Raspberry Chipotle Black Bean Dip

We are on the verge of full-blow football season, and we all know that football season means tailgating with all of the delicious finger food.


I love everything about a good tailgate. The excited environment, the tradition for many groups of friends and families, the passion, and of course the food. Usually all the food I would never buy or make at home for a meal or snack. Really, does anyone make 7 layer dip just to eat for dinner or a snack, why do I not do that?! It has protein and vegetables….

This is not 7 layer dip but another dip, that I’ve been playing around with for the past few years, and this dip is very much football inspired.


My (now) husband went to Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kansas- known as the Little Apple- for his master’s degree, and if anyone knows K-State they know it’s a major football school with a program enriched with history. Having gone to a university for undergrad that did not have a football team I was really excited to visit him that first fall he was in Manhattan and to take in all of the football and tailgate culture that K-State is known for.

For being a relatively small college town, Manhattan also has some really amazing restaurants. When my husband took me to one of his favorites I immediately spotted a raspberry chipotle black bean dip on the appetizer menu and had to try it. Their version is quite different than this one, because as much as I fell in love with the flavors I thought the texture could use some improvement.


Today I get to share my version of this beloved dip, which is creamy, a bit spicy, and full of flavor. The raspberry chipotle sauce is quite easy to make in the food processor or blender but if you’d prefer to skip that step you can crab a raspberry chipotle sauce at the store, I like this one.

The best part about this dip, other than that it’s addictively delicious, is that it’s really good at any temperature. Make it it advance and pull it right from the fridge, serve at room temperature, or follow the directions to bake it and serve warm and extra cheesy. We can’t decide which way we like it best, though my husband would argue that it doesn’t matter as long as you have an Old Milwaukee beer with a splash of pineapple juice along side of it- a special drink from the restaurant that inspired this recipe.


The raspberry chipotle sauce is a great recipe in and of itself too. Try using extra to marinate chicken or fish, or drizzle over grilled veggies. If you make the sauce to use on it’s own I would reduce or eliminate the jalapeño, as it’s quite spicy when not incorporated into the dip.

This really so easy, so good, and perfect for all of your tailgates this season. Who is your team?!

Tailgate Special: Raspberry Chipotle Black Bean Dip
Recipe type: Side/Snack
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Serves: 12
An easy dip, delicious both hot and cold
  • 1 c raspberries, thawed if frozen
  • 1 jalapeno, diced
  • 3 chipotle peppers plus 4 T adobo sauce from the jar
  • ½ t salt
  • 1 can black beans
  • 3 oz. cream cheese, at room temperature
  • ⅓ cup shredded mozzarella cheese (optional)
  1. Blend the raspberries, jalapeño, chipotle peppers, adobo sauce, and salt in a blender or food processor to make the raspberry chipotle sauce. Set aside.
  2. Blend black beans, cream cheese, and ⅓ c of the raspberry chipotle sauce to the same blender or food processor until desired smoothness (I like to leave some texture from the beans).
  3. Serve immediately at room temperature, drizzled with extra 2T raspberry chipotle sauce
  4. Or to serve warm: Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
  5. Spread the dip in an oven safe dish or skillet. Top with shredded cheese and bake for 5-7 minutes until the cheese is bubbly and the dip is heated through.
  6. Drizzle with the extra 2 T raspberry chipotle sauce.
  7. Enjoy with chips, crackers, or vegetables.




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Happy Football Season!

28 thoughts on “Tailgate Special: Raspberry Chipotle Black Bean Dip”

    1. Thanks, Lynn! I completely agree, restaurants are such a fun way to get inspiration. I hope you enjoy the dip this football season!

    1. Hey Linda, I clearly didn’t realize the recipe wasn’t showing up! Everything is fixed now, thanks for alerting me.

  1. Love this idea! I’m absolutely obsessed with chipotle lately (aka I have included it in every dinner this week so far!), so I need to get my hands on some raspberry chipotle sauce, stat!

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  3. That’s exactly why I love football food – it’s not something I’d normally make at home, so it’s more fun that way. This dip looks soooo flavorful!

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