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Slow Cooker Southwest Black Bean Dip With Homemade Chips

This time of year we love to get together and spend more time outside at parties and BBQ’s with friends and family. If we’re heading out, of course it’s customary to bring a dish and so I always do (and often bring several). This way I know that I’ll have something healthy to eat and can also share with my loved ones how delicious healthy eating can be. This fun recipe for Slow Cooker Southwest Bean Dip is going to be put to big use this year for sure! 

As crazy as it has been around here with a new baby, I’m always looking for ways to keep my food simple and even when I’m busy I don’t want to go down the road of buying processed foods full of health-wrecking additives. When I recently checked out the ingredients on bean dips at the store, my mind was reeling. Way back in the day, I used to love Fritos Bean Dip and actually thought it was good for me because it’s low fat and had fiber. Boy was I wrong!

Besides that GMO warning on there now, Fritos Bean Dip is loaded up with “natural flavors”.

This ingredient sounds clean and innocent, but isn’t what it seems! This is how food manufacturers can get away with putting all kinds of hidden ingredients in your food and just mask it under the name “natural flavors”. Companies use them because it’s cheaper than using real food ingredients and they help make heavily processed food taste good (and addicting). Natural flavors are highly complex chemical concoctions that can contain up to 100 ingredients, including substances like propylene glycol and BHA – and none of these need to be identified on the label. Since I like to know exactly what I’m eating, natural flavors are a no-go for me! 

Tostitos Bean Dip is even way worse with artificial colors (yellow #5 and #6) derived from petroleum, controversial preservatives, and MSG. This is no way to party!! 

If you’re going to eat dip, you need some chips right?

Beware that almost all tortilla chips and pita chips are made from GMOs and inflammatory oils like corn and cottonseed oils

That’s not the only reason to avoid conventional chips like these… as I reported previously, some Stacy’s Simply Naked Pita Chips (non-GMO and non-organic version) were tested and found to have over 800 ppb of glyphosate weedkiller (aka Roundup) in them – and that’s more than what’s permitted in drinking water. Yikes!

If you’re going to use store-bought chips, make sure that you only buy certified organic chips to avoid GMOs and greatly reduce your risk of glyphosate exposure. Instead of buying a bag of chips from the store, I prefer to make chips at home with sprouted grain tortillas or pitas. Nothing beats the flavor of these homemade chips!

This Southwest Black Bean Dip is so super simple to make, you just basically throw the ingredients in your slow cooker and when you come back in a couple hours it’s practically ready to go.

A lot of people just pull out their slow cookers in the winter, but I think they’re perfect for summer cooking so you don’t heat up your house. If you are trying to eat a healthy diet but are limited on time, using a slow cooker makes it virtually effortless to stick to eating unprocessed food on a regular basis. This recipe comes from my Real Food Slow Cooker Guide, which has over 50 slow cooker recipes that are all incredibly delicious and easy. These recipes are so simple and hassle-free that they make a healthy lifestyle a breeze! 

Next time you’re headed to a party, bring these homemade chips and Southwest Black Bean Dip with you. You can always double or triple the recipe – it’s a crowd pleaser! 

Food Babe's Southwest Black Bean Dip
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Serves: 4
  • 1½ cups cooked black beans
  • ½ yellow onion, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • ½ cup goat cheese, crumbled
  • ¼ cup scallions, chopped, divided
  • 1 tomato, peeled, seeded and diced
  • 2 tablespoons fresh cilantro, chopped
  • sea salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons pumpkin seeds (pepitos)
  1. Place all of the ingredients except 1 tablespoon of the chopped scallions, lime juice, and pumpkin seeds in the slow cooker.
  2. Cook on high for 2 hours or until the goat cheese is melted.
  3. When done, turn off the slow cooker and mash the beans. Transfer to a bowl and mix in the lime juice. Garnish with 1 tablespoon of scallions and the pumpkin seeds. Enjoy!
**Please choose all organic ingredients if possible.**

Food Babe's Pita or Tortilla Chips
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Serves: 8
  • 1 pack of ezekiel whole wheat pita or small tortillas
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • ¼ tsp paprika
  • ¼ tsp sea salt
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Cut pita or tortilla into triangle wedges with a pizza cutter.
  3. Mix wedges with coconut oil, paprika and sea salt in a large bowl.
  4. Place wedges on a baking rack and bake at 400 degrees for 8-10 minutes until crisp.
  5. Remove from oven and enjoy!
**Please choose all organic ingredients if possible.**


If you enjoy this recipe, you’ll love the Real Food Slow Cooker Guide: 

Get it here

  • 20 Lunch & Dinner Recipes
  • 11 Snack & Sides Recipes
  • 10 Breakfast Recipes
  • 5 Dessert Recipes
  • 5 Drink Recipes
  • Food Babe Approved Slow Cooker Buying Guide
  • Slow Cooker Tips Guide
  • Slow Cooker Do’s & Don’ts Guide

Share this recipe with all of your friends and family who are still buying Fritos Bean Dip and GMO chips! 



