Black Bean Hummus

by Kiran on May 1, 2012 · 37 comments

in Sides, Snack, Vegetarian

Hello from Scottsdale, Arizona.

I may or may not sound enthusiastic about this new place. There’s a couple of things that might hinder me from feeling the way I should:

Missing my friends way too much, words just cannot describe.

Missing my home.

Missing my food props.

Missing the Disney fireworks in our backyard, back in Orlando.

The list can go on and on but I am trying not to let it get to me. After all, I’ve lived with the fact that our families are thousands of miles afar, so having friends just a short of 5 hour flight shouldn’t be a huge deal.

Arizona is beautiful in it’s own way. There’s scenic mountains afar, beautiful sunrise and sunsets, unique landscapes and so much more. Its obviously hotter here in comparison to Florida.

So if you ever hear me complaining about the summer in Florida, you have my permission to shut me up. For reals.

Onto other news;

after scouting for an ideal accommodation, we finally signed a lease yesterday. And today marks our final day in the hotel.

(can you hear me screaming a sigh of relief?)

I almost feel like hiking up a mountain here at Scottsdale to scream at the top of my lung for redemption. Or just gobble up on this yummy snack I have for you today.

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  • 15.5 oz can of black beans, washed and drained
  • 2 garlic cloves, grated finely
  • 2 heaping tbsp tahini
  • 4 heaping tbsp tahini (sesame) oil
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 lemon, juiced


  1. Add all ingredients in a small blender or food processor. Pulse until smooth.
  2. Garnish with a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil and a few chunky black beans. Serve with pita chips/breads or vegetable sticks.


Off to set up utilities at the new accommodation. Sounds boring, eh. I hope you are having a great Tuesday 🙂

Have you visited or stayed at a desert before?


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1 Rosa May 1, 2012 at 3:33 PM

A lovely hummus! So scrumptious looking.

I’d love to visit Arizona. Hope you’ll settle down soon…



2 Richa@HobbyandMore May 1, 2012 at 4:27 PM

That sounds like a great hummus. I only traveled through Utah once and got ultra sun burnt( this was in my early days in the US, when i thought my skin is totally indian and invincible to all sorts of sun.. so wrong!:)
Hope you are settling well. all the best. It takes time to warm up to a new place but it happens in time!
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3 PolaM May 1, 2012 at 9:41 PM

Arizona looks beautiful in your pics! And the hummus looks great too!
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4 chinmayie @ love food eat May 1, 2012 at 10:18 PM

Such a simple easy hummus recipe! Love it.
Hoep you start enjoying your stay in Arizona soon 🙂
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5 Margarita May 2, 2012 at 1:10 AM

Have fun setting up your new place! I hear you about family living thousands of miles away… It’s tough and that’s why I’m glad I made good friends here. Yummy hummus!
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6 Zee May 2, 2012 at 2:02 AM

This hummus looks so lovely and delicious too! Hope you settle well in your new place soon 🙂
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7 sare May 2, 2012 at 2:29 AM

Hi from Türkiye. This hummus looks delicious and monthwatering…
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8 vianney May 2, 2012 at 3:23 AM

So happy you found a place. Hotels get old, fast! Great hummus, perfect for Cinco de Mayo!
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9 easyfoodsmith May 2, 2012 at 5:26 AM

Hummus is so versatile…I have seen bloggers use so many different beans and lentils to dish out the hummus. I am sure the black beans hummus would taste great. Its my favourite amongst all beans. Here’s wishing you the best in Arizona. Cheers!
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10 tania@mykitchenstories May 2, 2012 at 6:23 AM

Hey you in Arizona…. great pics. Glad you have found a place to settle for a while…. soon you will be back to your friends….. meantime, unlike easyfoodsmith, i haven’t seem hummus done with any other beans.,.. I must be slow. I love this version really love it. Look forward to your antics.
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11 Aggie May 2, 2012 at 7:17 AM

Good luck with everything Kiran, I hear the homesickness in your voice. It’s an adventure! Like a long vacation? 🙂

I’ve been wanting to experiment and make black bean hummus for a while. Thanks for sharing this!
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12 Kati Mora, MS, RD, Kellogg's FiberPlus(R) Wellness Advocate May 2, 2012 at 9:18 AM

This hummus looks delicious! I love black beans and how fiber-rich they are, so I know this would easily become a new favorite of mine.

13 Honey What's Cooking May 2, 2012 at 1:56 PM

the hummus looks so delicious, never tried black bean hummus though I’ve heard of it. congratulations on the move… at least you’ll be closer to VEGAS! 🙂
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14 Kitchen Belleicious May 2, 2012 at 2:39 PM

hummus is my fav and black beans are my husband fav so this is perfect for the both of us!
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15 Gretchen O'Donnell May 2, 2012 at 9:41 PM

I am supposed to eat more beans…so this is a great recipe to find!

