Black Bean Hummus

For most of us, hummus is a delicious Middle Eastern dip made with mashed chick peas and served with pita bread. In recent years, the definition of hummus has expanded to include dips made from several types of cooked beans. This recipe is made with all the ingredients of a traditional hummus, with one surprising and delightful change. The featured bean is the black turtle bean. The flavor is large and the applications many. As well as a traditional dip, black bean hummus can be used as a sandwich add-in, for example.


  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 (15 ounce) can black beans; drain and reserve liquid
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons tahini
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika
  • 10 Greek olives


  1. Mince garlic in the bowl of a food processor. Add black beans, 2 tablespoons reserved liquid, 2 tablespoons lemon juice, tahini, 1/2 teaspoon cumin, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper; process until smooth, scraping down the sides as needed. Add additional seasoning and liquid to taste.
  2. Garnish with paprika and Greek olives.

Photo credit: Simon Dee

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