Cheesy Black Bean Bacon Dip | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Cheesy Black Bean Bacon Dip

Cheesy Black Bean Bacon Dip | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

I start out with good intentions. Black beans are supposed to be healthy. Salsa is full of vegetables. I’m going to make a healthy dish. But wait. You know what would make this better? Cheese. Definitely plenty of gooey cheese. And if we’re going to add cheese in, we might as well make it super awesome and add in some bacon as well. I can’t help myself. I can’t say no to awesomeness.

Cheesy Black Bean Bacon Dip | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

This dip comes together in no time and makes plenty to go around. You can subtly change up the flavor depending on the salsa you use. If you like something sweeter, choose a mild salsa. If you like a smoky flavor, find something with chipotle. If heat is your thing, try a habanero or ghost pepper salsa. Or if you’re really dedicated, make your own.

Cheesy Black Bean Bacon Dip | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

In case you were wondering, it’s totally okay to eat dip for dinner. And adding in a bit of bacon can only make life better. It’s gonna be okay. Just go with it.

Cheesy Black Bean Bacon Dip
Serves 4
Spicy, cheesy black bean dip with crispy bacon is delicious and almost healthy.
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
10 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
10 min
Ingredients
  1. 2 slices bacon, chopped into 1 inch pieces
  2. 1 can black beans, drained
  3. 1 cup salsa
  4. 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  5. 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  6. 1 cup shredded monterrey jack cheese
Instructions
  1. In a medium skillet over medium heat, cook bacon until crispy. Remove the bacon pieces to a paper towel lined plate.
  2. Add the beans to the bacon fat and use your potato masher to give the beans a squish. You don't need to smash every single bean, but you just want to add some creaminess.
  3. Stir in the salsa and seasoning and bring to a simmer. Stir in the cheese until it's melted, the sprinkle the bacon pieces over the top.
Adapted from 1001 Fast and Easy Recipes
Adapted from 1001 Fast and Easy Recipes
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Easy Peanut Butter Hummus from Awesome on 20

Easy Peanut Butter Hummus

Easy Peanut Butter Hummus from Awesome on 20

You guys!!!! It’s so hot! We had 81% humidity the other day. It was like you could drink the air. And between having no air conditioner and now no fridge, life in our house has been nearly unbearable. You can’t even grab a cold drink to cool yourself down. Cooking? What? No way!

Easy Peanut Butter Hummus from Awesome on 20

In the summer, we eat a lot of chips and hummus. Actually, it’s not just summer, but it’s especially convenient for times when you’d rather get a root canal than turn on your oven. Out here in the middle of the ocean, you can usually expect to pay at least $5 for a medium-sized container, which isn’t horrible, but a can of chickpeas costs a whole lot less, and chances are, you won’t have to buy many other ingredients to make your very own hummus, exactly to your liking, and with no weird, unpronouncable ingredients.

The trick to making perfect and cheap hummus at home is to use peanut butter instead of tahini. No need to buy anything exotic that you’re never going to use on anything else. Skip that expensive jar of sesame paste, and use peanut butter instead. The same stuff you spread on your toast will work fine. Throw everything in your food processor, and blend like crazy. Greek yogurt helps to smooth everything out, and I love using fresh lemon juice to really brighten the flavor. You can customize this any way you like. It’s an excellent, easy hummus base to just get crazy with.

Easy Peanut Butter Hummus from Awesome on 20

We like to dip corn chips because they’re cheap and we usually have some in the pantry, but this stuff is good on almost anything. Save some money, get creative, and make your own hummus. And for god’s sake, don’t turn on the oven.

