March 12, 2020

Smoky Black Bean Dip

Smoky Black Bean Dip is thick and spicy with a rich, delicious smokiness. It's the perfect whole-food plant-based dip for veggies or dressing for salads!

Smoky Black Bean Dip

I recently joked to one of my friends that I don't own plates because I eat all of my food out of bowls...

While this was a joke, it is actually half true. Yes, I own plates. But not that many, because I do tend to eat mostly from bowls.

I eat my morning oatmeal and berries from a bowl. I put my sweet potatoes in a bowl. Of course, I eat my salads out of bowls. I also eat veggies like roasted broccoli and cauliflower in bowls. If I'm having a snack of veggies and hummus or dip, I eat those out of bowls too.

So as you can see, bowls are my life. I really only use plates to take pictures of my food. (Insert shrug emoji.)

Call me weird if you want. But I love bowls.

I have these super cute bowls from the Pioneer Woman that I love using. They are measuring bowls -- they nest into each other and are different sizes, each with a different measuring amount.

I particularly enjoy them because 1. they're cute and 2. they help with portion control. If I only use my half cup bowl then can't eat 2+ cups of oatmeal!

I also love my little bowls because I can eat this Smoky Black Bean Dip out of them! YUM.

Smoky Black Bean Dip

This dip is quickly becoming one of my favorite methods to fuel my carrot addiction. And the funny thing about it is that it came into existence randomly.

I was hanging out with a friend and knew I needed to eat some dinner. I had some Tempeh Stuffed Sweet Potatoes on hand, but I hadn't gotten the chance to take pictures for the blog post. So I couldn't eat any of it.

I needed food though, so I threw some black beans in the food processor and started making dip. I did something I often do when I'm not thinking - I dump the entire can of beans in my food processor, liquid and all.

What happens when you use the entire can of beans to make a dip is it comes out super runny. Normally, I would just open a second can of beans and add just the beans to thicken up the dip. But I didn't have another can of black beans.

So I needed something else to thicken up the dip. I could've added oats/oat flour or peanut powder. I figured peanut powder would give the dip a boost of protein, so I went for it.

Then I just threw some other random ingredients into the processor and crossed my fingers. It turned out pretty well! So well that I proceeded to eat the entire batch for dinner.

After a couple more iterations, I present to you Smoky Black Bean Dip!

Now I'm going to stop talking about me and start telling you about the recipe.


This is a pretty simple dip. Just beans, peanut powder, and spices. Similar to hummus.

  • Black Beans
  • Peanut Powder
  • Peanut Butter or Almond Butter
  • Garlic
  • Lemon Juice
  • Liquid Smoke
  • Cumin
  • Salt
  • Cayenne

Smoky Black Bean Dip

How to Make Smoky Black Bean Dip

One of my favorite things about dip is that it's super quick to whip up. All you need is 5 minutes and you have a tasty snack.

To make this dip, just add all the ingredients to the food processor and blend until the ingredients are completely combined and smooth.

Enjoy this dip with veggies. I love dipping carrots into black bean dip.

You could also eat this on salads. It's thin enough that you can use it as a thick dressing. Delicious!

Or, ya know, just eat it out of a bowl with a spoon. I wouldn't know anything about that...

However you eat it, I hope you enjoy!

Recipe Prayer

Jesus, thank you for recipes that develop randomly. And thank you for bowls out of which to eat these recipes. Amen.

Related Recipes

If  you're interested in a less smoky, less spicy black bean dip, check out my plain Black Bean Dip recipe!

Smoky Black Bean Dip

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Smoky Black Bean Dip

Smoky Black Bean Dip is thick and spicy with a rich, delicious smokiness. It's the perfect whole-food plant-based dip for veggies or dressing for salads!















  • 1 15 Ounce Can Black Beans
  • 1/4-1/2 Cup Liquid from Black Bean Can
  • 1/3 Cup Peanut Powder
  • 2 Tablespoons Peanut Butter or Almond Butter
  • 2 Cloves Garlic
  • 2 Teaspoons Lemon Juice
  • 2 Teaspoons Liquid Smoke
  • 1 Teaspoon Cumin
  • 1 Teaspoon Salt
  • 1/8-1/4 Teaspoon Cayenne


  1. Add all the ingredients to a food processor and blend until combined. Start with 1/8 teaspoon of Cayenne and add more to your desired spice level. Enjoy!

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August 28, 2021
Henry (Hank) Mader
thank you for the oil free recipe. I'm getting introduced to wild Bolete mushrooms here in Colorado, and everyone sautes Bolete's in butter or olive oil. I'm on a veggie, oil free regimen for heart health reasons. and your recipe suggestion may fill the bill. I can't wait to give it a try.
August 13, 2021
Lindsey Kuhn
This is so fun! Loving your creamy photography :)
August 13, 2021
Lindsey Kuhn
This looks incredible! So yummy and pretty photography