Lunch: Black Bean Dip (or filling!)

We all have Sheaffer to thank for today’s lunch idea!  She created this fabulous recipe as a dip…but I think it’s perfect for a lunch too.  And the best part is?  There is no baking, cooking or even heating.  It’s just that simple.  I give you…Sheaffer’s fabulous black bean dip…
So…what are your lunch options?  Well, I mixed up a batch of this and tried it several different ways.  One day, I had it with some pita chips and fruit as my lunch (and it was fabulous!).  And then the next day, I put it inside a whole wheat tortilla with a little Cheddar cheese and ate it like a taco…super yummy!  Any way you do it, you’ll love it!  Plus, look at all of those veggies.  This just might be my favorite way to eat a veggie!
  Other options…you can put it over a little Romaine lettuce and have it like a salad or you could put it inside a pita pocket.  The options are endless…and so is the flavor.
Thank you Sheaffer!
Shopping List
1 (15 oz) can of black beans, rinsed and drained
1 (14 oz) can of corn, drained
1 (14 oz) can of diced tomatoes
1/2 cup chopped red onion
the juice of one lime 
1/3 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1/3 cup red wine vinegar
Pinch of Salt and Pepper
1/4 cup chopped cilantro (optional)
1 avocado, diced (add that when you’re ready to eat it)
In a large bowl, mix all of the ingredients in order listed (except only add in avocado when you’re ready to eat it).  Cover and chill until you’re ready to eat.
Simple, right?  It’s so fresh and so flavorful!  You will find a million ways to incorporate this into your lunch.  Dip can be lunch!  (A fun lunch at that!)

And a special thanks to one of my favorite websites All Free Casserole Recipes for once again, featuring my work.  Click here to see my featured breakfast casserole recipe.

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  • Sheaffer {Pinterest Told Me To} May 22, 2013 at 10:25 am

    We actually have my mom to thank for this recipe. I really is the perfect summer recipe. And to be totally honest, I often just eat it with a spoon! šŸ™‚

  • Dawn May 22, 2013 at 10:54 am

    Yum! šŸ™‚ Adding to my grocery list to try this week;) This looks like a perfect lunch;)

  • Jessica McRae May 22, 2013 at 11:08 am

    I love this dip and make it all the time. I love to make it into a quesadilla! So so yummy!

  • Aubs May 22, 2013 at 11:50 am

    oooo….yummy!!! Love that it sounds so light & fresh and I love all of the different ideas of how to eat it!

  • aprilparrish May 22, 2013 at 12:30 pm

    Sounds perfect for summer!

  • Ginny May 22, 2013 at 12:45 pm

    Ok. I am makin' this tonight! Thanks!


  • Teresa Schaefer May 22, 2013 at 1:30 pm

    We have made this for years. It is called Cowboy Caviar and it is DELISH!

  • Stephanie May 22, 2013 at 1:47 pm

    We make this salsa, too! Actually, if you leave the avocado pit in the salsa with it, for some reason it keeps the avocado from turning brown.

    Now, I'm hungry for it!

  • Anonymous May 22, 2013 at 2:24 pm

    Thanking them for featuring your "work" sounds kind of odd. It's a recipe not a piece of work.

    • Paula May 23, 2013 at 3:54 am

      I am always amazed by the need to critize and put others down a notch. And we wonder why children do the same? NOT NICE! Be more thoughtful thsn that!
      Just my two cents!

  • Trish White May 22, 2013 at 4:54 pm

    My hubby doesn't think it's a meal unless there meat, so I toss in some grilled chicken when I make this and serve over lettuce. I love it a dip!

  • Mix and Match Mama May 22, 2013 at 6:22 pm

    It is my work. I work hard on my recipes…I am compensated for writing recipes. This is how I earn my living. Nonetheless, even if I didn't get paid a dime…creating recipes,shopping for the food, making the food, photographing food, uploading the recipe and then the additional work I had to do to get them the photos/recipes in HTML form is a lot of work. Work. It's a love but it's work.

  • katie elizabeth May 22, 2013 at 6:43 pm

    Hi Shay! I love your blog and your recipes šŸ™‚ This one in particular sounds delish! And I am slightly obsessed with the BLT pasta you re-posted a few days ago…

    I have a thought though – I'm not sure if this is even possible – but I would love to have a button that would print the recipe more concisely than printing the whole blog page (or copying and pasting into Word, which is what I usually do šŸ™‚

    Just an idea… Wish I was techy enough to know if it would work! haha – Thanks for posting your work! I love to cook, but am not super creative in the kitchen so this gives me some direction šŸ™‚

    Katie Liz

  • Jenna {Real Simple Girl} May 22, 2013 at 11:53 pm

    This looks so delicious! I even ran out to the grocery store after work to pick up all the ingredients! Can't wait to make it! My avocado just needs to hurry and ripen! šŸ™‚

  • Jen Fisher May 23, 2013 at 3:18 am

    Made this for lunch today. Added it to some mixed greens and a little grilled chicken. I also added orange bell pepper and used green onions instead of purple and chopped cherub tomatoes instead of canned because that is what I had on hand. I also think adding a chopped jalapeno would be great too. So yummy.

  • Lauren Chudzik May 23, 2013 at 1:20 pm

    I made this last night and it was really, really good. My whole family enjoyed it. Just one comment, I drained all my veggies and beans really well, but still ended up with a ton of liquid (much more than what you have in your picture). Next time I think I will try less than 1/3 cup of the oil and vinegar. Maybe a few tablespoons instead?

  • Team Seghs May 23, 2013 at 7:10 pm

    Making this today for our "kick off the summer" swim party with my next door neighbors! Thinking it'll be a dip/side dish as well as maybe a salad if I throw in some shrimp….? I'm salivating
    Shay and Sheaffer together are a powerful duo!!!!

  • Suzanne Riley May 24, 2013 at 2:36 am

    I make this from time to time and I love to serve it over some baked or grilled tilapia(or your fave fish!!). It is so fresh and kicks the fish up a notch.

  • Carly Kraemer May 27, 2013 at 2:03 am

    I make a similar recipe with the addition of chopped mangos and it's delish!!

  • {Hi Sugarplum!} May 31, 2013 at 4:01 pm

    I'm back on this post…printing it out for a Life Group pool party this weekend!!! yum — and thanks girls!

  • Carmen July 28, 2013 at 10:20 am

    I make a version of this – I use quartered cherry tomatoes, diced red onion, canned corn, chopped pickled cucumbers, lemon/lime juice, salt and pepper. Some cubed avocado added just before serving is amazing, too!! Thank you for sharing your yummy recipes with us! šŸ™‚

  • Miranda Clawson May 22, 2014 at 10:48 am

    I made this and it seemed really runny to me: but still delicious, It has been my lunch and snack for the past couple of days just adding avocado when ready to eat. I just wish i knew the trick for it not to be so soupy next time? any suggestions

  • Mix and Match Mama May 22, 2014 at 10:54 am

    It could be a couple of things…first, any time you keep fruits and veggies in the fridge for an extended amount of time, they release their juices and it becomes more like liquid. It will still taste good on day 3 but it will definitely be more runny on day 3.

    Also, make sure you are rinsing and draining your beans a lot! I use a towel to dry my beans.

    And don't forget, you can always use less of the liquid ingredients next time too!