Black Bean Salsa

Last week I mentioned that I was on a little bit of a dip craze so it shouldn’t be surprising that I have another dip to share with you today. This time however, I strayed away from the creamy variety and decided to go in the chunky salsa direction. But this is not just any salsa. Sure it has tomatoes in it, but alas they are not the stars. Instead black beans take the stage. There are also special appearances by onion, fresh cilantro, chili powder, cumin and, just for a little kick, some cayenne pepper.

Chips and salsa is one of my all time favorite snacks. And I have pretty high expectations when I hear the world salsa. I automatically think tons of tomatoes, onions, spicy peppers, garlic and a little cilantro. The last thing I would ever think of is beans in my salsa, that is until I tried black bean salsa. The beans add a lovely velvety texture and create a nice change of pace from the traditional tomato base salsa. It’s also worth noting that black beans are actually really healthy for you as they are full of dietary fiber and antioxidants.  So this salsa is delicious and healthy for you. Love it when that happens.

Black Bean Salsa Recipe

Maekes 1 cup Prep Time:


  • 1 (15 ounce) can black beans, drained
  • 1/3 cup minced onion
  • 2 medium tomatoes, seeded and diced
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro
  • kosher salt to taste



Combine all ingredients in a bowl. Cover and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes to let the flavors mingle. The longer the better.


Serve with tortilla chips.



Leave a Comment

  • Reply
    March 23, 2012 at 4:04 pm

    I LOVED this dip. I ate it so fast I can’t believe I even tasted it. The flavors are all amazing. It is also really filling. I agree with Soma…I could’ve eaten this with a spoon! But multigrain tortilla chips were also amazing with it. Thank you for the recipe.

  • Reply
    August 25, 2009 at 10:16 am

    I want this for dinner tonight.

  • Reply
    August 25, 2009 at 7:39 am

    you know with a recipe like this, i don’t even need chips. i am known to eat this with a spoon, after spoon just by itself.

  • Reply
    August 25, 2009 at 4:33 am

    I saw a a photo on tastespotting and i had to check out the recipe cause i`m making a salsa for my mother`s birthday… this is a great idea and looks so delicious…

  • Reply
    August 24, 2009 at 5:13 pm

    Mm love black beans. Great easy dip!

  • A little bit about me...

    Hi! I am Des! Welcome to Life’s Ambrosia where Dinner is served and memories are made. Here you will find over 1000 tried and true recipes for every possible occasion. In the last 10 years, this blog has helped millions of families put dinner on the table and create food memories. Let me help you too. Read more »

    Have new recipes emailed to you.