One of my most requested recipes and a party favorite, this easy bean dip is the perfect snack to go along with your afternoon happy hour or a weekend football game.
Making a creamy bean dip from scratch is super easy, and since it comes together in minutes, you’ll be snacking in no time! This delicious dip skips the slow cooker and food processor, using only a small pot to create a cheesy bean dip on your stovetop. This creamy, refried bean dip is the perfect appetizer anytime you need a quick, last minute dish to pass. It's made with simple ingredients that you probably already have in your pantry.
Hot bean dip is different from a layer dip but still contains lots of your favorite toppings like pinto beans, cheese and sour cream. I use a can of good quality refried pinto beans - refried black beans would also be delicious - in this simple recipe along with spices I always keep on hand.
This recipe has the texture of super creamy refried beans but doesn't rely on cream cheese. The sour cream gives it a tanginess that can't be found in a cream cheese bean dip.
This bean dip is one of my favorite recipes to make, and not just for game day. (Though I do make it often during football season!) I love this creamy dip as an easy appetizer anytime guests come over or a delicious addition to a taco bar. It often makes an appearance on Taco Tuesdays in our house as a dip for quesadillas, a side to tacos, or to use on tostadas.
- Refried beans
- Sour cream
- Cheddar cheese
- Garlic powder
- Onion powder
- Chili powder
How to Make Refried Bean Dip
Warm the refried beans in a small pot over medium heat.
Stir in the sour cream, cheddar cheese, salsa, garlic powder, onion powder, cumin and chili powder.
Reduce heat to low and let the dip simmer on the stove for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Spice it up! As written, this is a super mild dip made with mild spices. Add a can of drained, diced green chiles to this easy bean dip recipe to take it to the next level. You can also use hot salsa instead of mild salsa when making this recipe.
Add fresh toppings for serving - like fresh cilantro or diced green onions - to your dip for a pretty presentation. Just scoop your bean dip into a serving bowl and sprinkle on your choice of garnish.
Make this dip even faster by swapping out the garlic powder, onion powder, cumin, and chili powder for 2-3 teaspoons of spices from a packet of taco seasoning.
Happy Hour Cocktail Pairings
Enjoy your creamy bean dip with a classic tequila cocktail for a delicious happy hour.
Frequently Asked Questions
Absolutely! A can of refried black beans would be a delicious substitute for traditional refried pinto beans.
Store any leftover dip in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. Use leftover bean dip as filling in a burrito. I like to combine it with my tomato rice and beans and some extra cheese for an easy vegetarian burrito dinner. You can also use leftover dip on nachos or tostadas, or as a dip for quesadillas.
Yes! This dip is an awesome make ahead dip for parties. You can make bean dip up to 48 hours before you’re planning to eat it. Just reheat it in a pot over low heat on the stove or in 20 second increments the microwave. Be sure to stir it often as you reheat the dip.
Yes! I’ve used full fat, low fat and fat free sour cream in this recipe and all varieties work well.
Either regular or 2% cheese works great in this recipe. Skip the fat free cheese, though. It doesn’t melt as well and can change the texture of the dip.
Serve with Homemade Tortilla Chips
Nothing elevates a dip like fresh chips! Make these quick, 3 ingredient homemade tortilla chips to go along with your easy, creamy bean dip.