Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Melanie J. Clarke
8 servings (serving size: about 2 1/2 tablespoons hummus and 4 chips)

"Wow" your guests at your next gathering with this super easy and delicious spicy black bean hummus.

Category Winner: Starters & Drinks. "I created this recipe three years ago based on a popular appetizer my friends ordered at a pizzeria in Greenville, South Carolina. I researched the ingredients and added my own variations to suit my preference for spicy flavors. I received glowing feedback from my husband and friends, and now I keep this recipe on hand for parties and tailgates." —Maureen Redmond, Easley, SC

How to Make It

Place garlic in a food processor; process until finely chopped. Add lemon juice, tahini, cumin, salt, black beans, jalapeño pepper, and crushed red pepper; process until smooth. Spoon bean mixture into a medium bowl, and drizzle with extra-virgin olive oil. Sprinkle with ground red pepper. Serve with pita chips.

Chef's Notes

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Ratings & Reviews

bethannkovach's Review

September 13, 2014
Excellent recipe. Scale it up with as many jalapenos as you like. Great for game day

Kendz55's Review

January 24, 2014
Easy, fast, healthy & delicious. My hummus turned out kind of gray, the taste makes up for that. Great recipe, I think I might try adding roasted red peppers next time.

BlueeyedSara7's Review

October 09, 2013
I've served this while entertaining and everyone enjoyed it. I only made one change to the recipe. Because I couldn't find tahini in the grocery store, I added one teaspoon of dark sesame oil to the mixture and then drizzled one teaspoon on top in lieu of EVOO. Very tasty!

TamiBaity's Review

July 27, 2013
This is a great recipe. I followed it exactly, then gave it a taste. In my opinion, one clove of garlic was not enough. I LOVE garlic, so I added 3 more cloves. I also upped the jalepeno to about 3-4 Tblsp worth for a bit more kick. I am bringing it to a small function tonight and I know everyone will just love it. I am serving mine with slices of bell pepper, cucumber and grape tomatoes fresh from my garden. Thanks for the recipe!

doylecm's Review

May 23, 2013

Teagal's Review

May 19, 2013
super easy & delicious is right! I only used about 1 T of the jalapeno because I didn't want it overly spicy. My husband, daughter & myself all thought it was tasty. I had set aside some of the bean juice in case it needed thinning, but I accidentally added the olive oil with all the other ingredients and the consistency was perfect. I wouldn't hesitate to take to a get together, I think it would be very well received. You may consider doubling for a crowd. The 3 of us almost polished it off in one sitting.

nevacation's Review

February 03, 2013
This is an awesome recipe! I followed it exactly as written. My only comment would be to double it b/c it does not make a lot.

sparklyredshoes's Review

January 21, 2013
This is awesome. I made a double batch and it was gone in no time at all. I only left about 1/4 of the jalapeno seeds in what i made. Put this in a room with hungry people and it'll disappear in a hurry. I will definitely make this again, and soon.

MizRev's Review

November 21, 2012

Twayne's Review

July 09, 2012