CookingLight diet CookingLight diet
Photo: Greg DuPree
Active Time
20 Mins
Total Time
1 Hour
Serves 12 (serving size: 1/3 cup)

Serve this crowd-pleaser with tortilla chips, crudités, and mini sweet peppers. You don’t want to deny guests the deliciousness of tortilla chips, but those can get a little heavy. Supplement with veggie dippers to keep things lighter overall. If you can find them, use a blend of red and green jalapeños for the best color. Don’t worry if you can’t scrape off all the skins after charring; a little bit in the dip will be tasty. 

How to Make It

Step 1

Preheat broiler with oven rack in top position. Arrange jalapeños on a foil-lined baking sheet. Broil, turning occasionally, until charred on all sides, about 8 minutes. Wrap jalapeños in foil from pan; let stand 10 minutes. Rub off skins; discard skins. Discard stems, membranes, and seeds. Finely chop jalapeños.

Step 2

Reduce oven temperature to 350°F. Process beans, cream cheese, mayonnaise, cumin, salt, and garlic in a food processor until smooth, stopping to scrape down sides of bowl as necessary. Add jalapeños and onions; pulse just until combined. Spread mixture evenly in a 9-inch pie pan coated with cooking spray; top evenly with Colby Jack cheese. Bake at 350°F until cheese melts and dip is bubbly, about 20 minutes. Remove dip from oven; sprinkle with bacon and cilantro, if desired.

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