Smoky Spicy Black Bean Hummus

Smoky Spicy Black Bean Hummus

I adore hummus! Its creamy texture, bursts of fresh citrus, and hints of garlic all combine for a savory taste that tantalizes my taste buds!


Hummus is one of my favorite healthy go-to snacks and I always have a bowl of it at my parties. This Smoky Spicy Black Bean Hummus uses protein-rich fiber-filled black beans which make a wonderful variation on the traditional hummus recipe made with chickpeas.


Black beans are an excellent source of phytonutrients which provide antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits protecting our cells from free radical damage along with protecting our cardiovascular system. Black beans also contain good amounts of B vitamins, omega-3 essential fatty acids (ALA), magnesium, and iron.


I used black sesame tahini in this recipe because I like the intense sesame flavor it has. Black sesame tahini is rich in protein, calcium, B vitamins, iron, fiber, and essential fatty acids which help make this hummus nutrient-rich. If you can’t find it feel free to use regular tahini in the recipe.


To make the hummus smoky and spicy I added a smoked chipotle pepper in adobo sauce. I had some leftover chipotle peppers from making chili and decided to use it in this recipe. The smoked jalapeño pepper adds a wonderful smoky flavor and moderate heat that tastes fantastic with the creamy black beans, tahini, cilantro, lemon, and garlic. You can also use ½ teaspoon of smoked paprika and 1 small green jalapeño if you don’t want to use the chipotle pepper in adobo sauce.


I have made this recipe with homemade cooked beans and canned organic no salt added black beans from Eden Foods and it was good both ways. Feel free to use the canned beans for convenience and to make a quick batch easily. Eden Foods packs their beans in cans that are free of BPA and I like the taste of their beans. If you decide to use a different brand of canned beans with salt make sure you cut back on the amount of salt used in this recipe.


Once you blend all the ingredients together its addictive taste will have you eating the hummus off the spoon just like I did. Enjoy this Mexican inspired hummus with baked organic tortilla chips, flax crackers, pita bread, or fresh vegetables for your next snack.


For all you hummus lovers what is your favorite hummus? Traditional hummus or another variation? If you would like to contribute to the conversation, please take a moment to leave a comment.


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Smoky Spicy Black Bean Hummus

Vegan, Dairy-Free, Nut-Free, Gluten-Free

Makes 1½ cups
1—15 ounce can Eden Foods organic black beans or 2 cups cooked black beans
½ chipotle pepper in adobo sauce
2 tablespoons raw black sesame tahini (I used this brand)
1 large peeled garlic clove—grated
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil (I used this brand)
2 tablespoons filtered water
3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
2 tablespoons cilantro leaves
½ teaspoon cumin
¾ teaspoon unrefined sea salt



1. Rinse and drain the black beans if using canned.


2. Place all ingredients in a blender or bowl of a food processor fitted with the S blade and blend until smooth and creamy. If hummus is to thick add additional water 1 teaspoon at a time.


3. Enjoy hummus immediately or place in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 7 days.


This recipe was shared on Whole Food Wednesdays, Slightly Indulgent Tuesday, Allergy Free Wednesday, Fight Back Friday,  Fat TuesdayFit and Fabulous Fridays, Pennywise Platter Thursday
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  1. I am not a great chef, but I have to say that I absolutely love hummus. I could eat it all day long and am happy to cover all types of veggies, crackers, and breads in hummus. I like traditional hummus and especially love garlicy hummus. Thanks for sharing the recipe. It looks quite yummy.
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    • Shelley Alexander says:

      Hi Kristen, I’m with you on the hummus love! I hope you enjoy this variation on the traditional recipe.

  2. When we have people over there’s hummus on the table too and it’s the first thing to go. I love the idea of bolstering your hummus with beans and seasonings and sauces. Is there a particular hummus brand you recommend?
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    • Shelley Alexander says:

      Hi Rick, I always make my own hummus because I love creating different versions and it whips up so quickly and is free of preservatives. I have heard that Athenos is good and is one of the few brands of hummus that uses olive oil instead of soybean or canola oil so maybe you can check them out.

  3. This sounds delightful. This would not last long in our house. I’ve never used black sesame tahini but it sounds interesting. I’ll have to look for it next time i’m out.
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    • Shelley Alexander says:

      Thanks France! Hummus doesn’t last long in my house either. LOL! The black sesame tahini is so tasty and I really enjoy using it in different recipes as a replacement for regular sesame tahini. Let me know if you try it.

  4. sonya williams says:

    I really love this hummus it is fantastic and it went over really well with my friends. Thanks for the amazing foods!

