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This Chipotle Lentil Dip is smoky, flavorful, and brings a touch of heat. Use it to dip chips, crackers or vegetables in! Or use it as a spread on a sandwich! Either way, you can’t go wrong!
Do you snack when you get home from work (or school)? Or do you have the willpower to wait until dinner? I often get scolded because even if dinner is only 30 minutes away, I usually spoil my appetite just a touch with a snack. Usually it’s a piece of string cheese, a big handful of almonds, a banana or crackers. One of my favorite snacks is candied jalapenos on a small slice of cheddar on top of a cracker, but sadly I’m all out of candied jalapenos (weep, weep). So while I was looking for something to become best friends with my beloved salted crackers I came up with this simple Chipotle Lentil Dip.
This is a type of dip that keeps giving. You get one taste in your first bite but then it develops into a new taste as you continue. First you’ll taste the smokiness, then a slight sweetness and finally a hint of heat due to those chipotle peppers. Some people fear spicy foods so this isn’t a heat overload. It’s not going to burn your mouth, or even make you wince. It’s a good middle in the road dip that spicy food lovers and haters can both enjoy. But if you are a heat seeker, add in 2 chipotle peppers and you’ll get double the kick. With some major football games coming up be sure you make enough if you have guests coming over or are going to a friends house. This dip is completely veggie friendly and is a good alternative to snack on instead of those greasy finger goods we all eat while watching the big games.
The base of this Chipotle Lentil Dip is one of my favorite lentil recipes. I use this for for so many recipes to start with and you’ll see it featured next week. The major taste is going to come in with your can of Chipotle Peppers in Adobo Sauce. I always use La Morena brand because it’s the most authentic and can be found at every corner bodega here in NYC. They’re also available at Walmart so basically everyone can find them now! La Morena offers a bunch of products in the chili and pepper category that I always use in Mexican dishes that I’m cooking.
The dip doesn’t take long to make. Once your lentils are done then throw everything in a food processor and pulse a few times. Just like that, your Chipotle Lentil dip is ready to be thrown into a bowl to be served.
- 1/2 bag of 16 oz bag of dried lentils
- 15 oz can of tomato sauce
- 1 small green pepper - diced
- 2 tablespoons brown sugar
- 1 tablespoon cumin
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup water
- 1 Chipotle Pepper in Adobo Sauce
- 1 Tablespoon of Adobo Sauce (from can of Chipotle Peppers in Adobo Sauce)
- Combine all ingredients except Chipotle Pepper and Adobo Sauce in a pot over medium high heat. Bring to a boil.
- Reduce heat to medium, cover the saucepan and cook for 30 minutes. If lentils still aren't soft, then cook for 5-10 additional minutes.
- Pour lentil mixture in food processor. Add Chipotle Pepper and Adobo Sauce. Pulse until it's dip consistency.
- Serve and enjoy!
What can I do with this dip? Serve with crackers, chips or vegetables. Or use as a spread for your favorite sandwich.
What should I do with the leftover chipotle peppers and sauce? I put plastic wrap over the can and store in the refrigerator, it lasts for months. Whenever I need a pepper I just take one out. You can also freeze them.
This is too spicy/ this isn’t spicy enough! Cut peppers in half. Add a pepper.
Should I serve this hot or cold? I have done it both ways, so it’s up to you.
Where can I find chipotle peppers in adobo sauce? Walmart has cans in their Hispanic food aisle. If you live in NYC you can find them at pretty much every grocery store or bodega.