Spicy White Bean and Roasted Red Pepper Dip

White Bean Roasted Red Pepper Dip

Today, my family is flying from Florida to visit us in our new home in Austin, and I couldn’t be more excited! Now that we have our first house, pay our bills and mow our lawns, I hope they’ll think we’re good little grown ups… Even if we still like to make funny faces randomly and eat peanut butter and jelly for dinner once in a while. Grown up, yes. Acting our age, only sometimes.

In preparation for their landing in the red-meat-eatin’, live-music-tootin’, all around wonderful city of Austin, I’ve been whirring around the kitchen whipping up a variety of vegetarian-friendly snacks for them. On the menu is this delicious dip, roasted tomato salsa, eggplant parmigiana, vegetarian chili with honey cornbread, and hopefully these mouthwatering, meatless portobello sliders. Vegetarians sure can eat decadently!

But anyway, onto the dip. This tasty combination of roasted red peppers, white beans, garlic, cream cheese, and spices may not win any beauty contests, but it tastes unbelievable. As in, I-can’t-believe-I-didn’t-eat-the-whole-bowl-for-lunch unbelievable. With your favorite chips or crackers, I dare you to stop at one. Nom nom nom….

Roasted Red Pepper White Bean Dip

All you do is this: Roast your red peppers (here’s an easy guide from Ina Garten), or buy them jarred, and toss them into a food processor with cannellini beans, cream cheese, a few spices, garlic cloves, olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Give it all a couples pulses until smooth, and remember to taste as you go, since the flavors may need a little tweaking. If there’s too much spice, add a bit more cream cheese. Not enough, maybe add more red pepper flakes or chili powder. That’s all there is to it, so have fun with it!

This is a very simple, straightforward recipe for a delicious dip with unique flavors. The creamy white beans and cream cheese along with the smokey red peppers, garlic and zesty spices is a crowd-pleasing combination that I know you, and anyone you make this for, will love!

Spicy White Bean and Roasted Red Pepper Dip

Spicy White Bean and Roasted Red Pepper Dip


  • 1 15 ounce can cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
  • ½ cup chopped roasted red peppers, pat dry
  • ¼ cup cream cheese, softened
  • ½ teaspoon coarse salt
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • ¾ teaspoon ground cumin
  • ½ teaspoon chili powder
  • ¼ teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar


  1. Place the beans, red peppers, cream cheese, salt, pepper, cumin, chili powder, paprika, garlic cloves, red pepper flakes, olive oil, and vinegar in a food processor. Pulse until smooth and adjust seasonings to taste.
  2. Serve as is or refrigerate until later.
  3. Enjoy!

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  1. This dip looks awesome, I love the spice and the combination of flavours. Have a lovely time with your family :)

  2. This dip sounds and looks super tasty! Love this recipe!

  3. This looks so good! Now that its football season, I am on the lookout for new dips to try!

  4. Sounds addicting.

  5. Great dip! Roasted red peppers are one of my husbands favorite flavors!

  6. This looks delicious Georgia! A perfect dish to snack on for the first day of football…love it :)

  7. Ooh, “velvety” – I love that description! Thanks for stopping by, Charles. I hope you give this dip a try!

  8. Yes, I’d like the whole bowl, please!!

  9. Sounds like the perfect dip. I love white beans and this has just the right amount of spice!

  10. 5 stars
    Yummy – I made roasted red pepper and feta cheese dip a while back which was good… this looks like a delicious alternative! Roasted red pepper has such a wonderful flavour and the beans will make it so thick and “velvety”.

  11. Love white bean dip, so versatile with flavor combinations — yum!

  12. Yum! This looks like something I could eat off a spoon! :)

  13. This dip looks awesome! I’ll definitely be making this over the weekend when we have friends over to watch football =)

  14. Lovely dip and lovely photos. Such pretty colors.

  15. Do you recall how many red peppers you had to roast to get 1/2 cup for this recipe? I wonder if 1 will be enough. I’m excited to try it this weekend!

  16. It sounds delicious! I’m always looking for an easy but tasty appetizer recipe.

  17. 5 stars
    Found this recipe via Tastespotting, it looks amazing! As a vegetarian that will be vacationing in Austin a few months from now, I only hope the rest of the food I can eat there looks this good!

  18. Kari – About 2 roasted red peppers should do it, but this time I used jarred peppers.

  19. Yum! I can just imagine the wonderful taste of this dip! I love how thick it looks as well! I wish I was having people so I could whip this up!

  20. 5 stars
    Wow, this dip look so simple yet so tasty! And I already have all the spices in my pantry so I only need to get the beans! Can’t wait to give this a try!!!

  21. That looks lovely! Will definitelly try this recipe. Thanks for sharing!!
    You have such a lovely blog and amazing recipes!
    Definitelly added to my faves :) x

  22. I am hungry from just looking at this! I *cannot* wait to try it!!!! Thanks for posting :)

    Take care!

    ~ Tiffany

    Transfer of Health
    Healthy Living and Recipes

  23. 5 stars
    Thanks for this recipe, it was delicious with tortilla chips! I added extra red pepper flakes to give it a little heat & it was a hit :)

  24. How many does this serve?

  25. Servings vary since it’s a dip, but I’d guess around 6 servings.

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