Black Bean and Feta Dip

Okay, I promise this is the last post on what to do with leftover black beans! But this one is crucial to know. It is a to-die-for dip, with only 3 ingredients, and can be made a day ahead.

This dip is served warm, but even warm, it’s fabulous during the summer months, served up with fresh salsa, guacamole and good chips.

With a pot of cooked black beans, which cost about 1 dollar, you can create salads, Cuban black bean soup, refried black beans, this dip, and much more.

To make this dip you need to use the same food processor method that I used to make faux refried beans, plus crumbled feta cheese and green onions. That’s it! And because of its simplicity, I’ll show you how to make the dip without a recipe. The ratios are fairly straight forward!

The only variable is the flavor of the beans. You can leave them plain, or season them with cumin, coriander, and dried oregano. That will make it more Southwestern in flavor, so the seasoning depends on the other appetizers. The dip is good either way.

Black Bean and Feta Dip

Cooked black beans
Feta cheese, crumbled
Green onions, sliced

Begin by placing drained black beans in a food processor. You can add liquid if necessary to process the beans to a refried texture. You don’t want them too pasty thick, but also not drippy wet.

Use a fairly tall and clear baking dish, because this dip is layered and pretty.  What I really need for this dip is a mini trifle dish that could go in the oven – or something with straight sides. But for now my Pyrex bowl will have to do!

Spray the baking dish lightly, and have the oven on 350 degrees.

Begin by placing a third of the bean mixture on the bottom of the baking dish.


Then top the beans with a third of the feta and a third of the green onions.


Make sure there is a generous amount of feta cheese and green onions on the top.


See the layers?


Place in the oven and bake, uncovered, until the beans are heated through, and the feta slightly golden brown.


Let cool to warm, then serve with tortilla chips.

note: The dip can easily be re-heated or warmed in the microwave. And if you have leftover dip, use the dip as refried beans in tortillas. They have built in cheese! I promise you none of your dip will go to waste!


About the Author: Chef Mimi

As a self-taught home cook, with many years in the culinary profession, I am passionate about all things food-related. Especially eating!


  1. yummyinsidemytummy May 4, 2015 at 8:08 AM - Reply


  2. Our Growing Paynes May 4, 2015 at 8:38 AM - Reply

    Well you can’t get easier than this! Looks delicious. :)

  3. Julie is Hostess At Heart May 4, 2015 at 9:17 AM - Reply

    I love all of the bean recipes! This one is a keeper too.

  4. cheergerm May 4, 2015 at 4:01 PM - Reply

    Love the last photo there, nice one!

    • chef mimi May 5, 2015 at 7:21 AM - Reply

      Thanks so much! I try… but am not very patient.

  5. Main St. Cuisine May 4, 2015 at 7:44 PM - Reply

    I think I’ve missed your previous posts on black beans, so I’ll need to catch up on those tomorrow but oh, this looks wonderful. They layers are attractive and I adore feta cheese. I want to make this just so I can roll it up in corn tortillas!

    • chef mimi May 5, 2015 at 7:21 AM - Reply

      Exactly. The leftovers are fabulous in tortillas!

  6. Whisked Away May 4, 2015 at 8:01 PM - Reply

    Yum! I love anything with feta in it!

  7. FrugalHausfrau May 5, 2015 at 2:24 AM - Reply

    I love this idea, and love black beans (frugal, tasty and healthy!) so I’m so glad you shared it! This is a great series of recipes!

  8. DellaCucinaPovera May 5, 2015 at 3:37 AM - Reply

    refried beans are honestly my favorite thing ever – I boil a kilo of dried beans and do the same (soup, refried, salad, dip, stuffed in chicken). This looks awesome. Happy cinco de mayo!

  9. Hof ter Zielbeek May 5, 2015 at 5:53 AM - Reply

    I am an ardent follower of all your recipes online. Keep sharing such amazing recipes. The black bean and Feta Dip is just too good. Thanks for sharing this.

  10. May 5, 2015 at 9:03 AM - Reply

    Great idea! This looks very tasty. I have enjoyed your black bean recipes :)

  11. Conor Bofin May 5, 2015 at 2:43 PM - Reply

    Very nice dip Mimi. Those beans are very versatile.

  12. anotherfoodieblogger May 5, 2015 at 8:43 PM - Reply

    Yum this sounds so good! I have a can of black beans in the fridge and feta cheese on hand. Maybe for a weekend snack for hungry daughter? Great idea!

  13. tinywhitecottage May 5, 2015 at 9:53 PM - Reply

    Really simple and wonderful recipe Mimi. I would love it with cumin, coriander, and dried oregano. And love the layers!

    • chef mimi May 6, 2015 at 7:45 AM - Reply

      Or even just cumin, if the beans aren’t “flavored.” But I really love cumin!

  14. lapetitepaniere May 6, 2015 at 12:40 AM - Reply

    I really want to dip a piece of tortilla chips into this delicious bowl, Mimi! :)

  15. Shanna Koenigsdorf Ward May 6, 2015 at 5:46 PM - Reply

    I dub you the “queen of beans and cheese.” Recipe sounds fresh, colorful and hearty!

    • chef mimi May 6, 2015 at 7:55 PM - Reply

      THANKS! I actually learned all about beans when we were really poor, so it’s surprising I still like them!!!

      • Shanna Koenigsdorf Ward June 19, 2015 at 8:23 PM

        I think the key to a great cook with everything available…
        Is once being a frugal cook.
        I still make a pot of delicious beans often!

      • chef mimi June 19, 2015 at 10:10 PM


  16. Bam's Kitchen May 6, 2015 at 11:28 PM - Reply

    This sounds so delicious a keeper recipe for sure

  17. Sounds like a great dip! I love easy to throw together appetizers! :)

    • chef mimi May 8, 2015 at 6:57 AM - Reply

      Thanks! This is definitely easy, and can be made ahead!

  18. Peter - The Roaming GastroGnome May 8, 2015 at 10:32 AM - Reply

    Get some spring ramps in there! Looks good though.

  19. saffronandhoney May 9, 2015 at 4:27 PM - Reply

    I can just imagine how creamy and delicious this dip is – yum!

  20. eliotthecat May 10, 2015 at 5:22 PM - Reply

    Such a good layered dip! I have some frozen beans in the freezer and I just nabbed some local feta at the FM yesterday. Thanks!

    • chef mimi May 11, 2015 at 7:31 AM - Reply

      You are so welcome! I know you’ll love it!!!

  21. myhomefoodthatsamore May 11, 2015 at 7:08 AM - Reply

    I’ve just finished lunch and yet this is making me hungry !!!

    • chef mimi May 11, 2015 at 7:29 AM - Reply

      That happens to me too when I read blog posts!

  22. Shanna Koenigsdorf Ward October 17, 2015 at 1:49 PM - Reply

    Never too much legume-ness, bring on the beans.

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