Culinary SOS: Black bean hummus

Cusack, Anne -- B58690743Z.1 LOS ANGELES, CA. - SEPTEMBER 7, 2010: SOS black bean hummus for food shoot in the Los Angeles Times studio in Los Angeles on September 7, 2010. (Anne Cusack /Los Angeles Times)
(Anne Cusack / Los Angeles Times)

Dear Culinary SOS: A group of us went to enjoy the draft beers on tap at Mediterraneo Restaurant & Bar in Hermosa Beach earlier this month and were transfixed by the wonderful spicy black bean hummus. If you can get the recipe … spice-loving vegetarians would love it.

Michael Dewart



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Dear Michael: Mediterraneo was happy to share its recipe with us. The twists on this hummus include black beans and cayenne, which add depth to this rich and spicy dip.

Black bean hummus

Total time: 20 minutes

Servings: 12 to 16

Note: Adapted from Mediterraneo in Hermosa Beach

1 (15 ounce) can garbanzo beans, drained

2 (15 ounce) cans black beans, drained

2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, more to taste

1/4 cup chopped garlic, more to taste

3 tablespoons tahini paste

1 lemon, juiced, more to taste

1 1/2 cups water, more or less as needed

1 1/2 teaspoons cayenne pepper, more or less to taste

2 1/2 teaspoons cumin, more to taste

2 1/4 teaspoons salt, more to taste

1 1/2 teaspoons pepper, more to taste

In a food processor or blender, combine the garbanzo beans, black beans, olive oil, garlic, tahini paste and lemon juice. With the motor running, drizzle in the water until the beans are blended and a smooth consistency is achieved. