Spicy Black Bean Hummus

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Homemade is SO MUCH BETTER than store-bought!

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Move aside, plain hummus! Our spicy black bean hummus offers tasty southwest flavors that will keep you coming back for more! This versatile hummus recipe can be enjoyed in many different ways! It’s perfect as a weekday snack, party appetizer, or even as a condiment! And it’s also worth mentioning that this hummus is as nutritious as it is delicious! Loaded with protein and fiber, but low in fat and calories, this is a snack you can feel good about. So ditch the store-bought dips and give this homemade spicy black bean hummus a try! Your taste buds will thank you!

Spicy Hummus Ingredients

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This spicy black bean hummus is made with just a few simple, plant-based ingredients, many of which you probably already have on hand. This perfect medley of beans, sauces, and seasonings is designed to maximize flavor as well as health benefits. Let’s take a closer look at each ingredient.

Main Ingredients

Black Beans – Packed with protein, fiber, and antioxidants (which prevent cancer), black beans can do so many things! They help manage blood pressure, lower cholesterol, prevent diabetes, and even fend off heart disease. They’re known to promote weight loss and healthy digestion and are remarkably low in calories. Mild in flavor, black beans are used in various cuisines and can be added to almost any meal or snack–even brownies!

Lime Juice – Not only does it provide a zingy flavor, but lime can also boost your immune system. Furthermore, it is linked to the prevention of heart disease and kidney stones, helps you absorb iron, and even makes your skin glow. This nutritional powerhouse of a fruit is packed with vitamin C and antioxidants, as well as other nutrients like calcium, vitamin B6, iron, thiamine, and potassium.

Tahini – Made from ground sesame seeds, tahini is packed with protein. This means the black beans aren’t the only excellent protein source in this filling snack. Tahini is also rich in fiber, copper, phosphorus, and selenium. This miracle paste reduces the risk of heart disease, inflammation, and even cancer.


Cumin – Not only does this spice have anticancer and anti-inflammatory properties, but it also fights bacteria and parasites, lowers cholesterol, promotes weight loss, controls blood sugar levels, and is even used to treat illnesses like diarrhea and IBS. Cumin also stimulates the nervous system, which sharpens your memory and motor skills.

Coriander – Rich in antioxidants, coriander provides a boost to your immune system. It’s good for your skin, heart, and brain health and useful for controlling blood sugar. Coriander is also beneficial for your gut health and digestion, and studies show it may even fight infections, including food poisoning from salmonella.

Chili Powder – Good for your skin and hair, chili powder also provides a cognitive boost, suppresses your appetite to promote weight loss, and helps build your immune system. It’s anti-inflammatory and rich in potassium, which supports healthy blood pressure. This spicy powder is even rich in vitamin A, which promotes healthy eyes and good vision.

Garlic – A natural way to detox, garlic is something of a superfood. It helps regulate your blood pressure and blood sugar levels, prevents heart disease and inflammation, reduces bad cholesterol, and strengthens your immune system. Not only does it prevent the common cold, but it also helps treat it and even has antibiotic properties. Plus, garlic is so high in antioxidants that keeping it in your regular diet rotation may prevent cognitive diseases like Alzheimer’s and dementia. A natural athletic performance enhancer, garlic was fed to the very first Olympic athletes.

Cayenne – A natural digestive aid, cayenne pepper promotes weight loss by speeding up your metabolism. Eating cayenne sends enzymes to your stomach to aid in digestion and prevent infection. Another natural detoxifier, cayenne protects your heart, blood, muscle, and joint health. Rich in vitamin A, it’s good for your eyes and immune system.

Additional Ingredients

Avocado Oil or Olive Oil – Packed with healthy fats, you can’t go wrong with either of these oils in moderation. Avocado oil is packed with antioxidants and helps your body absorb nutrients while providing a boost for your heart and eyes. It reduces cholesterol and even the symptoms of arthritis. Extra-virgin olive oil is also rich in antioxidants, is anti-inflammatory, and protects against heart disease, strokes, type 2 diabetes, and cancer.

Salt – In moderation, salt may be better for you than you think! It keeps your body’s fluids balanced so you can stay hydrated, promotes healthy blood pressure and blood sodium, and regulates cholesterol.

