Think beyond tortilla chips for this crowd-pleasing dip. You don't want to deny guests the deliciousness of chips, but those can get a little heavy; supplement with veggie dippers to keep things lighter overall. We suggest mini sweet peppers because their sweetness helps offset the heat of the jalapeños.
1 1/2 (15-oz.) cans unsalted pinto beans, rinsed and drained
4 ounces 1/3-less-fat cream cheese
1/2 cup canola mayonnaise
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1 garlic clove, grated
2/3 cup chopped green onions (about 3)
2 ounces Colby Jack cheese, shredded (about 1/2 cup)
4 bacon slices, cooked and crumbled
1 tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro (optional)
Sat Fat 2g
Unsat Fat 3g
Calcium 6% DV
Potassium 5% DV
Added sugars 0g
How to Make It
Preheat broiler with oven rack in top position. Arrange jalapeños on a foil-lined baking sheet. Broil, turning occasionally, until charred on all sides, about 8 minutes. Wrap jalapeños in foil from pan; let stand 10 minutes. Rub off skins; discard skins. Discard stems, membranes, and seeds. Finely chop jalapeños.
Reduce oven temperature to 350°F. Process beans, cream cheese, mayonnaise, cumin, salt, and garlic in a food processor until smooth, stopping to scrape down sides of bowl as necessary. Add jalapeños and onions; pulse just until combined. Spread mixture evenly in a 9-inch pie pan coated with cooking spray; top evenly with Colby Jack cheese. Bake at 350°F until cheese melts and dip is bubbly, about 20 minutes. Remove dip from oven; sprinkle with bacon and cilantro, if desired.
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I made this and brought it to a party - unfortunately I got to the party late and the savory foods were being cleared away before I got to share this dish. The good news is that I was able to bring it home and eat it. I used it as a burrito filling and it was quite delicious. I did not use the bacon crumbles and if I make it again I will once again forgo them . I did however use the full fat cream cheese I had in the refrigerator . I smoked the jalapenos a few days earlier and chopped them and froze them to hasten the prep process on party day. All good!
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