Black Bean Paté

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Hummus, a paté made from garbanzo beans, is very popular today all around the U.S. But garbanzos are not the only bean in town! Life is too short to eat only one kind of bean spread. There are so many different kinds of beans waiting to be whirred up into something special. Spice things up a bit with this black bean paté. Instead of oil and tahini, avocado is used to make this dip rich and creamy. Serve with REAL Corn Cakes.

1/2 onion chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 can (15 oz) black beans, drained and rinsed
2 Roma tomatoes, chopped
1 ripe avocado
Juice of 1/2 lemon or lime
1 teaspoon cumin
Optional: 1/2 teaspoon Chipotle
oil for sauteeing

Lightly oil a frying pan and place on medium heat. Add the onions and garlic and saute until translucent and lightly browned.
In a food process, add the beans, tomatoes, avocado, lemon or lime juice and process, mixing everything together. Add in spices, onion and garlic and process until light and creamy. Scoop out into a bowl and serve.

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