Easy Black Bean Hummus

quick and easy black bean hummus

I’ve been making this hummus for a while and it’s so easy and yummy too.  And it doesn’t require tahini, which lots of other hummus recipes do and is fairly expensive to buy. One more thing to make at home and not have to buy store-bought!

Black Bean Hummus


  • 1 can black beans, drained (or the equivalent in cooked dried beans, about 1 2/3 cup)
  • 1 can garbanzo beans or chickpeas (or the equivalent in cooked dried beans)
  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1/4 c. lemon juice
  • 1/4 c. plain yogurt (I use my homemade yogurt)
  • 2 cloves of garlic, roughly chopped
  • 3 tsp. cumin
  • sea salt and pepper to taste (more needed if using cooked dried beans)
  • water as needed

Add the ingredients to a blender or food processor and puree until smooth, adding water as needed to achieve desired consistency. I usually don’t add any water, but a tablespoon or two should be enough. I prefer my blender because I think it’s smoother that way, but you have to add the beans slowly to the blender, otherwise it will be to thick.

Update: I’ve been making this lately with cooked, dried beans in place of canned beans, and realized that it didn’t taste quite right because of the lack of sodium from the canned beans. So, to get the flavor right, you really need to add some extra salt if you are using cooked dried beans instead of canned.  Unfortunately, I don’t have an exact measurement for how much salt you should use – just taste as you go to make sure it’s not too salty!

I think this tastes best after it’s been refrigerated for a while and the flavors can blend together. So I usually make it the night before and refrigerate overnight.  So yummy with pita bread, crackers, carrots or other veggies, or spread on sandwiches.

This makes a lot!  But, it can be frozen and still has a good consistency and flavor. So I’ve been making a batch and freezing half to use later.   You could cut it in half, but then what do you do with half a can of beans?  If you used cooked dried beans, you could cut it in half more easily because you can control the amount of beans you’re using.

Great healthy snack idea for upcoming Super Bowl parties!!

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  1. says

    so i tried this recipe out & it was a hit. delicious! i even put some in the freezer…now i’ve thawed one container & it tasted just as delicious as the day i made it! well worth the few minutes it takes to put together! sidenote: i just started my blog, 1 post. just funny/random stuff…i’d love for you to check it out when you get a free minute!

  2. LindaB says

    I am looking for a recipe for Hummus that does not use garbanzo beans. I am allergic to them.
    Any suggestions?


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