Raspberry Chipotle Black Bean Dip

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Raspberry Chipotle Black Bean Dip from ZestuousThis is one of my favorite appetizers. It has a hint of sweetness, a pop of spice and a mix of textures. It’s my version of a clone recipe from So Long Saloon, a small restaurant near Fort Riley, Kansas.

Every time I move to a new town, I scope out the local (non-chain) restaurants and develop a list of favorite spots and repeat dishes, like this one. That’s one of the downsides of relocating with the Army every couple of years. I fall in love with certain menu items, only to have to leave them and crave them for years to come.

Well, not this dish. Before I left Fort Riley, I frequented So Long Saloon often. So often, in fact, that I was able to dissect the flavors and create my own clone recipe.

You can find the Raspberry Chipotle Sauce near the BBQ sauce in some groceries. A few companies make this nowadays, but I usually use Bronco Bobs, which can be found at Whole Foods. Bon appétit!

Raspberry Chipotle Black Bean Dip

Yield: 4 servings

Raspberry Chipotle Black Bean Dip


  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1/4 cup chopped onion
  • 1 can black beans
  • 1/2 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cumin
  • 1 block (8-ozs.) cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup raspberry chipotle sauce
  • 1/4 to 1/2 cup pepper jack cheese, shredded


Melt butter in small pot. Add chopped onion and sauté until brown. Remove from heat and place the onion in a bowl to cool.

Dump the can of black beans into the pot. Add the salt and cumin. Stir over medium heat, mashing the beans as it cooks. Cook for about 10 minutes, until the liquid reduces and the beans have a smooth, yet chunky consistency. Remove from heat.

Add the cream cheese to the bowl of onions and stir to combine.

Place the cream cheese in the center of an oven-safe dish.

Spoon the beans around the cream cheese.

Spoon a well into the center of the cream cheese. Pour the raspberry chipotle sauce into the well.

Add pepper jack cheese on top.

Place in a 450-degree oven, until the cheese melts, and serve with tortilla chips.

NOTE: You can make this in advance and pop it in the oven right before serving. Or you can also plate this onto a microwave-safe dish and warm it in the microwave, until the cheese melts.



  1. Kaylyn

    August 18, 2014 at 1:44 pm

    Do you have any suggestions on how to make this in the crockpot? I would like to take this to a lunch function at work and wouldn’t be able to put it in an oven. Go Cats!

    • zestuous

      September 12, 2014 at 6:41 am

      I’ve never tried it in a slow cooker. I would recommend tripling all of the ingredients. Then, saute the onions and combine them with the cream cheese. Then, throw everything into the slow cooker on low. The color will be different. It will be a purplish-gray creamy bean dip, but the flavors should be the same. I would probably use 2 cups of pepperjack cheese for extra goodness. Let me know how it turns out. Go Cats!

  2. Mrs A

    May 3, 2013 at 5:20 pm

    Can’t wait to make vegan version. We’ve loved their recipe from the first time we tried it four years ago!!

  3. Jj

    April 1, 2013 at 2:14 pm

    thanks for posting, it was really good.

  4. June g.

    March 21, 2013 at 4:29 pm

    I don’t know anything about the saloon but this looks delicious! :)

  5. Nicole

    August 12, 2012 at 11:09 am

    I can not wait to make this!! Thank you!!

    Did you by any chance also create your own version of the fish tacos?? I’ve only eaten at So Long Saloon once before but I crave those tacos all the time!

    I’ve never had a fish taco like that before and would LOVE a recipe to recreate them myself.

  6. Rick

    January 26, 2012 at 5:58 pm

    Thanks a bunch for posting this! I crave this all the time but geting appetizers at So Long cuts into my liquor budget quite a bit. Will be making this asap.

  7. Alex

    January 13, 2012 at 2:23 pm

    THANK YOU ALSO!!!!! I went to K-State and will be making this ASAP. What changes have you made from the original recipe?

    Thanks, Alex

    • zestuous

      January 29, 2012 at 10:20 am

      Alex I never had a copy of the original recipe…so I don’t know how they actually make it. This is my rendition of all the flavors in the dip. Enjoy!

  8. Mrs. R

    September 9, 2011 at 4:05 pm

    THANK YOU!!!! I went to K-state and about wet my pants when I saw the words So Long Saloon. I have been craving for the dip for a long time and finally have an opportunity to make it!! Can’t wait to try it, making it tonight for a small BBQ :).

    • zestuous

      September 9, 2011 at 5:57 pm

      You’re so welcome. Let me know how it turns out! Go Cats!

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