The natural smokiness of chipotle chiles get an extra boost with liquid smoke in this recipe, a pleasing cross between a salsa and bean dip.
dried chipotle chiles
cans (15.5 or 15 oz each) pinto beans, drained, rinsed
teaspoon liquid smoke, if desired
large garlic clove, minced
tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
each of green, yellow and red bell pepper
Italian plum tomatoes, chopped
cup shredded Mexican cheese blend (4 oz)
oz tortilla chips
Heat oven to 375°F. Place chiles in small bowl; cover with boiling water. Let stand 10 minutes or until soft. Drain chiles, reserving 3 tablespoons of soaking water. Remove and discard seeds from chiles; coarsely chop chiles.
In food processor bowl with metal blade or blender container, place beans, chiles, reserved water, liquid smoke and garlic; process on high speed until well combined. Stir in cilantro. Place mixture in ungreased shallow 9-inch glass pie pan. Cover with foil.
Bake 15 to 20 minutes or until mixture is thoroughly heated. Meanwhile, cut bell peppers with cactus, coyote and moon-shaped cookie cutters; set aside.
Uncover dip; sprinkle with tomatoes and cheese. Bake 2 to 3 minutes longer or until cheese is melted. Garnish top of dip with bell pepper cutouts. Serve with tortilla chips.
If you use canned chipotle chiles in this dip, it is not necessary to soak them as directed in the recipe. Add the canned chiles directly to the beans in the food processor, along with 3 tablespoons of the adobo sauce from the can in place of the soaking liquid.
Since this menu has several appetizers, you can choose to make one recipe of bean dip or more.
NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING
Serving Size: 1 Serving
- Calories from Fat
% Daily Value
- Total Fat
- (Saturated Fat
- 3 1/2g,
- 3 1/2%
- Trans Fat
- Total Carbohydrate
- (Dietary Fiber
% Daily Value*:
- Vitamin A
- Vitamin C
Exchanges:3 Starch; 0 Fruit; 0 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 1/2 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 2 Fat;
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.