I have been to the Sahara desert in Tunisia, but never to the desert here in the U.S.! I hope that your move goes well and that it is feeling like home SOON! I certainly have moved a lot, and I know it’s not fun or easy…
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16 Reem | Simply Reem May 2, 2012 at 11:03 PM

Awww… I really hope you start enjoying Arizona soon sweetie…
This hummus looks fantastic, such fun idea of using black beans… Yumm

17 Jennifer (Delicieux) May 3, 2012 at 12:22 AM

Gorgeous recipe, I’ve never heard of black bean hummus but it sounds fantastic. And congratulations on signing your lease and today being your last day in a hotel. I hope your move goes well and you have fun setting everything up.
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18 Tanvi@SinfullySpicy May 3, 2012 at 12:45 AM

Welcome to desertland! I m living amid one for more than 2 years now..Would say that deserts have their own charm! I hope you enjoy your stint.
Love the easy peasy hummus recipe! I can polish off that whole bowl with wheat thins.
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19 Storm May 3, 2012 at 12:47 AM

love the colour of the hummus!
I’m sure you’ll settle into the new place soon 🙂
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20 Deeps @ Naughty Curry May 3, 2012 at 2:28 AM

moving is always a pain, glad to know u zeroed in on accomodation 🙂 never eaten hummus made with black beans, how interesting!
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21 dassana May 3, 2012 at 7:30 AM

desserts have their own charm and beauty. though i have not lived in one but have seen the beauty.

the hummus looks scrumptious with a beautiful chocolaty brown color.
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22 Kanan May 3, 2012 at 11:34 AM

hummus looks fantastic. so yumm

23 Kate May 3, 2012 at 12:41 PM

Hi, looks delicious! And don’t worry, you’ll get used to the desert soon enough. I moved to Phx from upstate NY in 2007, now I’m in Tucson & couldn’t dream of moving. The sunshine is almost addictive.

Anyway, reading the recipe, and kinda confused – is it 2, 4, or 6 heaping tbs of Tahini? Thanks!
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24 Sanjeeta kk May 3, 2012 at 1:13 PM look so cute with those bollywood ishtyle sun glasses 🙂 This black bean hummus is a treasure to keep.
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25 Maureen @ Orgasmic Chef May 3, 2012 at 5:16 PM

You’ll be fine in another week. Just think of this as a big holiday and a wonderful adventure. If you can make this hummus and you’re not in your kitchen, I think you’re doing pretty good!
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26 Roxana GreenGirl { A little bit of everything} May 3, 2012 at 10:42 PM

When I came to the States years ago I was terrified. All my friends and family were close to a day of flying away. But I took a deep breath and went with the flow. The only advice I can give you is make the best of every minute and eat hummus!
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27 Baker Street May 4, 2012 at 3:41 AM

Love your take on this hummus. I’ve never tried one with black beans but it surely must be tried.
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28 Ansh May 4, 2012 at 11:48 AM

Sedona !! That’s where you go relax 😉 if you feel overwhelmed in Arizona :))

And if you can whip up dishes like these, who needs a spa to relax. I would just eat this and go to heaven 😀
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29 Vijitha May 4, 2012 at 1:16 PM

Aw! I know how it feels. I felt the same way when I moved to us as a new bride. Didn’t know the husband much, no friends , no one to hang out with. But thing are lot better now, I have my own group of girl friends and this has become my home. I am sure for a warm personality like you I am sure you will make new friends in no time. As you said your friends are just few hours away from you. Cheer up and hugs to you. And you look gorgeous in that picture.

30 Sophie May 6, 2012 at 8:07 AM

What a tasty & fab looking baklck bean hummus! I love it!
Tasty! Yum Yum Yum!
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31 Cass @foodmyfriend May 6, 2012 at 7:27 PM

I do love the sound of this. I get what you mean by home sick. It is never a good feeling 🙁
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32 Alyssa @ Everyday Maven May 7, 2012 at 4:45 PM

This sounds delish! I hear you – we moved to the PNW from the East Coast about 1.5 years ago and while it has gotten a bit easier – it is still hard to be so far away from family, friends and everything else. Try to root just a couple things – a fav restaurant or coffee shop. A favorite park. Things got easier when I started to know where “to go” if that makes sense! Hang in there 🙂
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33 CourtStar May 10, 2012 at 12:06 AM

loving this recipe def trying this at my next party!
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34 Jenny @ BAKE May 22, 2012 at 9:24 AM

what a brilliant idea! good luck with your move!
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35 CinnamonNChillies October 4, 2012 at 10:55 PM

I did not know about this variation of this amazing dip. I gotta try soon…
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