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Refried Bean Dip (Creamy & Cheesy)

This easy Refried Bean Dip is filled with creamy refried beans, gooey cheese, and perfect for dipping tortilla chips in!

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Everyone loves a great dip to quickly grab during commercial breaks of the big game. Now, make that dip a show stopper where the pan is filled to the brim of warm refried beans, oozing cream and cheddar cheese, and top with cilantro.

With the scoop of a tortilla chip, your dip will be the biggest win of the evening!

Easy Refried Bean Dip Recipe

One of my favorite parts of any game day is …drum roll please… the food! I love to cook up foods that are quick bites, where you can get right back to the screen. Going to a game night that one of my friends have said, I knew I couldn’t show up empty-handed. So then I got into the kitchen, and got busy!

Throwing together different classic bean dip recipes, I created one of the best dips I’ve tasted yet! Not only is it so delicious with a creamy texture, but it is also so versatile.

Jazz up this homemade bean dip with green onions, a fresh dollop of sour cream, some ground beef, hot sauce, loads of cheese, whatever you’d like!

One bite of delicious refried bean dip, and you will be asked to bring it every week. It makes a great side dish to my Taco Bell Nachos Supreme, Sheet Pan Chicken Nachos, or this amazing 7 Layer Dip!

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Ingredients Needed

Refried beans – Choose a canned refried bean for best results. Sub pinto beans for a can of refried beans for more texture.

Cream cheese – If you are looking for a lower calorie alternative, I recommend using Neufchâtel cheese. 

Green chiles – Green chilies will bring an extra kick, but if you’re looking for more spice try jalapeño pepper!

Sour cream – The best sour cream substitute for this recipe would be greek yogurt to keep the thickness and creamy flavor.

Cheddar cheese – Another favorite alternative would be to use Mexican blend cheese, Monterey Jack, or even Pepper Jack!

Lime juice – Lemon juice is a great substitute.

Taco seasoning – add in a pinch of chili powder if you don’t have taco seasoning.

Cilantro – An alternative would be green onions, or another crisp, fresh vegetable.

How to make Refried Bean Dip

FIRST: While the oven preheats at 350°, combine the beans, cream cheese, sour cream, and green chilies in a large bowl.

SECOND: Pour the mixture into a 8×8 baking dish, topping with cheese. After baking for 15 to 20 minutes until hot and bubbly and melted, remove from the oven.

THIRD: Garnish with cilantro, and serve with tortilla chips!

For the full recipe and detailed instructions, please refer to the recipe card at the bottom of the post.

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Can I substitute low-fat cream cheese in dips?

Substitute with a lower calorie or fat-reduced cream cheese if desired. However, fat will occasionally separate with the fat-reduced cream cheese so it is your call if you’d like to substitute.

What are the best dipping foods for refried bean dip?

For this layered dip, you can plunge in the classic tortilla chips but why stop there? Chop up some fresh bell peppers to match the gorgeous, warm colors. If you’re not a fan of the vegetable move, reach for pita chips or Fritos! 

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How long does it last?

This easy bean dip recipe will last in the refrigerator for up to four days when sealed in an airtight container. Before heating, give it a quick dash of shredded cheddar cheese and fresh cilantro!

What are some different toppings?

Maybe you don’t want to stop at cilantro as a topping, and I don’t blame you! There are so many toppings to add to this layered dip, making it even more delicious. Ground beef or chorizo is a great addition of protein, or bacon bits.

To add more fresh flavor, chop some cherry tomatoes in half and scatter evenly! Other great options include pico de gallo, green onions, or hot sauce. This good dip is sure to be a crowd pleaser with all the different types of toppings you can add!

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How To Store the Best Refried Bean Dip

Simply store any leftover bean dip by wrapping tightly with cling wrap onto the top of the baking dish or transfer to an airtight container. It will be good for up to four days!

Can I make this in a slow cooker?

Sure can! Just dump all the ingredients into a crock pot and stir. Cook on low for 2-3 hours or until the cheese is melty. Stir occasionally mix all the ingredients.

Tapas Tips & Tricks

  • Dip with tortilla or pita chips, crackers, bell peppers, or Fritos!
  • Change the bean dip up with toppings such as green onions, pico de gallo, ground beef, different types of cheese, or hot sauce.
  • Add some cheese to the dip and top with remaining cheese if preferred.
  • Store refried bean dip in an airtight container for up to four days.
  • After being stored, refresh this dip by topping with shredded cheddar before warming!
  • If the dip is too thick, thin it out with a little milk.

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This Refried Bean Dip recipe will be the showstopper of your next game day with its warm and gooey cheddar cheese paired with the toasty beans! Suddenly the eyes will be off the TV and onto your creamy, layered bean dip! An easy appetizer that is perfect for Cinco de Mayo.

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Refried Bean Dip

Yield: 8 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

This quick and easy refried bean dip is cheesy and creamy and perfect with tortilla chips

Ingredients

  • 2 (15.5 ounce) cans refried beans
  • 8 ounces cream cheese (softened)
  • 4 ounces chopped green chilies
  • ¼ cup sour cream
  • 2 cups cheddar cheese (shredded)
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons taco seasoning
  • ¼ cup cilantro (chopped)

Instructions

    1. Preheat oven to 350F.
    2. Mix all ingredients, except 1 cup of cheese and the cilantro, in a large bowl.
    3. Pour into an 8x8 baking dish.
    4. Top with remaining cheese.
    5. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until bubbly and the cheese is melted.
    6. Remove from the oven and garnish with cilantro.
    7. Serve with chips!
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 277Total Fat: 22gSaturated Fat: 12gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 63mgSodium: 557mgCarbohydrates: 10gFiber: 2gSugar: 3gProtein: 11g

This nutrition information was generated via a third party. I can not be held liable for any discrepancies in the information provided.

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