White Bean, Cheddar and Bacon Dip

Total Time:
45 min
25 min
20 min

4 to 6 servings

  • 6 slices bacon
  • 1 cup minced onion
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground toasted cumin, or to taste
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 (19-ounce) can white beans, such as cannellini, rinsed and drained
  • 1 cup grated sharp white cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 to 1/3 cup sour cream or yogurt, or to taste
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • Salt and cayenne, to taste
  • Assorted raw vegetables, such as carrot sticks, broccoli florets,
  • Bell pepper strips, etc. and/or tortilla chips as accompaniments
  • In a skillet cook the bacon over moderate heat, until crisp. Transfer bacon to a plate lined with paper towel and pour off all but 2 tablespoons fat. Add onion and garlic to skillet and cook, stirring occasionally, for 5 minutes. Add cumin and chili powder and cook, stirring, 1 minute. Add beans and cook, stirring occasionally, 5 minutes.

  • Transfer the mixture to a food processor and puree until smooth. Add the cheddar, sour cream, lemon juice, salt and cayenne and puree until combined well.

  • Transfer dip to a serving bowl and garnish with the bacon, crumbled.

  • Serve with crudites and/or tortilla chips.

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