hummus…two flavors, one batch

cilantro hummus

I love that there are so many different things you can do with hummus.  It makes a great spread for sandwiches and wraps and it’s an easy make-ahead dip for a party.

I have never been able to make just one flavor hummus at a time. It’s a strange compulsion that I’ve long since accepted as one of the many quirks of being me. I figure that since I’ve drug out the food processor and dirtied it up, I may as well use it to its full potential.

I typically start by making a garlic-flavored hummus since garlic goes with darn near anything. I make as much as will fit comfortably in my processor (about 3 cans plus ingredients) then remove approximately half. At this point I add pretty much whatever strikes me, although chipotle, cilantro, jalapeno, lemon or roasted red peppers are my most common choices.

jalapeno hummus

Today I switched it up a bit and started with a Cilantro-Jalapeno hummus. After removing half the batch to a serving bowl I simply added a whole avocado and a bit more salt. They’re similar in flavor but the first batch had a fair amount of spice while the second batch was significantly toned down and even creamier from the avocado. I’m happy that I’ll have two batches that both the grownups and kids will enjoy.

To make your own pita chips, simply cut pita bread into triangles, brush with olive oil and sprinkle generously with kosher salt. Bake in a 400F oven for 6-8 minutes or until golden brown.

Here are a few unique ideas I found around the internet for other ways to use hummus:

I plan on trying all of these recipes at some point, especially the mashed potatoes as a side to a Mediterranean themed meal.  The casserole sounds easy and delicious, too!  So many foods to try and so little time…I need to live until I’m ninety-five so I can try them all!  Luckily, hummus is good for me so that’s always a possibility! ;-)

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  1. says

    I love mixing the Red Pepper flavor with some salsa and then using it as salad dressing – I dip my fork, stab some lettuce, chew, repeat. Those shrooms look tasty, too!

  2. says

    “…since I’ve drug out the food processor and dirtied it up, I may as well use it to its full potential.” Right? That thing is such a bitch to clean :( You know I love hummus. I usually make BBQ or Onion Dip flavor. Lovin’ this version. Those pics are gorgeous!

  3. Heather says

    This recipe is simply amazing! I currently live overseas with the military, but fell in love with Jalapeno Cilantro Hummus last summer when we were visiting the states. Now, I am happy to report I can make even better hummus at home! Thank you!

  4. says

    I’ve never tried hummus actually but I’m willing to give it a shot because people are constantly raving about it. I’ll definitely give this one a try!

  5. twitter_kaycemick says

    Hummus is delicious! I love dipping baby carrots, sugar snap peas, pita bread or pita chips, and any veggie really into hummus. I also like spreading it on a leaf of lettuce and rolling it up like a burrito. <3

  6. says

    Great idea to make more than one kind of hummus at once. You could make several kinds and serve them in a divided dish for a party. Cilantro, lime, and jalapeno is a good flavor combo, kind of an Asian one, which is an interesting combo with hummus. Thanks for the hummus casserole link, it looks good. Even just the idea from the casserole recipe of toasting the pine nuts in olive oil and putting them on top– that would be a yummy touch on homemade hummus. Some of the Sabra hummus flavors come with that little bit of toasted pine nuts on top, and I love that.

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