A cheesy refried bean dip packed with flavour from cumin and chili powder and served with fresh tomatoes, green onions and cilantro and made with Philly Cheddar. 

A cheesy refried bean dip with tomato, green onion and cilantro. | livinglou.com

Seven layer dip is one of my favourite things ever. Whenever I’m at a potluck with seven layer dip, you can almost guarantee that I’ll situate myself somewhere right next to it. This cheesy refried bean dip has all the flavours of a seven layer dip, in one simple dip.

Summer has un-officially kicked off for us here in Canada, with May 2-4 long weekend happening right now. This is the first long weekend of the summer, and people love it. We’re lucky because this year the weather has been absolutely gorgeous. I’m heading up north to the cottage today, and will definitely be making a batch of this refried bean dip to eat on the dock by the lake. Talk about dreamy.

A cheesy refried bean dip with tomato, green onion and cilantro. | livinglou.com

This dip isn’t just your typical refried bean dip; it’s made with refried beans of course but also some cumin and chili powder, a hit of lime and sprinkled with tomatoes, green onions and cilantro. So where does the “cheesy” come from? Well, for this dip, I was inspired by their recipe for cheesy refried bean dip I found on the Philly Creamy Cheddar Cream Cheese Snacking Recipes page. The dip was delicious as-is, with the creamy cheddar cream cheese but I couldn’t resist adding a few Living Lou flairs to it so I added a dash of spice and a hit of lime and cilantro (because I love cilantro).

This dip is served warm, straight out of the oven! If you have any leftover, it can be refrigerated and reheated in the microwave. That said, I doubt you’ll have any leftover if you’re serving to a crowd. If you’re not serving this as an appetizer, it’s the perfect dip to serve with other Mexican-style dishes like slow cooker chicken tacos or rice and beans.

A cheesy refried bean dip with tomato, green onion and cilantro. | livinglou.com

Let me know if you give this recipe a try in the comments below.

Yields 20

Refried bean dip

Looking for a deliciously simple dip recipe? Our yummy Cheesy Refried Bean Dip couldn't be easier to make. Best of all, it's a guaranteed crowd pleaser!

15 minPrep Time

30 minCook Time

45 minTotal Time

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  • 1 tub (227 g) Philadelphia Creamy Cheddar Cream Cheese Product
  • 1 cup canned refried black beans
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tbsp lime juice
  • 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • 1/4 tsp cumin
  • 1/4 - 1/2 tsp cayenne (depending how how spicy you'd like the dip)
  • 1/2 cup grape tomatoes, chopped
  • 2 green onions, chopped
  • 1 tbsp chopped cilantro


  1. Heat oven to 350ºF.
  2. Mix cream cheese product, beans, garlic, lime juice, chili powder, cumin and cayenne until blended.
  3. Spoon into 1-L casserole dish sprayed with cooking spray.
  4. Bake 25 to 30 min. or until heated through.
  5. Top with tomatoes, onions and cilantro.

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