Raspberry Chipotle Black Bean Dip

Simple Raspberry Chipotle Black Bean Dip | #Vegan #GlutenFree and SO delicious | the only dip you need for gatherings

A few years ago some friends of ours took John and me on a tour of Manhattan. Not Manhattan the Big Apple. The little apple. Yes, Kansas has a Little Apple and it’s in the middle of nowhere and it happens to be quite charming. Besides having the some of the most crazed, insane fans in all of college sports, it has the most charming little boutiques, cafe and coffee shops – perfect for a day’s worth of exploring.

If you’re ever there you must do three things…

Easy, Vegan Raspberry Chipotle Black Bean Dip! Filling, Healthy and LOADED with diverse flavors that magically work together

1. Go to Varsity Donuts for some of the best donuts you’ll EVER have.
2. Go to Radina’s for a true college-town coffee shop experience.
3. Go to So Long Saloon and order the raspberry chipotle bean dip. It is to die for.

In fact, it was one of the primary reasons we went to Manhattan in the first place! Our friends bragged on it so much and insisted we go to this packed bar in the middle of downtown and try this dip.

One bite in, I understood the obsession. This dip may sound a little wacky – black beans, cream cheese and raspberry chipotle sauce? But odd as it may sound, it is out of this world delicious.

Black BeansRed Onions

The awesome thing about this recipe? It comes together in about 30 minutes and it’s gluten free and vegan optional. I made it vegan for my dairy-free friends (myself included), but you certainly don’t have to.

Plus, it serves a crowd. If you’re having company or watching the big game or hosting a dinner party, this is the perfect thing to serve. It’s filling and scoop-able and delicious piping hot or room temperature – the perfect kind of dip for grazing over the course of an event.

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The preparation is also quite simple.

Saute red onion and garlic, add it to cream cheese and stir.
Heat your black beans with a touch of spices and salt.
Put your cream cheese in the center of a serving dish or skillet,
top with raspberry chipotle sauce (like Bronco Bob’s found at World Market),
then top with grated pepperjack cheese.
Broil ’til bubbly then eat!

The whole process takes about 30 minutes and leftovers keep and reheat well.

30 Minute Raspberry Chipotle Black Bean Dip| Simple, Vegan and Perfect for Gatherings or watching sports games!

So what does it taste like?

Not too spicy
Perfect on chips

Trust me, you’re gonna love this dip.

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You can either serve it as is after cooking or swirl it around to meld the flavors. I only did so slightly for visual appeal, but you can also just use a chip to scoop and swirl as you please.

This is my homage to the original, but it’s not as good as the one you’ll find at So Long Saloon! So if you ever find yourself in Manhattan, Kansas, you know what to do. Enjoy!

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5.0 from 4 reviews

Raspberry Chipotle Black Bean Dip
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A vegan, gluten free dip with loads of flavor. Black beans provide lots of fiber and protein, the vegan cream cheese a luxurious texture, and raspberry chipotle jam a touch of sweet and heat.
Recipe type: Appetiser
Cuisine: Vegan, Gluten Free
Serves: 6-8

  • 1 15-ounce can black beans, loosely rinsed and drained
  • sea salt and black pepper
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 red or white onion, diced (~2/3 cup)
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 2.5 ounce jar (5 Tbsp) raspberry chipotle sauce (Bronco Bob’s – found at World Market)
  • 1 8-ounce container vegan cream cheese (such as Trader Joe’s brand or Tofutti)
  • 1/3 cup dairy-free shredded jack cheese, such as Daiya (or sub regular cheese if not vegan/dairy free)
  • Cilantro for topping and chips or crackers for serving

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. In a small saucepan, heat the beans along with a healthy pinch each salt, pepper, and 1 tsp cumin. Once warmed through, taste and adjust seasonings. Set aside.
  3. Add 2 Tbsp olive oil to a 10- or 12-inch cast iron skillet (or oven-safe skillet) over medium heat. Add onions and a healthy pinch of salt and stir. Cook until soft and fragrant stirring frequently – about 5 minutes.
  4. Add garlic and cook 2 more minutes. Then add to a mixing bowl with the cream cheese and stir.
  5. Removed from the stove top, add the cream cheese-onion mixture back to the cast iron skillet. Place it in the center and make a well (or just spread it in an even layer on the bottom for more even distribution).
  6. Add the black beans on top around the outside of the cream cheese, and pour the raspberry chipotle sauce in the center.
  7. Sprinkle the cheese evenly over the top (optional but recommended) and bake for 12-15 minutes or until warmed through and bubbly and the cheese is melted.
  8. Remove from oven and top with a bit of additional cheese and fresh cilantro (optional). Serve immediately.
  9. You can either swirl everything around first to combine flavors, or let people scoop into it with chips and get a little bite of each ingredient. Leftovers will keep covered in the fridge for several days. Just reheat in the microwave or the oven.

*Loosely adapted from this recipe
*Nutrition is a rough estimate for one-sixth of the dish without chips.

Nutrition Information
Serving size: ~1/3 cup Calories: 296 Fat: 14 g Saturated fat: 5.7 g Carbohydrates: 36 g Sugar: 9.3 g Sodium: 550 mg Fiber: 3.2 g Protein: 8 g


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  1. says

    I haven’t had been dip in so long, and I don’t know why because it’s awesome. So addicting. But with raspberry, now that just sounds amazing. And I love exploring parts of your city that you haven’t before!

