A spicy Cilantro Jalapeño Hummus that will brighten your plate, jazz up your veggies and make your taste buds sing. This dip is for those who like spicy food with flare. A healthy & delicious snack that may make you salsa dance! Gluten Free + Vegan + Low Calorie
So there’s a restaurant and there’s a girl. That girl happens to be me and that restaurant happens to be Pita Jungle and we’re meant for each other. Pita Jungle is a trendy, healthy eatery in Phoenix that has grown into quite the popular “local” Arizona, chain. It even has a few locations in California now. They offer Greek, Mediterranean, Lebanese, Middle Eastern, vegetarian and vegan dishes made with healthy, locally sourced and nutritious ingredients.
It’s my absolute favorite place to eat. If you follow me on Instagram, then you know I’m there once or twice a month. I got Mom hooked on the place. The first time I took her there she was skeptical of the laid back vibe and hippy dressed staff. But after she tasted the food, she was forever hooked.
When she was staying with me this winter, she’d grab take out during the week then on the weekend when I was ready to get my Pita Jungle fix I was nervous she wouldn’t want to go back. Nope! She was always up for more. That’s how good it is! And not to worry. It won’t break health goals. The food is fresh, healthy and delicious. No eating out food swaps necessary. By the way, I’m not affiliated with Pita Jungle in any way. I just love their food.
One of the oh so many foods I love at Pita Jungle is their homemade hummus and their cilantro jalapeño hummus was one of my first loves. I started eating it during my weight loss when I was looking for a way to motivate myself to eat more veggies. Now hummus is something I always have in my fridge.
Sometimes I buy it, sometimes I make it. It’s my way of bribing myself to eat more raw veggies, even now. Hey, I never said I was perfect! I’m not a fan of raw veggies, but paired with hummus. I die. I could eat it all day. I finally made it my mission to crack the Pita Jungle recipe code and boy did I ever. Probably not as hard as I’m giving myself credit for, but it’s really good. A game changer for this foodie.
Do you know how easy it is to make your own hummus? It’s so easy, it’s ridiculous. All you need is a blender or food processor and bam ya got hummus. It makes a lot too so you can have it a long time before running out and it never seems to go bad either. Although mine doesn’t usually stick around long enough to find out. Now that it’s March I feel the need to be more green. So let’s get sassy, whip up some spicy hummus and get our green on.
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- ½ cup cilantro leaves
- 3 jalapeno peppers, seeded & diced
- 4 garlic cloves
- 6 tbsp tahini
- 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- 3 tbsp lemon juice
- ¼ water
- 1 15 oz can chickpeas, drained in a strainer & rinsed
- ½ tsp sea salt
- ¼ tsp cumin
- cayenne pepper for serving
- Add all ingredients to a blender or food processor
- Blend until combined well and all chickpeas are blended
- Remove hummus from blender, sprinkle with more cayenne & serve with fresh veggies