Friday, February 17, 2012

Jalapeno Cheddar Hummus

Hummus is one of those things that is rarely allowed in our house. Not because we don't like hummus. On contraire, once we get going, or ahem, once one of us gets going, it's far too easy to eat almost the entire container before realizing it. We won't say whom that might be.

So when the opportunity presented itself to bring a food dish to share with friends (*cough*superbowl*cough), my mind immediately jumped to some sort of savory dip. I didn't have a ton of notice was too lazy to come up with something wildly crazy, so opted for something simple with ingredients I knew I could pick up at the small-ish grocery store down the street.

I originally had a different idea for a dip going into it, but I decided last minute to pick up the things for this hummus as well the other one didn't turn out like I'd planned.

So glad I did. Not because the other dip didn't turn out (I'll be sharing that next week), but because this was definitely tasty. I love the addition of cheddar and jalapeno to hummus, and so did the other guests!

Jalapeno Cheddar Hummus
Adapted from: The Spiffy Cookie

2 (14.5 ounce) cans chickpeas, drained and rinsed
1 jalapeno, chopped, seeds and membranes removed
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons warm water
2 tablespoons tahini (sesame seed paste)
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 cup freshly shredded cheddar cheese

In the bowl of a food processor, combine the chickpeas and jalapeno. Pulse until ingredients are pureed. With the processor still running, pour in the olive oil and water until the mixture becomes smooth and creamy. Add tahini and remaining 5 ingredients. Process again until the mixture is smooth, adding more water if it becomes too thick.

Serve with pita chips or veggies.

Serves: 20 (2 tablespoons per serving)

As written, this hummus turns out a bit thicker that your normal store-bought hummus, but I kind of enjoyed it that way. You can always add more water if you like it more on the thinner side. As much as I did enjoy what the cheddar and jalapenos brought to the table, I almost wish it would have been more. I felt like the chickpeas really kind of muted the cheddar more than I was expecting, and I could have gone for keeping a few of the seeds with the jalapeno, as this was not spicy - at all. Still, even with the hummus the way it was, I could have definitely chowed down on at least half a bowl. ;)

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 54g
Amount per serving
Calories 206Calories from fat 71
% Daily Value
Total Fat 7.9g12%
Saturated Fat 1.9g10%
Cholesterol 6mg2%
Sodium 163mg7%
Total Carbs 25.5g9%
Fiber 7.3g29%
Sugars 4.5g
Protein 9.7g
Vitamin A 2%Vitamin C 3%
Calcium 9%Iron 16%


  1. Such a great play on the tarditional hummus! I think a margartia would be a great acommpaniment :)

  2. I completely agree - I had expected it to be more cheesy and spicy.

  3. My family loves hummus and the addition of jalepeno and cheddar sound scrumptious!

  4. This sounds perfect, I love it. My husband will go crazy for this too!

  5. Ooh. very interesting idea. I'm glad you let us know about the tweaks you would make next time!

  6. I really like this recipe and what your words could not describe your pictures did. This is my first visit to your blog, so I took some time to browse through your earlier posts. I'm so glad I did that. I really like the food and recipes you share with your readers and I'll definitely be back. I hope you have a great day. Blessings...Mary

  7. I have been known to go a little crazy with the hummus as well. The idea sounds great. Maybe a bit more tweaking?

  8. Mmmm, sounds like such an interesting twist on hummus! :) Great idea!

  9. Hummus is new to us. Both my husband and I swore we didn't like it. Then we tried it again recently, and he fell in love. I like it, but don't love it. He would LOVE this one. He is a huge fan of anything with jalapenos and cheddar!

  10. What a nice change to traditional hummus. I love cheese with anything, will have to try this soon.



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