Spicy Black Bean & Red Pepper Hummus

So a friend of mine had a housewarming party recently, and I wanted to make something fun for the guests to nosh on while in attendance. So I decided to make something homemade to take.

I love hummus and I love to experiment with it. Typically, I prefer making mine with cannelloni beans. But this time I wanted something new and exciting.

Hummus is quite easy to make (and even easier to buy). But it’s about having fun making and experimenting with it. So I can’t refuse making it.

I started with a 15.5 oz can of black beans. I find that throughly rinsing the beans makes the freshest tasting hummus. I emptied the beans into a colander and ran cold water over the beans until the water ran clear.

I have made tahini paste by hand before, but this time I decided to purchase the pre-made tahini from the grocery store. And rather than roasting my own peppers, I used pre-roasted red peppers.

Typically hummus calls for the use of a lemon. But I decided that I’d give this hummus a Caribbean flare. So I substituted a lime for the lemon. And I added one jalapeño for a spicy kick. I cut off each end of the pepper and completely removed the seeds and membranes. I diced the pepper into very small pieces.

Garlic is a MUST in any hummus I make. But since hummus isn’t cooked, I decided to use garlic paste. Fresh garlic is so yummy but the paste is just as yummy.

A food processor makes the creamiest hummus but this recipe can also be done in a blender. If using a blender, I suggest adding the beans in two separate transactions. This time I only had access to a blender, so this is how I assembled the hummus:

Half of the beans into the blender, followed by 1-2 tbsp of garlic paste, the finely diced jalapeño and 2 tbsp of cold water. I give this part a good whirl and once combined, I stop the blender and then add 1/3 cup of tahini paste and the juice of one lime and then blend well for a minute or so. Once this is combined, I add the remaining black beans and blend for 1 to 2 more minutes to assure that everything is thoroughly combined. (If the hummus is thicker than you desire add another tbsp of water and blend again. Repeat if you want it even thinner.)

Combine with zesty crackers or carrots. The taste is spicy* and heavenly.

Recipe Items

  • 15.5 oz can of Black Beans
  • 1/3 cup of Tahini Paste
  • Couple of Red Roasted peppers diced
  • 1 Jalapeno seeded and diced finely
  • 2 tbsp cold water
  • 1-2 tbsp on Garlic Paste
  • Juice of 1 Lime

OhMyYum! Enjoy

Spicy Black Bean & Red Pepper Hummus
  • *While this recipe is NOT a five alarm chili, for those friends who don’t like spicy, suggest the carrots and chips without this yummy hummus.

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