Easy dips for every taste

Heather Disarro

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The kids are home for the summer and eating everything in the house. Friends are coming over for a fabulous outdoor dinner party. And you? You’ve got it under control with these simple dip recipes that can use interchangeable dippers and taste like a dream!

spicy black bean dip recipe

Spicy black bean dip

Serves 8-10


  • 2 (15 ounce) cans black beans, drained
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 small onion, chopped finely
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons chicken stock
  • 1 teaspoon cumin powder
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper


  1. In a small saucepan heat the olive oil over medium low heat.
  2. Sauté the onion in the olive oil until translucent and tender, about 5-8 minutes.
  3. Add the minced garlic and sauté for 1-2 more minutes until the garlic is softened.
  4. Add the beans, spices and chicken stock and cook until everything is heated through, about 4-5 minutes.
  5. Remove from heat and, using a potato masher, mash all of the ingredients together until desired consistency is reached.
  6. For a completely smooth dip it is best to process in a food processor.
  7. Serve warm or at room temperature with vegetables and/or corn tortilla chips.

lemon vanilla cream cheese fruit dip

Lemon vanilla cream cheese dip

Serves 8-10


  • 2 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 1 (6 ounce) container vanilla yogurt
  • 1-1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • Lemon zest (2 large lemons)
  • Lemon juice (1 large lemon) about 1 tablespoon


  1. Using a hand mixer or stand mixer, cream the cream cheese and yogurt until smooth.
  2. Add in the powdered sugar, lemon zest and lemon juice. Mix until smooth and creamy.
  3. Refrigerate for about 1 hour before serving.
  4. Serve cold with desired fruit, cookies or other desired dippers.

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Heather Disarro
Heather is the writer behind the food blog, Heather’s Dish, and the coordinator of the beauty blog, Faces of Beauty. She and her husband live at the base of the Rocky Mountains in the Denver metro area and are constantly active, especially with their two crazy lab mixes Bunker and Keira. They had their first baby, Weston, in March 2012 and have been boundlessly blessed by him every day of his life. You can find more at Heather’s personal blogs, Heather’s Dish and Faces of Beauty or send her a tweet at @heathersdish.