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The Best Homemade Bean Dip

The Best Homemade Bean Dip Recipe – It’s easy to make delicious, creamy, scoop-able bean dip right at home! Our restaurant-style bean dip recipe can be made on the stove or using an Instant Pot, with dried or canned beans.

the best homemade bean dip recipe

Whether we are talking picnics, potlucks, game day gatherings, or backyard barbecues, it isn’t really a party unless there are chips and dip involved.

The perfect dip is creamy with a bit of bite, packed with flavor, and appeasing to nearly all dietary needs. It has to pair well with both a chip or cracker and some sort of fresh produce. And bonus points if it can easily be made ahead of time and served at room temperature.

Our Best Homemade Bean Dip Recipe checks all of these boxes, and then some!

how to make pinto bean dip

The Best Bean Dip, Made at Home

The first thing we always order at our favorite Mexican restaurant is a large bowl of silky, flavorful bean dip to go along with all of those crunchy tortilla chips. It kicks the meal off just right, although honestly, I could eat the entire bowl myself as my entree!

But I figured, why enjoy such a wonderfully savory starter only when we are out to eat. Especially since it is so easy to make the most amazing Mexican restaurant-style bean dip at home for your family dinners or parties?

Bring a large batch to your next gathering and watch how quickly it disappears. This gluten-free, vegetarian, scrumptious Homemade Bean Dip Recipe is always a huge hit!

restaurant-style bean dip made from scratch at home

What Ingredients You Need for This Easy Bean Dip Recipe

There are only a handful of 6 ingredients needed to make the best bean dip right at home.

You can use canned drained pinto beans to cut down on cooking time, but you’ll save money using dried pinto beans!

  • Pinto beans – dried or canned
  • Sweet onion – peeled and cut into wedges
  • Garlic – smashed
  • Pico de gallo – either store bought or homemade
  • Mexican blend cheese – shredded
  • Salt
pinto beans

How to Make the Best Bean Dip Option #1: Stovetop Method

To make this amazing dip on the stovetop, first soak the beans in cold water overnight.

In the morning, pour off the water and place the soaked beans in a large 6 quart sauce pot and place on the stove. Pour fresh water into the pot, covering the beans by 3-4 inches.

Turn the heat up to medium. Add the onion, garlic, and salt, and stir. Cover and simmer for 2-4 hours, stirring occasionally.

Pro Tip: The older the dried beans are, the longer they will take to cook. Check for doneness after the first couple of hours, and continue to monitor until they are ready.

How to Make the Best Bean Dip Option #2: Instant Pot Method

You do not have to soak the beans if pressure cooking them. Simply place the dried beans in the Instant Pot with the onions, garlic, salt, and 5 cups water, and stir.

Set on Pressure Cook HIGH for 35 minutes. Then preform a Natural Release. Once the steam button has dropped it is safe to open the lid.

Pro Tip: If the beans are too firm, pressure cook for 5-10 more minutes, then perform a Quick Release.

pinto beans and pico de gallo

How to Prep Homemade Bean Dip

Cook the beans until they are very soft. Then drain off the liquid and reserve for later use.

To make the best restaurant-style bean dip at home, simply:

  1. Pour the cooked pinto beans (or drained canned beans) into a large food processor.
  2. Add the pico de gallo and 1 cup of reserved liquid. Pulse until mostly smooth but not liquified.
  3. Then, add the shredded cheese and pulse a few more times to “melt” the cheese into the beans. If you like your bean dip to be looser, add another ¼ to ¾ cups of cooking liquid.
mexican shredded cheese

Pour the bean dip into a serving dish, top with a bit more pico de gallo, and enjoy with tortilla chips or fresh veggies.

The Best Homemade Bean Dip keeps well stored in an airtight container, in the fridge, for up to 3 days.

You can serve this dip at room temperature, or reheat on the stovetop in a small sauce pan. Be sure to stir frequently and add a splash of water if needed before enjoying again.

Get the Complete (Printable) Best Homemade Bean Dip Recipe Below. Enjoy!

how to make the best restaurant-style bean dip

Can I Make The Best Bean Dip with Canned Beans?

Yes you can! For an even faster and easier version of our Best Bean Dip Recipe, swap the dried beans for 3 cans of drained pinto beans and heat on the stovetop before pureeing.

