Bring a Hot and Spicy Mexican Dip to Your Next Dinner Party!

As the More is More Mom®, I’m all about…….more being invited to a dinner party! While I love to entertain more than the average bear, I must admit, sometimes, it’s a real treat to be a guest in a friend’s home. Life often gets so crazy busy that it can be hugely complicated to host friends for cocktails and appetizers, much less a sit down dinner. This weekend we had the pleasure of being invited to a dinner party with good friends that we met when all of our 12th graders were in Kindergarten. Talk about a trip down memory lane……

Because more of everything is always better, I hate to turn up on someone’s door step empty handed. I insisted on bringing an appetizer, regardless of the fact that my Amanda strongly suggested that maybe not everybody wants my food (WHAT?!?). Undeterred, I decided that because my hosts love Mexican food, I would bring a Mexican dish (besides it was Siete de Mayo).

One of my favorite hostess gifts, if I’m bringing a dish to share, is a serving piece for my appetizer, side or dessert. I love the treasure hunt for the perfect piece for my hosts, the occasion and the recipe. In this case, I was making a homemade dip served with tasty tortilla chips. I found a great green baking dish with a lovely scalloped edge for the dip, and a lively patterned bowl for the chips. They made a perfect pair!

Hot and Spicy Black Bean Mexican Dip:

This is one of those awesome recipes that you prepare and assemble a day or two in advance, and when it’s time to eat, you just pop it in the oven. It’s delicious the minute it comes out, and even better warmed up the following day.


2 Tbsp olive oil, plus some for the baking dish

3 medium tomatoes, cored and diced


1 large yellow onion, diced

6 cloves of garlic, minced

1 Tbsp chili powder

2 – 15 ½ oz black beans, rinsed and drained

2 chipotles, from a can of chipotles en adobo, plus 3 Tbsp of chipotle adobo sauce

¾ cup water

3 Tbsp cider vinegar

1 ½ cups of fresh, or frozen, corn kernels

2 cups of shredded cheddar

2 cups of shredded Monterey Jack or Mexican blend cheese

¾ cup of chopped cilantro

Black pepper

Tortilla chips

Lightly oil a baking dish

In a large skillet, heat 2 Tbsp oil over medium heat until glistening

Reduce heat to medium

Add onion and 1 tsp salt

Cook until translucent, for about 4-6 minutes

Add garlic and chili powder, stirring for a minute

Add half of the black beans, the chipotle, adobo sauce, water

Bring to a boil

Cook until the liquid reduces by at least half

In a food processor, add the bean mixture, in batches if necessary

Pulse until smooth and transfer to a large mixing bowl

To the large serving bowl, add;

Remaining beans

Half of each of the cheeses



½ cup of cilantro

Mix thoroughly and season with salt and pepper

Transfer to a baking dish

Sprinkle with the remaining cheeses

Refrigerate until ready to cook

Pre-heat oven to 425°

Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil, to catch any ooey gooey goodness

Cook for about 15-20 minutes, or until cheese melts and slightly browns

Sprinkle with remaining cilantro

Serve with crispy, salty and tasty tortilla chips

Share with long-time friends

More salty and savory goodness, more appetizers, more celebrating friendships…..

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Hot and Spicy Mexican Dip…


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