Ultimate Bean Dip with refried beans, cream cheese, salsa, cheddar, and taco seasoning is the ultimate party dip, ready in only 5 minutes!
It’s about a month away from the big game and we’re already gearing up for ALL the dips including Seven Layer Bean Dip, Jalapeno Popper Dip, Buffalo Chicken Dip and Ultimate Spinach Artichoke Dip. You won’t be disappointed if you make the entire day a dip party!
Ultimate Bean Dip really is the ultimate go-to party or game day dip, made with savory refried beans, cream cheese, spicy salsa, shredded cheddar, and taco seasoning.
It takes almost no time at all to make, and you’ll be hard pressed to meet someone who doesn’t like it. It’s creamy and cheesy, and goes perfectly served with tortilla chips or on top of a tray of nachos with a big dollop of sour cream.
You can garnish this bean dip recipe with chopped green onions, chives, or cilantro because it adds a really nice pop of color to the brown dip.
This dip will take you a total time of five minutes to throw together, but you could also prep this the day before because it is one less thing to do on the day of a party.
If you want a spicier dip, stir in ¼ teaspoon of cayenne pepper and top with sliced jalapeños. You will never want to go back to store bought dip again!
Frequently Asked Questions
I’ve made this dip the day before many times and have never had an issue. Just seal it tightly and refrigerate until you’re ready. Then warm it back up on the stove for 2-3 minutes, stirring occasionally, before serving.
Add everything to the slow cooker and stir together. Cook on low for 2-3 hours, or until cheese is melted and dip is hot. Stir, then top with extra shredded cheese and serve.
Try serving Bean Dip with tortilla chips, pretzels, crackers, sliced bell peppers, nachos, or Fritos.
More Appetizers to Impress Your Guests
Create a free account to Save Recipes
Tips for Making Bean Dip
- Sub the refried beans for pureed white beans to make a white bean dip recipe.
- Use this as one of the layers in a seven layer bean dip.
- Add cayenne pepper, diced jalapeños, or hot salsa to make this dip more spicy. Top with pickled jalapeños slices.
- If you don’t have taco seasoning, add a ½ teaspoon of cumin, chili powder, and paprika. Any traditional Tex-Mex flavors will work well.
- Add a squeeze of fresh lime juice to brighten up the flavor of this dip.
- Add an even deeper flavor by sautéing chopped onion and garlic with a tablespoon of olive oil for 3-4 minutes, then adding in all other ingredients and stirring together.
- To cut some of the calories, use Neufchatel cheese instead of cream cheese, and low fat refried beans and cheese.
- If you don’t have cream cheese, substitute with sour cream. Keep in mind that your dip won’t be quite as thick with this substitution.
How to Store Ultimate Bean Dip
- Serve: This Bean Dip can be left at room temperature for up to 2 hours, or kept warm in a small crock pot for up to 4 hours.
- Store: Bean Dip should be sealed in an airtight container and refrigerated for 3-4 days.
- Freeze: This dip can definitely be frozen, just wrap tightly and freeze for 2-3 months. Defrost in the refrigerator a few hours before you’re ready to serve, or heat it up on the stove or in the microwave and stir before serving. Serve with fresh tortilla chips.
- Add the ingredients to a medium saucepan together on medium heat, stirring to combine for 3-5 minutes.
- Lower to a simmer to keep warm until ready to serve, then transfer to a serving bowl.
Photo used in a previous version of this post.