Beanis Dip


This is one of my all time favorite chip dip recipes and is what Ben and I took to our Memorial Day/Birthday BBQ last Saturday. It’s super fresh and you’ll get all your veggies in while eating it! Oh, and you must call it Beanis Dip, otherwise it just doesn’t taste as good.


  • 1 green bell pepper
  • 3 vine ripened tomatoes
  • 1/2 large red onion
  • 1 jalapeno pepper
  • 1 clove fresh garlic
  • 1 bunch cilantro
  • 1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 can corn, drained
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • S&P
  • 1 small bottle Zesty Italian salad dressing


  1. Chop up ingredients from bell pepper to cilantro and place in a large bowl.
  2. Add drained and rinsed black beans, drained corn, cumin and S&P.
  3. Add ~three quarters of the small bottle of Zesty Italian Dressing.
  4. Mix well and add more dressing if needed.
  5. Serve with chips and enjoy!



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  1. Rose 05.26.2009

    I will certainly save this recipe for a summer salad this year!

    • joan illmann 06.18.2012

      just letting you know that the beanis salad is awesome

  2. spiffykermscom 05.26.2009

    Mmmmm Mmmmz. Minus the onions! :)

  3. Anne K. 05.26.2009

    That looks awesome! And I love the name :D I’ll definitely be making this sometime this summer– thanks!

  4. Jen 05.26.2009

    Looks delicious! I have made a similar salad before… but not with the Italian dressing – I like that addition!

  5. alice 05.26.2009

    This looks awesome and so easy. Thanks for sharing.. I am going to bring this to the next bbq!

  6. Lindsey Mots 05.26.2009

    I see you spiced up Beanis!!! I’ll have to try!

  7. Sharon 05.26.2009

    Oh wow, I love it. And love the colors too!

  8. Robin 05.26.2009

    That name is awesome. It made me do a double-take when looking at google reader. Looks yummy!

  9. Lauren 05.26.2009

    Wow-this is one of the most beautiful salads I have ever seen.

    I’m book marking this one for future use. Thanks so much for sharing this recipe!

    Hope you had a wonderful day!! :)

  10. Heather 05.26.2009

    Beanis…haha… I’ll make it in the future just so I can tell people I made beanis dip

  11. Alison 05.26.2009

    Love it! So fresh looking. I’ve made salads like that before and I always feel good after eating them.

  12. Luann 05.27.2009

    Looks so so good and fresh! Can’t wait to spring this one on my family at our next cook out! Yummy!

  13. AshleyWood 05.27.2009

    I have to say I was sort of looking for a shout-out here! No credit to the beanis originator? :)

  14. I just made this a few weeks ago for the first time. The friend who gave me the recipe calls it Texas Caviar. Another friend suggests adding slices of avocado too, which sounds like a great idea. It makes so much that I found myself throwing in another can of corn and beans a few days later just to keep it going.

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  18. Kristin 05.27.2009

    Sorry! Credit for Banis given to AshleyWood’s MOM!!!

  19. AshleyWood 05.27.2009

    Of course I love your additions!!

  20. Kristin 06.23.2009

    Ooo Avocado does sound like an amazing addition! I’ll have to remember that for next time!

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