Easy Black Bean Hummus

This black bean hummus combines the concept and technique of Mediterranean cooking, with the flavors and textures of Mexican cuisine. This recipe is super easy and great for entertaining!

A few months ago, I was in Gainesville visiting Christian. We went out to dinner to one of our favorite spots downtown, The Top. It’s one of those places where you dream about a dish, stop what you’re doing and go. Just for that meal. However, this night in particular, we were feeling a little more risky. As in, we ordered something new. *woah*

Instead of our usual ‘garlic and goat’ appetizer (a bowl of olive oil, roasted peppers, olives, goat cheese and crostini), we went for the guacamole, black bean hummus, and plantain chip appetizer. I swear, ever since that night I’ve been dreaming about making my own black bean hummus. After making this recipe and realizing how easy it is, I’m not really sure what took me so long.

This black bean hummus is great for entertaining guests, or for keeping all to yourself.

Hummus, as we all know, is ridiculously versatile. This hummus, specifically, can be used in various ways:

  • Smear it on a burrito or a wrap
  • Dip with tortilla chips or veggies
  • Plop it into a burrito bowl instead of whole black beans
  • Mix it with canned tuna or shredded chicken for a healthier tuna/chicken salad
  • Make a flatbread and replace sauce with hummus

Black Bean Hummus

After searching high and low for some tahini (sesame paste), I actually… never found it. It wasn’t at the grocery store, it wasn’t at Target. So, I made my own. And it was super easy. Here’s how I did it:

  1. Pre-heat your oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Lay a cup of sesame seeds across a baking pan. Place the pan (while the oven is pre-heating) into the oven and set the time to ten minutes.
  3. After ten minutes, remove the toasted seeds and place in a food processor. Drizzle the seeds with olive oil, and process until a paste is formed.

Boom. That’s it.

This black bean hummus is great for entertaining guests, or for keeping all to yourself.

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Black Bean Hummus


  1. says

    I feel like black bean hummus is so underrated! I always tend to get the same thing at restaurants. I always tell myself I shouldn’t always play it so safe and step out of my comfort zone, but it’s hard haha!

  2. says

    Oh man – get in my belly!! I need some tahini ASAP. I’ve been thinking of making homemade hummus for a while now, and this just pushed me over the edge. Pinning this and totally making this. Although I can almost guarantee that I’ll eat all of it in two days!

  3. says

    YUM! This looks amazing! I tend to mix it up when it comes to restaurants, considering all my food intolerances it can be hard! But it just depends! I’m kind of a mix… like if I’m craving that dish I’ll def get it! But, if I’m craving variety, I’ll push myself to try something new! :) Glad you got to enjoy the lovely hummus! Thanks for the recipe

    • says

      Definitely!! Yeah it can be hard. Thanks to having my gallbladder removed + IBS, I can’t eat anything greasy. So like when I go out to breakfast, I have to be annoying and ask questions like “what do you cook your eggs in?” LOL

  4. says

    Funny you should write a post about hummus, because I was just talking with a friend and our consumption of hummus has been through the roof. I said “why are we not making our own?” LOL I recently had a spicy black bean hummus and it was SO GOOD. Pinned for later…XOXO


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