I think after making my good share of hummus recipes I would get bored but I really don't. There is nothing quite as satisfying as creating a new hummus recipe that you consider to be the best one. Sure, after perfecting my cucumber hummus recipe, I thought that I couldn't possibly create a better one but lo and behold I made a super tasty avocado hummus.
Now though, I found my new addiction with this Jalapeno Cilantro Hummus and it couldn't be easier to make.
Toss everything into your food processor...process the bejeebers out of it until nice and smooth!
I feel like all my steps are getting to be repetitive. Example 1, 2, & 3
Jalapeno is the perfect chili pepper to add for just the right amount of spice or pep to your hummus or even other recipes. But fear not, if it's just not quite enough for you. I've substituted the jalapeno in the recipe for anything from banana peppers to cayenne peppers to my absolute favorite habanero peppers.
I know, habaneros can't be handled by everyone. Hubbs thinks that I'm absolutely insane for eating them and I know if I add it to hummus I will be the only one enjoying it....which isn't exactly a bad thing. Nevertheless, this is a Jalapeno Cilantro Hummus, not a Habanero Cilantro one.
Jalapenos are actually quite healthy. Here is just a tiny overview of the health benefits of both. All the more reason to eat this hummus!
Jalapeno Health Benefits
Jalapenos contain capsaicin, which can:
- Reduce inflammation
- Lower your risk of heart disease and stroke
They are a good source of:
- Vitamin C, which helps to boost your immune system and protect your body from free radicals
- Vitamin A, which is important for maintaining clear vision, healthy skin, and strong bones
Jalapenos also contain antioxidants that may help to reduce your risk of certain types of cancer, such as breast and prostate cancer
And if you're in need of a little pain relief, jalapenos may be able to help thanks to their capsaicin content
Just remember to handle jalapenos with care, as the capsaicin can irritate your skin and eyes if you're not careful. But if you enjoy a little heat in your food, adding some jalapenos to your diet in moderation can do wonders for your health!
Now that we have some sense of justification for eating all the Jalapeno Cilantro Hummus at once, let's get to it!
Jalapeno Cilantro Hummus
- 1 ½ cups of Chickpeas soaked and cooked or rinsed and drained from a can
- ¼ of a cup 60 ml Tahini
- small handful of Cilantro leaves and stems
- ½ of a Jalapeno or more if desired
- 1 clove of Garlic
- ½ of a teaspoon Salt
- 1 tablespoon fresh Lime Juice
- ¼ to ½ of a cup 60 - 125 ml Water (adjust depending on desired thickness)
- Chopped Fresh Cilantro optional
- Olive Oil optional
Place all ingredients except the optional ingredients in a food processor. Process until smooth, adding more water if needed.
Add jalapeno cilantro hummus to a serving bowl and garnish with fresh chopped cilantro, a drizzle of olive oil and jalapeno slices.
Serve hummus with pita bread, crackers and fresh veggies.
Store hummus in an airtight container and eat within 4 days.
There's actually a question that I've been meaning to ask my readers for a long time. What is your favorite way to eat hummus? I personally love it with fresh veggies, slathered on bread, or mixed into a salad. Are there any unique ways you like to eat hummus?