This easy, creamy refried bean dip is a guaranteed crowd-pleaser! Made with refried beans, sour cream, cream cheese, and Tex-Mex spices, it’s served warm from the oven with melted cheddar on top.
Ah, bean dip. Along with hummus, Rotel dip, salsa, and guacamole, it’s one of those instant party starters. Not only does everyone enjoy refried bean dip, but it’s also a cinch to make, which is probably why it’s so popular!
Refried bean dip is also easy to customize. Everyone has their own favorite version for serving up at get-togethers and potlucks, whether you go simple with spiced refried beans or do it up 7-layer dip style. My refried bean dip recipe has cream cheese and sour cream to add a rich, creamy texture, along with a lot of other additions to amp up the flavor.
The Best Easy Bean Dip Recipe
This is seriously the best refried bean dip recipe—once you try it, you’ll agree! Not only is it creamy and flavorful, it’s also a warm bean dip, with a layer of melty cheese on top. When it comes out of the oven piping hot, everyone at your party will rush to the kitchen! (Isn’t it funny how everyone always wants to hang out in the kitchen when there’s a party?!)
This refried bean dip is full of Tex-Mex flavor and you can adjust it to make it as spicy or as mild as you like. Two tablespoons of taco seasoning adds all the herbs and spices you need, while tabasco sauce brings the heat.
Just add your favorite dippers and you’re good to go!
See recipe card below this post for ingredient quantities and full instructions.
- Cream cheese – Use full-fat cream cheese for the creamiest texture, and be sure to use blocks of cheese, not the kind that comes in tubs.
- Sour cream – Again, I recommend using full-fat.
- Taco seasoning – Use the kind that comes in packets or homemade taco seasoning.
- Refried beans
- Onion – Yellow, white, or red onions all work!
- Tabasco sauce – Or your favorite hot sauce.
- Shredded cheddar cheese
- Use Monterey jack or pepper jack cheese instead of cheddar. A Mexican cheese blend works well too!
- For milder onion flavor, use thinly sliced green onions instead of diced onions.
- Add diced jalapeños to kick up the heat.
- Garnish the top with tomatoes, sliced black olives, green chiles, diced bell peppers, fresh cilantro, and other Tex-Mex ingredients.
How to Make Refried Bean Dip
- Prepare: Preheat your oven to 350ºF.
- Make the bean dip base: In a large bowl, stir together the cream cheese, sour cream, taco seasoning, refried beans, onion, tabasco, and 1 cup of cheddar cheese until everything is evenly distributed.
- Assemble: Scoop the bean dip into a 2-quart casserole dish or an 8×8 baking dish and smooth the top to make sure it’s even. Sprinkle the rest of the cheese over the dip.
- Bake: Place the dish in the oven and bake for 20 minutes, or until the cheese is hot and bubbly.
Let the cream cheese sit out at room temperature for at least 30 minutes before you make the recipe. Softened cream cheese will be easier to stir into the other ingredients!
What to Serve With Refried Bean Dip
My favorite thing to serve with refried bean dip is Fritos scoops—they’re perfect for scooping up all that cheesy, bean-y goodness! Other options include tortilla chips, crispy breadsticks, bagel chips, crackers, pita chips, or even cubes of homemade French bread.
How to Store Leftover Refried Bean Dip
Leftover refried bean dip should be stored in the refrigerator, where it will keep for up to 5 days. Reheat leftovers in a microwave or oven at 350ºF until hot and bubbly. You can also repurpose leftover bean dip as a filling for enchiladas!
No, bean dip is usually a mixture of refried beans, cheese, and other flavorful ingredients like onions and spices.
Yes! You can make the whole dish (minus the final bake) up to 1 day before. Cover and store in the fridge until ready to bake.
If you don’t want to use refried beans, you can use a can of black beans or pinto beans instead. Drain off the liquid, then use a wooden spoon to mash them up a bit before adding them to the other dip ingredients. They’ll give the dip a bit more texture than the smoother refried beans.
Bean dip has a creamy, cheesy texture and it’s usually mildly spiced. The flavor can vary depending on the recipe and ingredients you use, so feel free to customize it!
Yes, you can freeze bean dip for up to 3 months. Thaw overnight in the fridge before reheating.
Refried Bean Dip
- 8 ounces cream cheese softened
- 12 ounces sour cream
- 2 tablespoons taco seasoning
- 16 ounce can refried beans
- 1 small onion diced
- 6-8 drops tabasco sauce
- 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
- Preheat oven to 350ºF.
- In a large bowl, mix together cream cheese, sour cream, taco seasoning, refried beans, onion, tabasco, and 1 cup of cheddar cheese.
- Add to a 2-quart casserole dish or an 8×8 baking dish.
- Top with remaining cheese.
- Bake for 20 minutes until the cheese is hot and bubbly.
- Serve with corn chips.