Spicy Hummus

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The unique texture of hummus comes from the natural starchiness of the garbanzo bean when it’s processed with tahini, olive oil, and tomato juice.

Add a Flavor Variation

Hummus is fun to make because it can be flavored in so many different ways. Try onion powder, dried basil, dried oregano, chopped fresh dill, or lemon pepper in place of the jalapeno pepper. Or stir in some chopped gluten-free black olives, sliced green onion, or chopped fresh tomato.

Note: Garlic must be finely minced for uniform flavor.




Total Timeunder 30 minutes

OccasionCocktail Party, Family Get-together, game day

Recipe Courseappetizer, cold appetizer, side dish, snack

Dietary Considerationegg-free, gluten-free, halal, kosher, lactose-free, vegan, vegetarian

Equipmentfood processor



Taste and Texturehot & spicy

Type of Dishdip/spread


  • 2 cups canned garbanzo beans, rinsed and drained
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely minced
  • 1 teaspoon minced jalapeno pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 3 tablespoons tahini (sesame paste)
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 to 1 cup tomato juice
  • Chopped gluten-free black olives (optional)
  • Coarsely chopped tomato (optional)


  1. Place garbanzo beans in a food processor. Cover and process until blended.

  2. Add garlic, jalapeno pepper, salt, and black pepper. Cover and process until combined. Add lemon juice, tahini, and olive oil. Cover and process until well blended. Mixture will be thick.

  3. With machine running, slowly add enough tomato juice to make mixture the desired consistency. Transfer to a serving bowl. If desired, garnish with olives and tomato.


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