Salsa Verde Pinto Bean Dip

by Sarah on October 7, 2013 · 7 comments

A random can of Trader Joe’s refried beans that moved with me to Alabama, and my favorite Whole Foods’ salsa verde (purchased on a whim the last time I was in Birmingham)IMG_3951 (1024x683)

….combined* to inspire today’s L is for Lime creation for Heather‘s Meatless Mondays A-Z.

*with some nutritional yeast and a side of sweet baked plantains covered in peach vidalia hot sauceMMAZlime

I don’t know why mashed up pinto beans were suddenly the best thing in my (L is for) life, but something about the bright infusion of salsa verde with the rich savoriness of the beans kept me craving more.IMG_4627 (1024x683)

So I set out to reinterpret my own kooky combination, albeit with a focus on (leftover) cilantro and lime (of course)…IMG_4637 (1024x683)

Salsa verde is usually made with tomatillos, but as Tuscaloosa isn’t quite the hotbed of Latin ingredients–Will someone please send m a jicama?–that I’m used to, I went with a can of diced green chiles (that somehow also ended up moving South with me) instead.IMG_4665 (1024x683)

Hot or cold…IMG_5238 (1024x682)

…or on sweet potatoes?IMG_4725 (1024x684)

Me gusta. Mucho.IMG_4705 (1024x683)

Salsa Verde Pinto Bean Dip

1 15-oz. can pinto beans, rinsed and drained

1 4-oz. can diced mild green chiles

1/2 cup fresh cilantro

3-4 Tbsp. lime juice

salt + pepper

Combine all ingredients in a food processor.

Process until just slightly chunky.IMG_20131005_152356_595 (1024x1024)

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Tricia @ Saving room for dessert October 7, 2013 at 7:59 am

Bravo Sarah! Love the tart lime and green chilis – yum!

Kaila @healthyhelperblog! October 7, 2013 at 8:02 am

Mmmm I love pinto beans! They become so deliciously creamy when pureed!

Ang @ Nutty for Life October 7, 2013 at 9:12 am

Pinto beans are rarely on my radar but after seeing this, they definitely need to be. I think my family would love this as a party or game appetizer.

Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table October 7, 2013 at 12:54 pm

Now I just want plantains with it. Maybe plantain pita bread to dip?

mrlew1 October 8, 2013 at 4:29 am

Love the Clue reference…and the post, of course. :-)

Lauren @ Me and the Mountains October 8, 2013 at 3:02 pm

I’m pretty sure I would eat this on EVERYTHING!

Hannah @ CleanEatingVeggieGirl October 10, 2013 at 2:57 pm

LOVE the sound of this!! :)

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