Friday, October 12, 2012

Cowboy Black Bean Dip - and Halloween Scary Food Idea~

I made this Cowboy Black Bean Dip in about 15 minutes.  It's healthy (protein, iron, vitamins). It's versatile (crackers/chips, veggies, even a breakfast topper). And, it's easy (as in easy.)
Just for fun I turned it into a Halloween theme food and added some homemade "Ghoulish Crackers".  My monthly online virtual potluck pals chose to do "Scary Food" for our Let's Lunch entry.  This Cowboy Black Bean Dip is Scary Good, so I hope that counts, too. :D
There's just a bit of spicy heat, which you can increase or decrease, but my in-house focus group (aka teenage son and friends) liked the heat so for my second batch I also added a little minced jalapeno.  Teenagers with pepper breath?  Now, that's scary!

The crackers could be just your favorite Olive Oil or 10 Minute crackers.  I rolled the dough thin onto parchment paper on a baking sheet and cut them into odd shapes. I made the ghoulish faces by pressing through with my fingers and stretching the holes, just before placing in the oven to bake.

For the "head stones", I cut the dough into squares and rounded the tops, then pricked with a fork for unreadable dedications.
Have a safe and hysterically scary Halloween, "Let's Lunch" pals. (see MORE scary foods from my pals listed below)
Enjoy this Cowboy Black Bean Dip anytime you need to scare something up that's easy, healthy, spicy and fun.
Recipe: Cowboy Black Bean Dip

2 Cans Organic Black Beans (drained)
Juice of 1 lime
1/4 cup chopped Onion
1/2 Tsp. Cumin
1/4 cup Cilantro, chopped
1/2 cup Plain Yogurt
2 Tbls. Chipotle Peppers in Adobe Sauce

1) In a blender, puree all ingredients except 1/2 cup of the beans.
2) Add the reserved beans and pulse til choppy.  Add water or stock to achieve desired consistency
3) Spoon into serving dish.  Can be refrigerated for a couple days, and taste better at room temp.  Serve with crackers/chips, cut veggies or with eggs and salsa.

**More Scary Foods:**

Lisa’s Pretzel fingers at Monday Morning Cooking Club
fabulously spooky Halloween cakes at A Cook and Her Books
Halloween Spice Cookies at A Glass of Fancy
Pumpkin Spiced Flan at Spicebox Travels
Spooktacular Stuffed Pumpkin at Hot Curries & Cold Beer
Sloppy Vegan Joe with Mock Meat at Joe Yonan


Rashda Khan said...

OMG, I love your ghoulish crackers...and the flavors of your bean dip sound amazing...must try!

West Coast Cuban said...

Looks amazing!

Khali//Bandit and the Scene Stealers said...

love this! how cool are those ghoulish crackers. and brilliant touch with the unreadable dedications. ha! you are not only a talented chef but smart and funny too! pinning this! the world needs to know! xoxox