Tiffany’s Black Bean Dip

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Most of the foods that I make originated from a recipe that someone else created and I slowly adjusted to my tastes and made into my own.  I have always wanted enough knowledge to know what foods go together, what tastes compliment each other, etc.  I am sure those who have the privilege of going to culinary school spend a lot of time learning these sorts of things.  Thankfully for the rest of us I believe that cooking is as they say “an art and a science.”  The more you cook and follow recipes the more you start to learn what flavors compliment one another.  Cooking becomes an art and you can let your creativity come into play.  I am particularly proud of this recipe because it is not one that I read and then made into my own.  I actually created it on my own.  Of course it isn’t anything too fancy and I am sure there are other people out here who have already made the same thing.  Since I didn’t find the recipe somewhere first, I will dare to call this one a “Tiffany Original.”  If you like the texture of hummus and the flavor of black beans, I think you will like this dish.  Enjoy!

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound dried black beans or 3-4 cans of black beans (I’ve never tried it with the canned option, but I am sure it would turn out fine.)
  • 1 medium red onion, quartered
  • 1 small bunch of fresh cilantro, chopped into thirds
  • 2-4 cloves of peeled garlic (depending on your taste)
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice ( I prefer fresh squeezed.)
  • 3/4 cup of Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1 teaspoon of sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon of crushed red pepper

Directions:

  1. (If using dried beans) Rinse, cover with water and the then soak dried black beans for 8-12 hours in a large pot.  Drain water and rinse again.  Cover water again and simmer for 2-3 hours.  Check the beans to be sure they are always covered with water.  Once the beans have become soft and tender, drain the water once again.  (If you using canned beans) Open the cans, drain and rinse the beans.
  2. Chop the onion, cilantro and garlic in the food processor or blender.
  3. Mix lemon juice, olive oil, salt and red pepper in a separate dish.
  4. Add beans and oil mixture into the food processor.  Blend until all the beans are pureed and the dip has reach the consistency you prefer.
  5. Serve with tortilla chips or use the dip in a wrap with your choice of toppings like lettuce, tomato and cheese.
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