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How to make refried bean sauce that is ultra creamy, perfectly seasoned and the perfect sauce for tortillas or vegetables. Use canned or homemade refried beans, cheese, spices, and sour cream to make this craving-worthy sauce! Skip to the spicy bean sauce and cheese recipe Or watch our quick recipe video that shows you how we do it.
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How to make bean sauce with cheese
This sauce made with refried beans really can't be much simpler. When we have them on hand, we love to start with homemade refried beans. Here is our simple recipe that shows how to make them with dried or canned beans. They are so tasty and creamy! You can use pinto beans or black beans to make them.
When we don't have homemade beans on hand, we opt for canned refried beans. While the creaminess and flavor aren't quite as good as homemade, canned beans make this bean sauce recipe come together quickly.
The rest of the ingredients are simple. I prefer fresh onion and garlic, which I cook quickly in a little oil and a variety of tasty spices before mixing it into the sauce. To add even more flavor I add a good amount of sauce and a can of green chilies. To make it ultra creamy, I add sour cream and cream cheese.
This bean sauce with cheese is best when served hot, so I cook it in the oven until it's hot. As we bake it, I always add a little extra cheese in the middle and on top of the sauce. In this way, each tablespoon of bean sauce gets a little cheese.
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You can serve the bean sauce as is or do what we did in our photos and add a handful of diced avocado, tomato and coriander.
Can I prepare the bean ahead of time?
Yes absolutely. Make the sauce as directed in our recipe below, and then add the sauce and cheese to a baking sheet. Cover the plate and then refrigerate for up to 3 days until ready to bake.
Can I make bean sauce in the slow cooker?
Yes! Cook the onions, garlic, and spices as indicated in the recipe below, and then add them along with the remaining ingredients of the bean sauce to your slow cooker. Stir until well combined, then cook on LOW for 2 to 3 hours or until cheese is melted and sauce is fully heated.
Can I make this bean sauce vegan?
Yes! Be sure to use vegan refried beans and vegan substitutes for sour cream, cream cheese, and grated cheese. Instead of vegan grated cheese (I'm not the biggest fan), try adding 4-5 tablespoons of nutritional yeast to the sauce to add a cheesy flavor.
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Creamy bean dip with cheese
- PREP 10mins
- COOK 20 minutes
- TOTAL 30 minutes
Perfect for parties, watching game and family get-togethers, this easy bean dip comes together in no time. Start with canned refried beans or use homemade refried beans to make it. If you follow our recipe for refried beans, you may want to reduce the amount of cumin as we already asked for cumin in the recipe for refried beans.
Makes 12 servings (1/3 cup) or about 4 cups.
A 15 ounce can of refried beans or use 1 3/4 cups of refried beans, check out our homemade refried beans
2 teaspoons of olive oil
3/4 cup finely chopped onion (half a medium onion)
1 tablespoon minced garlic (3 cloves)
3/4 teaspoon ancho chili powder, try our homemade chili powder
3/4 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
1/2 cup mild or medium sauce, try our roasted tomato sauce
A 4 ounce can of chopped green chilies, see notes
1/2 cup (4 ounces) cream cheese
1/2 cup (4 ounces) sour cream
3/4 cup grated cheese
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
Pinch of cayenne or hot sauce, optional for hot sauce
Optional ingredients: fresh lime juice, diced avocado, diced tomatoes, sliced jalapeño, fresh cilantro, hot sauce
Heat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit (176 ° C).
Heat olive oil in a small skillet over medium heat. Add the onions and garlic, then cook, stirring occasionally, until the onions are soft, translucent, and smell sweet; About 5 minutes. Add the chili powder, cumin, smoked paprika, and coriander.
Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, mix together the refried beans, salsa, chopped chilies, cream cheese, and sour cream. When they are ready, add the cooked onions and garlic.
Taste the sauce and then adjust it with salt and pepper as needed. For a spicy bean sauce, add a pinch of cayenne pepper or a few drops of hot sauce.
Transfer about half of the sauce to a small baking sheet (see tips in notes below). Spread half of the grated cheese over the sauce, and then top with the remaining bean sauce. Finish with the remaining grated cheese.
Bake sauce until completely hot and cheese melts, 20 to 25 minutes. Serve hot with a little fresh lemon juice on top.
Adam and Joanne's advice
- Dish Suggestions: Most small baking dishes (1 1/2 to 2 quarts) will work. We have also used small cast iron trays (8 inches) for baking and serving.
- For vegetarian bean sauce, be sure to use vegetarian refried beans. For vegan bean sauce, use vegan refried beans, vegan sour cream, and vegan cream cheese (a combination of or use just one), as well as vegan grated cheese, or substitute 4 to 5 tablespoons nutritional yeast to sprinkle in the middle and on top.
- Diced green chilies are sold in small 4-ounce cans at the grocery store. We love the Hatch brand and generally buy light.
- Nutrition Facts: The nutrition facts provided below are estimates. We have used the USDA database to calculate approximate values.
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Nutrition Per Serving: 1/3 cup serving size / Calories 127 / Total Fat 8.8g / Saturated Fat 4.4g / Cholesterol 22.4g / Sodium 296.8mg / Carbohydrate 7.9g / Dietary Fiber 2.1g / Total Sugars 1.7g / Protein 4.6 g
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