This 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!
- 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.