Any-Bean Dip

Move over, mayo! This dip can be made with any kind of bean (kidney, black, white, and chickpeas are our favorites). It’s a great addition to turkey or cheese sandwiches. Or fill a sandwich with vegetables and bean dip, the way you’d use hummus. Of course, it’s also good scooped up with carrots and celery, or whole-grain tortilla chips. 

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Hands-on time: 15   |    Total time: 15   |    Makes: 6 Servings


Cutting board
Sharp knife (adult needed)
Food processor (adult needed) or potato masher or fork
Can opener
Strainer or colander
Measuring cup
Measuring spoons
Medium-sized bowl (if you’re mashing by hand) 


1 (15-ounce) can beans, drained and rinsed with cold water
1 garlic clove, peeled and finely minced
1⁄4 cup cup olive or vegetable oil
3 tablespoon fresh lemon juice (about 1 lemon) or apple cider vinegar
1⁄2 teaspoon kosher salt


Wash your hands with soap and water, then gather all your equipment and ingredients and put them on a counter.

  1. Put all the ingredients in the food processor fitted with a steel blade and process until completely smooth. If you are adding optional ingredients (see Fancy That!, below), add them now, and pulse to combine.
  2. OR
  3. Put all the ingredients in the bowl and mash the beans with the potato masher or fork until they’re as smooth as you want them (or have the patience for).
  4. Taste the dip. Does it need a squeeze of lemon or a pinch more salt? If so, add it and taste again.
  5. Use right away or spoon into a lidded container, cover, and refrigerate up to 2 days. 


Add any of the following:

  • Grated zest of 1 lemon or lime

  • 1⁄2 cup chopped fresh basil, parsley, or cilantro leaves

  • 1⁄4 cup Spinach Pesto or chopped olives

  • 2 tablespoons chopped chili peppers, chives, onions, or shallots