This easy spicy bean dip is creamy, delicious and easy to throw together. It’s the perfect vegan dip for Cinco de Mayo or any patio day this summer.
After fall, summer is my favourite season in Canada. It’s warm, the days are long and day drinking isn’t just accepted, but expected. Kidding. Mostly.
But seriously, I’m ridiculously happy that patio season is finally upon us. Last year I was all about the margs, but I’m not quite ready to bust out the tequila yet since we’ve only just started having spring-like weather. Instead, I’m kicking things off this year with this spicy bean dip.
The recipe for this spicy bean dip is actually pretty simple, calling for just 10 ingredients and a food processor. And the best part is it all comes together in under 15 minutes since I used canned lima beans.
You can definitely cook your beans from scratch if you prefer. But I’m all about quick and easy meal prep these days and giving the beans a good rinse was time consuming enough for me.
To be honest, this spicy bean dip actually started off as a spicy green hummus that I planned to share in time for St. Paddy’s Day. But I took an impromptu (but much needed) break from blogging and social media during March and that never happened.
Plus, once I added the cilantro, it tasted a lot less like hummus and way more like avocado-less guac. So it wasn’t all that suitable for St. Paddy’s anyway.
Luckily, the bold Mexican flavours in this jalapeño cilantro bean dip make it perfect for Cinco de Mayo a.k.a. the official kickoff of patio season.
I think it’s safe to say I’ll be sipping on margs while munching on chips and spicy bean dip all summer long. But even if you aren’t as eager to start day drinking as I clearly am, I’m positive you’ll still love this easy, flavourful dip.
If you make this spicy bean dip, I’d love to hear what you think. Leave a comment and rate the recipe or take a pic and tag it @ExSloth on Instagram!
More patio friendly snacks:
- ⅓ cup tahini
- juice of 1 lime
- 3 tbsp olive oil
- ½ cup parsley
- ½ cup cilantro
- 1 can lima beans
- 4 garlic cloves, peeled
- 1 - 2 tbsp pickled jalapeños, more or less to taste
- ¼ tsp salt
- optional: 1 tbsp pickling liquid
- more liquid if/as needed
- Add tahini, lime juice, olive oil, parsley and cilantro to the bottom of a food processor and process until well incorporated. Herbs don't have to be fully broken down but you want them to be pretty fine
- Add garlic, beans, 1 tbsp pickled jalapeños and pickling liquid and process again until smooth
- If dip is too thick, add more liquid (citrus juice, oil, pickling liquid or water) 1 tbsp at a time until you get the desired consistency
- Taste and adjust spice and seasonings totaste
- Serve immediately with chips and/or veggies or store in an air tight container in the fridge for up to a week
Looking for more summer snacks? Try these avocado popsicles:
Green Health Tips says
wonderful recipe. it’s really cool. Not too difficult to do.
Thanks for sharing, Have a nice day and hope to see your new recipes soon.
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Veena Azmanov says
I love cilantro and I love beans so you got my attention. This sounds so refreshing!!
Monica | Nourish & Fete says
So excited for patio season to finally arrive for me in Belgium! This dip looks like a great option, especially with all that cilantro – yum!
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Lucy @ Supergoldenbakes says
This is lovely. I’d be happy to take a bowl and a margarita out to my patio any day soon.
Lisa | Garlic & Zest says
I would never have thought to use lima beans in a bean dip, but it sounds amazing! I can definitely see snacking on this with a cocktail!
Jovita @ Yummy Addiction says
This bean dip looks and sounds fantastic. I’m surely bookmarking it to make later this week. Thanks for the recipe!
Kylee from Kylee Cooks says
Bean dips are amazing, this one looks so good! Healthy and delicious – a perfect appetizer!
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Yummmm. This looks AMAZING! I would love to have a big bowl of this right now. Like that you used lima beans and spicy jalapenos 🙂 Will be trying this soon.
Adriana Lopez Martn says
Love beans and chunky dips perfect for a good for you appetizer, yoru presentation and styling is incredible. Loved your recipe must make it soon =)
Gloria @ Homemade & Yummy says
Dips are one of my favourite appetizers to make. With backyard grilling season just around the corner, this will be a welcome addition to the entertaining menu.
Marlynn | UrbanBlissLife says
I love having a variety of dip recipes to mix it up when we entertain, and I love cilantro so this is definitely one I would try! Looks and sounds perfect for summer picnics and parties!
All the mentioned ingredients are so good:) I loved this dip and looking forward to make this soon.
Amy Katz from Veggies Save The Day says
This is my kind of dip! I pinned it and am sharing on FB. Yummy!
This is protein powder dip. Love this kind of dip especially for pita chips. My favorite ingredients in the list is cilantro and jalapeno, I like everything spicy. I will give it a try.
Such a healthy dip for chips.I use limo for gravy, dip with beans sound awesome. I like the way u played with flavours using Cilantro, tahini
valmg @ From Val's Kitchen says
We love dip around here. My brother and his wife would just love this one. It looks like it has such an interesting texture!
Molly Kumar says
This spicy bean dip looks so pretty and I would literally not want to share it with anyone as I love dips so much. I’ve never tried using lima beans but they sound like a great option here.
Marisa Franca @ All Our Way says
First of all, I love the color — the green is so pretty and springlike. Secondly, the ingredients sound amazing. We love spicy and this dip would be a huge hit with our dip-loving family.
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Sandhya Ramakrishnan says
I am in love with this dip. We love spicy dips and this is perfect. Love how creamy this dip looks and I am a big fan of the Tahini flavor. I would just need this for the after school snack.
I love savory dips and this one hits all the right notes! I especially love the spicy kick! YUM!
What a gorgeous and tasty sounding dip! I’ll bet it would be good spread on sandwiches, too!
soniya Saluja says
This dip is perfect for our family! we love spicy food .. Thanks for a quick, easy, healthy and tasty recipe!
This bean dip sounds fantastic! AND it looks like something I would eat with the spoon 🙂 I’m hosting a big party this weekend so I’m saving this recipe. My guests will LOVE this dip, I’m sure!
Kelly @ trial and eater says
Oh yum! This looks so satisfying while still be a healthy treat. I love spicy foods so those pickled jalapenos I <3
I am not a fan of Lima beans. Do you think it would work with garbanzo beans? It would be more like a hummus!
Giselle Rochford says
Hey Jenny! I haven’t tried it with garbanzo beans but it should work. You may just need to add a little more liquid since they tend to be a little harder than Lima beans. Let me know how it goes! 😊