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Cheesy Black Bean Dip
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Vegan Cheesy Black Bean Dip

A spicy Vegan Cheesy Black Bean Dip made with cashews, spices, and jalapenos. An easy appetizer for sharing! Gluten-free, too.
Course Appetizer, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 23 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 299kcal
Author Tessa

Ingredients

Cashew Cheese Sauce

  • ½ cup raw cashews
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 2 tablespoons nutritional yeast
  • pinch of cayenne pepper
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • ¾ cup water

Black Bean Dip

  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 medium yellow onion, chopped
  • 1-2 jalapeños, thinly sliced (seeded for less heat)
  • 3 teaspoons minced garlic
  • ¼ cup tomato paste
  • 2-14 ounce cans black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 ½ teaspoons smoked paprika
  • pinch of cayenne (optional)
  • ½ cup hot water
  • salt and pepper, to taste

Instructions

Cashew Cheese Sauce

  • Place the cashews in a blender and cover with hot water. Allow to sit for at least 5 minutes. Drain the cashews and return to blender. Add lemon juice, olive oil, garlic powder, nutritional yeast, cayenne pepper, Dijon mustard, salt, pepper, and ¾ cup water.
  • Blend until smooth. Set aside.

Black Bean Dip

  • Preheat the oven to 475 degrees Fahrenheit. In a 10-inch cast iron or oven-proof skillet, heat the 3 tablespoons of olive oil over medium heat. Add the onions, stirring occasionally, until softened. Add the jalapeños and garlic and cook for one minute.
  • Stir in the tomato paste, black beans, cumin, paprika, cayenne (if using), and ½ cup hot water. Add a couple healthy pinches salt and pepper, or more to taste. Pour the cashew cheese sauce over the bean mixture and stir gently to incorporate.
  • Place skillet in the oven and bake for 5-8 minutes. The top of the dip should start to turn golden. Serve immediately with chips or tortillas and hot sauce, if desired.

Notes

Inspired by the NYT's Black Bean Bake

Nutrition

Calories: 299kcal | Carbohydrates: 34g | Protein: 13g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 9g | Sodium: 1053mg | Potassium: 743mg | Fiber: 12g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 451IU | Vitamin C: 12mg | Calcium: 74mg | Iron: 4mg