The other day while I was enjoying the guacamole that I made to go with the tacos I was thinking that one of the things that I like most about guacamole was that the avocado made it so creamy. One thought led to another and the next thing that I knew I was thinking that black beans are also nice and creamy and that they might make a nice guacamole. I pretty much just took my guacamole recipe and replaced the avocados with the black beans. I also added a bit of chili powder for some more heat and a bit of smokiness from the chipotles in the blend of chilies. When it came time to give the black bean guacamole a name I was not sure what to call it. It is not really a guacamole so maybe its just a black bean dip but then again its made just like a guacamole. If I had not pureed everything I probably would have called it a black bean salsa… Whatever you want to call it, it turned out great! The black beans certainly made it nice and creamy and good. What I liked most about it was that using all of the fresh ingredients, especially the cilantro, gave it a really nice feeling of freshness. I served the black bean guacamole as a dip along with some tortilla chips for scooping.
Update: A quick look up of the Nahuatl language seems to indicate that yetlmole or etlmole might be a good name for a “bean sauce”.
Black Bean Guacamole
- 2 (15 ounce) cans black beans,rinsed and drained (or 3 cups cooked beans, from 1 cup dry)
- 1 roma/plum tomato (seeded and chopped)
- 1/4 cup red onion (chopped)
- 1 jalapeno pepper (seeded and chopped)
- 1 tablespoon cilantro (chopped)
- 1 teaspoon chili powder
- 1 teaspoon cumin (toasted and ground)
- salt and pepper to taste
- 1 lime (juice)
- Mix everything in a food processor until the desired consistency is reached.
Surprising recipe…you had a great idea! 🙂
Delicious! What a great recipe! I love this kind of pasty chunkiness… the texture, though not for everyone, is absolutely delightful to me 🙂
Very creative Kevin, thank for this recipe!
Cooking with Michele says
Looks yummy! I just had a dish called "firecracker ono" at Duke's in Huntington Beach, CA and they served it atop something that was halfway between a traditional guacamole and your black bean guacamole – it was a great complement to the spicy yet flaky white fish so try your black beans with fish and see how you like it!
I thought you were going to include some avocado too… I wonder how that would have turned out.
This looks like it would go great with some grilled shrimp fajitas and a cold beer.
Works for me!
I think this would be great with some avocado thrown in for good measure. Delicious combo… and I'll bet the leftovers would make awesome bean quesadillas 🙂
I would call it black bean hummus
Another amazing recipe. Can't wait to make it the next time we have a mexican themed dinner night =)
Rosa's Yummy Yums says
That dip looks fantastic! A terrific idea!
Mmm this is right up my alley! Thanks for sharing! Love the creativity!
This is a great idea!
Yum! That looks like heaven…
Nurit "1 family. friendly. food." says
This sounds delicious. I'm always looking for new ways to use beans. We don't eat beans much, and really should. Thanks for the recipe. It sounds quick and easy to make too.
Nina Timm says
All this Mexican recipes is making me want to travel to far off places……very interesting guacamole!!!
Nice. I like that you used black beans instead of avocado. Very creative. This would be great for those who don't like avocados much. Pass the chips, will ya?
Foodie with Little Thyme! says
Great dip. I love black beans.
You probably can't go wrong with calling it black bean spread, but I think black bean guacamole sounds so much more delightful!
Beth M says
oh yes, definitely going to make this one! I love guac but the avocados can be so expensive! Plus, with all of those black beans you have beaucoup fiber. Double score!
Ramya Kiran says
Delicious! What a healthy recipe.
Hmmm, that looks delicious! I like your idea! It beats waiting for avocados to ripen! I can't wait to try it!
Mmmm…really good idea!
Black bean ANYTHING is my favorite. That guacamole is something I would eat for hours on end!
Love this idea, definitely going to try!
This sounds great and so much healthier than traditional guac. Excellent idea and execution!
That's a brilliant idea! Thanks for this recipe.
The texture and taste must be really different with black beans! Looks delicious.
Cathy - wheresmydamnanswer says
Looks great – I make something similar to this and it is always a winner with the people!
Very smart idea, my husband loves beans of any kind!
Beans beans beans, I love them. Great idea chief. I have never thought of experimenting with guacamole like that. I am definitely going to give this recipe a try.
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What a great idea Kevin, I never would have thought of that. I love guacamole + I love black beans!
I love all things black bean – great recipe Kevin!
This is a great idea. I love bean dips, but have never gone Mexican style for one. I will be cranking this out ASAP.
I would so throw this into a veggie wrap with a bit of heat. Great idea. I love black beans and I get tired of running out of things to create with them.
Kevin! This is a great idea!
Chef Fresco says
We make some hummus very similar to this. Black beans make everything delicious!
ooh, you're right about creamy black beans, and this is a great idea 🙂
I'm glad you posted this, I would like this healthy snack.
Good idea! I love black beans, and love them refried, so this would be right up my alley!
Now I'm wishing I would have picked up some tortilla chips at the store today!
Awesome idea Kevin! And so simple.
Inner Health and Wealth A.E. ~ No YoYo says
You should come singapore and open your receipes here.
Mother Bliss says
I tried this with the addition of a little garlic. People were surprised how good this tasted. I love you blog, keep up the great work!
Absolutely fabulous! Made it for a party today and it got rave reviews! The host begged to keep what little was left and many asked for the recipe. Thanks as always!
Asiya @ Chocolate & Chillies says
Just discovered your blog & love it! This dip looks amazing..I am so happy to have found your blog. We love to eat beans and most blogs are American and use 15 oz cans so I always have to do some adjusting….so glad yours uses 19 oz cans 🙂