Kickstart your taste buds with Spicy Black Bean Hummus

Greetings food lovers! Do you ever crave a delicious and spicy dip to accompany your chips or veggies? Then, look no further than the Spicy Black Bean Hummus recipe. As an Israeli chef, I have always been fascinated by hummus as a versatile and healthy snack or appetizer option. This variation of hummus combines chickpeas and black beans to create a unique and sensational taste.

In this recipe, the combination of black beans, chickpeas, olive oil, garlic cloves, tahini, cumin, cilantro and lime juice will give your taste buds a sensation like no other. With this perfect blend of spices and flavors, you can garnish the hummus with banana chips or even lantana corn relish for extra zing.

But beyond just its amazing flavor, Spicy Black Bean Hummus is packed with protein thanks to its main ingredients – chickpeas and black beans. And because it is vegan-friendly as well as gluten-free, this hummus recipe is perfect for all dietary restrictions.

Whether you enjoy it during game night with your friends and family or bring it along for a picnic with your loved ones, this hummus recipe can be whipped up in under 10 minutes with just a handful of ingredients. So why not try out this exciting new twist on traditional hummus? Let’s get cooking!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Spicy Black Bean Hummus
Spicy Black Bean Hummus

If you’re a fan of hummus, you’re going to fall in love with this Spicy Black Bean Hummus Recipe. This snack is a flavor explosion that will leave your taste buds dancing with delight.

Firstly, the use of black beans instead of traditional chickpeas offers a unique taste that is heartier and more satisfying. The combination of earthy and slightly sweet flavors makes it perfect for pairing with vegetable sticks, pita chips, or even banana chips.

The addition of tahini adds an irresistible nutty flavor while also providing a source of healthy fats. The fresh cilantro and lime juice provide a burst of bright citrus flavors that make every bite refreshing.

But what sets this recipe apart from other hummus recipes is the spicy kick from the jalapeno pepper and cumin spice. These ingredients not only boost the flavor but also help to speed up your metabolism, making it perfect for those looking for a healthy snack option.

Plus, this Spicy Black Bean Hummus Recipe is vegan friendly and can be made ahead of time for parties and gatherings. It’s sure to impress anyone who tries it with its bold flavor and delicious texture.

So whether you’re looking for an appetizer to bring to a party or simply wanting to indulge in something new on movie night, this Spicy Black Bean Hummus Recipe will be your new go-to snack.

Ingredient List

 Get ready to spice up your snack game with this Spicy Black Bean Hummus!
Get ready to spice up your snack game with this Spicy Black Bean Hummus!

Ingredients 1x:

  • 15 ounce can of black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 2 cloves of garlic, peeled
  • 1 tablespoon of ground cumin
  • 2 tablespoons of fresh lime juice (juice of 1 lime)
  • 1/4 cup of tahini
  • 2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup tightly packed fresh cilantro leaves and tender stems (optional)
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and diced (optional)
  • Salt to taste

Ingredients 2x:

  • 1-15 oz can of black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 3 cloves of garlic, peeled
  • 4 tablespoons of fresh lime juice (juice of 1 lime)
  • 1/2 cup of tahini
  • 4 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 cup tightly packed fresh cilantro leaves and tender stems (optional)
  • Banana chips or pita chips to serve

Note: The first set of ingredients will make a small batch, while the second set will make a larger batch.

The Recipe How-To

 Perfect for dipping or spreading, this hummus is sure to be a hit.
Perfect for dipping or spreading, this hummus is sure to be a hit.

Let’s get started on making this delicious and spicy black bean hummus!

What You Need:

1 15-ounce can of black beans, drained and rinsed

1 15-ounce can of chickpeas, drained and rinsed

2 garlic cloves, minced

2 tbsp tahini

4 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

Juice of 1 lime

1 tsp ground cumin

Salt, to taste

Cilantro, for garnish

Step 1: Mince Your Garlic

Start by mincing your 2 garlic cloves very finely. You don’t want any large chunks of garlic in your hummus- it’s just too strong otherwise.

