Easy Butter Bean Dip Recipe for a Creamy Hummus Style Dip. Copyright © 2022 Terence Carter / Grantourismo. All Rights Reserved.

Easy Butter Bean Dip Recipe for a Creamy Hummus Style Dip with Crispy Pita Chips and Crudités

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The easy butter bean dip recipe makes a creamy hummus-like Mediterranean dip flavoured with garlic, onion, cumin, and lemon. A little Greek yoghurt gives this creamy white bean dip an even creamier consistency, while fresh lemon juice adds tang, and cumin brings subtle spice. Finished with extra virgin olive oil and a sprinkle of smoky paprika, it’s fantastic with crispy pita chips and crudités.

We adore our homemade dips and this addictively delicious and super-easy butter bean dip recipe is no exception. I don’t know about you, but we’d much prefer to take ten minutes to make a dip from scratch than buy a shop-bought dip any day, as regular readers would know from all the homemade dip recipes we’ve shared over the years.

Homemade dips prepared from scratch, such as this easy butter bean dip recipe, are not only cheaper to make than to buy store-bought dips, but they’re also healthier, as they don’t contain all those ingredients listed on the labels that sound like they should belong in a science experiment rather than something to eat.

If you enjoy this butter bean dip recipe, you should also try this Antalya style Turkish white bean salad recipe, which I’ve made with butter beans, although you can use any white beans.

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Butter Bean Dip Recipe for a Creamy Hummus Style Dip with Crispy Pita Chips and Crudités

Before I share our easy butter bean dip recipe, I need to give a shout-out to some of our other homemade dip recipes made from scratch, especially if you’re arriving here for the first time. If you’re not, if you’re a regular reader, feel free to keep scrolling all the way down to our Mediterranean white bean dip recipe.

If you’re a first-time visitor (welcome!), we’ve got dip recipes for everything from an authentic hummus that a Lebanese friend taught Terence to make when we lived in Abu Dhabi years ago to retro dips such as a French onion dip prepared from scratch and a smoked salmon dip made with cream cheese, sour cream, capers, and gherkins.

We also have an easy olive tapenade recipe based on the traditional French tapenade from Provence in southern France that’s made with just four ingredients – black olives, capers, anchovies, and olive oil – along with an easy grissini-style cheese straws recipe to make to go with it. Perfect for your charcuterie boards and cheese plates.

We’ve also got Asian dip recipes, both classic and original, for everything from the traditional Thai dips or relishes such as this nam prik num recipe, which makes a smoky green chilli dip that’s one of the best known Northern Thai specialties, to our nam prik ong recipe, which will make you a spicy pork and tomato dip.

You’ll also find dips we’ve concocted, such as Terence’s incredible eggplant dip recipe based on a classic Sichuanese braised eggplant dish which Terence transformed into an amazing dip, for which he also created spicy Sichuan flavoured sourdough crackers.

And we have recipes for global favourites such as a very traditional Mexican guacamole, a classic red tomato salsa, and a Tex Mex-style chilli bean dip. Plus, we’ve got recipes for homemade sourdough crackers and tomorrow I’ll add a recipe for homemade pita chips.

But I’ve got distracted! So let me tell you a little bit about this easy creamy butter bean dip recipe.

Easy Butter Bean Dip Recipe for a Creamy Hummus Style Dip. Copyright © 2022 Terence Carter / Grantourismo. All Rights Reserved.

Our easy creamy butter bean dip recipe will make you a Mediterranean white bean dip that’s typically served as one dish among an array of small plates that form a spread of delectable snacks or appetisers called mezze, meze or mezedes in the Arabic-speaking Mediterranean countries, Turkey and Greece, respectively.

Cypriot, Italian and French cuisines all have some sort of similar white bean dip recipe. As do the Romanians, Albanians, and I’ve heard the Bulgarians do as well, and perhaps some of the other Balkan countries.

Though from what I’ve discovered so far their white bean dips are more of a sort of white bean salad or white bean stew, so until I’ve done more research I’m calling this butter bean dip Mediterranean-style.

This butter bean dip recipe or white bean dip recipe is sometimes called a white bean hummus recipe. But it’s not. Not unless it contains chickpeas. ‘Hummus’ means ‘chickpeas’ in Arabic, so the basis of the dip we know as hummus is chickpeas, not butter beans or other kinds of white beans.

They’re definitely similar in texture and taste. A classic hummus – or more correctly, hummus b’tahini, which best describes the chickpea and tahini dip – is made from chickpeas, tahini, lemon juice, and garlic.

