Our family likes to snack.  Well, maybe it’s not exactly that we like it so much as it’s just a necessary part of our daily food rhythm.  On weekdays, I pick up the kids after work and school, we drive home, and all three of us walk in the door ravenous.  By the time we are home it’s well past what we would all prefer to be dinnertime.  And so, snacks buy me time while I prepare our main meal.  However, the kids are like little bottomless pits and it can be tough to keep filling the pit with healthy snacks while still providing variety.  Fruit is almost always first on their plates but, especially at this time of year, there isn’t much in season and we can only eat so many lil’ cuties, you know?  Dips and crackers or pita chips are our next go-to, but we eat them so often, it is always nice to have another one in the repertoire.

This is definitely a new favorite of mine.  The creamy white beans coupled with the spicy sriracha make for a totally addictive snack.  Consider that it is also healthy and takes about five minutes to prepare, and that makes for a perfect snack food in our house.   If you are worried about the spice level, start out with less sriracha and add more to taste as desired.  To us this was only mildly spicy and the kids ate it right up, but we feed them spicy foods often so they are accustomed to it.  Serve with whole grain crackers, pita chips, or assorted raw veggies, and don’t expect it to last long.  It made a quick disappearing act in our house.


3 cups cannellini beans (2 15 oz. cans, drained and rinsed)
2 tbsp. olive oil
2 tsp. sesame oil
2 tsp. soy sauce
¼ cup sriracha hot sauce (or other spicy chili sauce)
2 cloves garlic, coarsely chopped
2 tbsp. freshly squeezed lime juice
Salt and pepper, to taste
Up to ¼ cup water, if needed
Fresh cilantro, for garnish (optional)



  • 01

    Combine the white beans, olive oil, sesame oil, soy sauce, sriracha, garlic and lime juice in a food processor.  Process until well blended.  Season with salt and pepper to taste.  If needed, add water 1 tablespoon at a time to achieve a smoother consistency.  (I find using beans I have cooked myself tends to make additional water unnecessary.)  Transfer to a serving bowl and garnish with fresh cilantro, if desired.


  • Beth

    This looks delicious! I’ll have to keep it in mind for snacks at our house, as my husband doesn’t like traditional “cream-based” dips. :)

  • I was wondering how long this would keep in an airtight container in the fridge. I would like to be able to make a good sized batch, then snack on it throughout the week.

  • annieseats

    You’ll have to use your best judgement in that regard. I don’t have the capabilities to test food safety and storage since I’m just a home cook myself. All I know is it doesn’t last long enough to go bad in our house.

  • Sara

    I’m making this immediately. Did you make the crackers in the photo? If not, what brand are they? They look great.

  • annieseats

    These are Kashi brand, I think. I don’t remember exactly what kind though. We enjoyed them.

  • I make various recipes for bean dips but haven’t tried with sriracha yet, What a spicy idea Annie!

  • Caroline L.

    I’m not very into snacking, but I’m always down for some chips and dip during sports games! This looks so yummy, thanks for sharing :)

  • yanksgurl613

    we also love to snack! this will make a great healthy addition to our daily routine thanks for the idea and recipe! xx gigi

  • wholesome kids

    my 2-year-old will love this! He gobbles bean dips by the heaping spoonful!

  • Angel Shadoff

    That looks so darn good!

  • Leanne M

    Yummy! Anything with Sriracha! I will be making this asap! Your blog inspires me daily. Love your design and of course all your recipes.

  • l conaway

    I just found your site today (while searching for a s’mores cupcake recipe). As soon as I saw your recipe for the bean dip, I knew it would be something for me.
    We love it. One of my children has requested that I pack some in his school lunch tomorrow. It’s a keeper! Thank you.

  • Love the idea of the Sriracha for a spicy garlicy kick! I also love the bowl. Anthro?

  • that is super good. thanks! yum with warm pita

  • annieseats

    I think my brothers bought me this bowl. Maybe C&B?

  • annieseats

    Yep! Anthro :)

  • Sara

    I accidentally left the garlic out and it was still super yummy. Had it on toast for breakfast with a hard-boiled egg!

  • Sara

    Kashi pita crisps. I got them, they were great.

  • annieseats

    Mmm, that sounds good!

  • arpitterle

    This looks amazing! We’re kinda in love with Sriracha.

  • Anne

    Do you ever order Rancho Gordo beans? Made this with their Vallarta beans.. amazing. Thanks for another great recipe!

  • Wonderful!

  • disqus_py7YJc52oF

    this looks delish balls. amazing. keep it up annie x

  • Heather

    Sweet, I am always looking for a healthy dip option to take to parties!

  • Loretta E

    This sounds incredible! My hubby was just asking me to pick up some sriracha, so it’s good to have many ways to use it!

  • This looks great and definitely something my parents would like! It’s also amazing you’ve gotten your kids to eat spicy foods!

  • Oh, this would make a quick disappearing act in my house too! Looks yummy!

  • annieseats

    No, I haven’t heard of them. Will have to check it out.

  • sweetsugarbelle

    This is perfect for us. I like any kind of bean dip. I’ll have to make this within the week!

  • Another amazing recipe shared – thanks Annie! I just whipped this up, but didn’t use the Sriracha as we don’t have that in NZ. It was pretty spicy anyway with the huge clove of garlic I used. So yummy. Kids (4 &2) loved it!

  • Maggie Stephens

    this is AWESOME!! I didn’t need the water at all and added the sriracha gradually and tasted as I blended. Great snack and party treat!

  • Kate

    I just made this for the second time this week – it is fantastic – thank you for posting it!