Step 2: Blend Your Ingredients

Now that your garlic is minced, add all the ingredients into a blender or food processor, including 1 15-ounce can of black beans, drained and rinsed, and 1 15-ounce can of chickpeas, drained and rinsed. Add in the 2 tablespoons of tahini and 4 tablespoons of olive oil, as well as juice of 1 lime. Finally sprinkle in a teaspoon of ground cumin, plus some salt to taste.

Blend all these ingredients together until they are fully mixed and the consistency is smooth. If needed add more lime juice or tahini until you get your desired consistency.

Step 3: Serve Your Hummus

Once your hummus has been thoroughly blended and has reached your desired consistency, serve it immediately with some fresh cilantro sprinkled over the top for some extra color and flavor. You could also add some banana chips, sliced veggies or flatbread on the side for a tasty appetizer.

Enjoy the heat from the spicy black bean hummus with every bite!

Substitutions and Variations

 Add some kick to your hummus with jalapeno and cumin.
Add some kick to your hummus with jalapeno and cumin.

There are plenty of ways to make this spicy black bean hummus even more exciting! Here are some substitutions and variations you can try:

– Chickpeas vs Black Beans: If you don’t have black beans on hand, chickpeas would make an excellent substitute. The flavor will be slightly different, but still delicious.

– Canned Corn Relish: Topping your hummus with a spoonful of canned corn relish will add an interesting texture and sweet flavor that complements the spicy kick.

– Ditch the Tahini: If you don’t have tahini or just want to switch things up, try making this hummus without it. Instead, use extra virgin olive oil and maybe a little extra lemon juice to achieve a smooth consistency.

– Switch up the Spiciness: Adjust the amount of jalapeño used to make the hummus more or less spicy depending on your preference. You can increase or decrease the number of jalapeños used or omit them altogether and use sriracha or hot sauce instead.

– Add Some Crunch: Top your spicy black bean hummus with banana chips or pita chips for a crunchy texture that perfectly complements the creamy hummus.

– Lantana Hummus: You can swap the homemade version for store-bought lantana hummus, which usually contains traditional ingredients such as tahini, garlic, lemon juice, and olive oil.

Don’t be afraid to experiment with different flavors and ingredients until you find what works best for you.

Serving and Pairing

 The combination of black beans and chickpeas creates a creamy and flavorful base.
The combination of black beans and chickpeas creates a creamy and flavorful base.

Once you have made this spicy black bean hummus, it’s time to put it on display for everyone to enjoy. This hummus has a bold and unique flavor that pairs well with a variety of dishes. One of my favorite ways to enjoy it is by serving it with pita bread, carrot or cucumber sticks, or some crispy tortilla chips for a crunchy texture.

Another great way to enjoy your black bean hummus is by using it as a spread on your favorite sandwich or wrap. It adds an extra burst of flavor to a turkey or veggies sandwich. You can also top your burger with this hummus for an extra kick.

If you’re having guests over, you can serve this spicy hummus as an appetizer along with other dips such as tzatziki or guacamole. The different colors and textures will create a beautiful and inviting spread.

When it comes to the perfect pairing, I recommend trying this hummus with a refreshing glass of beer or some chilled white wine. The spices in this recipe paired with the acidity of lime juice will complement most beers and white wines.

Overall, the possibilities are endless when it comes to serving and pairing this versatile snack. Experiment with different dishes and drinks until you find the perfect match for your taste buds.

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 This hummus is versatile and pairs well with veggies, pita chips, and crackers.
This hummus is versatile and pairs well with veggies, pita chips, and crackers.

One of the benefits of this spicy black bean hummus recipe is how easy it is to prepare in advance, making it a perfect dish to bring to your next party or potluck. You can make the hummus up to 2 days ahead of time and store it in an airtight container in the fridge.

To store the hummus properly, cover its surface with a thin layer of olive oil and seal with a lid or plastic wrap to prevent it from drying out. Before serving, give it a quick stir to ensure that the ingredients are evenly distributed.

If you want to reheat the hummus, allow it to come to room temperature first before placing it in a microwave-safe bowl. Heat on medium power for about 30 seconds at a time, stirring in between until it reaches your desired temperature.

