Best Bean Dip in a Can (and Jar)

The best bean dip is more than just a can of refried beans dumped into a bowl. It is seasoned and smooth and keeps you coming back with chip after chip. I tried 13 different bean dips in order to find the best bean dip in a can (or jar) for snacking, spreading onto nachos, layering into a seven-layer dip, and more. 

Here’s what I was looking for as I dipped my Kirkland brand tortilla strips into each bean dip can or jar: creamy, dippable texture (I shouldn’t leave a graveyard of chip stubs behind every time I go to take a dip), bean flavor, and additional flavor (it shouldn’t just be mushed-up beans). 

I wasn’t a bean dip aficionado before this taste test, but I am. Why? Because I’ve bean there and done that (that being tasted a bunch of bean dips). And I am confident that this list represents the best bean dip on the market—including the best black bean dip and the best spicy bean dip.

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Desert Pepper Trading Company Black Bean Dip Spicy

Best Spicy

Desert Pepper Trading Company Black Bean Dip Spicy

This isn’t the best bean dip overall, but it is the best spicy bean dip we tried. The spice is fairly mellow—most folks will be able to handle it. But it’s certainly there. It’s a pleasant heat and the peppers also give the dip a tasty tang. The beans themselves are very smooth and creamy, making for an easy dipping experience.

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Rating:

7/10

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Earth Co. Organics Bean Dip with Jalapeño

Best Vegan

Earth Co. Organics Bean Dip with Jalapeño

This bean dip comes in a ready-to-microwave container. And that’s great. It’s also totally vegan. That’s also great. Some of the bean dips we tried were seriously bland, but this one offered a nice balance of earthy bean and salt with the mildest touch of spice on the end. There’s no real jalapeño flavor in there, so don’t get your hopes up. But it’s flavorful enough to make up for that.

Credit: Liv Averett / Amazon

Rating:

7/10

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365 black bean dip

Best Zesty

365 Organic Black Bean Dip

When I first opened this jar I was not optimistic that it would make the best bean dip cut. It looked like soup—good soup, but soup nonetheless. I thought it would be far too loose for my liking. But I was wrong. It’s much thicker than it appears and it packs a tasty, zesty flavor. There are some good bean chunks in the mix for additional texture.

Credit: Liv Averett / Amazon

Rating:

7.5/10

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bush's bean dip

Best Whole Bean

Bush’s Original Bean Dip

Did you know Bush’s made bean dip? I didn’t, but it certainly makes sense—and they deserve more notoriety for it. Their original bean dip is packed with big, creamy, whole beans. Now, that does make it tough to dip—be sure to use a sturdy chip when eating this dip. But the beans do give the dip a really nice texture that makes it clear you’re not just eating refried beans from a can.

Credit: Liv Averett / Kroger

Rating:

8.5/10

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fritos bean dip

Best Classic

Fritos Bean Dip Original Flavor

When you’re looking for a great bean dip in a can, look no further than Fritos Bean Dip. It’s a classic for a reason. It’s definitely the closest to straight up refried beans in a can on this list, but it has just enough of a touch of seasonings to distinguish it from a plain can. “It’s so satisfying,” said managing editor Gwynedd Stuart. It really is. It’s the best bean dip to consume all by yourself in one sitting.

Credit: Liv Averett / Walmart

Rating:

9/10

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bush's black bean dip

Best Black Bean

Bush’s Black Bean Dip

I preferred Bush’s black bean dip to the original due to its smoother texture. It’s an easy dipping dip. But it was also the best black bean dip I tried. It packs lots of good, rich black bean flavor with lots of salt (necessary). It would be particularly good as a base for a seven-layer dip or on nachos.

Credit: Liv Averett / Kroger

Rating:

9.5/10

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fritos hot bean dip

Best of the Best

Fritos Hot Bean Dip

I never thought I would crave bean dip, but I crave this Fritos bean dip. Don’t let the peppers on the label scare you away. It’s not spicy at all—it just has extra flavor. It’s smooth. It’s creamy. And it has layer upon layer of flavor. Whether you’re looking for a solo snack or something to put out for a party, this is the best bean dip you can buy. 

Credit: Liv Averett / Walmart

Rating:

10/10

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Other bean dips we tried: Bush’s Habanero Lime, Amazon Kitchen Spiced Black Bean Dip, On the Border Southwest Bean Dip, Earth Co. Organics Organic Bean Dip with Chipotle, Earth Co. Organics Bean Dip with Habanero, Earth Co. Organics Bean Dip with Epazote


About the Author

Justine Sterling

Justine Sterling is the editor-in-chief of Sporked. She has been writing about food and beverages for well over a decade and is an avid at-home cook and snacker. Don’t worry, she’s not a food snob. Sure, she loves a fresh-shucked oyster. But she also will leap at whatever new product Reese’s releases and loves a Tostitos Hint of Lime, even if there is no actual lime in the ingredients.

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  • Just a pet peeve of mine as a writer, really. But the word “notoriety” was used incorrectly on number 4. Unless you meant to say Bush’s original should be known for doing something bad. Maybe causing too much gas?

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