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Bean and Bacon Dip with Salsa, Sour Cream and Cheddar

Bean dip is a San Antonio favorite. It’s such a distinctly Texan recipe that the very first Texan entry in Clementine Paddleford’s Great American Cookbook is For Bobbie Coleman’s  Texas Bean Dip, and was served to Mrs. Paddleford just a few miles from my home, in the Alamo Heights district of San Antonio. She declared that bean dip “True Texas Cuisine.” We Texans couldn’t agree more.

This version is a kitchen-sink kind of bean dip. the ingredients are everything you’d expect to see on a quesadilla or other Tex-Mex classics, all added to a single pot and simmered with a little love… And then of course, we tossed in some bacon, because everything is better with bacon. Even in Texas. We used a store bought salsa for this dish, but you could definitely use some fresh, homemade Pico de Gallo and homemade refried beans for a fresher version.

A warning though. This recipe makes a LOT of dip. You’re sure to have leftovers unless you’re feeding a crowd, which makes this perfect for Game-day. if you do have leftovers though, just whip up some tacos for dinner and use it on those. that’s what we’re doing!

Whip up a batch and let us know what you think, we’d love to hear from you!

Bean and Bacon Dip with Salsa, Sour Cream and Cheddar
Yield: 8 servings

Bean and Bacon Dip with Salsa, Sour Cream and Cheddar

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes


  • 1 (14.5 ounce) can refried beans (Traditional)
  • a splash of chicken stock (optional)
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup cooked bacon
  • 1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup salsa (mild or spicy, choose your own heat level!)
  • 1 small onion, diced


  1. Cook bacon until crispy. Drain on paper towels and crumble. Set aside.
  2. Heat refried beans, sour cream, salsa and chicken stock until just boiling. Reduce heat to medium low. Add cheese 1/3 at a time, stirring constantly. do not add next third until all cheese is completely melted. Stir in bacon and onions.
  3. Garnish with a bit of bacon, onions and a bit more cheese if desired. Serve hot.
  4. Share and enjoy

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 247Total Fat: 18gSaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 51mgSodium: 654mgCarbohydrates: 7gFiber: 2gSugar: 2gProtein: 14g

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