Easy Peanut Butter Hummus
Serves 4
It's so simple to make your own hummus at home, and you can save money by using peanut butter instead of tahini.
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Prep Time
10 min
Prep Time
10 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 can chickpeas aka garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed
  2. 1 clove garlic, peeled
  3. 2 tablespoons olive oil
  4. 3 tablespoons creamy peanut butter
  5. Juice of half a lemon (I added a bit more after tasting because I like my hummus very bright)
  6. 1 teaspoon salt
  7. 1 teaspoon cumin
  8. 3 to 4 tablespoons Greek yogurt (I used non-fat)
  9. A drizzle of olive oil
  10. A sprinkling of paprika
Instructions
  1. Add the chickpeas, garlic, olive oil, peanut butter, lemon juice, salt, and cumin to the bowl of your food processor. Turn it on and let it spin until everything is combined. I let it go probably a minute. It will still be a bit rough at this point.
  2. Add the Greek yogurt and process again for another minute. Taste for flavor and consistency. If you want it smoother, add in a bit more yogurt. Adjust seasonings to your liking.
  3. Transfer hummus to a serving dish and drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with paprika. Get out of the kitchen, and feast.
Notes
  1. No need to chop the garlic. Let the food processor do what it does.
  2. If you prefer your hummus super smooth, you could spend a hundred years removing all the skins from each individual bean. I find it doesn't make a very noticeable difference. Just process an extra 30 seconds.
Adapted from Nigella Lawson
Adapted from Nigella Lawson
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Jalapeno Popper Dip from Awesome on 20

Jalapeno Popper Dip

Jalapeno Popper Dip from Awesome on 20

My husband loves jalapenos. He’ll put jalapenos on anything. Tacos, pizza, eggs, sandwiches, anything. And if he can get his hands on something hotter, he’ll chop it up and throw it in that night’s dinner without batting an eye. He’s most happy when his food is making him cry. 

He loves jalapeno poppers, as you might imagine. He’ll eat them anyway he can get them, with bacon or without. He can’t stop. But since I’m not a vegetable eater, jalapeno poppers don’t really do it for me. Chop them up and bury them in cheese, though, and I’m all in. 

Jalapeno Popper Dip from Awesome on 20

I love a warm gooey dip scooped up with a crunchy chips. When you’re chewing on corn chips, you don’t notice you’re also eating vegetables. The cheese and bacon don’t hurt either. This jalapeno popper dip is mildly spicy and so so good. I used red jalapenos because that’s what was in the store, but green works, too. If you want to make it a bit hotter, try adding some chopped habaneros. If you want a crunchy top, scatter some panko bread crumbs on top. I was serving a gluten-free guest, so I just left it plain.

A dip is also great for a party because you can make it stretch a lot farther. If you make individual poppers, you can only make 12. If you make a dip, everybody can take a bit or you can scoop to your heart’s content without feeling greedy. 

Jalapeno Popper Dip from Awesome on 20

Gooey, cheesy, spicy. Pretty much everyone’s happy. You’re summer party just got awesome, and everybody wants to hang out at your table. Run with it.

Jalapeno Popper Dip
Serves 8
Spicy, gooey, cheesy, this jalapeno popper dip is perfect for a crowd.
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Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
25 min
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
25 min
Ingredients
  1. 16 ounces (two boxes) cream cheese, softened
  2. 3/4 cup mayonnaise
  3. 5 slices bacon
  4. 6 jalapenos, minced
  5. 2 cloves garlic, minced
  6. 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  7. 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  8. 1-1/2 cups shredded sharp cheddar
Instructions
  1. Cut your bacon into 1 inch pieces with your scissors and fry over medium heat until crispy. Drain on a paper towel lined plate.
  2. Preheat oven to 375 and spray a 2 quart casserole dish with non-stick spray.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, use your mixer to beat together all your ingredients. Give each one a few seconds to come together before adding the next one.
  4. Scoop everything into your casserole dish. Here's where you'd add the bread crumbs if you like.
  5. Bake for about 25 minutes or until warm and bubbly. Allow to cool for about 10 minutes before serving with crunchy chips to hungry, happy friends.
Adapted from Brown Eyed Baker
Adapted from Brown Eyed Baker
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