Our spicy white bean dip has so much Asian-inspired flavors. It’s a quick and easy go-to dip anytime you need a great appetizer to share. Or make it ahead for a fantastic sandwich spread for lunch with this easy Cannellini Bean Dip.

White bean dip in bowl

Spicy White Bean Dip

Homemade spicy sriracha, fresh chilies sauces and pretty much anything with dip recipes has been on our eating repertoire as  of late. Since making our last batch of spicy garlic knots, cravings for more heat keeps our stomachs rumbling for daily spice. Just the other day, we were making our latest batch of homemade kim chi and went triple the spicy level! Fingers crossed we don’t regret adding all that heat.

white bean dip in bowl

Video: Spicy White Bean Dip Recipe

White Bean or Cannellini Beans

We love the creamy texture of white beans and cannellini beans. When blended, the beans always end up creamy and fantastic. The smooth texture has a much better mouthfeel. They’re not gritty or dry, so it doesn’t take as much time to keep blending them. Great Northern beans are very similar as well and are perfect for this dip.

Spicy asian white bean dip with cracker

Can you use garbanzo beans or chick peas?

Sure, you can use canned garbanzo or chick peas.

  • These beans are more dry so you’ll need to add more water (or olive oil) to get the beans smooth and creamy.
  • As you’re blending them, stir the dip often in between blending.
  • Scraping down the sides helps as well so all the beans can be evenly incorporated into the dip.

Make-ahead party dip

You can make this dip about 3 days ahead of time. It’s that easy! We’ll make it and pour it into the bowl that we want to serve during the party. When we’re ready to serve, we just bring out the bowl and surround it with some crackers, toasted bread or fresh cut vegetables. That’s why this spicy white bean dip or cannellini bean dip is one of our favorite party appetizers. And best of all, the Asian flavors are fantastic.


diane and todd

White bean dip in bowl

Spicy Asian White Bean Dip

This bean dip recipe is probably one of the easiest we've made and one of the crowd favorites. It's quite healthy and rather than dip with chips, we'll use raw vegetables.
We love white beans because they're more moist and creamy. If using canned chickpeas, you might need more water because the beans are more dense and drier. Adjust the water amount to the beans used and your preferred texture. Start with 2 Tablespoons of water.
4.59 from 12 votes


  • 15 oz. (425 g) canned white beans (rinsed)  , I prefer the creamy cannellini beans
  • 2 Tablespoons (30 ml) olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon (2.5 ml) sesame oil
  • 2 teaspoons (10 ml) soy sauce ( or to taste)
  • 1-2 Tablespoons (15-30 ml) sriracha hot sauce (or to taste)
  • 1 clove (1 clove) garlic , minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon (2.5 ml) curry powder
  • 2-4 Tablespoons water (start with 2 Tablespoons and add more as needed)
  • 1 Tablespoon (15 ml) lime juice
  • crackers or fried crispy bread


  • In blender or small food processor, combine all ingredients (white beans, olive oil, sesame oil, soy sauce, sriracha sauce, garlic, curry powder, 2 Tablespoons water, and lime juice)
    Spicy white bean ingredients in a food processor
  • Blend until smooth. Occasionally scrape the sides of the blender/food processor.
    Blended dip in the food processor
  • If the dip is too thick, add additional water and blend again. Taste the dip and add additional seasonings if desired.  
    Spicy bean dip on a spatula to show thickness
  • Serve with your favorite crackers, toasted bread or vegetables. 
    Dipping a cracker into bean dip


Nutrition Information per Serving

Calories: 192kcal, Carbohydrates: 23g, Protein: 8g, Fat: 7g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Sodium: 259mg, Potassium: 482mg, Fiber: 5g, Vitamin C: 3.8mg, Calcium: 78mg, Iron: 3.3mg

Here’s a collection of our Hot Sauce and Sriracha Recipes, including our version of homemade sriracha hot sauce.

This recipe was originally published in 2012 and re-published with updated images and recipe.