Ever since the first day I met Mikey he’s been talking about is Grandma Evon’s bean dip.
I FINALLY got the recipe from his Mom and decided to make it for a party. It disappeared within minutes. Not joking, it was the first thing to disappear that quickly out of any party we have ever hosted. It’s that good.
Mikey would always reminisce about this amazing dip and how it was always served with Doritos. When I told him I was making it he asked me about 4 times if I had Doritos to go with it.
I sadly did not get to meet Mikey’s Grandma Evon. I have heard a thousand stories about the amazing and loving woman that she was. One of the things Mikey and I found in common in the beginning of our relationship was the fact that we both had amazing Grandma’s who were CRAZY similar. They were the same woman. They loved their kids and grand kids unconditionally. They were the glue that brought and held everyone together. They loved to drink. A lot. And we laugh about some of the stories we have involving their favorite cocktails.
Mikey’s family always talks about the amazing parties and food spreads Grandma Evon used to have. There was never room for dessert (opposite from my family. We only had dessert) because they had so many appetizers and savory dishes. Many of the recipes have been passed down to me, but this one has an extra special place in our hearts for sure.
I’ve never heard so many food noises come out of one person as I did when Mikey took his first bite of this bean dip. It’s amazing how food can evoke such memory and emotion, and I hope that I can pass on the same love through food to my family one day!
Mexican Bean Dip
1 Onion, Chopped
1 Clove Garlic, Minced
1 Pound Ground Beef
1 (16oz) Can Re-fried Beans
2 Tablespoons Chili Powder
1/2 Teaspoon Cinnamon
1/2 Teaspoon Cumin
1 Cup Velveeta Cheese or Sharp Cheddar Cheese (go with the Velveeta)
Saute onion in olive oil for about 4 minutes and add garlic. Continue to saute until onions are translucent.
Remove from pan and add ground beef. Brown beef and drain excess fat.
Add onion and garlic back to pan and mix well. Add re-fried beans and stir until combined.
Add spices and cheese and stir until completely incorporated. Add more spices and cheese to taste. I believe I added more chili powder and cumin as well as about 1/4 cup more of Velveeta until I was happy with the cheese to meat ratio.
Place into an oven-safe bowl and either serve immediately or refrigerate until needed.
If you refrigerate, place into a 350 degree oven and bake until warmed all the way through.
serve with Doritos and corn chips!