Black Bean Hummus Recipe

As soon as I tried this black bean hummus recipe, this immediately became my favorite spread.

Once you know how to make homemade hummus, you'll never go back to store-bought! Homemade hummus is much tastier, and of course it's great to know exactly what is in the food you eat.

This easy hummus is delicious as a dip with tortilla chips or raw vegetables. You can even use it as a sandwich spread!

This recipe is easily multiplied to serve a crowd. (I served this at our housewarming party.) It's one of my favorite food processor recipes.

Check that you have these staples at home

  • in the cupboard

    • dry black beans
    • cumin
    • salt
    • paprika
    • garlic
    • olive oil

  • in the fridge or freezer

    • bottled lemon juice
    • tahini

Get out your equipment

  • Essential

    • a food processor
    • a saucepan or pressure cooker for cooking the beans
    • measuring cups and spoons
    • a spatula

  • Nice to have but not necessary

    • a garlic press (if not, mince the garlic with a sharp knife)

    The recipe

    black beans

    2 Tbsp/30 mL lemon juice

    1 1/2 Tbsp/22 mL tahini

    1 tsp/5 mL cumin

    1/2 tsp/2 mL salt

    1/4 tsp/1 mL paprika

    1 clove garlic, pressed

    olive oil

    Soak some black beans overnight.
    (You will need 1 1/2 cups/375 mL of cooked beans. I always cook extra, to use in other dishes or to freeze.)
    Cook the beans until they are very soft - almost falling apart.

    Here is how to cook dried beans.

    Place 1 1/2 cups/375 mL cooked black beans, lemon juice, tahini, cumin, salt, paprika and garlic in a food processor.

    Process until very smooth.

    If the paste is too thick, add water or olive oil, 1 tsp/5 mL at a time, until you reach the desired consistency.


    • Use freshly squeezed lemon juice in place of bottled.

    • Use canned black beans instead of cooking your own.

    • Use another vegetable oil instead of olive oil.

    Ideas for making this recipe your own

    • Experiment with different spices and flavorings. Try adding a bit of hot pepper sauce, or some diced hot peppers.


    • Canned beans may be firmer than home cooked beans. If you use canned beans, you may need to add additional liquid and process for a longer time. Reserve some of the liquid from the can in case you need to add it.

    • Be sure to process the hummus until it is completely smooth. You'll want to turn off the machine and use a spatula to scrape any solids down the sides as needed.

    • Tahini is a paste made from sesame seeds. You can find it in many grocery stores, or at a natural foods store.

    Serving suggestion

    Serve this dip with