Garlicky Bean Spread Recipe - Flavorful Vegetarian Mexican Delight

Garlicky Bean Spread

Garlicky Bean Spread Recipe - Flavorful Vegetarian Mexican Delight
Region / culture: Mexico | Preparation time: 10 minutes | Servings: 4-6 | Vegetarian diet


Garlicky Bean Spread
Garlicky Bean Spread

Garlicky Bean Spread is a delicious and flavorful dish that is perfect for parties, gatherings, or just as a snack. This spread is packed with protein and fiber, making it a healthy and satisfying option for any occasion.


This recipe is inspired by traditional Mexican flavors, with the combination of garlic, cumin, and jalapeño pepper giving it a spicy kick. The addition of lime juice adds a refreshing and tangy twist to the dish.


How to prepare

  1. 1. In a food processor, combine lime juice, oil, cumin, beans, and garlic. Pulse 5 or 6 times until blended.
  2. 2. Transfer the mixture to a serving bowl. Stir in pepper, cilantro, scallions, and salt to taste. Serve with crackers or raw vegetables.


  • Add a tablespoon of tahini for a creamier texture.
  • Mix in some roasted red peppers or sun-dried tomatoes for added flavor.

Cooking Tips & Tricks

Make sure to rinse and drain the navy beans thoroughly before using them in the recipe to remove any excess salt or preservatives.

- Adjust the amount of jalapeño pepper to suit your spice preference. For a milder flavor, remove the seeds before chopping.

- For a smoother consistency, blend the mixture in the food processor for a longer period of time.

- Serve the Garlicky Bean Spread with a variety of dippers such as crackers, raw vegetables, or pita bread.

Serving Suggestions

Serve the Garlicky Bean Spread as a dip with crackers, raw vegetables, or pita bread.

- Spread it on toast or sandwiches for a flavorful twist.

Cooking Techniques

Use a food processor to blend the ingredients for a smooth and creamy consistency.

Ingredient Substitutions

You can use black beans or pinto beans instead of navy beans in this recipe.

- Substitute lemon juice for lime juice if desired.

Make Ahead Tips

This Garlicky Bean Spread can be made ahead of time and stored in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

Presentation Ideas

Garnish the spread with a sprinkle of chopped cilantro or a drizzle of olive oil for a beautiful presentation.

Pairing Recommendations

Serve the Garlicky Bean Spread with a side of fresh salsa or guacamole for a complete appetizer spread.

Storage and Reheating Instructions

Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Reheat in the microwave or on the stovetop before serving.

Nutrition Information

Calories per serving



- Total Carbohydrates: 20g

- Dietary Fiber: 6g

- Sugars: 1g


- Total Fat: 7g

- Saturated Fat: 1g

- Trans Fat: 0g


- Protein: 6g

Vitamins and minerals

Vitamin C: 10% DV

- Iron: 15% DV


This recipe is gluten-free and dairy-free.


This Garlicky Bean Spread is a nutritious and delicious option for a snack or appetizer. It is high in fiber, protein, and essential vitamins and minerals.


Garlicky Bean Spread is a versatile and flavorful dish that is perfect for any occasion. Packed with protein, fiber, and essential nutrients, this spread is a healthy and delicious option for a snack or appetizer. Serve it with your favorite dippers and enjoy the bold flavors of this Mexican-inspired dish.

How did I get this recipe?

The moment I found this recipe is one that will always be special to me. It was a sunny day in the early spring, and I had decided to take a walk through the bustling farmer's market in town. As I strolled past the colorful stalls filled with fresh fruits, vegetables, and flowers, my eyes landed on a small stand tucked away in the corner.

There, a kind elderly woman was selling jars of homemade preserves, pickles, and spreads. Intrigued, I made my way over to her stand and struck up a conversation. She told me that she had been making these recipes for years, using ingredients from her own garden and passed down through generations of her family.

As we chatted, she mentioned a garlicky bean spread that was one of her most popular items. She described it as creamy, tangy, and packed with flavor - the perfect accompaniment to crackers, bread, or veggies. My mouth watered at the thought, and I knew I had to try it for myself.

I asked her if she would be willing to share the recipe with me, and to my surprise, she agreed. She pulled out a tattered notebook from beneath her stand and flipped through the pages until she found the recipe for the garlicky bean spread. She handed it to me with a smile, telling me to enjoy it as much as she and her family had over the years.

I thanked her profusely and made my way home, eager to try out the recipe for myself. As I gathered the ingredients - cannellini beans, garlic, lemon juice, olive oil, and fresh herbs - I couldn't help but feel a sense of gratitude for the kind woman who had shared her family recipe with me.

I followed the instructions carefully, blending the beans with the garlic, lemon juice, and olive oil until they formed a smooth and creamy spread. I added in a handful of chopped parsley and a pinch of salt and pepper for good measure, tasting as I went to adjust the flavors to my liking.

The moment I took my first bite of the garlicky bean spread, I was transported back to that sunny day at the farmer's market. The flavors were bold and vibrant, with the garlic adding a pungent kick that was perfectly balanced by the brightness of the lemon juice and the earthiness of the beans.

I couldn't wait to share this recipe with my family and friends, knowing that it would become a staple in my own kitchen for years to come. As I sat down to enjoy my creation with a plate of crackers and veggies, I said a silent thank you to the kind woman who had shared her recipe with me, knowing that her legacy would live on through my own cooking.

From that day on, the garlicky bean spread became a beloved recipe in my collection, passed down through the generations of my own family. Every time I make it, I think back to that special moment at the farmer's market and the kind woman who shared her family recipe with me. And I am grateful for the culinary journey that led me to discover such a delicious and treasured dish.


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