Bumpy beany dip with tortilla chips

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In this delicious recipe, children aged 7-8 years will work with lots of ingredients. They will learn to press garlic, juice lemon and mash all the food together into a bumpy dip, as well as to prepare tortilla chips with a little adult help.

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The cooking skills and recipes have been developed in collaboration with the British Nutrition Foundation.

Bumpy Bean Dip

Bumpy beany dip with homemade tortilla chips


  • Garlic press

  • Juicer

  • Kitchen scissors

  • Mixing bowl

  • Masher

  • Spoon

  • Bowl

  • Baking tray

  • Pastry brush

  • Oven gloves


  • Beany dip - Step 1

    Peel and press the garlic. 

  • Beany dip - Step 2

    Juice the lemon.

  • Beany dip - Step 3

    Snip the parsley leaves into small pieces. 

  • Beany dip - Step 4

    Tip the cannellini beans into the mixing bowl and mash them for 2-3 minutes until no whole beans remain.

  • Beany dip - Step 5

    Add the garlic, lemon juice and sour cream to the beans, and mix together.

  • Beany dip - Step 6

    Stir the parsley into the other ingredients.

  • Beany dip - Step 7

    Spoon the dip into a small bowl.

  • Beany dip - Step 8

    Cover the dip and place it in the fridge while you make the tortillas. 

  • Tortilla chips - Step 1

    Preheat oven to 200C/fan 180C/gas mark 6. 

  • Tortilla chips - Step 2

    Grease the baking tray.

  • Tortilla chips - Step 3

    Using the kitchen scissors, cut each tortilla into halves, quarters and then eighths (so you get 8 pieces from each tortilla).

  • Tortilla chips - Step 4

    Place the tortilla pieces on the baking tray.

  • Tortilla chips - Step 5

    Brush each tortilla with a little oil.

  • Tortilla chips - Step 6

    Bake for approximately 5 minutes until toasted and golden. 


1 clove
small lemon
1 small handful
fresh parsley leaves
1 x 400g can
cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
4 x 15ml spoons
sour cream
wholemeal tortillas
1 x 15ml spoon

Something to try next time

  • Try using canned butter beans instead of cannellini beans.
  • Swap the parsley for another herb, such as dill.