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Posted by on Oct 17, 2012 in Appetizer, Easy, Healthy, Salads, Sides, Vegetable | 9 comments

Brandi’s Black Bean Dip

Brandi’s Black Bean Dip

Last Friday for Fun Cajun Friday’s post I talked about having friends over to make things they make that I love.  One of my very best friends Brandi came early and we laughed and talked and made fun things.  One of the most fun things for me is to make food and I often talk about fun cheese and making fun foods.  It’s a little different but food makes me happy.  You’ll see more from this day but I requested her black bean dip that I have now dubbed Brandi’s Black Bean Dip, for obvious reasons.  I love this dip!  I know the title may turn some of you off but give it a chance and see.

I despise onions especially the raw ones, gack!  But in this recipe there are raw onions and I eat it right up!  Can’t even get enough!

Brandi's Black Bean Dip by My Invisible Crown


I would start off with a picture of my friend Brandalina but she is camera shy so I’ll just start with her ingredients.   Brandi's Bean Dip by My Invisible Crown

Normally when we all get together (we go to her dad’s place at the lake all summer long and have a blast…you’ll hear all about our escapades in the future I am sure) she makes a double batch and we pick on it all weekend.  It actually gets better when it sits so if you’re making it for a party or get-together make it the day before.  Could this BE any easier!

I’ve told y’all before that I am not a recipe purist.  I substitute or add more of the things I like or don’t like in most recipes and tailor it to fit what I like.  In this one though, don’t change it.  You need all the ingredients to make it taste right.  Even if it’s something you don’t usually like.  It also has fresh jalapeño peppers but don’t be alarmed.  When you seed and devein them they just have a fresh taste and are really barely spicy.  So go ahead and use them.  Just be careful when handling.  Bran uses latex gloves because the oil can be dangerous if you touch your face and it’ll sting your eyes like the devil.

All you do it chop some of the ingredients, open some cans and mix in the dressing and serve with Fritos Scoops!  So simple but FULL of flavor and actually, besides the scoops, it’s really healthy.

Recipe UPDATE: Make sure to buy zesty Italian dressing.  Some brands can be on the sweet side and that’s not at all what you want.

Brandi’s Black Bean Dip

  • 1 can black beans
  • 1 can white shoepeg corn
  • 1 seeded jalapeño pepper, chopped fine
  • 1 large tomato, diced
  • 1/2 purple onion, diced or more (it really disappears)
  • 2 cloves of garlic finely minced
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1/3 bottle Italian dressing
  • salt and pepper to taste

Open corn and black beans and drain.  Rinse beans under cold water.  Toss all ingredients in a bowl and stir.  Serve with scoops or alone as a healthy side dish of black bean salad.

How easy is that?  Has anyone had this before or something similar?  What’s your most favorite healthy party dip?

Brandi's Black Bean Dip by My Invisible Crown

My Invisible Crown


  1. Definitely going to try this one, and soon. We can’t get fresh jalapeños here, but there are some other hot peppers that would work, I think. If/when (not being pushy) you send us a box, I’ve got some ideas for some things that I would love, but I’m not going to hi-jack the comment thread. I’ll shoot you an email. Please, keep this up. It is really good.
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  2. You hate onions like I do but I promise you won’t really know they’re in there. I’m glad you have some ideas for me! I have a few ideas also and goodness knows when I go looking for everything I see ALL kinds of stuff I want to throw in regardless of whether y’all want it or not so I’ll try to stick semi-closely to the list! Since I send things quickly I think I could send a pepper possibly? I think I’m going to try. I’ll Face Time with you later and we can discuss! Thanks for the comment! You know they make my day!!!
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    • It was both! And so easy. Thanks for the comment. Hope you’re doing well. 🙂

  3. This is awesome!! I miss u girls so much! Very Proud to know u Both!!! Can’t wait to try the dip!! 😉

  4. Alyse is that you???? Where have you been? We miss you. I’m sure you’ve had this dip before. Bran makes it all the time. Try it and let me know what you think. How are Joel and the boys?
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  5. This looks so delicious. Perfect fall recipe! I would love to have you come share some of your great ideas at the link party on ‘Or so she says…’ There’s one going on right now (and every Saturday – Tuesday). We’ve also got a fun “Favorite Things” giveaway going on right now. Hope to see you there!
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    • Thank you. It really is! My friend Brandi made it once years ago and now every time we get together, this is what I ask for.

  6. ¡Hola! Sooooooo The Dominican side of my family LOVED this dip, well and everyone else at the party we went to!!! My nephew said “I love you Julie and thank you for making such awesome food”!!! 😀 It’s amazing and soooooo super easy. I had to make one minor change 🙁 the tomatoes at my grocery store were soft and mushy, so I used canned, petite diced tomatoes (I may have used rotel, I can’t remember). I doubled the recipe and took the rest to work (an amazing restaurant) and the remainder was gobbled up in less than an hour!!! Can’t wait to make this with fresh summer tomatoes!!


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