The Best Bean Dip

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Beans aren’t just confined to filling out chilies or as a side dish. They can also be used to make a spicy, tangy, and rich bean dip using homemade taco seasoning.

For more great dip recipes, why not make 7 Layer Bean Dip? Or this recipe for White Bean Ranch, Bacon & Cheddar Dip instead?

plate of bean dup with tortilla chips

Quick and Easy Bean Dip

Bean dip is not the most appetizing of names for what is, in actuality, one of the greatest party dips ever created.

While the majority of the deliciousness comes from cream cheese, sour cream, and various cheese, the addition of the right kinds of taco seasoning mix and plenty of refried beans makes a dip that is thick, unctuous, and super tasty.

Serve this with some tortilla chips or those handy tortilla scoops that you can sometimes buy – they make it really easy to get the largest amount of dip possible into your mouth.                         

ingredients for bean dip

Quick and Easy Bean Dip Ingredients

Make sure you look at the recipe card at the very bottom for the exact amounts so that you know exactly what to buy for this recipe.

• Cream cheese

• Sour cream

• Refried beans

• Taco seasoning mix

• Green onions

• Shredded Cheddar cheese

• Shredded Monterey Jack cheese

• Hot pepper sauce

• Fresh Parsley

baked cheesy bean dip in a white baking dish

How To Make Quick and Easy Bean Dip

• In a medium bowl, blend the cream cheese and sour cream

• Mix in the refried beans, taco seasoning, hot pepper sauce, green onions, 1/2 the Cheddar cheese, and 1/2 the Monterey Jack cheese

• Transfer the mixture to an 8×12 inch baking dish

• Top with remaining Cheddar and Monterey Jack cheeses and garnish with Parsley if desired

• Bake at 350 Fahrenheit for 25 minutes, or until the cheese is nicely browned

How To Season This dip Yourself

This recipe calls for the use of a packet of taco seasoning mix, the kind that you would find at the supermarket alongside those ready packets of Mexican food.

However, if you are looking for a little bit more flavor in your dip, you can make your own seasoning blend!

Most taco seasoning blends are a mixture of cayenne powder, cumin, paprika, and salt, with just a touch of MSG for flavor.

You can simply replicate this, adding more or less of each powder as you go to suit your own tastes.

However, to really amp up the flavor of your dip, try grinding the spices yourself after toasting them!

First, measure out an amount of your desired seasoning, say a teaspoon of cumin seeds to start, and then gently toast them in a dry pan.

After they start smelling amazing (but before they start to smoke!), take them out and grind them in a mortar and pestle or a spice blender, and then mix them with the other seasonings and salt. This small step makes any seasoning taste way better and the whole dish taste brighter and fresher.

bean dip on a tortilla chip

How To Vary The Dip’s Flavor

The flavors in this dip are definitely very bean and cheese forward; the cream cheese and sour cream give all the richness, and the rest of it is some mildly spicy beans and tangy cheese, as well as however much hot sauce you put in.

To vary it up a little bit, try swapping some of the cheese for other types of cheese, so long as they melt easily. Or, stir in some Rotel tomatoes or salsa to give it a more tomato flavor.

You can also add in some ground beef or sausage, about ½ lbs worth, gently fried until browned, before mixing into the whole mixture and baking in the oven.

Play around with the flavors and see what works for you!

Looking for more delicious Dip recipes? Try these out:

Chili Cheese Dip

Rotel Dip, The BEST Velveeta Cheese Dip

Dill Dip




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Quick and Easy Bean Dip

Hot, cheesy, and utterly delicious bean dip is the perfect party appetizer that is fast and easy to make! Always a crowd-pleaser that can be customized to your own liking.
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time
14 minutes
Cook Time
25 minutes
Karlynn Johnston


  • 1 8 ounce package cream cheese softened
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • two 16 ounce cans refried beans
  • 1 tablespoon taco seasoning
  • ¼ cup chopped green onions
  • one 8 ounce package shredded Cheddar cheese
  • one 8 ounce package shredded Monterey Jack cheese
  • 5 drops hot pepper sauce optional
  • Fresh chopped parsley to garnish


  • Preheat oven to 350 °F.
  • In a medium bowl, blend the cream cheese and sour cream until creamy and smooth. If the cream cheese is at room temperature there won't be any lumps in the dip.
  • Mix in the refried beans, taco seasoning, hot pepper sauce, green onions, half of the Cheddar cheese and half of the Monterey Jack cheese.
  • Spoon the dip into an 8×12 or 9×13 baking dish. Top with the remaining Cheddar and Monterey Jack cheeses and garnish with parsley.
  • Bake in the preheated oven 20 to 30 minutes, until cheese is slightly browned.
  • Remove and serve hot with chips!

Recipe Notes

  • Add as much or as little hot sauce as you prefer!

Nutrition Information

Calories: 29kcal, Carbohydrates: 1g, Protein: 1g, Fat: 3g, Saturated Fat: 2g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 8mg, Sodium: 33mg, Potassium: 25mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 1g, Vitamin A: 121IU, Vitamin C: 1mg, Calcium: 17mg, Iron: 1mg

All calories and info are based on a third party calculator and are only an estimate. Actual nutritional info will vary with brands used, your measuring methods, portion sizes and more.

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