My love affair with Trader Joe's Spicy Black Bean Dip began in college. I slathered the slightly spicy, slightly tangy dip on everything from carrots to chips to sandwiches. I couldn't get enough of it.
All the cities I have lived in since college (Philadelphia, New York City, Seattle, Boston) have Trader Joe's locations. So I've never been without access to my black bean dip (and all the other tasty TJ goods). Sadly, Denver is Trader Joe-less. I guess we're a little behind the curve here, although we did just get our first IKEA this summer.
Trader Joe's isn't keen on entering the Denver area for two reasons (1) Colorado has a strict liquor policy and grocery stores can't sell wine (2) Colorado is far away from the warehouses in California and the Midwest. The combination of those factors makes Colorado an expensive market to enter.
In early June, I stocked up on my Black Bean Dip when I found a Trader Joe's during my trip to Nebraska. After using the last of it, I had two options. I could beg my friends and family in Trader Joe's cities to send me cases of black bean dip OR I could try recreating the dip myself.
I decided to try the latter option. After all, the list of ingredients on the back of the can was fairly simple...I'd just have to play around with the proportions.
Last night I made my first attempt and while the dip isn't an exact replica of TJ's dip, it's pretty good! I might even say it's slightly better (gasp)!.
If you're lucky enough to have a Trader Joe's in your area, you might rather buy a $2 jar of their dip. But if you're Trader Joe deprived like me, give this recipe a try!
Lindsay's Version of Trader Joe's Spicy Black Bean DipIngredients:
2 cans (15 oz) black beans, drained
1 can (6 oz) tomato paste
1/4 cup onion, chopped
4 cloves garlic
2 tablespoons vinegar
2 tablespoons honey or agave nectar
2 teaspoons salt
2 jalapeno peppers, chopped
lime juice from 1/2 of a lime
1 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon chili powder
1 teaspoon cayenne pepperInstructions
Pretty simple here...just put all the ingredients into a blender or food processor and mix until smooth. Taste and add additional spices if needed.