Black Bean and Jalapeno Dip

This recipe was devised to make use of McCain potato wedges – a lovely, spicy dip which comes into the how-to-cheat category as it honestly only takes ten minutes to prepare. A note on ingredients: chair de tomate is a tomato puree and is available from Sainsburys, though half a tin of tomatoes (drained) is a perfectly good alternative. Jalapeno peppers come sliced in jars – I used Waitrose Cooks Ingredients version (Easy on the Jalapenos), but there are a number of other makes on the market.

Servse 6-8

Black Bean and Jalapeno Dip
 1 x 400g tin black beans, drained weight 230g
 1 tin chair de tomates (or ½ tin Italian tomatoes drained)
 1 tablespoon (Easy on the) Jalapenos, chopped
 the juice of 1 lime
 1 tablespoon crème fraiche
 ½ pack fresh coriander (25g)


First of all drain the black beans and rinse them under cold running water. Now place half of them in the goblet of a food processor, then add the tomatoes, jalapeno peppers, lime juice and coriander. Season well with some salt and whiz the whole lot until it is quite smooth.

Next add the rest of the black beans and give these a short burst in the processor (this is to give the dip a little bit of texture). Now transfer it all to a bowl and fold in the crème fraiche.

Taste to check the seasoning, then serve garnished with some more coriander and wedges of lime, with potato wedge (or whatever else you fancy) to dip in.

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