4 Layer Black Bean Dip

4 Layer Black Bean Dip

Serves 6 30 minute prep time

Nothing bad can happen when there is a good dip around. Honestly, nothing! Think about the worst party you’ve ever been to… now imagine discovering an amazing dip just as the party reaches its all-time worst. Just the act of dipping and eating can make take a situation from dull to DELICIOUS! This is one of those dips. A party-saving, with-a-spoon eating, happy-place kind of dip. And it’s so simple to make, you’ll wonder why it hadn’t become your party companion sooner!


  • Bean Layer:
  • 1 (15oz) can black beans
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp maple syrup (the secret ingredient!)
  • 2 sun-dried tomatoes
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • A dash of cracked black pepper
  • Cashew Cream Layer:
  • 2 cups cashews
  • 3 1/2 cups water
  • 2 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • Guacamole Layer:
  • 3 ripe avocados
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 2 cloves minced garlic
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • Fresh Salsa Layer:
  • 2-3 medium sized fresh tomatoes
  • 1/2 red onion
  • 1-3 splashes of your favorite hot sauce (to taste)
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • A dash of cracked black pepper
  • Pinch of ground cumin
  • Your choice of tortilla chips


  • Warm a frying pan on medium heat with 1 tablespoon olive oil before adding black beans. Add cumin, smoked paprika, sun-dried tomatoes, sea salt and cracked pepper and stir continually for 5 minutes. Turn pan off and allow to cool.

  • Make cashew cream: Bring 2 cups of water in a pot to boil. Add cashews and boil for 15minutes, then strain from water. Add cashews to food processor with 1/2 cup water, apple cider vinegar, garlic powder and sea salt, pureeing on high till smooth. Set aside.

  • Take your bean mixture and add to your clean food processor with remaining olive oil, water and your super-secret maple syrup and puree till desired consistency. You can now taste your mix and add more sea salt, spices or maple syrup to taste.

  • Add beans to your serving dish as the first layer.

  • Add cashew cream on top of bean dip in your serving dish.

  • Make guacamole layer by mashing all ingredients together.

  • Add guacamole layer on top of your cashew cheese layer.

  • For the fresh salsa layer, roughly chop tomatoes and onion and add to bowl, mixing in all other ingredients.

  • Add this layer to the top of guacamole in your serving dish.

  • Garnish with fresh herbs and serve with crunchy veggie sticks, tortilla chips or heck, just dip your finger on in there! I won’t tell!