Cilantro Jalapeno Hummus

by | Jun 22, 2016 | All, Appetizers, Fall, Spring, Summer, Winter

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


  • 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


  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.


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

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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 156 Total Fat: 11g Saturated Fat: 1g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 9g Cholesterol: 0mg Sodium: 222mg Carbohydrates: 15g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 3g Sugar: 5g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 2g
This Cilantro Jalapeno Hummus is smooth, silky and full of flavor! Use it as a dip, slather it on a wrap or just eat it with a spoon! Make a double batch because it disappears quickly!

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