Tuesday, October 9, 2007

Gloria's Spicy Black Bean Dip

Here's a healthy and flavorful hot & spicy dip that's perfect for dipping chips or veggies while you watch your favorite game on TV.

1 can (15 oz) black beans, drained & rinsed
Juice of 1 lime
1 to 2 cloves of Twenty Pepper Garlic, minced (for a less spicy dip, you can use regular garlic cloves)
1/2 tsp cumin
1/4 tsp salt (optional - I personally don't add salt)
1/4 cup tomato juice
Hot red pepper flakes, cayenne powder or habanero powder, to taste
Minced fresh cilantro (optional), as garnish

Combine beans, lime juice, garlic, cumin, salt (if using) and tomato juice in a food processor and process until it reaches your desired texture (I like it a little more coarse, but some folks prefer it smoother - just make sure all the ingredients are combined uniformly). Add red pepper flakes or pepper powder to taste, stir in, and transfer to a serving bowl. Garnish with cilantro, if desired. Cover tightly with plastic wrap and chill for at least 1 hr to let flavors meld. Serve cold with chips or dipping veggies.

Zestfully yours,

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