Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Second Helping: Chunky Jalapeno & Cilantro Hummus

One of my grocery list staples is hummus. I could eat hummus with a spoon - it's just so creamy, versatile, and chocked full of nutritious, delicious flavors. However, the best thing about hummus is that it's also affordable - especially when you make it at home.

I had picked up 10 hot peppers for $1 from The Neighborhood Farm at the Roslindale Farmers' Market several weeks ago, and finally used them up in various recipes last week. The final recipe that used up the remainder of the peppers was my Chunky Jalapeno & Cilantro Hummus (so, technically, this post should be a Third or Fourth Helping...not Second).

Chunky Jalapeno & Cilantro Hummus
Yields: 6-8 servings 

-1 can chickpeas (which were $0.99 at Stop and Shop last week)
-3 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil (or more, depending on the consistency you desire)
-2 jalapeno peppers, seeded and chopped
-1 teaspoon minced garlic
-1/2 teaspoon dried cilantro
-Salt and black pepper to taste
-Juice of 1/2 lemon 

Directions: Pour chickpeas, jalapeno peppers, garlic, cilantro and lemon juice into a food processor. Add olive oil (1 tablespoon at a time) and pulse until hummus reaches your desired consistency (I like mine a little chunky, so I didn't pulse it until completely smooth). Take lid off food processor and season hummus with salt and pepper as needed; also add more lemon juice if needed. Pulse hummus again to mix in salt and pepper (you may also need to add more olive oil as you pulse the ingredients together). Serve with sturdy pita chips.

This was one flavorful bowl of hummus, and I loved how a few whole chickpeas were still present throughout. Although I made this last week, I still have some leftover hummus in my fridge - the stuff lasts a good 1 to 2 weeks, I'd say, and can easily be used for dipping, on sandwiches, or even on flatbreads. 

Bonus: The price of this recipe in its entirety was under $2. Please hold your applause. 

Do you make your own hummus at home? What's your favorite flavor combination?


  1. WOW, I never knew hummus would be so easy to make!! I am going to try to make my own next week (a non spicy version)! I have a magic bullet so i will put it to the test!

  2. It is strange but it was only this past year that I started making hummus myself. Like you, I always have different cans of beans on hand in the pantry because they are so cheap and add a lot of flavors to dishes! I made a hummus this summer with beet greens (to prevent them from going to waste) and two kinds of beans - cannellini and chickpeas. SO good!

  3. When I was in Australia, one of my roommates would make homemade hummus all the time. He also made his own Peta Chips by cutting up peta bread glossing them over with olive oil and adding salt/pepper and then baking them in the oven for a few.

  4. just found your blog from the 2010 boston local food festival website as a "festival blogger". as a fellow boston food blogger, i look forward to following your site! :)

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