Posted by: A Part of the Solution | April 20, 2012

Fast Black Bean Dip

We had unexpected company at the farm last night. The farm manager was off on a Big Box Store run down to the flatlands, and a collateral visit to his squeeze in Frederick, MD. In the early evening, I had a call from a documentary film crew. They were seven miles down the road in Chaneysville and looking for a place to spend the night. They called here first, and I was just before stepping out the door to feed the chickens. I told them we had rooms open, and came to an agreement with them for a Starving Artists’ discount.

When they showed up at 8:15 pm, all the local restaurants (all one of them) had closed for the evening. But the guys were hungry after a long day of letting people tell their side of the story. And of course, they had food limitations: one vegetarian, one omnivore, and one wheat-free, mayonnaise free eater. I put out cheese and crackers, crudites, salted almonds and then I quick whipped up a batch of fast black bean dip to go with the potato chips I had on hand.

After eleven years in the trenches as a vegan caterer, if one can’t whip up a good black bean dip on short order, what might one have been up to all that time?

Fast Black Bean Dip

3 cloves garlic, peeled, chopped and mashed


1 tsp salt

1 scallion, or green onion, rough chopped

2 jalapenos, carelessly seeded if you like the heat, or carefully seeded if you just like the flavor, coarsely chopped

1/2 red bell pepper, coarsely chopped

1/4 cup cilantro (if desired, or to taste)

1 tsp oregano

1 tsp chili powder

1/2 tsp cumin

1/2 tsp black pepper

1/2 tsp dried basil or marjoram

1/4 tsp cayenne

juice of 1/2 lime

1 14 oz can black beans, well rinsed

3 TBSP olive oil or peanut oil

Load everything into the canister of a food processor, or the jar of  a blender (if you use a blender, put the wet ingredients in first). Grind everything until fairly well emulsified–so that the oil is well incorporated and not a slick on top. There you are!

This is good immediately, but it’s also lovely after it’s had time to marry in the fridge for a few hours. Go ahead. This is pretty darned close to instant gratification, if I do say so myself.



  1. Do you get a mention in the documentary?

    • They have some footage of me. Who knows what they’ll use to build their story as vividly as possible?

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