Are you ready for some football??? If you're in need of a quick and easy dish for a superbowl spread (or any other gathering), look no further. This twist on a traditional seven-layer dip came together in minutes and after a short stint in the oven to melt the cheese, was ready to serve with tortilla chips.
I used a prepared salsa that already had onions, garlic and jalapenos, but you could always use some chopped tomatoes and lightly sauteed onions and garlic. Adjust the heat levels to your own taste as well, adding an extra jalapeno or hefty shake of cayenne pepper.
If you don't have smoked paprika on hand, you could get the smokiness by adding in a chipotle pepper and a bit of adobo sauce when blending in the food processor. This will bring some heat as well, so be careful when adding the cayenne!
One last note on texture. I made this dip pretty smooth, if you're looking for a dip with a little bit goin' on, feel free to reserve some of the beans before blending together. These can be mashed lightly with a fork and folded in by hand after the rest of the ingredients are well-mixed. Adding some corn after blending the dip could also be a way to get some more texture.
Baked Black Bean Dip
Recipe by Shannon
Serves a crowd
2 16oz cans black beans (or 1 29oz can), rinsed and drained
1/2c Pace Mild Picante Sauce* (or your favorite salsa)
1/2c 2% greek yogurt
1/4-1/2t smoked Spanish Paprika
juice of 1 lime
2-4oz grated cheese (I only had gruyere on hand, but cheddar or monterey jack might work better!)
scallions or herbs for garnish
tortilla chips for serving (Lime and Red Hot Blue Corn chips worked especially well)
Combine beans, salsa, greek yogurt, spices and lime juice in the bowl of a food processor. Blend until smooth and ingredients well incorporated. Taste and adjust seasonings. This can be prepared ahead of time, simply refrigerate and then bake when ready to serve.
Preheat oven to 400deg. Transfer bean dip into a baking dish (I used my 1qt au gratin dish). Top with grated cheese and bake in preheated oven 15-20min, or until cheese is melted and bubbly. Garnish with chopped scallions or herbs (parsley or cilantro) if you remember ;) Serve with tortilla chips.
*I received a sample of Pace Picante Sauce at no cost as a part of the Foodbuzz Tastemaker Program. Thanks for inspiring this appetizer!
Will you be watching this Sunday (either the game or the commercials)? Favorite get-together appetizer?