Cilantro Jalapeno Hummus
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When it comes to snacking and dips, I must say that hummus is my go to for being healthy, filling and versatile. I like to spice mine up a bit and this Cilantro Jalapeno Hummus is a kicker in flavor.
Served with either store bought or home made pita chips for dipping I usually add some sliced Persian cucumbers and tomatoes on the plate, too. Made in mere minutes if using canned chickpeas (also known as garbanzo beans), whatever you call them, their transformation into this dip is wonderful.
Hummus is a Mediterranean and Middle Eastern dip that I have been a fan of forever.
For this Cilantro Jalapeño Hummus you need to remember to get those dried beans soaking overnight if making your own. I sometimes think of a dish to make and then realize one of the processes is a think-ahead one. I recently wrote a post entitled Forgot to soak your beans? Here’s a Quick Soak Method in my Tips & Tricks section on this, and I use it if I don’t do it the night before to save time! Feel free to use canned.
Making hummus from your own beans as opposed to using canned is so much better because I can have better control of the seasoning and flavor of the beans, plus it’s less expensive.
Hummus is basically a mixture of cooked, mashed chickpeas blended with tahini (ground sesame seed paste), olive oil, lemon juice, salt and garlic. I have a Vitamix and on occasion make my own tahini if none is on hand. I get mine from my local market that specializes in Mediterranean and Middle Eastern foods, the Balboa International Market up in Clairemont, San Diego.
Tahini is basically sesame seeds ground to a paste, although the oil keeps it the consistency of a goopy peanut butter. It is the ingredient I always missed in my earlier attempts at making this and used to use sesame oil as an alternate. Not the same, don’t do it. The consistency of the hummus gets thinned and oily.
I first read about the addition of the tahini years ago in Claudia Roden’s beautiful cookbook, The New Book of Middle Eastern Food. Check it out, there are so many good things going on in that book! Her recipe for Preserved Lemons inspired me to try, and step it up spice wise, and make my Preserved Lemons – Moroccan Style.
I like to use dried chickpeas, soak them overnight and cook until tender, but feel free to use canned. I toss them in salads, on soups or toast in the oven for snacking. 1 pound of dried chickpeas (about 3 cups) ends up becoming about 7 cups cooked. For this recipe you will need 1/2 the dried and cooked (3 cups total) or use two 15 ounce cans.
As a side note, each can when drained is about 1 1/2 cups total. In this recipe you can use 1 can with liquid and 1 can drained.
You can use either a food processor or Vitamix, but you will need to blend the cilantro, jalapeño, garlic, olive oil, tahini and lemon juice to a purée. Add the kosher salt and cooked chickpeas and continue to blend until this is a smooth, thick paste forms. If it gets too thick add more lemon or olive oil to thin. Season to taste.
I love to serve this Cilantro Jalapeno Hummus with pita chips and sliced Persian cucumbers and tomatoes. There are so many different varieties out there to choose form and if not making my own my choice is definitely Waleed’s as they come in a variety of seasonings on top.
Just spread the hummus on a plate, drizzle with some good olive oil and serve with the chips. In this recipe I added some whole chickpeas like I make in my Turkish Roasted Chickpeas on top, too.
This Cilantro Jalapeno Hummus is just the perfect snack and so healthy for you. You can try other herbs and spices and create your own flavored hummus. Come back and let me know your favorite. Enjoy!
This post has been updated with new photographs and recipe for cooking chickpeas from scratch.
Cilantro Jalapeno Hummus
- 16 oz dried chickpeas OR 2 - 15oz cans garbanzo beans
- 1/4 tsp baking soda
- 1 bunch cilantro stems included
- 2 jalapeños stems removed
- 2 lemons juiced
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 6 garlic cloves
- 6 tbsp tahini
- salt to taste
- garnish with sumac optional
For Hummus from scratch:
- Soak the dried chickpeas overnight in water without any salt. The water should be covering them by at least 2 inches, this will be absorbed. Add more water to the bowl if needed.
- Drain and cook the pre-soaked garbanzo beans in a pot with 2 inch of water covering and add the baking soda. Bring to a boil and simmer for 60 minutes uncovered, or until they are soft. Drain and set aside.
For Hummus from canned:
- OR you can use 2 cans drained garbanzo beans instead of above scratch method.
- In a food processor or Vitamix, blend all of the cilantro, jalapeño, garlic, olive oil, tahini and lemon juice to a purée. Add the kosher salt and 3 cups garbanzo beans and continue to blend until this is a smooth paste. Save remaining cooked garbanzo beans for other use. If it gets too thick add more lemon or olive oil to thin. Season to taste.
- Serve with soft or toasted pita bread chips. Garnish hummus with a drizzle of good olive oil and sumac if desired.
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This just came out of the food processor and is delicious! I added a bit of water for a dipping consistency. Keeper!
One of my all-time favorites and so easy to make, right?! 🙂
Can’t wait to try this! How long does this keep for and is it freezable?
This never makes it past 5-7 days in my fridge and I have frozen it before.
What is the measurement for a serving size?
I’d figure about a 1/4 cup sounds about right Tracy.
Made this recipe for the first time…
With finished recipe I added some small chopped pieces of jalapenos for a pop of crunchy heat!
So glad you enjoyed the hummus, Sherry. It’s a favorite at my house too!
Do you boil the garbanzos for 90 minutes or reduce the heat after it boils?
Bring to a boil then cook for 90 minutes. Thank you!
Amazing recipe! I used a little less tahini (husband is sensitive to it), but the flavors of jalapeño, lemon and cilantro really came through. Made it today for lunch and eating again with grilled lamb and couscous for dinner. Definitely going in my recipe binder for future use. Thank you!
I love when I make a binder! Thank you for sharing!
Tasted delicious. Not sure why but mine came out very thin. Ended up adding an extra can of drained chickpeas to it. My husband thought it had great flavor
I am so glad you enjoyed it! Did you use two cans from the start and draining one?
Thank you for sharing this recipe! I used limes instead of lemons (it’s what I had on hand) and serrano peppers instead of jalapenos because I love the added heat. Turned out amazing!!
Yay! I love serranos too but so many people prefer jalapeños! So happy you enjoyed this one Ann. Thanks for coming back to let me know.
Kevin, This is just delicious… My daughter found the recipe and served it to us when we flew out to their house for a special dinner this last spring… best hummus I’ve ever had. I make it on occasion for our dinner… a couple of gin and tonics or margaritas and your delicious hummus make a great meal on a Friday night after a long work week. Thanks so much for sharing.
I like your thinking and am so happy you came back to share this! I really appreciate it. Lots more here for you to try out, too. Cheers!