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23 responses to “Slow Cooker Southwest Black Bean Dip With Homemade Chips

  1. This is great advice, but unfortunately the ingredient Natural flavors is so common. Even if the food is organic or non-gmo I don’t like this ingredient because it can contain something I’m allergic to & there is no way for me to know & also being a vegetarian I don’t want to consumer animal ingredients either. I think they should have to be specific when it comes to ingredients

  2. Crazy how the food we grew up on is toxic poison! Staying away from the natural flavoring is a must! I have been buying the Late July purple corn chips for a while now and they are delicious- heirloom purple corn and organic. I am definitely going to try this chip recipe though!

  3. Any chance your slow cooker guide will be in a print edition? Have no printer, like to use a book! Thank you for all you do.!

    1. Would buy the slow cooker guide if it were in a print edition I like to use a book also. Would also buy a book for my sister. I too thank you for all that you do!!!!

  4. So what’s your thoughts on lead and slow cookers? I swear, it’s always one step forward and two steps back.

      1. It’s in them, unless the slow cooker says it’s lead-free. When there’s a small fissure in it’s surface, it will leave into your food.

  5. Hi Vani!
    I am laughing so hard because my husband has been making your at home tortilla recipe for years. No, seriously, I’ve been laughing at his creativity, even ribbing him about it. He just told me, “See now that Food Babe published the recipe, I’m a hero”. He is a hero, and maybe I should tell him more often. Sometimes I’m too busy studying food at that I forget to appreciate the creations of my husband in out own kitchen. Thanks so much for the wake-me-up call.

  6. I tried to pin this about some of the chips not to buy and it says unable to pin from this site. I tried from google and duck duck go.

  7. Aldi supermarket has great organic tortilla chips that are cheap. Their Bio brand.

  8. Not too keen on using wheat pita products. Wheat his sprayed with glyphosate . Wheat is contra indicated for those with Leaky Gut.

    1. Lizzie – Thankfully organic wheat is not sprayed with Glyphosate! Also if you use organic sprouted wheat it removes some of the phytic acid that can cause issues for people with leaky gut.

  9. Thanks for the recipe. The hubs and I recently had black bean dip at a restaurant and thought it was delicious and something that we’d like to make at home so we’d have control over the ingredients! This recipe is perfect!

    I’d like to offer a dip recipe that I’ve been making for years. It’s perfect with chips and vegetables and my family even uses it as a spread on sandwiches and hamburgers. Everyone who tries it wants the recipe. I haven’t purchased dip from a store in over two decades.

    Two 8 ounce packages of organic cream cheese
    8 ounces of organic sour cream
    One medium white or yellow onion (adjust amount to your taste)
    One to two teaspoons of lemon juice (adjust amount to your taste)
    1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon of seasalt (adjust amount to your taste)

    Bring cream cheese to room temperature. Dice the onion. Blend softened cream cheese, sour cream, salt, onion and lemon juice together. Add a little more salt or juice or onion to taste if needed. Keep refrigerated. Keeps for about a week.

  10. I like to make my own bean dip but if there is a time constraint there is a company called “Better Bean” out of Portland, Oregon. they make wonderful bean products and here are the ingredients for my favorite skillet refried red beans one: Red Beans, Water, Onion, Tomatillo, Apple Cider Vinegar, Olive Oil, Organic Jalapeño Pepper, Sea Salt, Garlic.
    not bad huh? I would also save a goat and leave out the goat cheese. please choose mercy over misery. I appreciate most of your recipes where you give the vegan option. Not that we can’t figure it out but that is thoughtful of you to do so.
    thank you for all the good work you do.

  11. Hey Vani, thanks for the information on all of the products. I have been an advocate for healthy foods for many years and one of Monsanto’s worst enemies. I can’t imagine how these companies can live with themselves, poisoning helpless babies like they do.
    Of course the reason for GMO foods is due to our now unmanageable population, not just losses of corporate dollars. Why can’t these companies shred up organic hemp fibers to add to products instead of using plastic powder?
    Gonna try the chips. Keep on smiling, Whitemorn 😉

  12. I grew up with homemade pinto beans…( we were poor). But now I can see that it was the best deal!..
    Thanks for black bean recipe! 🙂

  13. I am new to all of this…so many things i never knew and need to learn. One big question that keeps going through my mind is i wonder what the people that work for monsanto eat? It is really such a shame that people are being fed all these poisons. I am RN and work in the neonatal intensive care unit and its really sad that the majority of healthcare is clueless..

  14. Is your slow cooker booklet vegetarian or mostly vegetarian? I would buy it if I knew for sure that it is. Thank you!

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