Hummus is a vegetarian and vegan Middle Eastern dip/spread made from chickpeas (garbanzo bean), tahini (combination of sesame seeds and oil), lemon juice and garlic.
Hummus can be made with different combination of herbs and vegetables that is perfect for entertaining which is healthy and a great source of protein.
You can use white beans (great northern beans) or black beans for a variation instead of usual garbanzo beans. Add marinated artichokes, roasted beets, roasted zucchini, roasted eggplants, roasted bell peppers, sun dried tomatoes, avocados, cilantros, spinach, basil, or any other favorite combination to adds color and flavor to your hummus.
- 2 cloves garlic, chopped
- 1 jalapeño, seeded and chopped
- 1 can garbanzo beans (chickpeas), drained
- ½ cup roasted red and/or yellow peppers, drained
- 1/3 cup tahini
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice
- 1/2 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil ( for garnish)
- 1/2 teaspoon paprika (for garnish)
1- Place the garlic clove and jalapeño in the food processor and pulse a few times.
2- Add the rest of the ingredients except olive oil and paprika and continue to process until very smooth and creamy.
3- Taste for seasoning and consistency, slowly adding 1 to 3 talespoons water if the hummus is too thick.
4- Transfer to a serving bowl. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour before serving.
5- Drizzle with extra virgin olive oil and sprinkle with paprika on top to add a little color. Serve with veggies or pita chips!
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