This Smart Upgrade to Bean Dip Is from Your Pantry

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With little effort, this is the one-ingredient upgrade that comes with a big reward and turns basic bean dip into a bold appetizer.

Why Your Dip Deserves This Upgrade

In case you needed one more reason to keep a can of Rotel tomatoes stocked in the pantry, consider this blend of diced tomatoes and fiery roasted chiles the easiest way to really up the ante in a basic bean dip. Stir in just a little bit and it will treat even the most mild of bean dips to a big boost in flavor and heat.

How to Make It

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

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.