Little Love – Recipe: Black Bean Dip


My littles love each other.  So much.  Watching them together truly warms my heart.


No, they do not always get along. Yes, they sometimes play wrestle and fight.



But, at the end of the day, they love each other.  And, they are there for each other.




They love to watch movies, play games, pretend play, and just be together.



They feel the same way that I do…they are more complete when they are together.  They loved spending the Thanksgiving break together – playing games during the day, watching movies together at night, and sleeping late every morning.


Another thing that they love is snack food.  My littles love chips, dip, finger food, and desserts almost as much as they love each other.  They know that good things often come in small packages.

I found this Black Bean Fiesta Dip at Aggies’s Kitchen.  I love Aggie’s blog.  Yes, the name is what initially drew me there.  But, the food is what kept me hanging around.   While I do not know her, she seems sincere and genuine in every way.  If you have not visited her blog, you really should.  There is a little something for everyone there.  Needless to say, this dip was a success.  And, since it has black beans in it, I convinced myself that it could count as a healthy snack for the day.

Black Bean Dip

Black Bean Dip

This recipe is slightly adapted from the Black Bean Fiesta Dip at Aggie's Kitchen. I blended the Ro-tel and omitted the jalapenos and black olives so that my littles would eat it.


1 15 oz can black beans, rinsed and drained

1 15 oz can Ro-tel slightly drained and blended

1 red or green bell pepper, chopped

2 teaspoons chili powder

1 teaspoon cumin

1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

pinch salt and pepper to taste

2 cups shredded cheese, Mexican blend

cilantro, chopped


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. In large mixing bowl, combine black beans, blended tomatoes (I used about half the can), peppers, seasonings and 1/2 cup of the shredded cheese.
  3. Pour bean mixture into a lightly greased baking dish.
  4. Top with remaining cheese and place in hot oven.
  5. Bake for about 20-25 minutes until dip is bubbly and cheese is fully melted.
  6. When dip is out of oven, top with cilantro.
  7. Serve with baked tortillas.

 I have shared this recipe at Delicious Dishes and From Mess Hall to Bistro.


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8 Responses to Little Love – Recipe: Black Bean Dip

  1. Shirlene says:

    Oh that looks yummy and I agree “healthy” with the black beans in it. Well there are veggies in it too so it is 75% healthy! 🙂
    Your little’s are so blessed to have each other .

  2. Aggie says:

    This is the sweetest post ever! You have the cutest kids and seeing these photos of them enjoying each other reminds me of my own little ones and how much they adore each other too. Siblings are such a blessing!

    Thank you SO much for your kind words, and I love what you did with the recipe. I love Rotel tomatoes and am totally adding them next time! Your photo is making me so hungry!


    • Natalie says:

      Sweet Aggie, I have loved every post that I have read of yours. And, now to have you leave me such a kind comment…well, I knew that I was right about you…sincere and genuine. I am thinking that you must be friends with my dear friend Kristen. I am constantly amazed by the kindness of others in this cyber world in which we live. 🙂 Thank you so much for stopping by and taking the time to comment on my little blog. Made my day.

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