Crowd Pleaser: Cilantro Jalapeno Hummus

With many gardens soon to be overflowing with cilantro and backyard barbecues in full swing, this zippy recipe is a delicious change from the usual ho-hum hummus or chips and dip

While store-bought hummus can be great in a pinch, homemade hummus is much more flavorful and satisfying, and often more healthy thanks to no added sugar and preservatives or excess salt and oil.

Most of us know beans are an excellent source of protein and fiber. Cilantro is also a good source of dietary fiber as well as iron and magnesium. Plus, it aids in digestion; settles the stomach; relieves gas; prevents nausea; decreases inflammation, blood sugar and bad cholesterol (LDL); and raises good HDL cholesterol (HDL). I'm sold.

This hummus whips up quickly, and because it doesn’t include tahini, the ingredients can be easily found if you don’t already have them on hand.

As with most recipes I make, I’ve reduced the oil in this one from 1/2 to 1/4 cup.  And, because I love cilantro, I use a bit more than 3/4 cup (ok, a lot more, but I really like this herb). Once you’ve blitzed everything together, you may find you want to add more lime, a dash more salt, or a bit more oil or water if it’s too thick. I like to add a dollop of chipotle sauce for a little smoky heat. 

Cilantro Jalapeno Hummus
Makes: 2 cups

Ingredients:

  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 2 (15 oz.) cans organic garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed (about 3-3 1/2 cups home-cooked beans)
  • 3 tablespoons lime juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3/4 cup fresh cilantro
  • 2 jalapeno peppers, seeded and minced

Instructions: 

  1. Place garlic in a food processor and process until minced, about 5 seconds.
     
  2. Add beans, lime juice and salt. Process into a puree.
     
  3. With the processor running, slowly add olive oil in a steady stream through the feed tube.
     
  4. Process until the mixture thickens, about 1-2 minutes.
     
  5. Add cilantro and jalapeno and pulse throughout, about 30-60 seconds.
     
  6. If needed, adjust seasoning and/or consistency according to taste.
     
  7. Bring to room temperature before serving.

Enjoy with toasted whole-wheat pita bread, raw veggies, baked pita or corn chips, or whatever else sounds yummy to you.