This Easy White Bean Buffalo Dip is made creamy with cannellini beans and my homemade vegan buffalo sauce in just 10 minutes! Perfect for parties, game days, potlucks, or holidays. Serve with your favorite fresh veggie sticks, tortilla chips, crackers, baguette, or pita bread!
Why You'll Love This Recipe
- Can be enjoyed hot or cold. This vegan bean dip is versatile. Enjoy it as a cold appetizer or a hot buffalo dip. If you love hot dips, you may love my Creamy Vegan Buffalo Dip.
- Made without cream cheese. Most creamy dips are made with cream cheese. This healthier version substitutes the cream cheese with white beans to give it that same creamy, smooth consistency without the dairy and additional fat.
- Prep ahead option. If you are making white bean buffalo dip for a party, feel free to prepare it the night before. If the dip separates at all, just stir it together again right before serving.
- Made with versatile buffalo sauce. Use any leftover buffalo sauce to make my Buffalo Chickpea Salad Sandwich, Easy Vegan Buffalo Mac and Cheese, or your favorite recipe that uses buffalo sauce.
Ingredient Notes and Substitutions
- white beans - I used a can of cannellini beans. If you have white beans cooked from dry, substitute 1 ½ cups of cooked beans. You can also use navy beans or great northern beans if you can't find cannellini beans. I do not recommend substituting chickpeas - they are much firmer and have a more pronounced texture.
- vegan mayo - There are many different types of vegan mayonnaise available in grocery stores today. It simply is made with oil instead of eggs and tastes almost exactly the same. Use any brand of vegan mayonnaise you can find or prefer.
- creamy buffalo sauce - Before getting started on making this recipe, prepare my super easy homemade vegan buffalo sauce. Most store-bought creamy buffalo sauces are made with dairy and are not suitable for use in a vegan dip.
- vegan cheddar - Just like vegan mayonnaise, there are tons of vegan cheeses available in stores today. If you are new to vegan cheeses, Miyoko's Creamery, Follow Your Heart, Chao and Violife are all popular options to try. Don't be afraid to try a number of brands before finding the one that's right for you.
- chives - Chives are a great way to give this dip a mild onion flavor and a bit of fresh, sharp flavor. If desired, you can substitute the chives with green onion.
Step by Step Instructions
- Drain and rinse the white beans. Once rinsed, pat them dry. This will help prevent the dip from being watered down.
- Pulse together white beans, mayonnaise, buffalo sauce, cheddar and optional hot sauce. Process until smooth, about 45-90 seconds depending on the size of your food processor.
- Mix in the celery and chives. Using a spoon or spatula, fold the celery and chives into the dip. I don't recommend processing these in - the diced chives and celery add texture to the dip and pulsing them in will cause the celery to release their liquid and make the dip runny and drippy.
- Garnish and serve. Pour the white bean dip directly into a bowl for serving and garnish with addition chives, celery and hot sauce. Serve cold with raw vegetables, chips, pita bread, etc.
White beans are a variety of legumes and include a number of beans, including lima beans or butter beans, "great northern" beans, navy beans, and cannellini beans. All beans are gluten free, high in fiber and protein. White beans in particular are especially buttery, creamy and soft!
Yes, navy beans are 1 of the 4 types of white beans, but not all white beans are navy beans.
Yes, the base of this dip is blended completely smooth so you can use a blender instead of a food processor if needed. Just make sure to fold in the celery and the chives instead of blending them into the dip.
Yes, this white bean buffalo dip can be served warm, if desired! Place the dip in a microwave safe bowl, top with more cheese, and microwave for 45-90 seconds until hot and the cheese has melted.
- Use a large cup food processor. It is much easier and quicker to blend this white bean dip smooth in a larger cup food processor because it has enough space to easily process without needing to constantly scrape down the sides. It is also helpful when you are making a larger batch for a party or gathering.
- Use my homemade vegan buffalo sauce. If you use another buffalo sauce, I can't be sure how it will effect the flavor and consistency of the dip.
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Easy White Bean Buffalo Dip
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- 1 15 oz can White beans
- ¼ cup buffalo sauce vegan
- 2 tbsp vegan mayo
- ½ cup vegan cheddar, shredded
- 1 tbsp chives, diced or green onion
- 2 tbsp celery, chopped
- 2 tbsp hot sauce optional
- Rinse the white beans and pat them dry.
- Add white beans, mayo, buffalo sauce, mayo, cheddar and hot sauce (optional) to a food processor and processor until smooth. This should take about 45-90 seconds.
- Using a spoon, mix in celery + chives until they are well distributed. Do not process, as the water in the celery will cause the dip to become drippy.
- Pour into a bowl for serving. Option garnish with extra chives, celery or hot sauce.
- Serve with vegetables, chips or pita.