However, bear in mind that reheating the hummus may alter its texture, making it creamier and smoother than when served chilled. If you prefer the texture of freshly made hummus, consider making smaller batches more frequently rather than reheating larger portions.

Overall, this make-ahead and storing method ensures that you can enjoy this delicious spicy black bean hummus anytime you crave it without compromising its taste or freshness.

Tips for Perfect Results

 The hint of lime juice adds a refreshing tang to the hummus.
The hint of lime juice adds a refreshing tang to the hummus.

To make this Spicy Black Bean Hummus recipe even better, here are some tips for perfect results:

1. Drain and Rinse Your Beans:

Make sure to drain and rinse your black beans before adding them to the food processor. This will help to remove any excess salt or debris and will also give the hummus a smoother consistency.

2. Use Fresh Ingredients:

For the best flavor, use fresh ingredients including cilantro, garlic cloves, limes, tahini, and olive oil. Using fresh ingredients will add depth and complexity to the hummus.

3. Adjust Seasoning to Taste:

This recipe calls for a teaspoon of ground cumin and a tablespoon of minced garlic, but you can adjust the seasoning to your liking. If you prefer it spicier, add more jalapeno or sriracha sauce.

4. Reserve Some Liquid:

When draining your beans, reserve some of the liquid from the can. Adding this liquid back into the hummus can help to create a smoother texture.

5. Let it Sit:

After making the hummus, let it sit for at least 30 minutes before serving. This will allow the flavors to meld together and will provide a better overall taste.

By following these tips, you’ll be able to make perfect Spicy Black Bean Hummus every time!

Bottom Line

In conclusion, if you’re looking for a vegan and protein-packed appetizer that is both healthy and flavorful, then this Spicy Black Bean Hummus Recipe is the perfect choice for you. With a combination of chickpeas, black beans, tahini, lime juice, cilantro, and spices, this hummus recipe will satisfy your taste buds.

What I love about this recipe is that it’s so versatile; you can enjoy it as a dip with vegetables or chips, spread it on toast or sandwiches, or even use it as a topping for salads. And if you’re feeling adventurous, you can experiment with different variations of this recipe by adding different spices or ingredients.

But that’s not all; this Spicy Black Bean Hummus Recipe is also easy to make and requires only a few basic ingredients. Plus, it’s a great make-ahead dish that you can prepare in advance and store in the fridge for later use.

So why not give this Spicy Black Bean Hummus Recipe a try? It’s healthy, flavorful, versatile and easy to make. And who knows? This might just become your go-to appetizer recipe for any gathering or party. I guarantee that both vegans and non-vegans alike will love the taste of this fantastic hummus recipe.

Spicy Black Bean Hummus

Spicy Black Bean Hummus Recipe

A Latin American twist on the classic Mediterranean snack. I never buy store-bought hummus anymore, as this homemade version I makes tastes so much better! The amount of servings really depends on what you'll be using this for- I use it as a dip with crackers, a spread on pita sandwiches, and I even stuff it into chicken breasts. The hummus also seems to keep for as long as week in the fridge.
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Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 0 mins
Course Appetizer
Cuisine Middle Eastern
Calories 149.8 kcal


  • 1 (15 ounce) can black beans, drained
  • 1 (15 ounce) can chickpeas, drained
  • 2 tablespoons tahini
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 2 limes, juice of
  • 4 -5 garlic cloves
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 2 -4 serrano peppers, seeded and minced
  • 1/3 cup cilantro, minced
  • salt and pepper (to taste)


  • Add the first 7 ingredients (beans through cumin) to a food processor or blender and puree. (I usually use a hand blender and puree everything right in the serving bowl.).
  • Transfer hummus to a bowl and fold in peppers, cilantro, and salt & pepper, if desired. Serve.

Add Your Own Notes


Serving: 50gCalories: 149.8kcalCarbohydrates: 16.5gProtein: 4.7gFat: 7.8gSaturated Fat: 1.1gSodium: 109.5mgFiber: 4.4gSugar: 0.2g
Keyword < 15 Mins, Beans, Beginner Cook, Black Beans, Easy, Low Cholesterol, Spicy
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