You may need to add a little broth or water to loosen them up.

How Do I Make Vegan Bean Dip?

This vegetarian restaurant-style bean dip can easily be made vegan. Just substitute your favorite plant-based shredded cheddar cheese for a delicious vegan bean dip recipe.

What Other Recipes Can I Enjoy with Homemade Bean Dip?

Freshly made bean dip is perfect for a dip-able yummy snack, side dish, and so much more!

Use this dip recipe as part of making a stackable Seven Layer Dip, Mexican Sopes, or in the filling of burritos or tacos.

dip made from pinto beans

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The Best Homemade Bean Dip Recipe

Prep Time: 3 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 38 minutes
The Best Homemade Bean Dip Recipe – It's easy to make delicious, creamy, scoop-able bean dip right at home! Our restaurant-style bean dip recipe can be made on the stove or using an Instant Pot, with dried or canned beans.
Servings: 20

Ingredients

  • 1 pound dried pinto beans
  • ½ large sweet onion, peeled and cut into wedges
  • 4-6 cloves garlic smashed
  • 1 cup pico de gallo
  • 1 cup shredded Mexican blend cheese
  • 1 teaspoon salt

Instructions

Stovetop Method:

  • To make on the stovetop, soak the beans in cold water overnight.
  • Then pour off the water and place the soaked beans in a large 6 quart sauce pot. Pour fresh water into the pot, covering the beans by 3-4 inches.
  • Turn the heat to medium. Add the onion, garlic, and salt. Cover and simmer for 2-4 hours. *The older the dried beans are, the longer they will take to cook.

Instant Pot Method:

  • You do not have to soak the beans if pressure cooking them. Place them in the Instant Pot, with the onions, garlic, salt, and 5 cups water.
  • Set on Pressure Cook High for 35 minutes. Then preform a Natural Release. Once the steam button has dropped it is safe to open the lid. *If the beans are too firm, pressure cook for 5-10 more minutes, then perform a quick release.

Bean Dip Prep:

  • Once the beans are very soft, drain off the liquid and reserve for later use.
  • Pour the beans into a large food processor. Add the pico de gallo and 1 cup of reserved liquid. Pulse until mostly smooth. Then add the shredded cheese and pulse a few more times to melt the cheese into the beans. If you like your bean dip to be looser, add another ¼ to ¾ cups of cooking liquid.
  • Top with a fresh scoop of pico de gallo on top, and serve with tortilla chips or veggies.

Notes

For a quickie version, swap 3 cans of drained pinto beans for the dried beans. Sauté the onions and garlic. Then add the beans and heat them on the stovetop before pureeing.  You may need to add some additional water or vegetable broth to loosen the dip. Taste, then season with salt as needed.
Store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days.

Nutrition

Serving: 0.25cup, Calories: 108kcal, Carbohydrates: 17g, Protein: 6g, Fat: 2g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 5mg, Sodium: 238mg, Potassium: 333mg, Fiber: 4g, Sugar: 2g, Vitamin A: 90IU, Vitamin C: 3mg, Calcium: 65mg, Iron: 1mg
Course: Appetizer, Dip, Snack
Cuisine: Mexican
Author: Sommer Collier

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9 comments on “The Best Homemade Bean Dip”

  1. I made this recipe using canned beans as that’s what I only have available and it still came out amazing! I loved it.

  2. I tried this with canned beans since that’s what I only have available and it was still amazing. Thank you for this excellent recipe I will definitely be making this again!

  3. I’m a great consumer of this dish, but never stopped to consider how it’s made, thought was just beans…as you state it’s usually something you order not make, but love and miss it, and really appreciate making it from scratch to know what goes in it!

  4. This bean dip is amazing. The flavor is perfect.

  5. There is nothing like delicious bean dip! It is so addicting!! This recipe is so creamy & tastes amazing!

  6. This bean dip was fantastic! I actually ate the whole bowl before the party and had to make another batch. Oops.:)

  7. Your quicker recipe with the 3 cans of beans does not mention the onion, garlic, and salt. Is it still needed when warming up the beans?

  8. This bean dip is so good and reminds me of the type you would get at most Mexican restaurants!