The easy butter bean dip recipe is a cinch to make, but I’ve got a couple of quick tips to share.

Easy Butter Bean Dip Recipe for a Creamy Hummus Style Dip. Copyright © 2022 Terence Carter / Grantourismo. All Rights Reserved.

Tips to Making this Easy Butter Bean Dip Recipe

Just a couple of quick tips to making this creamy butter bean dip recipe as it couldn’t be easier to make. Let’s start with the beans.

Do some research and you’ll quickly come across a classic Mediterranean style white bean dip recipe which is very similar but more often than not calls for canned cannellini beans, and sometimes navy beans or great northern beans.

I’ve intentionally called this a butter bean dip recipe as I much prefer canned butter beans. I think they’re better tasting, are naturally creamy when soft, and therefore result in a creamier dip.

I use canned butter beans in this recipe, which is why it’s called an easy butter bean dip recipe, but by all means, if you prefer, feel free to soak your dried butter beans overnight.

My recipe calls for fresh garlic cloves but onion powder. Sure you could use fresh onion, but I’ve tested both and I prefer the onion powder. Garlic powder works too, but I think of this as a garlicky dip as much as a bean dip, which is why I recommend fresh garlic cloves.

Fresh lemon juice is essential. No discussion. It’s one of the key ingredients that all of these Mediterranean white bean dips have common.

The spices and herbs used are what typically set one white bean dip apart from another. I like the combination of ground cumin in the dip and a sprinkle of smoky ground paprika on top, but feel free to experiment.

Creamy Greek yoghurt gives an even creamier consistency but you could skip it if you must. Don’t skip the drizzle of extra virgin olive oil.

We love eating this butter bean dip with crudités – cucumber and carrot sticks are our favourites – and crispy pita chips, and I’ll share a recipe for those over coming days. Enjoy!

Butter Bean Dip Recipe

Easy Butter Bean Dip Recipe for a Creamy Hummus Style Dip. Copyright © 2022 Terence Carter / Grantourismo. All Rights Reserved.

Butter Bean Dip Recipe

The easy butter bean dip recipe makes a creamy hummus-like Mediterranean dip flavoured with garlic, onion, cumin, and lemon. A little Greek yoghurt gives this creamy white bean dip an even creamier consistency, while fresh lemon juice adds tang, and cumin brings subtle spice. Finished with extra virgin olive oil and a sprinkle of smoky paprika, it’s fantastic with crispy pita chips and crudités.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Course Appetiser, Snack
Cuisine Mediterranean
Servings made with recipe2
Calories 236 kcal

Equipment

Ingredients
 
 

  • 210 g tin butter beans - drained and rinse
  • 2 small garlic cloves - roughly chopped
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 3 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp creamy Greek-style yogurt
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • ½ tsp ground cumin sprinkled on top
  • 1 tsp fresh dill

To Serve

  • toasted pita bread
  • pita chips
  • crudités

Instructions
 

  • Transfer all the ingredients to a blender and blend until you have a smooth consistency.
  • Taste and if needed adjust the consistency and flavour to suit your palate, adding more lemon juice or extra virgin olive oil, or more salt or spice.
  • Transfer to a bowl, drizzle more extra virgin olive oil on top, sprinkle on some ground cumin and fresh dill and serve with toasted pita bread and crudités.

Nutrition

Calories: 236kcalCarbohydrates: 20gProtein: 7gFat: 15gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 11gCholesterol: 1mgSodium: 1542mgPotassium: 326mgFiber: 5gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 25IUVitamin C: 10mgCalcium: 65mgIron: 3mg

Please do let us know in the comments below if you make this Mediterranean-style butter bean dip recipe as we’d love to know how it turns out for you.

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2 thoughts on “Easy Butter Bean Dip Recipe for a Creamy Hummus Style Dip with Crispy Pita Chips and Crudités”

  1. I saw you used onion powder so I used garlic powder as well. I can’t stand even small chunks of garlic in the dip. And I’m not sure all the little pieces will get hit by the blender blades unless you run it for really long time.
    Other than that balancing the lemon juice and the salt is so important.
    A great dip!5 stars

  2. Hi Karen, thanks! Pleased you enjoyed it. Garlic powder is great. We’re big fans also for the reason you give. Everything blends up well in our blender, including the garlic, but I guess it depends on the blender. You could use a food processor or mortar and pestle, as they did in the old days. Thanks for taking the time to drop by :)

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