Black bean hummus is made with black beans instead of chickpeas, and is flavored with lime and cumin. This black bean dip is great to make for parties and potlucks!
Making this 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 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.
Ingredients in Black Bean Hummus
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.
Here’s what you’ll need to have on hand for this black bean hummus recipe:
- Black Beans
- Fresh Garlic
- Olive Oil
- Lime Juice
- Ground Cumin
- Chili Powder
- Fresh Cilantro
- Fire Roasted Green Chiles
- Salt and Pepper
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How to Make Black Bean Hummus
The below is simply a quick summary of this black bean hummus recipe. Check out the full recipe in the free printable recipe card at the bottom of this post for all the detailed instructions.
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.
Hummus Mix-Ins to Try
Try a few of these mix in ideas to give your black bean hummus variety and extra flavor.
- Whole Black Beans
- Roasted Garlic Cloves
- Diced Tomatoes
- Roasted Chiles
- Sliced or Chopped Jalapeños
- Grilled Corn Kernels
- Drizzle of Olive Oil
Black Bean Hummus FAQs
Got questions about how to make this easy black bean hummus recipe? Here are the answers to a few commonly asked questions. Feel free to leave any other questions in the comments on this post and I’ll respond with answers.
Can I freeze this black bean hummus recipe?
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).
Can I use a different bean?
Sure, if you don’t have any black beans (or prefer not to use them), this recipe will also work using chickpeas (garbanzo beans) for a more traditional style hummus seasoned with southwestern flavors.
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:
- Dipping raw vegetables into it
- Scooping it up with 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
- Paired with Baked Cumin Chipotle Lime Tortilla Chips
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.
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- 1 - 15 ounce can 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 - 1 teaspoon cumin
- 1 - 1 1/2 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. Start with the lower amount of seasoning listed in the recipe.
- 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).
- Add extra cumin and chili powder if desired.
- 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.
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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
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