Black Bean Hummus
One of my favorite easy, snacks is hummus. It is healthy so you don’t have to feel guilty about eating it and it tastes great. Plus there are endless variations depending on what beans you use or what flavors you impart to the recipe.
I usually tend to stick with garbanzo beans (also known as chickpeas) when I’m making homemade hummus and change up the flavor by keeping it more traditional or blending in ingredients such as sun-dried, roasted peppers, spinach or artichokes.
Really, though, you can be as creative with a hummus recipe as you’d like as long as you stick to the basic structure of a hummus recipe. Just find a recipe that you like in its basic form, then you can begin altering things such as the type of bean used, seasonings, other add-ins, etc.
Components of Basic Hummus
- Tahini – roasted sesame paste, usually located on the ethnic aisle of the grocery store or in a specialty market)
- Olive Oil
- Lemon Juice
- Salt and Pepper
Hummus Add-In Ideas
Try a few of these mix in ideas to give your hummus variety and flavor.
- Pine Nuts
- Roasted Garlic
- Baby spinach leaves
- Chopped kalamata olives
- Sun-dried or oven roasted tomatoes
- Diced roasted chiles, jalapeno, or roasted peppers
- Chopped artichoke hearts
How to Eat Hummus
Hummus is a great all purpose dip that pairs well with many different accompaniments. Think of the accompaniments as a medium to getting the hummus into your mouth. It can also be used as a spread. This Black Bean Hummus would be great paired with Baked Cumin Chipotle Lime Tortillia Chips. Here are a few other ideas.
- Raw Vegetables
- Toasted Pita Chips, like these Whole Wheat Garlic Parmesan Pita Chips
- Spread onto toasted baguette
- Spread onto a sandwich in place of mustard and mayo
- Spread onto flatbread or pizza crust in place of tomato sauce
Black Bean Hummus
1 - 15 ounce can Bush's Low Sodium Black Beans, drained and rinsed
1 clove garlic
2 1/2 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons Tahini
juice of 1/2 a lime
1/2 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon chili powder
1 - 2 tablespoons (packed) chopped fresh cilantro
1 - 2 tablespoons fire roasted diced green chiles, optional
salt and pepper, to taste
Combine the black beans, tahini, lime juice, olive oil, garlic cloves, cumin, and chili powder into a food processor and blend until smooth.
If additional liquid is needed to form desired consistency, add a tablespoon or two of water.
Stir in the chopped cilantro and diced green chiles (if using). Season to taste with salt and pepper.
Note: If you prefer a completely smooth hummus, you may blend the green chiles, if using, and cilantro with the other ingredients.