Cilantro Jalapeno Hummus

by | Jun 22, 2016 | All, Appetizers

This Cilantro Jalapeno Hummus recipe is smooth, silky and has just the right amount of heat.  Make a double batch because it’s a match made in heaven for any gathering.

Top down image of Cilantro Jalapeno Hummus Dip on a black sheet pan with mini pitas for eating.

I’ve got a new favorite dip: Cilantro Jalapeno Hummus. Have you ever had the three-layer hummus dip at Trader Joe’s? I always buy it and dig to the bottom layer because it’s my favorite, and they don’t sell it separately. This hummus is almost that bottom layer but just a little brighter with some extra lime juice added. I am in love! 

The secret to making the smoothest, silkiest hummus you’ve ever tasted? Peeling the garbanzo beans. Yes, you read that right – peeling.the.beans. No, I haven’t fallen off the deep end. I thought it was just as crazy of an idea the first time I heard it until I tried it. The result is a super creamy, super smooth hummus. 

3/4 angle of Cilantro Jalapeno Hummus on a dark plate with fresh jalapenos for garnish and pita for eating.

My plan was that it would be a great little project for my kids to do with me. As you can imagine, that lasted for approximately 30 seconds as they quickly grew tired of peeling. But I got into a groove and was surprised at how fast it went. Simply pinch the bean and the peel comes right off. Easy peasy and worth every minute. 

Although the name might suggest otherwise, this Cilantro Jalapeno Hummus isn’t super spicy. Sure you can amp up the heat by adding more jalapeno or even cut back on the lime juice. But I found the spice of the  jalapeno is balanced out by the cilantro, so don’t be scared if you aren’t a fan of spicy foods. Your mouth will not be on fire. Serve it as an appetizer, slather it on a wrap or eat it with a spoon, straight up. It’s extremely versatile.

Cilantro Jalapeno Hummus in a white bowl with lime wedges and fresh jalapeno slices for garnish.

The summer evenings are beautiful, and this Cilantro Jalapeno Hummus a is a great way to enjoy them. Hit the patio with a glass of wine and get ready to peel those little babies. Make a double batch while you are at it. Trust me. It is time well-spent. 

Prep Tip: I use my Ninja Blender to make this hummus and I LOVE it! It also has 2 individual drink cups which are the perfect size when I make smoothies!

 

Top down image of Cilantro Jalapeno Hummus with fresh cilantro, lime and jalapenos for garnish.

Yield: 4-6

Cilantro Jalapeno Hummus

Cilantro Jalapeno Hummus

This bright hummus is the SMOOTHEST hummus you will ever eat. Don't fret about eh jalapeno, this can be as mild or as spicy as you want!

Prep Time 30 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 (16-ounce) can garbanzo beans, rinsed and peeled
  • 1 cup cilantro
  • 1/2 cup Italian parsley
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1 jalapeño, seeded
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • Juice of 1 1/2 limes
  • 1/2 - 3/4 cup olive oil

Instructions

  1. Place the beans, cilantro, parsley, garlic, jalapeño, salt and lime in the bowl of a food processor. Pulse until well mixed and smooth.
  2. Slowly add olive oil as the food processor is running to get to desired consistency.
  3. Place in covered container and refrigerate for a few hours to let flavors develop. Serve with pita chips and vegetables.

Notes

If you want spicier hummus, leave the ribs of the peppers intact. For a milder version, cut jalapeno amount in half.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

8

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 156Total Fat: 11gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 222mgCarbohydrates: 15gFiber: 3gSugar: 5gProtein: 2g

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23 Comments

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    Most excellent Hummus recipe, ladies! Hummus is truly a blank canvas just waiting for a wicked twist, isn’t it? I like to peel my garbanzo beans as well. Learned this tip from a catering book. Fabulous photos! Pinning!

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    Peeling the beans huh…never tried that one. It makes sense though. I’ll report back after I try it! Thanks for the tip.

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      Hi Cathy, Let me know what you think. It was one of those things that I just had to try and am so glad I did. Thanks for the note!

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    I recently got a jar of jalapenos that kicked my behind. This will be a great way to use them. Forget peeling the chick peas – use white beans – so much easier. Thanks for a great recipe.

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      A great way indeed, Jill! Love the white bean idea? Enjoy!

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    It is really funny because a few weeks ago I tried this as one of their samples at Trader Joes and LOVED IT!! I thought in my head that it would be a great thing to try and make at home. Love this. 🙂

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      That is too funny, Julia! I always dig to the bottom to get that flavor, this is a great solution! Yum!

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    I love both chickpeas and cilantro…but never thought of making hummus with cilantro. I totally love the idea.

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      Thanks Angie! I love this combination, very fresh and zesty! Thanks for the comment!

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    Made this hummus yesterday and it was absolutely delicious, huge hit at the 4th of July party!

    I will be blogging about it in a couple of weeks, and will link to your site & recipe.

    thank you!

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      Aww, thanks Sally! Can’t wait to read your post. Thanks for the great feedback!

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    Oh Wow! Just made this to bring to cabin for family vacation, and I want to eat all of it right now! So Good!

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      Thanks,Katie! I can literally eat with a spoon. I just bought the ingredients to make it again today. Have a fabulous vacation!

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    Just wanted to let you know that I featured this recipe (with full credit and a link-back) in a hummus recipe roundup today on Foxes Love Lemons. Happy Friday!

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      Lori- Thank you! I can’t wait to go check out the other great recipes!

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    So excited that it is finally cilantro jalapeno hummus time of year again! It has become a summer staple ! Making it now…in honor of the Wild since it is green !

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      That must have been some lucky hummus since the Wild pulled out a win last night!

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    This hummus sounds so good! Agh, peeling the beans though, I supposed I should try! I love cilantro and jalapeno! So that is winning combination for me.

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      Some of my friends make it without peeling the beans, but believe me, it’s worth the time 🙂

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      Thanks! I think you will love it!

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    I simply love this recipe and just wanted to let you know I shared it on my blog in a post where I share my favorite recipe finds for the week.

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      Thanks for the share!

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