Sweet and Smokey Bean and Corn Dip

Story by Natalie
Sweet and Smokey Bean and Corn Dip
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This is the first post since the official beginning of fall 2017 and I’m already missing summer. I know people love fall. I get it. It’s beautiful and change is good and everything is better with pumpkin spice in it (or so I’ve heard). However, I’m just not a fan of the abundant rain we get here in the PNW. I don’t particularly enjoy being stuck inside with my young children and all of their excess energy. But mostly, I just hate how much I love sweatpants and carbs come autumn. True confession: I’m writing this in bed, in sweats, while eating a bag of chips. Fall what have you done to me? For better or worse, I’ve come to accept that until the sun shines again, I'll be here neglecting to shave my legs and lounging on the couch watching sports all weekend (and I don’t really even like football).


The beans, corn, and peppers are dressed in a smoky, sweet lime dressing...

All that laziness just really makes me hungry, and I find myself snacking...a lot. If you’re going to snack as much as I do this time of year, you better make darn sure you’re eating more than just junk food, which brings me to the recipe for this really tasty bean and corn dip. I’m pretty sure I’m addicted to it, because even though the recipe states “serves 6” I opted to just serve one. Me. And because the main ingredients are corn, chickpeas, black beans, fresh herbs, and spices I didn’t feel all that bad about it, either.

Sweet and Smokey Bean and Corn Dip

The beans, corn, and peppers are dressed in a smoky, sweet lime dressing which, when allowed to rest for at least an hour once mixed, gives the beans a chance to soak up all that zesty goodness. It’s super hearty, super bright, full of flavor, and not full of a whole lot of junk like many store bought dips can be. Don’t be surprised when you prepare this for company and then end up taking the bowl into a corner by yourself. Whether you’re football watching, movie watching, board game playing or simply reading a good book all alone, do yourself a favor and make this. And while you’re at it try not to feel guilty about your low level of productivity this fall and just join me in owning it.

Sweet and Smokey Bean and Corn Dip

Serves 6

Ingredients

1 14 oz can white sweet corn, drained
1 14 oz can black beans, rinsed and drained
1 14 oz can chickpeas, rinsed, drained and skins removed
1/4 cup cilantro, finely chopped
1/2 cup green onions minced, white and green parts
1 poblano pepper, seeded and minced
1 tbsp honey
2 tbsp lime juice
2 tbsp olive oil
1/2 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp chilli powder
1/2 tsp garlic power
1/2 tsp onion powder
1/2 tsp spanish or smoked paprika
salt and pepper to taste

Method

In a medium sized bowl combine all ingredients and mix well. Refrigerate for 1 hour (or longer) before serving. Serve alongside corn chips.