Thursday, September 30, 2010


Is it a dip, a salsa, or a salad? This wonderful combination of beans, fresh crunchy vegetables decked out in Zesty Italian dressing can serve many purposes. We put it in a plastic container to take tailgating. Using Tostitos Scoops chips, kids and adults gobble up their vegetables in this tasty dip.

So crunchy, so colorful, so flavorful, so good.  Enjoy!!!

As a salsa, it would add lively flavor and crunch to a steak taco. With a cheese quesadilla, bean salsa makes a snack into a nutritious meal. Spooned over enchiladas or burritos, the color and crunch would be a delightful addition.

As a salad I have visions of it stuffed into hollowed out peppers or nestled on an iceberg lettuce leaf. It would make a stunning fall centerpiece to a buffet table stuffed into a hollowed out purple cabbage. The colors would be beautiful. The colors in the dip, salsa or salad would also be great for Christmas parties.  If you don’t want to go to that much trouble to hollow out vegetables, just put the mixture in a pretty clear glass bowl.

Cindy says the Zesty Italian is a must; be sure to drain and rinse beans well.

1 can (15oz) black beans, drained and rinsed
2 cans (15oz. each) pinto beans, drained and rinsed
2 cans (11oz. each) white corn, drained and rinsed
5 Roma tomatoes, chopped
1 large green pepper, chopped
2-3 bunches green onions, chopped
1 small can sliced black olives, drained
Kraft Zesty Italian dressing, a must
Cilantro, a bunch or to taste

Ingredients:  Pinto beans, black beans, white shoepeg corn, Roma tomatoes, green pepper, green onions, black olives, Zesty Italian dressing, and cilantro.

Mix all the ingredients together and put into a large bowl.  Add Zesty Italian dressing to taste, some people like more than others.  Chill to blend flavors.

Drain Pinto beans and rinse well.

Drain black beans and rinse extremely well.

Drain and rinse cold.

Chop Roma tomatoes.  I substituted Juliete tomatoes because I wanted to use them before they spoiled.

Chop green onions.

Chop green pepper.  Ignore the chopped white onions as they were for something different. :)

Drain black olives.

Chop cilantro.  Add as much cilantro as you liike.  We are not real fond of it so we don't add much.

Combine all the ingredients in a large bowl.  Add Zesty Italian dressing to taste.

Cindy's Fabulous Bean Dip on Tostitos scoops.  I dare you to eat just one.  Enjoy!!

1 comment:

  1. Nancy D. told me she likes to add chopped red onion and chopped, drained, canned artichokes to this recipe. Sounds good.