party or gathering! This recipe also works great for meal prep. Make a batch at the start of the week and enjoy it with cut veggies for a healthy snack.

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Spicy White Bean Dip

Spicy White Bean Dip

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  • Author: Liz Thomson
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1 1/2 cups 1x
  • Category: Side Dish
  • Method: Blended
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegan


This spicy white bean dip is made with fresh jalapeño and cilantro for a flavorful recipe that is easy to make! You only need 5 ingredients for this tasty spread!


Units Scale
  • 1 (15oz) can Great Northern Beans or cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 cup fresh cilantro (large part of the stems removed)
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 1 small jalapeño, chopped
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil


  1. In a food processor, combine the cannellini beans, cilantro, lime juice, jalapeño, and salt.
  2. With the processor running, slowly pour in the olive oil until the mixture is smooth and creamy.

  3. Add salt to taste.