Mexican Fiesta Black Bean Hummus

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This super-fast dip is a delicious identity crisis. Traditional hummus meets a crazy Mexican party (there might even be a Mariachi band … you just never can tell!).

It’s creamy and satisfying, yet kicky and fun … an all-around crowd pleaser! (Oh … and loaded with healthy goodies, too!)

And you know what it got me thinking? Football food!

That’s what we need right now … dips and snackies for the Super Bowl! This dip is spot-on perfect for touchdown-cheering, fumble-booing, I-just-wanna-watch-the-cool-Super-Bowl-commercials … football action!

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You can whip it up in a flash. (But come, on … you knew that, right?!? This is THK, after all! Of course it’s quick and easy!)

Really – if the halftime show’s no good this year, you can hop right up and make this quick-quick before the third quarter! (Although, with Bruno Mars and the Red Hot Chili Peppers – we should be golden, right? So, you may want to make a double batch before the game …)

And then you know what you wanna do? Tuck this recipe away for Cinco de Mayo … and for summer parties … and for late-night noshes …. and …

Yeah, you’re going to want to do that.

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And seriously, it really is great summer chow, too.

I actually concocted this waaaaaay back last summer, on a gorgeously hot and sunny day. My parents had the kiddos and my Romeo and I had the day to ourselves. We ditched any notion of doing responsible things like launching major home projects or cleaning out the garage … and we chilled. Just chilled.

But, for proper chillin’ with your guy, you (of course!) need good munchies … and so this hummus was born. (And … I guess we were really hungry, because that’s the exact same day I created Italian Cannellini Hummus with Basil and Sun-Dried Tomatoes!)

Hmmmmm … no wonder this hummus has such an identity crisis! It’s perfect for practically any occasion – just as comfy at a Super Bowl party as it is at a summer beach party.

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Let us know if the Mariachi band appears, too!


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Mexican Fiesta Black Bean Hummus
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Yield: About 1⅔ cups
  • 1 15-ounce can black beans, rinsed and drained (see note)
  • ⅓ cup loosely packed cilantro
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 2 teaspoons lime juice
  • 1½ teaspoons hot sauce (such as Frank's Red Hot)
  • 1 garlic clove
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • 16 grape or cherry tomatoes, roughly quartered
  • Minced cilantro and a few diced tomatoes, for garnish
  • Veggies such as baby carrots and pepper strips, or baked tortilla or pita chips – for serving, if desired
  1. Place all ingredients except tomatoes in a mini food processor and process until smooth (or desired consistency), scraping down the sides as needed.
  2. Add tomatoes and pulse processor just enough to incorporate tomatoes and chop them slightly.
  3. Garnish with additional cilantro and tomatoes, and serve immediately (with veggies or chips), or refrigerate until serving.
In our stores, we find black beans sold in both 15-ounce and 15.5-ounce cans. Either will work just fine.

This can easily be made a day or two ahead. Simply store finished hummus in the refrigerator until serving.

When this hummus is just finished processing, it will be a lighter color than what you see in our photos. It tends to darken a bit upon standing.


Our Mexican Fiesta Black Bean Hummus recipe has been mentioned or featured in:

13 Mexican Food Recipes for Cinco de Mayo at Jenny at Dapperhouse
Over 30 Delicious Cinco de Mayo Recipes at This Gal Cooks
100 Best Cinco de Mayo Recipes at BasilMomma
30 Black Bean Recipes at Trippin’ with Tara
25 Healthy Snacks at Creating&Co
110 Recipes For A Winning Super Bowl Party and 100 Tips For The Ultimate New Year’s Eve Party at Drugstore Divas
Light & Delicious New Year’s Eve Snacks at Life with Captain Fussybuckets
60+ Best Appetizers Recipes at The Gracious Wife

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Mexican Fiesta Black Bean Hummus — 44 Comments

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  5. I dunno why you called this hummus 🙁 “a paste or dip made of chickpeas mashed with oil, garlic, lemon juice, and tahini and usually eaten with pita.”

    It’s a black bean dip.

