In a food processor, puree the BLACK BEANS, SERRANO PEPPER, GARLIC, GREEN ONION (white part), CILANTRO, LIME JUICE, GARLIC, CUMIN, SALT, and PEPPER. Add water in small amounts to adjust consistency as needed.
Transfer the black bean dip to an airtight bowl and refrigerate until ready to serve.
To serve black bean dip COLD
Place pureed bean dip in a serving bowl. Sprinkle CORN, BELL PEPPER, COTIJA CHEESE, CILANTRO, and LIME over bean dip. Serve chilled.
To serve black bean dip WARM
Heat the bean dip via microwave or stove, transfer to serving bowl, and add toppings. Serve warm *see recipe footnotes for serving suggestion
How to serve black bean dip
To serveas a chilled appetizer spread the dip into a wide, shallow bowl or plate, and sprinkle on toppings to your liking. (I used corn, bell pepper, Cotija cheese, cilantro, and lime wedges). Serve with tortilla chips or raw vegetables.To serveas a warm appetizer, simply heat the bean dip via microwave or stovetop (your choice), plate it, then add the toppings and serve. (I used corn, bell pepper, Cotija cheese, cilantro, and lime wedges). Serve with tortilla chips or raw vegetables.Scratch-cooked or canned black beans?Either. You can use canned black beans or cook them from scratch via pressure cooker, slow cooker, or using my hands free oven method. During cooler months, I almost always opt for this method.How to make black bean dip spicierJalapenos tend to me be more mild than serranos, so always taste either pepper before adding to the recipe. You want to make sure you're getting the right level of heat...and not too much!Can I use dried cilantro for this recipe?I prefer fresh cilantro for black bean dip. This is not a recipe that calls for dried cilantro. Trust me on this one. You'll never achieve that authentic amazing flavor and aroma with anything but fresh cilantro.How to make bean dip consistency thinnerWater. Plain and simple. You can use water to thin the consistency of this bean dip. If you do, only add in small amounts because if you make it too thin, the only way to thicken it is with more black beans.