A Sweet & Spicy Upgrade for Bean Dip

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If bean dip is your go-to party food, but you crave something with a toothsome bite and a kick of sweet heat, this is the quick pantry boost you need.

Why Your Dip Deserves This Upgrade

Treat smooth, mild-mannered bean dip to the sweet chew of dried cranberries balanced with a kick of pickled jalapeños. It’s a pantry-friendly duo that brings texture, tang, and a little sweetness to amp up the flavor or black bean or refried bean dip.

How to Make It

Start with about 2 cups of bean dip (your choice of homemade or store-bought). Stir in about 1/4 cup of dried cranberries and 1/4 cup of drained, chopped pickled jalapeños. Double (or triple) as necessary, and store in a covered container in the refrigerator until you’re ready to serve.

Pro tip: If the cranberries are hard and dry, bring them back to life by soaking them in a bowl of hot water for about 10 minutes. Drain the cranberries before stirring into the dip.

With the help of just a few staple ingredients you probably have on hand already, you can turn a batch of homemade or store-bought dip into an impressive appetizer loaded with more texture and big flavor. This series gives you the inspiration to turn a basic bean, cheese, or yogurt dip into the MVP of the Super Bowl spread.