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Chili Cheese Black Bean Dip

3 reviews / 4.7 average

Wait, Christmas is over already? Hmmph.

So, like, is it New Year's yet? And can we still hang out and have parties all week? And where's the Chili Cheese Black Bean Dip?

But first, you know you're a food blogger when your computer desktop looks like this:

Desktop on a computer.

This is a shameful moment for me. Not the fact that my desktop is covered with variations of dip1, dip2, and dip3 files swimming in between veggie lasagna and pretzel bites.

Cause I actually kind of like that, in a weird unorganized bloggy way.

What's shameful is that this dip rightfully belongs in the mini-crockpot.

Chili cheese black bean dip served with tortilla chips.

The real reason there is no mini-crockpot making an appearance in these photos is because I was too lazy to wash dishes. Again.

Also, mini-crockpots have high potential for awkward food photos. You know the type. Awkward family photos, awkward pet photos, etc. etc. That reminds me: have you seen Sketchy Santas? You need to. Like, yesterday.

But back to the Mini. There's just something about a mini-appliance that plugs in and keeps your Chili Cheese Black Bean dip perfectly warm and melty that you can't not love. It almost kinda makes you want to jump right in and stay a while. Orrrr for the rest of your life.

Chili cheese black bean dip with tortilla chips.

PS. I used my regular slow cooker for this recipe which is a Crock-Pot that I've had for the last five years. SO MUCH FOOD has come out of that thing over the life of this blog which is pretty impressive for a $28 kitchen appliance.

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Chili Cheese Black Bean Dip

Chili Cheese Black Bean Dip


This chili cheese black bean dip is always a hit! Made in a mini-crockpot and served with tortilla chips. Party food with just 5 ingredients!


Units Scale
  • 3 cups prepared chili, or 2 cans
  • 1 block cream cheese (I used light)
  • 3 oz. Velveeta cheese
  • 1 can black beans
  • chili powder, cumin, or cayenne to taste
  • cilantro for topping
  • tortilla chips for dipping


  1. In microwaveable safe bowl, melt first 3 ingredients. Stir well until blended together. Add black beans and seasoning, if desired.
  2. Transfer to a mini-crockpot for serving. Serve with cilantro and chips!


I didn't need to season mine at all - it just depends on the type of chili you're using and what tastes good to you.

  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Cook Time: 5 mins
  • Category: Appetizer
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: chili cheese dip, chili dip, black bean dip

Here's to a chili-cheesier 2012.

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  1. Skillful Cook Logo

    I don’t keep my images on my desktop like that…they’re in Lightroom and then into a Blogging Pics folder but suffice to say, the folder has thousands of images in it.

    Your dip looks awesome.

    And I love that wood bowl!

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      It’s overwhelming, isn’t it?! I actually have all my photos stored elsewhere on my computer, but just the most recent ones I keep on my desktop for easy access. I’m starting to have to get really specific with naming each folder because there are so many of each type of food! 🙂

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      You should! I wish I would have thought ahead to ask for one! Maybe it will be my gift to myself. 🙂

  2. Skillful Cook Logo

    Yummy 🙂 I looooooove how simple this is. And the flavors, of course, sound delicious 😀 I know what you mean about food pictures everywhere, haha. I really need a new system because they pile up so quickly!

  3. Skillful Cook Logo

    Love those two little corn chips dancing cheek to cheek. I think it is the week of dips – for parties, lunch, dinner. Maybe I can throw this one on some eggs and call it an omlette – therefore welcoming dips to breakfast. I’m a big fan of chili and cheese – together or alone – throw in the dancing corn chips, and that recipe is getting sucked right onto MY desktop!

  4. Skillful Cook Logo

    Your visitors come up with the best imagery! (ex: corn chops dancing cheek to cheek). I love it!

  5. Skillful Cook Logo

    And, umm… This is sorta related, at least to my sleep deprived brain… Jen is insisting that I serve your lemon pancakes with blueberry syrup this week AND that we host a brunch so that everyone can revel in the yumminess!

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      Mmm, I miss those! Or maybe I just miss lazy summer mornings. And on a semi-related note, I ate about 20 of those “Party Balls” from my Jakky Cookbook tonight. Gahhhh. Soo good. I’ll be serving them at our party tomorrow night if there’s any left!

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    How much, approximately, is 3 oz. of cheese? This sounds wonderful! I love the idea of making an omlette with it!

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      On the Velveeta foil, there are marks for each ounce. That’s how I figured it out. It’s probably roughly about 1/2 cup. But really, you could do as much or as little as you wanted!

  7. Skillful Cook Logo

    Taking a glimpse at the photos that say cin1, cin2 and cin3 (for cinnamon, as in cinnamon stars haha) on my desktop, I know exactly what you mean. While I usually manage to organise them all in seperate subfolders, I have reached a new kind of lazy over the last week by simply saving the photos among the originals on the sd card. Shame on me.
    Loving your dip!


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      That’s what we had last night, mixed in with a little regular chili to make us feel better. 🙂

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      Gahh, food pictures everywhere! It’s kind of fun and kind of overwhelming, isn’t it?!

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    Mahalo nui loa *thank you very much* for this AWESOME idea on a dip. I had a big family style New Years Eve party and while people were not drumming (yes we had a big drum in our living room) they were snacking out on this. There were even forks digging in minus corn chips. H A P P Y N E W Y E A R.