Three ingredients and a minute of preparation results in a spicy yet creamy Hatch Chile and Refried Bean dip. This is nice paired with chips and salsa.
Last minute three ingredient appetizer recipes are NOT something I'm good at. I usually roast a vegetable (like this link to a sriracha butternut squash hummus) from the Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) farm share prior to processing it into a dip or layering it with other vegetables and cheese (like this link to avocado feta hummus) before serving. It's not terribly difficult, but it's got some steps.
Not this time. Not this dip.
I'd just whipped up a batch of fresh salsa using some roasted Hatch chiles and the pile of paste tomatoes from the garden [it worked fine, and was less runny than I'd expect for a fresh cantina style salsa--no recipe though] and I wanted a creamy counterpart. Looking around for inspiration, I grabbed a can of refried beans from the pantry [here's Kalyn's round up of slow cooker refried bean recipes for making your own], some cream cheese, and a couple more Hatch chiles.
Since I had the food processor out from the salsa, I used it for this dip. I think an immersion blender or just a strong, patient, arm would work as well. The result is a creamy dip with a nice kick, great served alongside chips & salsa or, as we'll see
later in the season almost a year later, excellent as a base layer for a Make Your Own Taco Bar.
Because even though last minute, 3 ingredient appetizers aren't my thing, making layered appetizers sure is.
Fast & Easy Bean & Hatch Chile Dip
1 to 3 roasted Hatch chiles, or any other roasted chiles or 4 oz cans of chopped green chiles
½ cup whipped cream cheese (or 4 ounces plain cream cheese)
1 16 ounce can refried beans (see link above for homemade refried bean recipes)
In a food processor or using an immersion blender, finely chop and blend the chiles with the cream cheese. Add the beans, and blend thoroughly. Serve. Yes, it's that easy and fast. This keeps in the refrigerator a few days, and goes nicely with fresh salsa.
|Behind the scenes: while learning to 'tell a story' with my food photos, I'm also learning to back light the photos (natural light from the window, reflected off the white things my hungry helpers are holding.|