If any of you frequent your local Trader Joe’s, you’ll know what this delicious black bean cilantro jalapeño hummus is inspired by. TJ’s has a regular hummus made with chickpeas, but I thought cilantro and jalapeños would pair so well with black beans.
And my hunch was correct!
Then I thought these flavors were pretty Mexican-inspired, so I thought they would be perfect for this time of the year.
Another 10-out-of-10 idea!
So with the intro from Justin Timberlake’s “It’s Gonna Be May” I bring you an amazing dip for your Cinco de Mayo spread.
I wanted to begin by saying something about Cinco De Mayo. Since when did it turn into Valentine’s Day. Where I live you can forget about going to a fancy restaurant the night of Valentine’s Day.
And the same goes for May 5th. Every Mexican restaurant is flocked! People are everywhere. And there are never any good places on delivery for authentic Mexican. So I’m left to my own skills. Luckily, with this recipe in my back pocket I have nothing to worry about.
What’s So Great About This Black Bean Cilantro Jalapeno Hummus?
The best bit about this hummus is that it isn’t just another chickpea hummus.
I mean they are great and so very versatile, but they’ve had their time to shine. I thought black beans would be the perfect substitute, but pinto beans would be delicious here too.
And this would be such a game-changer to the typical salsa and guac that graces everyone’s Mexican inspired celebrations. This bean dip is next level delicioso and all your margarita sippers will be so impressed by this hybrid Mediterranean/latin dip.
Here I made my own tortilla chips in the oven but I’m such a huge fan of plantain chips. Another great Trader Joe’s find! Or even some lime tortilla chips if you want to keep the theme going!
I topped mine with the works. Roasted corn (yes from TJ’s) is so GREAT. So flavorful. So easy. It’s kind of a house staple.
But you could totally leave this plain Jane and you’d still be in business.
Some of my other favorite mexican-inspired recipes include
- These jackfruit tacos that my boyfriend thought were pork
- This above average Spanish rice
- This red salsa my family has been loving me for
Black Bean Cilantro Jalapeno Hummus
makes: about 2 c
- one can black beans, drained and rinsed, liquid reserved
- 2 T tahini
- 2 limes, juiced
- 1 c cilantro
- 3 jalapeños, seeded
- 1 t sea salt
- roasted corn, chili garlic salt, avocado, cilantro for garnish
- Couldn’t be easier. Place all ingredients into a blender and pulse until fairly combined. Drizzle in the bean liquid or water a tablespoon at a time until at your level of creaminess. I like to make it slightly creamier because it does lose its moisture as it chills.
- Store in an airtight container in the fridge for a week