Cheesy hot bean dip, also called Texas Trash dip, is a recipe that comes together very quickly. This comfort food will be perfect for your Super Bowl party or other gatherings. Since it is so easy to assemble and feeds a crowd, make sure to save it to your favorite recipe collection.
The dubious named Texas trash dip recipe can be found in many social gathering cookbooks. The name most likely refers to the cheesy goodness of this cheesy hot bean dip that is often served at potlucks. Traditionally served in a casserole dish covered with a thick layer of melted cheese. I like this version where the cheese is incorporated into the warm refried beans and then served with tortilla chips. This makes it easier to scoop up a delicious bite of hot bean dip goodness without destroying the cheesy blanket for the next person. I promise the recipe has plenty of cheese and taste.
Refried Beans for Cheesy Hot Bean Dip
I use canned refried beans for this recipe. You can choose whatever variety you like. (You can even swap in refried black beans if you want.) My recipe for runny refried beans is also a great option for refried beans. You would need about 2 cups of refried beans.
Most of the ingredients for this recipe are pantry and refrigerator staples. Refried beans, canned diced green chiles, and onions are always in my cupboard. I also make sure there is cumin in my spice rack since it adds a great smoky Tex Mex flavor to any dish. Since my family loves tacos of all kinds, You can usually find an envelope of taco seasoning in the pantry as well. Did you know some companies have started selling taco seasoning in the tall spice shakers as well?
Refrigerator ingredients are a bunch of staples as well. Cream cheese and cheddar or pepper jack cheese are fridge basics and I buy cilantro pretty much every week.
How to Keep Cilantro From Getting Slimy and Going Bad in the Refrigerator
When I bring cilantro or parsley home from the grocery store, I remove the twist tie or rubber band. Then holding it by the stem end, I give it a good rinse under cold running water and shake out the excess water over the sink. Picking out any brown or slimy leaves, I lay the now-washed cilantro on a paper towel and loosely roll it up.
Store the paper towel-wrapped cilantro in a tall deli container with a damp paper towel in the bottom. I fold the bottom part of the paper towel up away from the stems so the cilantro wicks up the moisture (not the paper towel). Loosely tent the cilantro with a plastic bag.
The cilantro will be fresh and ready to use all week long.
Cheesy hot bean dip, also called Texas Trash dip, is a recipe that comes together very quickly. A favorite that is perfect for tailgating.
- 1 teaspoon vegetable oil
- 1 medium onion, minced (about 1 cup)
- 1 can (16 ounces) refried beans, or 2 cups of this recipe
- 1/2 can (4 ounces) mild diced green chilies (1/4 cup)
- 4 ounces cream cheese
- 6 ounces cheddar or pepper jack cheese (about 1–1/2 cups)
- 1 ounce of taco seasoning (about 2 tablespoons)
- 1–1/2 teaspoons cumin
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
- 1/2 – 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper, to taste
- 3 tablespoons fresh cilantro, minced
- Finely dice the onion.
- In a medium saucepan over medium-high heat, add the oil and minced onion. Saute for 2-3 minutes until the onion becomes translucent.
- Stir in the refried beans, diced chiles, cream cheese, and pepper jack cheese and stir until all the ingredients have incorporated and the cheese has mostly melted.
- Add the seasoning, cumin, kosher salt, and black pepper and stir to combine. Taste and add the cayenne pepper to taste. Add the minced cilantro and stir to combine.
- To serve—transfer the Cheesy Hot Bean Dip to a dish or small crock pot and liberally sprinkle on more cheese and minced cilantro. Serve with tortilla chips.
You can use fresh or frozen Hatch chiles instead of canned minced chiles. See how versatile these chiles are at this post.
If you don’t like a lot of spice, use mild or medium cheddar cheese instead of pepper jack cheese.
To make this dish Loaded Texas Trash. Add 2-3 slices of cooked bacon that have been crumbled to the refried beans and use the bacon fat to saute the onions in.
You can garnish with sliced green onions, sliced olives, sour cream for some over-the-top cheesy hot bean dip.
Keywords: Texas Trash Dip, Super Bowl, tailgating