  2. says

    I just learned about Manhattan, KS! My friend told me she had to meet her ex- husband between Manhattan and KC (where we live), and I started freaking out! I kept asking all these questions about how long the drive was and if she wanted me to keep her company. I thought she meant MANHATTAN! Haha she told me there was one in KS, and I felt like a fool. But what she didn’t tell me was that it was a cool place to visit! Anyway, the dip is very intriguing… May have to try it sometime :)

    Peace & Sunshine,

    • Dana Shultz says

      Yes, Kansas is deceptive with our faux Manhattans : ) Hope you try the dip! And thanks for sharing the story. Always love hearing from readers!

  3. says

    Manhattan!!! The wee lil’ Apple…one of my favorite places ever. Now I am craving a Radina’s latte and a Fruity Pebbles donut.

    This recipe looks divine! Can’t wait to invent a reason to try it! That reason might be that it’s a Tuesday, but whatever.

  4. says

    OMG!!!! I was an exchange student at Manhattan, KS!!!! Such a coincidence!!! Of course back in 88 those places you mention did not exist, but still… I loved it!!! Such a different place from Barcelona, but still loved it, those skies, those sunsets were something out of this world. I would love to go back…

  5. says

    SCORE! I already have some refried black beans left over in my freezer. I was just thinking today, what would I do with them? Living in Texas, there’s always a berry/chipotle jam or sauce around. So, I know what type of dip to whip up in the next couple of weeks, perfect for my DVD Saturdays.

    You win, AGAIN Dana!

  6. says

    I just about choked on my coffee! I’m feeling practically famous since I’ve lived in Manhattan my whole life! :) I agree, Varsity donuts are amazing. I’ve never even heard of this dip, but it also sounds amazing. I’ll have to go find it, try it, and then make this copycat. Thanks for sharing, pinned!

    • Dana Shultz says

      Ha! Manhattan is quite lovely. So wonderful that you’ve lived there your whole life! Thanks for sharing. I love knowing of readers in our neck of the woods ; D Varsity Donuts? I could eat nothing but their fresh blueberry donuts for life and be quite content. Cheers, Mary!

  7. Shannon says

    Oh gurl, you speaking my kind of cray cray with this recipe. Seriously though, it sounds great. Alas I do not have a World Market nearby to purchase some raspberry chipotle sauce. Yesterday I was at Whole Foods, which is about an hour away from where I live, and I saw a different brand of said sauce but it was seriously 8 dollars (ahem, I was at Whole Foods after all….and I had already purchased some unnecessary food splurges like some dragonfuit and jackfruit). Any suggestions on concocting a homemade version? I thought I could mix up some natural raspberry preserves with a can of chipotles in adobo sauce. Thoughts? Also I was going to sub cream cheese with goat cheese, since I usually have that in stock.

    • Dana Shultz says

      Hmm, not sure! I would say subbing just another jam, such as plain raspberry, and then stirring in some chipotle peppers or powder! Hope that helps!

  8. says

    At first I thought that this recipe sounded a little bit strange, but reading on and looking at the pictures I’m not thinking that I need to eat this Raspberry Chipotle Black Bean Dip right now! I am very intrigued and will have to give it a try!

  9. Kait Snoddy says

    I’ve called the little apple my home for 6 years! In fact, I left the big apple to downsize to this one.

    You’re list is pretty accurate and this dip, while delicious, is just as good made at home (which is how I usually do it now). I must say that you’re missing a few key things.

    1) The Co-Op there is SO cute. It’s still little and run by a small group What a food co-op was meant to be!
    2) Radina’s is ok, (if you can find a table during finals) but Arrow, a new shop, is even better.
    3) The best place to grab a drink is in a old speakeasy called Auntie Mae’s Parlor. It looks drab but it’s the oldest bar in town (that has never closed for a period of time) and has good atmosphere, strong classic cocktails and a staff that thrives in the space below ground.
    4) If you’re there late night, Varsity doughnuts has a food truck in the back. You can get doughnuts fresh from the fryer and super unhealthy snacks like maple bacon fritters and grilled cheese mac and cheese sandwiches.
    5) To walk off all that food go to the Konza. It’s beautiful!

    Now that you’re travel guide is complete, come back some time!

    • Dana Shultz says

      Thanks for the tips! I’m planning a trip there sometime this summer and these stops sound delightful!

  10. says

    So Long’s black bean dip is amazing!!! I love So Long! I’m not a big meat eater, but even I would order a burger there. I’ve been making this dip for parties forever, and people are always shocked at how simple the ingredients are! I was going to share a recipe on my site, but it looks like you beat me to it, hehe!

  11. says

    Insane. As soon as I saw the title of this post, I thought “that sounds like the dip at So Long Saloon in Manhattan!” My best friend went to K-State and made SURE to introduce me to this stuff before she graduated :) Thanks for the flashback!

  12. Lacey says

    As a current Lawrencian & Jayhawk I am obligated to refuse anything Manhattan…however, I would have to make an exception for this dip! OMG! Or I’ll just have to make some right here in Lawrence ;)

    • Dana Shultz says

      Ha! I get you there. I was raised a Jayhawk and really am not a KSTATE fan. BUT, this dip does make me grow a fondness for Manhattan. That and Varsity Donuts. OMGEEE.

  13. Kelzee says

    What a fun combination of flavors! I couldn’t find the raspberry chipotle sauce in a hurry, but I had some success with raspberry preserves, jalapenos, and a bit of BBQ sauce. Delicious! Plus all my friends were too busy stuffing their faces to be too down about Wisconsin’s loss to Kentucky over the weekend. The mark of truly successful dip. :)

  14. TiffanyJ says

    I graduated from K-State 10 years ago and still miss So Long! I’d always start with the dip and fried pickles and move onto a Boulevard Wheat with the Get Nekkid! Then not eat for three days after that. Oh to go home again! Thanks for the reminder!


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