    • Hi Leelee! Thanks for your comment, and we apologize if we confused you! You’re exactly right that, like a lot of restaurants, commercial brands and other recipe developers, we do take some pretty significant liberties with our definition of hummus (which is why we started this post by calling this recipe a “delicious identity crisis”). It all started with our Edamame Hummus, which was inspired by Trader Joe’s “Edamame Hummus” – even though it doesn’t have any chickpeas, its consistency and personality and many of the other ingredients are very much akin to traditional chickpea hummus – basically, it just swaps out the chickpeas. Trader Joe’s called it hummus, so we did, too. And, we’ve stayed consistent with that looser definition in our other hummus recipes.

      Funny enough, we actually addressed this very issue in our post for the recipe for our Italian Cannellini Hummus with Basil and Sun-Dried Tomatoes when we asked our readers their opinion on this hummus-that’s-not-really-hummus trend. We said, “Ok, we confess: technically this isn’t really a “hummus.” In strictest definition, hummus is made with chickpeas, and usually tahini, neither of which we’ve used in this recipe. In recent years, though, the foodie world has taken it upon itself to bestow the name “hummus” upon pretty much any pureed, bean-based cold dip. (Even our Edamame Hummus bears the name!) So what do you think? Is a hummus worthy of the name only if it’s got chickpeas? And what’s your favorite riff on hummus?”

      Could we call them bean dips? Yep, that’s a totally appropriate name, as well. As food writers, we have to choose sometimes: call one recipe a bean dip or hummus? Call another recipe a spaghetti casserole or a pasta bake? And so forth. We try to choose the name that resonates most with us and that best captures the spirit of the recipe for us.

      I hope all of this helps explain our thinking a little. And, whatever it’s called, I hope you’ll give this hummus/black bean dip a try! No matter the name, it’s absolutely delicious!

      😀 ~ Shelley

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    • Hey girl!! We loooooove making this hummus! It’s SO fast and simple – and tastes like it took hours to make! We could eat it with whole-grain tortillas, pita chips, pretzels … pretty much anything! It’s one of our favorite munchies!! 🙂 ~G&S

    • Thanks, Shikha! They’re just such a nice change of pace, and somehow scream “football snack!” or “Cinco de Mayo” or even “Let’s paaaarty!” in a way that the traditional chickpeas don’t. So strike up the mariachi band and dig in! Really glad you stopped by! 😀 ~G&S

      • I love hummus but it usually is store bought. This recipe for black bean hummus was very easy and I now prefer the less processed consistency of home made. We tried both crackers and veggies – and so, a new favorite!

        • Yay! A new favorite!?!?! So thrilled you loved this! It’s a fave for us, too! I’ve whipped this up on so many occasions – both for parties and get-togethers and just for when my family needed a healthy but delicious snack! It really does beat the pants off any store-bought stuff! I just can’t tell you how much Gretchen and I appreciate that you took the time to stop back and let us know how you liked this recipe! 😀 ~Shelley

    • Trish – we find that this dip doesn’t last too long on the counter! It is sooo delicious (and a snap to throw together!) so I may suggest a double batch! Your boys will love this for sure — both of our husbands and all of our kids can’t get enough! 🙂 Enjoy!! ~G&S

    • Aww thanks, Pamela! We are HUGE fans of black beans, too (as you probably guessed!) and this hummus showcases them beautifully! It’s just so wonderfully simple, yet totally delicious and satisfying! You’ll love it!! ~G&S

    • Hi, Cate! Thanks so much! It really is yummily-amazing! And you can munch away without all the guilt – just enjoy all the nutrients, fiber and protein – a winner, for sure (no matter which TEAM wins :D)! Hope you guys have fun watching the game! ~G&S

    • Yeah, we really love “hummus” dips, too! They’re so fast, easy and healthy (kinda everything that THK is about)! And people just love them! Happy Super Bowl Day! 😀 Thanks so much for stopping by, Alyssa! ~G&S

