I have 15 POUNDS of pinto beans in my house right now.  I’ll have a steady supply of bean dip in my kitchen for the next several years.

Thanks, mom and dad!

My parents like to go on long road trips around the U.S. in their Airstream trailer.

When they were traveling through New Mexico, they bought me 5 pounds of beans from Akin Farms, in a town called Estancia.  Check out the website:  Just Pinto Beans.

When mom and dad were in Colorado, they bought me another 10 pounds of pintos from Adobe Milling, in the town of Dove Creek.  Here’s my mom’s picture:


I like to cook 3 cups of beans at a time.  3 cups dry beans yields about 9 cups (4 1/2 pints) cooked beans.

For each batch of bean dip, set aside 2 cups (1 pint) cooked beans.  I like to make a triple batch of dip at one time.  I freeze the remaining beans in 1 cup wide mouth jars.  Load up on those jars!

  1. Soak the beans in a large pot of water for at least 8 hours, then rinse.
  2. Cook the beans in a crock pot on high for 6-8 hours with some chili powder and chopped jalapeno, garlic and onion.
  3. If you don’t have a crock pot, simmer the beans on the stove for a couple hours.  Here is a handy bean cooking reference.


For this recipe, I used my hummus recipe as a template.  For me, “hummus style” means using raw garlic, tahini and fresh-squeezed citrus.

For one batch of Pinto Bean Dip…

Use 2 cups pinto beans.

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1-2 cloves garlic…minced
1 small wedge onion…chopped
1 lime…juiced

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Set aside:

1 T tahini (sesame butter)
1 t nutritional yeast
Pinch of salt
1 t cumin (absent for the picture…oops!)
1/2 t chili powder
1/2 t fajita or taco seasoning blend
1/8 t ground chipotle (very spicy!)

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Use a small food processor to puree all ingredients until smooth.  Add a little water if needed to thin.

Portion the dip in 1/2 cup or 1 cup jars.  A single batch will make a little more than 3 half cup servings.  A triple batch yields 11 half cup servings.  Refrigerate or freeze.

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