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Black Bean Hummus: the tasty recipe for a vegan-friendly dipping sauce without tahini

By Cookist

Black bean hummus is a healthy, vegan Middle Eastern dip recipe. Also perfect as a delicious snack or appetizer, it is a creamy yet thick variant of the traditional hummus made with black beans instead of chickpeas.

This gluten-free bean hummus is super easy to make even for novices, you just need a food processor. Our recipe is made without commercial tahini, that' s great if you don't have it on hand. It calls for all natural ingredients, such as black beans, oil, garlic, lime, sesame seeds, salt and spices. You will also love its spicy kick.

Serve it up as an appetizer or a homemade dip with fresh raw vegetables like carrots, peppers and celery. You can also use black bean hummus with pita bread, crackers and homemade or store-bought tortilla chips. Delight your vegan guests with this tasty recipe that's tastier than the store-bought ones.

How to make Black Bean Hummus

Making black bean hummus is easier than you may think. Start by soaking sesame seeds in half cup of warm water for 20 minutes, then drain and place them in a food processor.

Add cilantro, water, lime juice, oil, salt, black beans, garlic, jalapeño pepper, and spices. Mix until smooth, then drizzle some oil before serving together with pita bread or vegetable sticks.

Tips for making the Best Black Bean Hummus

You can  replace the sesame seeds with 3 tablespoons of store-bought tahini.

If you want to add chickpeas too, use a ratio 2:1 for black beans and chickpeas.

You can add a drizzle of olive oil or another seasoning according to your preference.

You can also use canned black beans and 1/4 cup of the can liquid to make your hummus creamy. This step is not necessary if you use home cooked black beans.

What to eat with Black Bean Hummus

You can serve black bean hummus as homemade dip with pita bread or thick tortilla chips (the thin ones could break).

Fresh raw vegetables are another good options. Carrots, peppers, broccoli florets and celery sticks work well.

You can also try the combo with apple slices to enhance the sweet-savory flavors.

You can also spread hummus with black beans on your vegetarian sandwich or wrap. Use it as a marinade with meat or as a healthy appetizer for a party with friends.

How to store Hummus with Black Beans

Black bean hummus can be stored up to 4-5 days in the fridge.

Can you freeze Black Bean Hummus?

Yes! You can also freeze a portion in a food container or a freezer bag for 2 months. Let it thaw overnight in the fridge when you want to eat it again.

Fresh cilantro
3/4 cup
fresh lime juice
2 tbsp
Cumin powder
3/4 tsp
canned black beans, rinsed and drained
3/4 cup
Jalapeno pepper
Red chili powder
a pinch
Sesame seeds
2 1/ tbsp
Extra virgin olive oil
2 tbsp, divided
1/4 tsp
garlic clove, peeled
1 tbsp
for serving (optional)
pita bread
fresh vegetables


Soak sesame seeds in half cup of warm water for about 20 minutes.

Transfer the soaked sesame seeds without water into a clean food processor.

Grind the seeds with two tablespoons of water or more until smooth.

Add fresh cilantro, two tablespoons water, fresh lime juice, extra virgin olive oil, salt, black beans, garlic clove, jalapeño pepper, and cumin.

Mix well until smooth and even.

Season with a drizzle of olive oil and red chili powder.

Serve with pita bread, or raw vegetable and enjoy!

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