Bacon Black Bean DipMakes 10 Servings
6 slices bacon, chopped1 large onion, diced1 green bell pepper, seeded and diced1 jalapeño chili, seeded and finely diced1 teaspoon ground cumin3 cloves garlic, chopped1/2 teaspoon dried oregano2 (15 oz.) cans black beans, undrainedSalt3 tablespoons lime juice3 scallions, thinly sliced2 tablespoons chopped cilantro1 large tomato, diced
Cook bacon in a skillet over medium heat until crisp, 10 minutes. Drain on paper towels.
Drain all but 1 Tbsp. fat from skillet. Add onion and peppers; cook over medium-high heat until soft, 8 minutes. Add spices; sauté for 1 minute. Add beans; raise heat to high. Bring mixture to a boil, reduce heat and simmer until thickened and slightly reduced, 10 minutes.
Puree half of mixture in a blender. Stir puree into remaining mixture in a bowl; season with salt and lime juice. Let dip cool to room temperature; stir in scallions, cilantro, tomato and bacon.