Jalapeño and Lime Hummus

Jalapeño and Lime Hummus
Kick up your hummus. Why be boring?

Make Mine with Jalapeño and Lime

I love weekends. Not because they provide a significantly different routine for us. We work at home. Translation: we work every day. But the energy is somehow more relaxed on the weekend. I don't feel guilty blogging in my pajamas on a Saturday (past noon, that is). And we do at least *try* to knock off work earlier than usual, reconnoitering at the fridge in late afternoon to assess the food situation.

We typically begin our rummaging in the kitchen pantry, looking for a snack. Some tasty tidbit to tide us over until dinner. We might make guacamole, or pesto, or hummus. We sit and nosh. And talk. Make plans. Lately it's been all about the big move to New Mexico.

Which is why I flavored my hummus with jalapeños and lime. Of course.

And, Babycakes, was it ever good. Me gusto!

Jalapeño and Lime Hummus Recipe

Recipe posted March 2006.

The unbiased husband's review: "I'm not usually a fan of hummus, but this was far and away the best damn hummus I've ever had." Phew. Traditional, it's not. But who cares about tradition when right now inspiration tastes so good?


1 15-oz. can chilled chickpeas or garbanzo beans, drained, rinsed
Juice of one large fresh lime
1-2 tablespoons peanut butter
3 cloves fresh garlic
2 heaping tablespoons jarred jalapeños, drained
1-2 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons fresh cilantro leaves
Pinch of cumin, to taste
Red pepper flakes, to taste
Pinch of sea salt, to taste


Combine all of the ingredients in a food processor until smooth.

Makes about 3 cups.

Serve with my gluten-free Brown Rice Tortilla Chips, Buttermilk Flat Bread or Savory Grain-free Crackers.

Karina's Notes:

This naturally gluten-free hummus is a fab dip with crisp fresh veggies and tortilla chips, but it's also quite tasty as a side dish. Try it with a plate of roasted vegetables and brown rice. It's a lovely way to add a complementary protein to a vegan or vegetarian meal.

xox Karina


  1. Oh I am really liking the combination of jalapenos and lime in this hummus. Yums!

  2. Aah! That looks delicious! I'll make it today and let you know how it goes. Thanks =)

  3. Karina-thanks, I will try this, I can imagine that the lime and the jalapeno take away the slightly dull taste that chick peas can have!

  4. Hi Karina,

    I love jalapenos and this very tasty. Thank you.

  5. To me, it does sound just fantastic. Although I must confess I do completely love hummus, so there is probably not much of anything you cuold do to ruin it for me. (BTW, life is good here if you know what I mean.)

  6. Karina,
    What a fabulous take on an old favorite! And good luck with the moving plans...keep us posted!

  7. mm~ I'm crazy about lime and jalapenos lately!

    Kate~ Hope you liked it!

    Ilva~ This hummus is definitely kicked up. Not boring!

    Catherine~ Thanks for stopping by!

    Kalyn~ Glad [life is good]! I've been thinking about you!

    Jennifer~ Thanks! I'll be posting our progress. Right now we're at the cleaning out all of the cupboards/under the sinks/going through boxes of files/recycling stage. ;-)

  8. Wow, I adore hummus, and this looks fantastic!

    And may I say that your site is wonderful? I stumbled onto it looking for gluten-free recipes for my mom (who also has celiac disease) and have found the recipes and photography to be amazing. Thanks for such a great resource!

  9. Kimberly~ My pleasure!

  10. I think I'm in love.

  11. bna~ You're easy! ;-)

  12. Eva :)12:44

    OMG! This combo of lime and jalapeno and peanut butter rocks! It's now our fave. So had to tell you. Thanx!


  13. delicious. it was the opening act for dinner this monday - artichoke and red pepper pizza and baby greens.

  14. Hi Karina,
    First time to your blog. I really enjoyed reading all the recipes you have posted on gluten free and mexican dishes. All are fab....I really like hummus, replacing with cashew or peanut butter is something new to me.
    If you are into Indian food then please do visit my blog too. Oops! I forgot to mention I linked you in my blog.

    Rajani Rayudu

  15. I made this hummus using a can of black-eyed-peas instead of the garbanzos. Yum! It's also delish with a spoon of fresh garden pesto swirled in.


  16. Thanks for the recipe, I actually modified it as follows:
    Used about 30oz. of chickpeas. Roasted two large jalapenos and then discarded the charred skin + seeds. Used a good hand-full of cilantro. Used about 1tsp of ground cumin and 1/2 tsp of ground chipotle.

  17. Guest10:42

    Thanks for the recipe! I made it the other day for a baby shower and it received some rave reviews! I blogged about it here and cited you, of course! http://muffinlovechick.blogspot.com/2009/08/kickin-hummus.html

    Recent blog:=- Pizza Playtime

  18. Sara11:23

    What TYPE of peanutbutter? We only eat fresh ground peanut butter (peanuts.. no salt, no sugar.. just peantus) would this work?

  19. Sara- Fresh ground peanut butter would be delicious.


  20. Pickled jalapenos? Count me in ... this recipe is a definite keeper, although I did use tahini instead of peanut or sun butter and I used a whole 6 oz can of whole jalapenos along with the carrots and juice from the can (we like it hot).

  21. This was a big hit at my last BBQ. I'm making it again for a party tonight. Thanks Karina.

  22. I just made this as a gift for our office's Secret Santa event. Huge problem, though - it was so good I couldn't stop eating it! This is definitely going to become a staple in my house. Thanks for the great recipe!

  23. Nice! I had some homemade pickled jalapenos left over from a batch of Spicy Veg. This has quite a kick to it! Can't wait to taste it tomorrow, after it's sat around for awhile.

  24. Nancy B10:54

    I like hummus, but I don't love hummus generally. This hummus I can't stop eating. I used Sunbutter (the organic variety isn't sweetened) and it was great. I love cooking with those pickled jalapenos too (I picked a peck of...)

  25. Anonymous12:14

    Karina -

    I am allergic to any hot pepper. I love limes and I love hummus. If I leave out the peppers and add garlic instead, how much garlic would you feel I count add? Thank you so much for your thoughts. This recipes sounds awesome, except for the hot peppers! Please take care, Arielle ariellearanrhod819@gmail.com

  26. If you are allergic to hot pepper, just leave it out. A simple lime infused hummus is also wonderful.

  27. Karina,
    I can't use lime, can I use vinegar? If so how much would you suggest?