How to Make Spicy Black Bean Hummus

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Making this spicy black bean hummus couldn’t be easier–it’s ready in minutes! Start by simply adding your black beans, lime juice, tahini, ground cumin, ground coriander, chili powder, granulated garlic, cayenne or chipotle chili powder, avocado or olive oil, and salt to a food processor or blender. Pulse until everything is well blended. If needed to achieve your desired texture, you can add more avocado oil or olive oil and continue processing on low until your hummus is smooth and creamy. That’s it!

Serving Suggestions

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If you’re using this Spicy Black Bean Hummus as a dip, it goes great with tortilla chips, pita chips, crackers, or pretzels! We especially love to serve it with fresh veggies! Carrots, squash, cucumber, and bell pepper are our favorite choices! The assortment of colors from the veggies makes this a super appealing appetizer!

Another great way to enjoy this hummus is to spread it on a wrap or sandwich. It adds an instant, protein-packed flavor boost. Try it on our Overstuffed Veggie Sandwich or add it to this Avocado and Chicken Wrap in place of the refried beans!

If you’re looking to get more creative, you can try spreading it on a burrito or adding it to a burrito bowl or taco salad. It’s the perfect way to add protein to any Mexican-inspired dish–try it with rice instead of refried beans! This spicy black bean hummus goes great with southwest-seasoned ground beef or ground turkey, too.

You may even be tempted to eat it on its own and it’s perfectly healthy to do so! That said, it will be more filling if you serve it along with something else. Whether it’s for lunch, dinner, a snack, or an hors d’oeuvre, this quick and easy vegan black bean dip has you covered. Be sure to let us know how you used it in the comment section!

How to Properly Store Your Leftovers

You can keep this homemade hummus in your fridge in an airtight container for up to 4 days. It’s particularly perfect for meal prepping. Simply store it in individual servings with veggie sticks or crackers in the fridge (or on sandwiches or wraps), and you’ll have lunch or snacks covered for days! When you’re ready to enjoy it, simply grab it and go! You can also freeze it for up to four months, although this is not recommended as the longer it sits in the freezer, the more its taste and texture may change. 

Frequently Asked Questions

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If you’ve never made your own hummus before, chances are good that you have a few questions. We’ve addressed the most commonly asked questions below. If you have any additional questions, comments, or concerns, drop them in the comment section!

What is Granulated Garlic?

Granulated garlic comes from garlic cloves that have been dried and coarsely ground to a sand-like consistency. You can buy a container of pre-granulated garlic. You can also use garlic powder– just keep in mind that one teaspoon of garlic powder is equivalent to about two teaspoons of granulated garlic (since garlic powder is typically ground finer.) Of course, you can always make granulated garlic yourself with garlic and a spice grinder! The choice is yours!

What Kind of Beans is Hummus Made From?

Hummus is traditionally made from chickpeas–in fact, the word hummus comes from the Arabic word for chickpea. An ancient Egyptian dish dating back to the 13th Century, hummus has been eaten throughout the Mediterranean and Middle East for hundreds of years, as chickpeas are abundant throughout that part of the world. Beautifully simple and relatively cheap to make, hummus typically only contains mashed or blended chickpeas with tahini, lemon juice, and garlic. It’s protein-packed and incredibly versatile–you can garnish and flavor it with just about anything you can imagine, and it’s perfect for dipping, spreading, or adding to salads and rice bowls!

In more recent years, as hummus has gained global popularity, hummus-like dips have emerged using a variety of different beans and other ingredients (like this Southwest-inspired Spicy Black Bean Hummus). Feel free to experiment–any beans you have on hand are fair game! Or, check out these recipes for hummus to be a part of the worldwide hummus craze:

Is Black Bean Hummus Better than Chickpea Hummus?

Whether black bean hummus is better than chickpea hummus all depends on your personal preference! This black bean hummus has a bit of a spicy kick and some zesty citrus flavor, whereas traditional chickpea hummus is more mild and savory, with a similarly smooth and creamy texture.

