Thursday, November 3, 2016

Favorite Fall Recipes, Part 2 - Church-favorite Bean Dip

This bean dip is pretty legendary around our church, thanks to my husband singing its praises to everyone and making them try it. Once they do, of course they agree it's the best food they have ever tasted, period. This item goes super fast whenever I bring it, the dish gets scraped clean, people beg for more, and those who didn't get any start crying and offer their firstborn in exchange for the recipe. Or something like that. 

Are you ready? There are only a handful of ingredients that go into this, so it's super important that you buy the exact right ones, or it won't come out tasting like mine. Which would be a tragedy, and you'd be back to square one on the weeping and wailing part. 

Church-favorite Bean Dip 

1.5 lbs ground beef (grass-fed for best flavor)
1/4 cup taco seasoning (recipe here)
6 cans Trader Joe's brand "salsa style" refried pinto beans
2 cups sour cream
2 cups salsa
4 cups shredded cheddar (New Zealand grass-fed cheddar from TJ's is best)
1 tsp high quality salt (I use Redmond's Real Salt)

Brown the ground beef, then season with taco seasoning. Add it to a 6-qt slow cooker along with all other ingredients, stir thoroughly to combine, and heat on low until cheese is melted and the dip is hot, about 2 hours. Serve with corn chips (duh).

So easy, so quick, and so delicious that your family will adore you forever.

You are welcome. ;-)


  1. It sounds amazing. My boys are willing to try new foods.

  2. That ground beef is hands down the best. I've been using the packs I've gotten with onions, bell pepper, garlic of course, oregano, salt and pepper, keeping the juices and served over rice, so tasty! Thanks for sharing your recipe :) and all of the humor :)

  3. Can't wait, we make your enchilada sauce by the gallon full, the taco seasoning recipe will be a welcome addition. We finally got a Trader Joe's in our area just this year too. May I ask where you get your spices? We shop at Penzey's for ours, but it can get very expensive!

  4. This was the best. Thanks for sharing! I substituted ground venison (as our freezer is over stocked) Definitely a new addition to our menu plan!

  5. This looks awesome! I'm going to make it soon. Thanks!! We love bean dip around here.

    A comment above mentioned your enchilada sauce. That sauce is my favorite ever, but I've had to stop using it because of the wheat flour (we've had to go GF because the modern wheat was making two of our family sick). I wondered if you had figured out any way to make the enchilada sauce GF - or to make it with einkorn?? I'd love to hear about that if you have!!

    Have a wonderful week!!

  6. That cheese from TJ's is the best cheddar in the world! We're vegetarian, but this recipe looks easy to tweak as needed.

  7. This looks really ggood, and I can't wait to try it. Thank you for sharing!

  8. We call this "Mud" where I'm from. Love some mud!

  9. Yes! Thank you so much! I will definitely be adding this to my recipes and letting my family indulge. :)


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