caramelized onion black bean dip

by Kristina Sloggett

in appetizers, Gluten Free, Happy Hour at Home, recipes, snacks, Vegan

I am all about caramelized onions lately, and this recipeย is the recent blame.

First of all, I made that recipe um, four times? I wanted to share it with everyone I know. I got it to a few of them, and a few of you.

Second, it made me start caramelizing onions nearly every day – and adding them to everything. I would sometimes use two onions, using half and reserving half for later.

When I make a recipe, Jason is almost always my first test. I ask him a list of questions each time – Does he like it? Would he want me to make it again? Does he want more of this right now? Could I add additional flavors to it?

Some of my best recipes are the recipes where Jason says “nothing – you couldn’t make this any better”.

This is one of those recipes. Nothing needed, and yes, please, I will take more right now.

Spicy. Sweet. Savory. Snackable.

Are you a bean dip fan?ย See this recipe on Foodie.

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1 Heather (Where's the Beach) February 29, 2012 at 5:14 am

I know I sound like I’m on repeat – but seriously, your recipes always looks simply incredible. I could just dive right in!


2 spabettie February 29, 2012 at 12:13 pm

THANK YOU, Heather!! that always makes my day, really!


3 Amanda February 29, 2012 at 5:55 am

I am a huge bean dip fan, mostly in the form of homemade hummus (it never gets old!), but I love black beans as well. The addition of caramelized onions sounds amazing!


4 spabettie February 29, 2012 at 12:13 pm

I love bean dip too – and so easy! the caramelized onions make this a whole new thing, you should try it! :)


5 Allie February 29, 2012 at 5:57 am

You had me at “caramelized onions.” I could eat a plateful of just that. Also, what are the crackers you’re using in the photo? They look intriguing…


6 spabettie February 29, 2012 at 12:10 pm

oh, I know – I usually do several ‘taste tests’ of the onions as they cook. you know, to make sure they’re good. ah – so many are asking about the crackers – I need to find them to let everyone know… they came in a weird package that wasn’t resealable, so they’re in my pantry in a ziplock baggie… I will look for them and let you know – they are SO good, very crunchy and tasty.


7 Allie March 1, 2012 at 6:51 am

Well it only makes sense to check if they’re ready :) And yum, extra crunchy crackers? That still have flavor? Excited to learn what they are/see if I can find them around here.


8 spabettie March 2, 2012 at 3:43 pm

I will do my best to find out! XO


9 Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga February 29, 2012 at 6:10 am

I love the dip bowl and the perfectly crisped bread!


10 spabettie February 29, 2012 at 12:07 pm

thanks Averie – I need to find the bread again – can’t remember who makes it and it is SO good.


11 natalie (the sweets life) February 29, 2012 at 7:14 am

too funny–i have a post drafted about my caramelized onion love as well…i recently made caramelized onion hummus! next time i’m trying it with black beans!


12 spabettie February 29, 2012 at 12:05 pm

Mmm, yes, caramelized onion hummus is genius.


13 Maryea @ Happy Healthy Mama February 29, 2012 at 7:19 am

I am in love with carmelized onions. UnfOrtunatey I am the only one in my house who likes them. I need to try this dip anyway! An excuse to have friends over? :-)


14 spabettie February 29, 2012 at 12:04 pm

yes, or keep it for yourself. ๐Ÿ˜‰


15 happyzhangbo-lovingfood February 29, 2012 at 8:20 am

Caramelized onion and black bean dip, sounds delicious yet healthy. Will have to give it a try too. Thanks for sharing :)


16 spabettie February 29, 2012 at 12:03 pm

you are welcome – I hope you enjoy!


17 La Phemme Phoodie February 29, 2012 at 8:29 am

I snagged a jar of caramelized onions from our food swap. I almost never have something like that readily available. Your recipe came at the perfect time! This dip sounds phenomenal.


18 spabettie February 29, 2012 at 12:03 pm

your food swap looked awesome – can I virtually attend the next one? ๐Ÿ˜‰ I hope you use your new treasure to make this dip, it’s a good one!


19 Cara February 29, 2012 at 9:48 am

I have these bowls!!! Okay, focus Cara, we are not talking Anthropologie right now, we are talking about black beans and caramelized onions. I was seriously contemplating making that creamy dip this weekend and then realized that I have no one to make it for and I would be subjected to eat it all by myself (like that is a bad thing). You are making me realize that I am missing out big time and that I MUST do it now! Okay, okay, stop yelling, I’ll do it :)


20 spabettie February 29, 2012 at 12:02 pm

I LOVE THESE BOWLS. ๐Ÿ˜‰ and of course you have them!

as far as that dip goes, my first instinct was to say “you could scale down the recipe to half” but HAAA HAAA, as soon as you taste it you’ll make another batch anyway. ๐Ÿ˜‰ it. is. so. good. THEN, you can follow up with THIS dip, because it’s healthy and all. stop yelling and DO IT.


21 susan February 29, 2012 at 10:35 am

caramelized onions and black beans – what a fantastic combo!


