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Spicy Black Bean Hummus

Published in Recipes, Snacks Author: CentraCare


  • 1 garlic clove, peeled
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon tahini (roasted sesame seed paste)
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 (15-ounces) can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 small jalapeno pepper, chopped (about 2 tablespoons)
  • Dash of crushed red pepper
  • 2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • Dash of ground red pepper
  • 1 (6-ounce) bag pita chips


Place garlic in a food processor; process until finely chopped. Add lemon juice, tahini, cumin, salt, black beans, jalapeno pepper, and crushed red pepper; process until smooth. Spoon bean mixture into a medium bowl, and drizzle with extra virgin olive oil. Sprinkle with ground red pepper. Serve with pita chips.

Yield: 8 servings (serving size = about 2½ tablespoons hummus and 4 chips)

Nutritional Information Per Serving
  • Calories: 148
  • Fat: 6.2 g.
  • Sat. Fat: 0.7 g.
  • Trans Fat: 0 g.
  • Sodium: 381 mg
  • Carbs: 20 g.
  • Fiber: 3.5 g.
  • Protein: 3 g.