We have recently discovered Trader Joes, and always get the 3 layer hummus when we visit the store in Cary. It has 3 tasty layers of hummus - regular, roasted red pepper, and jalapeno cilantro. Our favorite is the jalapeno cilantro flavor, which is unfortunately on the bottom of the bowl, so you have to dig through the first two layers to get to the good stuff. I started searching online for some recipes, and found several different ones. Some were strange, like one without tahini, and one made with white cannelini beans instead of garbanzo beans, but the rest were just a variation of the basic hummus recipe with added cilantro, jalapeno, and lime juice. I played around with the recipe, and this was the one I came up with.
Jalapeno Cilantro Hummus
1 can (15 oz) garbanzo beans/chick peas (drained and rinsed, with 2 oz reserved liquid)
2 tbsp tahini
2 cloves garlic
1 tbls lemon juice
1 jalapeno, seeds and membrane removed
1 cup chopped cilantro leaves
2 tbsp lime juice
salt to taste
I basically put all the ingredients in my food processor and puree it all. If it is too thick, then add some more reserved liquid from the beans. I don't usually add olive oil, but you want to, you'll just need to drizzle a little over the top to serve.
I eat mine with veggie chips and fresh veggies, like carrots, cucumber, and snap peas.
For basic hummus, use all the ingredients above the jalapeno, and maybe add a few extra tbsp of lemon juice, and 1/4 to 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper to add a little heat.
It is tasty -and beautiful!