Caramelized onions lend the black beans an intriguing sweetness and complexity, which is highlighted by balsamic vinegar and cocoa. Spread on a sandwich of sliced ciabatta with grilled vegetables and arugula. It's also great with baked tortilla chips.
1 tablespoon olive oil
4 cups chopped onion
2 (15-ounce) cans black beans, rinsed and drained
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
2 teaspoons unsweetened cocoa
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
How to Make It
Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion; sauté 10 minutes or until golden. Place onion, beans, vinegar, cocoa, salt, and paprika in a food processor; process until smooth. Place bean mixture in a bowl. Sprinkle with parsley.
I was really disappointed in this dip. All I could taste was the raw balsamic vinegar. I added everything I could think of - more salt and paprika, black pepper, chipotle powder, salsa, lime juice - and it only barely improved. Now I have a giant bowl of it to take to a dinner party tonight, and I'm embarrassed to serve it. Hopefully warming it up and adding cheese will help. The only thing I can think of to do differently is to cook the balsamic with the onions.