    • Shelley Alexander says:

      Hi Sonya, I’m so glad you and your friends liked the hummus! Thanks for trying my recipe and letting me know that you enjoyed it. 🙂

  5. Aloha.. gosh I don’t think I ever heard of hummus or seen it, but looks tempting. I like the fact that it has tons of nutritious values for the body. I’m not bias in trying new delights and I’m one of those who has to get my tongue to taste the sample before I say no.

    I’m glad I came by. Mahalo, Lani 🙂
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    • Shelley Alexander says:

      Hi Lani, Hummus is a popular spread that is traditionally made with cooked chickpeas, tahini, garlic, lemon, and salt and it is very popular in the Middle East and Morocco. You can also find it in many Greek restaurants. Hummus is one of my favorites and if you try it maybe it will become one of your favorites too.

  6. Hi Shelley,

    Many thanks for sharing this recipe and I really do like Hummus but I do like to have different versions of it from time to time. Any time if you have a moment I would love to see your suggestions for healthy food for damp weather we are having a very wet summer. Take care Rosemary
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    • Shelley Alexander says:

      Hi Rosemary, I hope you enjoy the recipe! I’m sorry that you have been experiencing a wet summer hopefully it will clear up soon. When we have rain in Southern California I usually gravitate to comforting foods for lunch and dinner like stews, soups, and one pot meals that warm the body if the weather is cold and damp. I also use alot of chilies, garlic, and ginger in my dishes as well. I eat oatmeal or quinoa with nuts, seeds, and berries for breakfast and have my green smoothies for a snack along with leafy green salads with lots of seasonal vegetables with my lunch and or dinner.

  7. I love hummus too! I will def. be trying out this black bean version…saw you on
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    • Shelley Alexander says:

      Hi Denise, I’m happy you found my blog! I will have to visit yours and check out your recipes. Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the hummus!

  8. Sylviane Nuccio

    Hi Shelley,

    Humm, thanks again for another excellent and healthy recipe.

    I like hummus, even though it’s not something I was used to eat, early in life or anything like that, as it’s not common from where I come from. However, I discovered hummus, here in the US and I thinks it’s perfect for parties and a good replacement for less healthy snacks.
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  9. I have never had hummus but I love to cook so I am definitely going to have to try this out.
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    • Shelley Alexander says:

      Hi Clint, Hummus is the best! If you love beans then you should like hummus. Once you try it you will be hooked just like I am. 🙂

  10. Hey Shelley,
    Black beans are my favorite. As a vegetarian, I get more of a kick of energy when I eat black beans. I make a pretty great taco filling with refried black beans.

    But this recipe is a treasure! Black Bean Hummus …Gee I never thought of that one. This came at a timely basis because I’m in the middle of summer and it is a great summer dish.

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    • Shelley Alexander says:

      Hi Donna, I love black beans too! I bet your taco recipe is good with them. Hummus is a great summer dish and perfect for entertaining.

  11. I love this delicious hummus recipe! Thank you for sharing on Fit and Fabulous Fridays!!
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    • Shelley Alexander says:

      Hi Amee, I was happy to share! Thanks for hosting Fit and Fabulous Friday’s. I always enjoy seeing all the fantastic recipes featured there.

  12. I used the recipe. The dish was delicious. Great thanks and ask for more of this type of dish.
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    • Shelley Alexander says:

      Thanks Ev! I’m so glad you liked the recipe. 🙂 I will be posting some more varieties of bean dips and spreads soon so check back!

  13. I never thought of using black beans for a hummus. I am going to try it… You may have suggested before , but what else can one use instead of tahini? I can’t say this looks great, as I am sure my teenage kids will certainly voice their opinion of the look of this one!! LOL
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    • Shelley Alexander says:

      Hi Holly, Black bean dips are never that attractive but they taste great! Tahini is traditionally used in hummus but if you don’t like tahini feel free to leave it out and try some avocado to add creaminess to this black bean dip. I would use 1 medium avocado in place of the tahini and leave out the olive oil.

  14. Hi Shelley,

    what a great recipe and very interesting information.

    When I studied which food contain iron when I was pregnant with my 29 year old son, black beans showed up and I found a black bean soup recipe which I made from scratch and loved.
    Hijiki, a black seaweed was another good source, maybe it could be incorporated in small amounts in the recipe.

    The picture with the black beans on white looks stunning!

    Thank you so much for providing this recipe!

    To Health!
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    • Shelley Alexander says:

      Hi Yorinda, I’m so happy that you like the recipe and picture! I love black beans and hummus so I decided why not combine the two and the result is this recipe. I have eaten Hijiki in salads and soups but not in this recipe, you have inspired me to try the combination and see how it turns out! Maybe I’ll do a asian flavored hummus with Hijiki and wasabi. YUM!

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