Jalapeño Cilantro Hummus

Hi Everyone,

Happy Good Friday to you!!  Today I have off from work!  Woohoo!  Hmmm what to do with my day? I do know I’ll be munching on today’s recipe.

Trader Joe’s has a wonderful Jalapeno Cilantro Hummus that I just love, but they changed the calories on it from 45 calories for two tablespoons to 80, and that is way to much for me, since two tablespoons is not very much!  So I took their ingredients and made one of my own, which I think turned out perfect!  Mine is 28 calories for two tablespoons and has all the flavor of Trader Joe’s, but way fewer calories.

I didn’t add Tahini paste or olive oil and it’s creamy, smooth and spicy, all the components in which I think makes a good hummus.  The key to making your humus smooth, is peeling the garbanzo beans.  All you do is grab the bean and pinch it like you were shooting marbles; than the skin comes right off.  I gotten so good at peeling them, that it takes me no time to do one can, but I will admit it’s a pain in the butt to do, but well worth it in the end.  It’s as creamy as whipped mashed potatoes.

I took this hummus to work and got rave reviews.  Matter in fact one of my co-workers wanted the recipe so he could make it for his wife, how sweet is that?  This hummus is really easy to make and not many ingredients.  It’s made with garbanzo beans, jalapeno,cilantro, garlic and cumin.  I processed it in my mini food processor, no big ones needed.

Jalapeño Cilantro Hummus
Nutrition Information
  • Serves: 2 Cups
  • Serving size: 2 Tbsp.
Prep time: 
Total time: 
  • 1 15.5oz can of low sodium Garbanzo Beans (reserve the juice from the can)
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • 1 handful of fresh cilantro
  • 1 jalapeño, seeded (be careful not to touch it and wash your hands after)
  • Juice of ½ a lemon or 2 tbsp of juice
  • 1 tsp. ground cumin
  • ½ tsp. salt
  1. In a food processor add garlic and jalapeno and process until diced up. Add remaining ingredients and blend until all mixed well and a smooth consistency. Add 1 tablespoon of reserved juice at a time if it's hard to mix. I used about ¼ cup of juice.
  2. You may need to add salt & pepper to your tasting.
  3. Refrigerate for at least an hour before serving.
Calories per two tablespoons: 28.5, Fat: .03, Cholesterol: 0, Sodium: 36, Potassium: 6.5, Carbs: 5, Fiber: 1.5, Sugar: .03, Protein; 1.5

Well my friends, I worked a pinch late today, so my schedule is messed up, and Hubby is in the garage working, so it’s time for me to squeeze in 20 minutes of kickboxing before he comes out to watch TV.

Have a wonderful day and a super great “Good Friday”!!



  1. That hummus was always my favorite at Trader Joe’s! Bummer about the calories. I’ve made a copycat recipe before also and it was definitely as good as the original. I’ll have to try your version!

  2. This dip looks incredible. The ingredients are so pure and I bet this is perfect with not only veggies, but slathered on some crackers!

  3. Oh. My. God. Will you marry me? Ha ha. Just kidding! But seriously, I could – and probably will – eat this hummus every single day of my life from here on out. AMAZING!

  4. Oooh this looks like a great twist on hummus! 🙂 I love that you omitted the tahini.

    • Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers says:

      Yah I hate adding Tahini, it’s expensive and fattening! This tastes just as good without it!

  5. My husband will love this!

  6. I just made hummus yesterday…love the stuff! And your delicious version will be next on my list! SO yummy! Happy Easter, my friend!

  7. This sounds so delicious and your photos are positively mouthwatering! BRAVO, girlfriend!

  8. This is right down my alley! I’m a jalapeno addict and I love hummus 🙂

  9. I adore hummus and I am going to save this recipe for our very first jalapeno from the garden. We don’t have TJs so I have never heard of this combination but it sounds genius!

  10. I’ve tried TJ’s jalapeno cilantro hummus and I loved it! But you’re right, 80 calories for 2 tablespoons is ridiculous. I’m so glad you recreated a homemade version with less calories! 🙂

  11. Wow! I always buy that hummus at TJ’s. Its our favorite, but I haven’t checked the nutrition info in awhile so I’m so bummed! I’ll definitely be trying your recipe soon. My 6 year old loves hummus as much as I do, so I’m sure he’ll love helping me make it too!

  12. I love hummus too and also make my own. It is so easy and tastes so much better than anything you can buy in the store…and healthier too! Plus jalapeno and cilantro, what a fantastic pairing. Following from Allergy Free Wednesdays! Thanks for sharing such a great recipe! Jana http://www.adoctorandanurse.com

    • Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers says:

      Thanks for having me on Allergy Free Wednesday. I love homemade hummus so much better than store bought, way healthier too!!

  13. Mmmm, this good yummy, healthy AND easy 🙂 Win Win WIN!! 🙂 Thank you for sharing on Successful Saturdays!

  14. I love this flavor combo! I make humus fairly frequently and never tried shelling the chick peas. It does sound like a pain but if it comes out creamy without the extra oil or tahini it’s worth a try. Thanks!

    • Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers says:

      It is a pain to peel them, but it comes out like a creamy mashed potatoes, I love that more than when it’s gritty.

  15. I can say in all honesty that this is delicious! I also have a cilantro hummus recipe on my blog and it’s outrageous! So good! I love your addition of cumin and jalapeno.

    Thank you for sharing your recipe with us last week on AFW! Be sure to check back this week for reader favorites and hostess picks.

    Be Well,
    Amber from AFW

  16. I just made this with my Magic Bullet (which I am still learning to use). I went a little heavy on the juice from the chickpeas to get it to the consistency I prefer. I will never buy the TJ version again! Sorry TJ but this is SO yummy!!!

  17. Just made this, but had to use dried cilantro. Mine didn’t turn green, though… Still, even before melding in the fridge, it tasted yum!

    • I’m glad it turned out! I have to say a lot of my foods turn out tasting wonderful even if they don’t look like a picture or even look pretty It’s the taste that counts! I’m so glad you liked it!! You inspired me, I”m going to make some right now, but I don’t have fresh cilantro, so I’m going to use dried to!! Thank you!!


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