Written by Katie of GoodLife Eats
I am not really into football, so the upcoming Super Bowl doesn’t really appeal to me. Truth told, I don’t even know who is playing. But I do love all the tasty party food that pops up this time of year! I’ll never say “no” to a good spread of party food.
One of my favorite easy, appetizers 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 typically stick to garbanzo beans (also known as chickpeas) for my hummus and change up the flavor by keeping it more traditional or blending in ingredients such as sun-dried or oven roasted tomatoes, roasted peppers, spinach or artichokes.
Really, though, you can be as creative with a hummus recipe 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.
Components of Basic Hummus
- Tahini – roasted sesame paste, usually located on the ethnic aisle of the grocery store or in a specialty market)
- Olive Oil
- Lemon Juice
- Salt and Pepper
Hummus Add-In Ideas
It is fun to switch things up a bit even with a basic hummus recipe by stirring in hummus add-ins. Here are a few ideas:
- Pine Nuts
- Roasted Garlic
- Baby spinach leaves
- Chopped kalamata olives
- Sun-dried or oven roasted tomatoes
- Diced roasted chiles, jalapeno, or roasted peppers
- Chopped artichoke hearts
All photos by Katie of GoodLife Eats
This time around I decided to mix things up a bit and adapt 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.
How to Eat 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. It can also be used as a spread.
- Raw Vegetables
- Toasted Pita Chips
- Tortilla 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
|Black Bean Hummus||
- 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 teaspoon cumin
- 1 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.
- 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). 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.
More Easy & Healthy Appetizer Recipes
Cheese Stuffed Roasted Red Peppers | Simple Bites
Cucumber Feta Rolls | GoodLife Eats
Endive with Blue Cheese and Toasted Almonds | Simple Bites
Roasted Red Pepper Hummus | GoodLife Eats
Pea-camole | Simple Bites
Pomegranate Salsa | GoodLife Eats
What is your favorite way to eat hummus?