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?
Anjali @ Vegetarian Gastronomy says
jalapeno + cilantro anything and I'm in! Especially if it's hummus...love that combo and I'm sure this looks like it tastes delicious! Need to try this variation next time!
Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine says
Yum yum! I'll never turn down some spicy fresh hummus!
Wow...love this, Vanessa..always thought of making this combination but never did...lots of jalapeno action going down :)
nancy @ ordinary vegan says
I absolutely love the addition of extra jalapeño. What most people don't realize is that jalapeño is more about flavor then heat. Thanks for sharing the health benefits too!
Kelly @ TastingPage says
I love throwing jalapeno in so many things, and this hummus looks like the perfect place!
I love your pics...so vibrant and beautiful. This hummus sounds amazing. I love a good spicy dip. I would put this on everything!
Uma Srinivas says
I am sure my whole family will like this. We all like jalapeno:) Love to try this.
Linda @ Veganosity says
LOVE hummus! And I love spicy food, so this is perfection. :)
Mel @ avirtualvegan.com says
I am a real heat freak. The hotter the better and I love jalapeños! I would add lots extra then it would be perfect!
Debra @ Bowl Me Over says
Hummus is a favorite and I really appreciate how you've pumped up the spice with all of these delicious Mexican flavors, YUM!
Sophia @Veggies Don't Bite says
Jalapeno? Cilantro? YES please! This sounds delicious and I love those flavors.
I love these flavors Vanessa! This is hummus with a kick!
Sam @ PancakeWarriors says
Seriously love the spice in this hummus - so good!! And I love cilantro, it's such a fresh flavor
Such a creative take on the classic Vanessa! I love the added spiciness, what a fun twist. I totally get where you're coming from - I could enjoy this a hundred different ways every day!
Oh my, this sounds absolutely amazing! I would never have thought to add jalapeños when making hummus - but now that I think of it, it makes perfect sense! Will be trying a batch of this soon
Patricia @ Grab a Plate says
Love when hummus has fab flavors included in it, and this is definitely one I want to make, soon! Love this!
I have chickpeas in the crockpot at this minute, and I am so excited to make your recipe! I love hummus, but must keep my carbs low, so I eat it with veg most often, but have also been known to eat with a spoon 😉
Vanessa Croessmann says
Thanks Louanne! I eat hummus with a spoon way too often ;) It's THAT good!
What a fantastic recipe. I love hummus, but have never thought to add jalapeño. It was interesting to read about the health benefits as well. I have a few pregnant friends who I now want to make this for! Thank you for sharing.
Sarah | Well and Full says
I LOVE the flavor combination of jalapeno and cilantro... so delicious!!
Linda York says
Made this yesterday and it's all gone. Hubby says need to make it again today. This is absolutely delicious!!! Thank you so much for sharing this recipe. It will be going into my Black Bible (black binder with "keeper" recipes).
Made this for Labor Day. Fresh, delicious! Mine came out green and not the typical hummus color but that's ok. Guess my hand is larger than yours lol. Will make again.
Vanessa Croessmann says
Hi Trish, I'm glad to hear you liked the jalapeno cilantro hummus. No harm done in a little extra cilantro ;)
We LOVE this recipe and make it all the time now. Yum!!
I love to eat hummus when mixed into a vegetable-packed salad. Thanks for sharing this another delicious and healthy hummus recipe that my family would probably enjoy!