22 spabettie February 29, 2012 at 11:57 am

I completely agree, Susan! thanks for stopping by!


23 Lauren @ Oatmeal after Spinning February 29, 2012 at 10:36 am

Caramelized onions SHOULD go on everything. Really- it’s amazing what a little heat can do to onions!
What are you using as a vehicle for the dip?? Those crackers look amazing!


24 spabettie February 29, 2012 at 11:56 am

they were a really great biscotti cracker that had bad packaging (ripped open and I couldn’t use it), so I cannot recall the brand or type! they’re in a big ziplock baggie. I will go hunt for them – if I find them I’ll let you know because they are SO good, and perfect for a heavy dip like this – they are crunchy and strong! :)


25 Lisa February 29, 2012 at 10:40 am

I LOVE caramelized anything! I’m in!


26 spabettie February 29, 2012 at 11:53 am

you’d like this, Lisa – very savory and hearty!


27 Rhonda February 29, 2012 at 11:57 am

I found your site through and this dip looks awesome. I look forward to more of your posts.


28 spabettie February 29, 2012 at 12:20 pm

hi Rhonda! thanks for stopping by, and for saying hello! I hope you love the dip, it’s a good one! cheers! Kristina


29 Kris | February 29, 2012 at 1:51 pm

Dip, Dip, me and Dip are lovers!!!!! This looks amazing! I’m funny with onions, I love the flavor, especially caramelized ones, but don’t like them raw….this sounds amazing with some almond meal crackers!!


30 Nichole February 29, 2012 at 2:22 pm

Lips are licked.


31 Tommy February 29, 2012 at 5:07 pm



32 Cara February 29, 2012 at 6:15 pm

I grill my husband the same way. It would be so much easier if they just knew exactly what we wanted to hear ๐Ÿ˜‰


33 spabettie March 2, 2012 at 3:49 pm

ha! yeah… it would. ๐Ÿ˜‰ but actually, I tell him he should be honest if he doesn’t like something… otherwise, HE WILL GET IT AGAIN! ๐Ÿ˜‰ ha!

plus, if it’s something I may share here, I know my tastes can be a bit crazy, so I want to make sure OTHERS will think it is good.


34 Pure2raw Twins February 29, 2012 at 6:29 pm

caramelizing onions is the best! so good! and that dip looks fantastic!!!!!


35 Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) February 29, 2012 at 6:51 pm

Onions are seriously heaven when they are all caramelized and sweet! This looks so good! I will be right over with my chips!


36 spabettie March 2, 2012 at 3:47 pm

ooh, I WISH you WERE on your way! XXO


37 Jeni Treehugger February 29, 2012 at 11:43 pm

Oooh yeah caramelized onions do it for me too – your dip looks DEEEEE-LISH!


38 spabettie March 2, 2012 at 3:47 pm

it’s really tasty, Jeni! the caramelized onions make it so! XXO!


39 Ashley F. March 1, 2012 at 6:56 am

Yum! You know I love that caramelized onion and bacon dip and this looks just as fantastic. Can’t wait to try it out!


40 spabettie March 2, 2012 at 3:42 pm

yeah, the bacon one? still my first love. ๐Ÿ˜‰ this is like it’s healthier cousin.


41 Liz (Little Bitty Bakes) March 1, 2012 at 6:13 pm

That is such a cute little bowl!! I love the sound of this dip — loooove caramelized onions and black beans are pretty OK themselves. :) Off to check out the recipe!


42 spabettie March 2, 2012 at 3:15 pm

you know I think of you when caramelizing onions now, right?? I WILL make those crazy cookies of yours. I HAVE to try them! ๐Ÿ˜‰


43 Jennifer B March 2, 2012 at 3:40 am

this looks so good – you constantly have me in awe, dear spabettie!


44 spabettie March 2, 2012 at 3:12 pm

thanks, Jen! XO


45 Kath (My Funny Little Life) March 3, 2012 at 4:58 pm

My consumption of roasted onions is hilarious, so this looks wonderful to me. And I LOVE THE BOWL!!!!!!!!! ๐Ÿ˜€


46 K&B N. March 5, 2012 at 10:13 pm

Caramelized Onions make delicious dishes even better


47 Hallie March 7, 2012 at 10:07 pm

PERFECT Flavor, Jason is right LOL


48 Kris @Krazy_Kris March 8, 2012 at 7:34 am

caramelized onions = secret ingredient
for anything…
they always make me feel fancy and I am always grateful I busted a move w the knife :)


49 spabettie March 9, 2012 at 10:19 am

yes, I love chopping the onion… knowing what it will turn into. caramelized onions really do improve MOST anything.


50 Jenn March 13, 2012 at 11:28 pm

congrats on foodie – you get to do some fun things, for sure!! this dip sounds great


51 Jenn April 9, 2012 at 5:32 am

made this twice this week, love it thankyou!


52 Mara May 25, 2012 at 8:09 pm

great pictures very pretty


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