Black Beans con Queso Bean Dip


* 1/4 cup butter or margarine
* 1 large onion. finely chopped
* 2 garlic cloves, pressed
* 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
* 2 cups of soy milk
* 2 packages (8 ounces) shredded vegan cheese
* 2 15 ounce cans black beans, rinsed and drained
* 1 4.5 ounce can chopped green chiles
* 1 teaspoon vegetarian Worcestershire sauce
* 1/4 teaspoon ground red pepper
* Tortilla chips, corn chips or crackers

Melt butter in a large soup pot over medium heat; add onion and sautee 8 minutes. Add garlic and sautee 2 minutes or until onion is tender.

Stir in flour until smooth; cook mixture, stirring constantly, 1 minute. Gradually add milk, stirring constantly, until thickened. Add cheese, stirring constantly over low heat until cheese melts.

Stir in black beans and remaining ingredients, gently stirring until mixture is thoroughly heated. Serve warm with chips or crackers.

  • ½ cup dry black beans, fully cooked OR 1 14oz can black beans, rinsed

    • 1 lime, zested and juiced
    • 1 Tbsp tamari
    • handful fresh cilantro, chopped
    • 1 tsp cumin
    • pinch ground cayenne
    1. If you are using dried beans in your healthy vegan recipes, they must be fully cooked before you begin. Black beans can be soaked for 4 hours or overnight to make them more easily digestible, but this is not necessary. This will reduce their cooking time by about half an hour.
    2. If they were soaked, drain the beans, and then add enough water to cover them by 2 inches. Gently boil them with NO salt. You can add a bit of kombu (seaweed) to the cooking water while they boil for improved digestibility. Black beans will take about 1 ½ hours to cook.
    3. If you are using canned, look for a can that does not have any salt listed in the ingredients. Some varieties are actually cooked with kombu, which is ideal. Be sure to rinse and drain the beans before using them.
    4. Put the beans in a food processor (best choice) or blender (works ok), along with the lime zest & juice and the tamari, with enough water to come halfway up the beans. Blend until this is smooth, then blend in the fresh cilantro and spices. If your blender is not mixing things well at the consistency of your dip, simply transfer it to a bowl once the beans have been blended and stir in the spices instead. I hope you enjoy this black bean dip recipe, the latest of my healthy vegan recipes.