Labor Day Recipe: Cuban Black Bean Dip

Black beans are full of fiber and great for digestive health. This particular dip is quick and easy to prepare and is a healthy option this Labor Day weekend.


1. 29 ounce can black beans, drained and rinsed
2. 3 tablespoons water
3. 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
4. 2 tablespoons tomato paste
5. 3-4 cloves garlic, minced
6. 2 limes, juiced
7. 1 teaspoon ground cumin
8. 1 teaspoon salt
9. 2-3 scallions, sliced
10. 4 ounce can  green chilies, chopped
11. 1 tablespoon cilantro, minced
12. 3 bell peppers (red, orange and yellow)
13. Hot sauce (optional)


1. In a food processor or blender, process the first eight ingredients until smooth.  
2. Stir in scallions, green chilies and cilantro.
3. Transfer to a small bowl and serve with mixed peppers.

Tip: Use leftover bean dip as a spread for wraps and sandwiches.

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Serves a crowd.

Elizabeth Carrion, a Dominican, co-founded Mi Cocina, a New Jersey-based catering service that also offers cooking classes, with her sister, Ana Martinez. Follow her on Twitter: @micocinalatina and visit her website

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