Awesome and Easy Bean Dip

tortilla-chips-wikipedia.JPGOn Saturday we had some fellow soccer-loving friends over to watch World Cup, and my friend Heather brought a fantastic bean dip that was -- admittedly -- way more awesome (and quickly devoured) than the basic layered dip I made. Heather kindly sent me the recipe, which originated from her friend Betsy. I'm totally making this dip next weekend for another party I'm hosting. Yummy.
Betsy's Bean Dip

  • 1 red pepper, chopped
  • 1 can vegetarian refried beans
  • 1 bunch scallions, chopped
  • 1 8 oz can corn
  • 1 cup medium salsa
  • handful jalapenos, diced (adjust to preferred heat)
  • 15 med black olives, chopped
  • 2 tsp. cumin
  • 2 tsp. chili powder

  • 1 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese
  • 3/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro

    1. Mix the first nine ingredients (red pepper through chili powder) in a large, microwave-safe mixing bowl. Microwave on high for 5 minutes.

    2. Add Monterey Jack cheese and cilantro. Microwave 3 more minutes and mix. Serve with tortilla chips.

    Note: Can be made ahead and reheated. You also can double the recipe and freezes a batch for later.

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    Image credit: Wikipedia, tortilla chip entry