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Black Bean Hummus

This black bean hummus is made with black beans instead of chickpeas, and is flavored with lime and cumin. This is a great dip to make for parties and potlucks!

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 tomatoes, roasted peppers, spinach, or artichokes.

But this time I decided to switch things up and made this delicious black bean hummus recipe instead of my usual homemade hummus. The black beans have a slightly creamier texture when blended, and they pair nicely with flavors like cumin and lime.

What is Hummus Made of?

Traditionally, hummus is made with chickpeas, tahini (a roasted sesame paste), olive oil, garlic, and a little lemon juice.

Really, though, you can be as creative with homemade hummus 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.

Hummus Mix-Ins to Try

Try a few of these mix in ideas to give your hummus variety and flavor.

  • Pine nuts
  • Edamame
  • Roasted garlic
  • Baby spinach leaves
  • Chopped kalamata olives
  • Sun-dried or oven roasted tomatoes
  • Diced roasted chiles, jalapeño, or roasted peppers
  • Chopped artichoke hearts
Sometimes it is nice to mix things up a bit. I adapted my Roasted Red Pepper Hummus into a Black Bean Hummus recipe. I swapped black beans in place of garbanzos, lime juice instead of lemon, increased the Mexican spices, added cilantro and optional fire roasted green chiles if you like a little heat.
Black Bean Hummus Recipe

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How to Make Black Bean Hummus

To make this easy hummus recipe, simply add all the ingredients into the bowl of a food processor and process until smooth. Seriously, that’s it!

I like to stir in diced green chilis and fresh cilantro by hand to give my black bean hummus added texture, but you can blend everything up together for a super smooth hummus.

What to Eat With 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. And remember that it can also be used as a spread!

A few of my favorite ways to eat hummus include:

Can You Freeze Hummus?

Yes, you can freeze hummus for up to 4 months in an airtight container. Just be careful not to fill the container too much because hummus expands as it freezes.

When you’re ready to enjoy the frozen hummus, set it in your fridge overnight to thaw. Before you eat it, give it a good stir (it might separate a bit while thawing).

More Easy Dips:

Traditional hummus is taken up a notch in this Roasted Salsa Verde Hummus. It’s flavored with roasted poblano, jalapeño, and lime and is so good!

This Caramelized Onion Bacon Blue Cheese Dip is perfect for tailgates and potlucks. I like to serve this with classic potato chips.

I added kale, corn, and tomatoes to this Queso Blanco to make it a little healthier and add some texture to the dip. Pair with tortilla chips and prepare to be amazed at how quickly this stuff disappears!

This 5-Minute Guacamole pairs well with tacos, fajitas, chip, and more. I love playing around with fun ingredients, but sometimes classic recipes are best!

Roasted Salsa Verde is the perfect way to use up tomatillos. This salsa has a bit of a kick to it thanks to the poblano and jalapeño peppers, but it’s not too spicy.

What’s your favorite hummus flavor?

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Black Bean Hummus Recipe

Black Bean Hummus

Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

This black bean hummus is made with black beans instead of chickpeas, and is flavored with lime and cumin. This is a great dip to make for parties and potlucks!


  • one 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


  1. Combine the black beans, tahini, lime juice, olive oil, garlic cloves, cumin, and chili powder into a food processor and blend until smooth.
  2. If additional liquid is needed to form desired consistency, add a tablespoon or two of water.
  3. 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.

Nutrition Information
Yield 4 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 302Total Fat 13gSaturated Fat 2gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 11gCholesterol 0mgSodium 262mgCarbohydrates 37gFiber 10gSugar 8gProtein 11g offers recipe nutritional information as a courtesy and is an estimate only. This information comes from online calculators. Although makes every effort to provide accurate information, these figures are only estimates.

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Wednesday 1st of April 2015

This is being made tonight, looks delicious!

Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie

Tuesday 17th of March 2015

I've made all different kinds of hummus flavors using garbanzo beans as the base and only once have used a different bean - white beans. I gotta try it with black beans!

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