    • Hi, Consuelo! You’ve gotta at least check out some of the top Super Bowl commercials on YouTube! Best, most original and hilarious commercials of the year! And what should you eat while watching them?!?! Yeah … you know! Just make sure you hide out while munching this so your brothers don’t steal it all (or appease them by making a double batch)! Hugs! 😀 ~G&S

    • Hi, Tina! So glad you stopped by! Cayenne and cumin sound deeee-lish, too – thanks for sharing that idea! Isn’t it fun how flexible “hummus” bean dips are? So many ways to change them up and customize them! Hope you love our version as much as we do! 😀 ~G&S

  9. I’ve got some cans of black beans just waiting to be transformed into a this dip. I’m already picturing my guys watching the big game, gobbling up this hummus. The mariachi music is already playing in my head 😀 Yum! Pinning!!

    • Hi, Kiersten! I actually love watching football (it might be the long-lost college cheerleader coming out in me), but sadly, as a born-and-bred Cleveland Browns fan, I don’t get many chances to root for a local team in the playoffs these days. So, I’ve gotta enjoy the other Super Bowl attractions … Like the food (yes – totally agree on loving all the Super Bowl recipes popping up on blogs!) … And the great commercials (have you seen the Doritos finalists? totally hysterical!). So besides rooting for Peyton Manning just because I think he’s a great guy – I’m gonna be focusing on all the other great things Super Bowl Sunday has to offer! Here’s to good snacking, my friend! 😀 ~Shelley

  10. Ohhh goodness… Have you ever tried the black bean dip sold by Trader Joe’s? It’s seriously addictive. I can’t buy it anymore because I’ll eat the whole jar in a day by myself, so I always sneak a couple spoonfuls when I visit my parents. You basically just taught me how to make it myself — uh oh! 😉

    • No, I don’t remember ever trying Trader Joe’s black bean dip, but I can’t believe I’ve missed it! The really funny thing is, last June we posted a recipe for Edamame Hummus, which was completely inspired by the Trader Joe’s version I’d fallen head-over-heels in love with (as had my husband and my neighbors)! Sadly, we don’t have a Trader Joe’s very close, so I created that Edamame Hummus to get me by – and I actually ended up liking it even better than the original Trader Joe’s version! So anyway, I completely understand your Trader Joe’s addiction … and I’m thrilled I could help! I don’t know about theirs, but my version is so full of nutritious goodies that you can totally feel good about sneaking spoonfuls! Just make a double batch and dig in! So good to hear from you, Amy!!! 😀 ~Shelley

      • No TJ’s nearby?? I think I’d DIE! I go there at least three times per week; it’s crazy. And when I was in college and the town didn’t have one, my parents drove up to see me once a month and brought along 12 boxes of my favorite cereal from them. No exaggeration!

        Anyway, it’s SO exciting when a copycat recipe like your edamame hummus turns out better than the original! Especially when it was based off of TJ’s, where everything they sell tastes amazing. I’m always up for sneaking in extra veggies like you did in this recipe. And if you’re ever on TJ’s salsa aisle, see if you can spot their black bean dip; it’s in a pretty small jar! 🙂

    • Hey, Layla! Although I’m not Middle Eastern, hummus is one of my fave healthy fridge staples, too! Thanks for kindly overlooking the fact that this hummus is not technically a hummus at all, since it lacks chickpeas (and even tahini!) :D. Back when we posted the Italian Cannellini Hummus, we asked our readers what they thought about how the foodie world has sort of commandeered the name “hummus” and applied it to practically any pureed bean- or legume-dip. My husband and I have a dear friend who’s Israeli and who’s given me lessons on preparing his utterly amazing (and very authentic!) hummus – he just laughs at me with all my various “hummus” versions! No matter what you call it though, this dip is super-delicious! I hope it spends lots of time in your fridge (and your tummy!) now, too! 😀 ~Shelley

    • Thanks, Kristi! 😀 I loooove black beans, too! And this dip is such an easy way to enjoy them! I actually whipped up a batch earlier this week and stashed it in the fridge. Then, when my poor hubby finally straggled in from a late flight, he and I pulled out the hummus and scarfed it down in no time flat! So good! I just wish I’d made a double batch! ~Shelley

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