Thursday, February 21, 2008

Jalapeno Cilantro Hummus

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!


KK said...

Thanks for the recipe! I'm going to try this.

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Melissa said...

Thanks for the recipe. We tried it today and it turned out great! Wonderful!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for posting- will try it this week. Tired of hummus- covered fingers trying to dig to the best layer ;)

Monica White said...

You and your official taste tester are super cute! Thanks for the recipe--great idea!

zausa said...

We've been looking for a tasty Jalapeno Cilantro Hummus recipe for a while now, but they all came out bitter... this one totally rocks! Thank you for posting!

Aaron said...

Wow - this tastes amazing! Thank you. I substituted powdered cayenne pepper for the jalepeno pepper and added three tbls of oil from giardinara.