This Cheesy Bean Dip makes the absolute best appetizer. It’s a warm, cream cheese bean dip, full of great Mexican flavors and tastes great served with everything from tortilla chips to fresh veggies.
Easy Cheesy Bean Dip
Without a doubt, this is one of the best Cream Cheese Bean Dip recipes. Not only is it so good that you just can’t stop eating it, but it’s simple to make, uses only a few ingredients, and can be used for all sorts of different purposes. It's a great bean and cream cheese dip for nachos, you can dip with tortilla chips, spread into a taco shell, or even spread over pizza dough to make Mexican pizza.
Along with the refried beans, cheddar cheese, cream cheese, and sour cream we also add salsa and a bit of taco seasoning to liven things up. It really is the best bean and cheese dip. Topped with extra cheese, it bakes up all melty, gooey and so amazingly yummy.
What to Serve with Cream Cheese and Bean Dip
Here’s a few ideas of tasty little vessels for dunking into your Cheesy Bean Dip:
Cream Cheese and Bean Dip Ingredients
- Refried Beans - you can use traditional, vegetarian or jalapeño refried beans from the can or make your own homemade refried beans from scratch.
- Cream Cheese - make sure this is at room temperature and softened so that it will mix well with the rest of the ingredients. If you forget to pull it out to room temperature, you can transfer to a microwave safe dish and heat for about 10 seconds at a time until softened, but not melted.
- Salsa - any type will work great.
- Sour Cream - you can use full fat or lite.
- Shredded Cheese - we usually use cheddar cheese, but a blend of Mexican cheese or Pepper Jack would also work great.
- Taco Seasoning - you can find this in either the spice section or the Mexican section at the grocery store.
- Toppings - you can go pretty simple and just top with diced fresh tomatoes and sliced green onions, or go nuts and add all of your favorite taco toppings, such as olives, salsa and fresh cilantro.
How to Make Cheesy Bean Dip
- Mix. In a large mixing bowl, combine the refried beans, cream cheese, salsa, sour cream, 1 cup of shredded cheese and taco seasoning. Mix until well combined. Spread the bean mixture into the bottom of a 9" x 9" baking dish, then evenly sprinkle 2 cups shredded cheese over the top.
- Bake. Bake in a preheated oven for 30 minutes, or until cheese is bubbly and lightly golden brown.
- Serve. Garnish with fresh tomatoes and green onions and serve immediately. Enjoy!
Recipe Variations for Cheesy Bean Dip
If you are a warm bean dip fan, give one of these easy recipe variations a try:
- Spicy Jalapeño and Chorizo Bean Dip: Sauté chorizo and diced jalapeños, then mix them into refried beans and cheese. Top with additional sliced jalapeños for extra heat.
- Layered Mexican Fiesta Dip: Create 7 layers with refried beans, guacamole, sour cream, salsa, and shredded cheese. Garnish with chopped cilantro and serve with tortilla chips.
- Black Bean and Corn Cheesy Dip: Mix refried beans with black beans, corn kernels, and a blend of cheeses. Add a squeeze of lime juice and chopped fresh cilantro for brightness.
- BBQ Pulled Pork Bean Dip: Combine shredded BBQ pulled pork with refried beans and cheese. Top with diced red onions and chopped fresh cilantro.
- Tex-Mex Taco Bean Dip: Mix taco seasoning into refried beans, layer with seasoned ground beef, cheese, and your favorite taco toppings like lettuce, tomatoes, and olives.
Storing and Reheating
- Make-Ahead: this Cheesy Bean Dip can easily be mixed up to 2 days in advance. Just mix the ingredients as directed, spread into your baking dish but hold off on sprinkling the cheese over the top. Once you are ready to bake, remove from the fridge while you preheat the oven, sprinkle the cheese over the top and pop in the oven!
- Storing Leftovers: leftovers can be covered and kept in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
- Reheating: either reheat a small portion in the microwave, or else preheat an oven to 300 degrees, cover the baking dish with aluminum foil so that your dip doesn’t dry out, and warm as needed.
Cheesy Bean Dip Recipe
- 30 oz Refried Beans traditional or jalapeno
- 8 oz Cream Cheese room temperature
- ½ cup Salsa your favorite kind
- ½ cup Sour Cream
- 3 cups Shredded Cheddar cheese reserve 2 cups to top before baking
- 1 Tablespoon Taco Seasoning
- ½ cup Tomatoes diced for garnish
- 2 large Green Onions sliced for garnish
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- In a large mixing bowl, combine the refried beans, cream cheese, salsa, sour cream, 1 cup of shredded cheese and taco seasoning. Mix until well combined.
- Spread the bean mixture into the bottom of a 9" x 9" baking dish, then evenly sprinkle 2 cups shredded cheese over the top.
- Bake in a preheated oven for 30 minutes, or until cheese is bubbly and lightly golden brown.
- Garnish with fresh tomatoes and green onions and serve immediately. Enjoy!
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This Cheesy Bean Dip is warm, creamy, full of great Mexican flavors and tastes great served with everything from tortilla chips to fresh veggies. Use it to dip with tortilla chips, spread into a taco shell, add to nachos or even spread over pizza dough.