In terms of nutritional value, these beans are similarly protein-packed, although black beans offer slightly more fiber. Chickpeas are rich in manganese, folate, copper, iron, zinc, phosphorus, magnesium thiamine, vitamin B6, selenium, and potassium. Meanwhile, black beans contain vitamin A, vitamin C, calcium, folate, magnesium, iron, and potassium. 

What is the Healthiest Bean for Hummus?

Each variety of beans offers its own unique set of nutrient boosts and health benefits, so the best bean for homemade hummus all depends on your personal taste. Black bean hummus is remarkably low-calorie and high in fiber, as is white bean or cannellini bean hummus!

Is Spicy Black Bean Hummus Good for Weight Loss?

Yes, our spicy black bean hummus is a fantastic weight-loss snack. Black beans are a great source of protein and fiber, both of which help you feel full and satisfied. Protein is also vital for muscle growth, while fiber aids in digestion. Black beans are also low in fat and calories, making them a healthy choice for those watching their weight. When you include fiber-rich foods in your diet, you will find you have fewer cravings. This generally helps control caloric intake as you don’t feel the need to eat as much!

What is Black Garlic?

You might have heard of black garlic and wondered if it’s appropriate to use in this Spicy Black Bean Hummus. Black garlic is absolutely an option (although it may be harder to find pre-granulated for this recipe, you can always granulate it yourself at home with a spice grinder!) Slightly milder in flavor and odor, black garlic offers twice the antioxidants. It may help you burn fat and lose weight faster, offers an immune boost, and helps regulate your blood pressure and blood sugar. If you spot it at your local grocery store, give it a shot!

Should I Use a Blender or a Food Processor for Hummus?

Hummus and other purées are easiest to make in a food processor, as they’re more powerful than the average blender and typically have a “pulse” function. However, any blender or similar tool you have on hand will do the trick! Many blenders these days come with a pulse function. In a pinch, you can even make hummus by hand with a fork or potato masher.

Can You Make Hummus Without Tahini?

Tahini is one of the staple ingredients in hummus–it’s what gives it its rich, creamy texture! However, if you’re allergic to sesame seeds, don’t like tahini, or are looking to cut calories, never fear! There are many tahini substitutes you can use. For instance, peanut butter, sunflower seed butter, Greek yogurt, chopped roasted peppers, or even avocados can replace tahini in this hummus recipe. You can even omit the tahini if you’re looking to experiment with texture and/or bring out the other flavors! If you like, you can also add more avocado or olive oil to make it creamier.

Is There a Way to Make this Hummus More or Less Spicy?

Yes, you can easily adjust the spiciness of this hummus recipe. The addition of chili powder, cumin, and coriander gives it a delicious south-of-the-border flavor that is sure to please. If you like it extra spicy, you can add more chili powder or cayenne pepper to taste. If you prefer it to be less spicy, use less chili powder or cayenne pepper.

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Spicy Black Bean Hummus

Try this southwestern twist on a classic snack. Great with tortillas, tortilla chips, even fresh vegetables for a low-carb treat.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Yield 8 people
Serving Size 0.25 cup
Course Appetizer, Snack
Cuisine Tex-Mex


  • 15 ounces low sodium black beans canned, drained & rinsed
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons tahini (sesame paste)
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon granulated garlic
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne or chipotle chili powder
  • 1/2 cup avocado oil or olive oil, more as needed
  • 1 teaspoon salt


  • Combine all ingredients in a food processor and pulse until well blended
  • Add more avocado/olive oil as needed and continue processing on low until smooth and creamy.

Nutrition Information

Serving: 0.25cup | Calories: 195kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 10g | Sodium: 501mg | Potassium: 202mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 0.1g | Vitamin A: 110IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 29mg | Iron: 1mg |
SmartPoints (Freestyle): 6
Keywords Plant-Based, Quick and Easy

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Chef Sallie

Chef Sallie is a personal chef, recipe developer, cookbook author, and culinary instructor. She specializes in providing healthy meals for athletes, designed to prevent injury, promote healing and provide fuel for peak athletic performance. Her recipes are designed to use seasonal, whole ingredients. Her in-home and virtual cooking classes show her clients which ingredients can be used to help treat specific health issues and improve their quality of life. She is dedicated to the idea that delicious, healthy meals can be easily prepared and accessible regardless of budget.

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