Black Bean Hummus with Lime and Cumin

black bean green chile hummus

Written by Katie of GoodLife Eats

I am not really into football, so the upcoming Super Bowl doesn’t really appeal to me. Truth told, I don’t even know who is playing. But I do love all the tasty party food that pops up this time of year! I’ll never say “no” to a good spread of party food.

One of my favorite easy, appetizers is hummus. It is healthy so you don’t have to feel guilty about eating it and it tastes great. Plus there are endless variations depending on what beans you use or what flavors you impart to the recipe.

I typically stick to garbanzo beans (also known as chickpeas) for my hummus and change up the flavor by keeping it more traditional or blending in ingredients such as sun-dried or oven roasted tomatoes, roasted peppers, spinach or artichokes.

Really, though, you can be as creative with a hummus recipe as you’d like as long as you stick to the basic structure of a hummus recipe. Just find a recipe that you like in its basic form, then you can begin altering things such as the type of bean used, seasonings, other add-ins, etc.

Components of Basic Hummus

  • Beans
  • Tahini – roasted sesame paste, usually located on the ethnic aisle of the grocery store or in a specialty market)
  • Olive Oil
  • Lemon Juice
  • Garlic
  • Salt and Pepper

Hummus Add-In Ideas

It is fun to switch things up a bit even with a basic hummus recipe by stirring in hummus add-ins. Here are a few ideas:

  • Pine Nuts
  • Edamame
  • Roasted Garlic
  • Baby spinach leaves
  • Chopped kalamata olives
  • Sun-dried or oven roasted tomatoes
  • Diced roasted chiles, jalapeno, or roasted peppers
  • Chopped artichoke hearts

black bean hummus

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This time around I decided to mix things up a bit and adapt my Roasted Red Pepper Hummus into a Black Bean Hummus recipe. I swapped black beans in place of garbanzos, lime juice instead of lemon, increased the Mexican spices, added cilantro and optional fire roasted green chiles if you like a little heat.

How to Eat Hummus

Hummus is a great all purpose dip that pairs well with many different accompaniments. Think of the accompaniments as a medium to getting the hummus into your  mouth. It can also be used as a spread.

  • Raw Vegetables
  • Toasted Pita Chips
  • Tortilla Chips
  • Spread onto toasted baguette
  • Spread onto a sandwich in place of mustard and mayo
  • Spread onto flatbread or pizza crust in place of tomato sauce

Black Bean Hummus

Try this healthy dip with toasted pita chips, tortilla chips or raw vegetables.
5 from 7 votes
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Course: Appetizer
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 128kcal
Author: Katie Goodman


  • 1 15-ounce can black beans drained and rinsed
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 2 1/2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 Tablespoons Tahini
  • juice of 1/2 a lime
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 - 2 Tablespoons packed chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 - 2 Tablespoons fire roasted diced green chiles optional
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • Combine the black beans, tahini, lime juice, olive oil, garlic cloves, cumin, and chili powder into a food processor and blend until smooth.
  • If additional liquid is needed to form desired consistency, add a tablespoon or two of water.
  • Stir in the chopped cilantro and diced green chiles (if using). Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  • Note: If you prefer a completely smooth hummus, you may blend the green chiles, if using, and cilantro with the other ingredients.


Calories: 128kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 36mg | Potassium: 44mg | Vitamin A: 160IU | Vitamin C: 2.6mg | Calcium: 11mg | Iron: 0.6mg


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Roasted Red Pepper Hummus | GoodLife Eats
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What is your favorite way to eat hummus?

About Katie G

Katie’s lifelong interest in food has shown her that part of the goodness in life is enjoying delicious food with friends and family. Katie Goodman is the cook, recipe developer, and self-taught photographer behind GoodLife Eats. It is there that she shares what she finds good in the kitchen and in life. A mix of great recipes, family memories, and yummy photography is what Katie serves up each week.

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  1. 5 stars
    Believe it or not, but I’ve never made this before. But, the recipe is just fantastic and I love the fact that this is a healthy thing to eat. I love it! Thank you Aimee.

  2. Sorry, I didn’t notice it was your recipe Katie, I was busy reading and writing down the recipe. 🙂 My apologies Katie. THANK YOU!!!

  3. I really like the idea of using black beans – my kiddo loves black beans and I bet she’d eat this up better than with garbanzo beans.

  4. This looks and sounds so delicious!

  5. I am a hummus freak – but I also love using black beans, edamame, etc. This looks incredible!!

  6. I love hummus! Although, there is something in the flavor that my kids don’t care for. So instead I make a white bean and garlic dip that the kids use for raw veggies or as a spread for wraps.

  7. Katie,
    You make it seem easy to make hummus. One of these days I’ll have to try it. I’ll keep my eyes peeled for tahini, since I’ve got the rest of the ingredients needed. I’m sure my spouse would love a black bean hummus, and my son will dip carrots into anything.


  8. Love black beans and yes, they’re one of the healthiest we can eat in the bean families!! Great recipe!

  9. OH, this looks SO delish!! My eldest daughter lives on hummus, and sometimes that is the only protein she will eat. The fact that she also likes black beans gives me hope that THIS could be a new recipe for us. Thanks so much!

  10. I absolutely adore hummus, not just as a dip but also a sandwich spread. I’ve never made one using black beans, though. Will have to try this. It sounds delish!

  11. I am not into football either…like at all. But I could so be down for this black bean hummus! 🙂

  12. 5 stars
    I made a similar version with black beans recently but instead of cumin I used ginger. It was delicious too!

  13. I feel you on not being that into football. In fact, I actively don’t like sports. However, I DO like party foods, so I’m loving all the snack and appetizer recipes coming out lately, including this one. Thanks for sharing it!

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  16. 5 stars
    I made this today – SO good! I may never make or buy regular hummus again 🙂 I liked the texture and consistency much better than any recipes I’ve made with chick peas. And we like Mexican flavor, so I’m pretty sure this is my new go-to dip!

  17. 5 stars
    I just made this dip and had to tell you that it is delicious. I have made black bean hummus before, but I just love the lime and cilantro flavor. It tastes so fresh!! Thank you!

  18. 5 stars
    I really enjoyed this hummus. Even without the cilantro or green chili (which I didn’t have on-hand), it was still delicious. I added a bit of cayanne for an extra kick. Thanks for a great recipe!

  19. 5 stars
    I really enjoyed this hummus.

  20. Varun sharma says

    5 stars
    I really enjoyed this hummus.

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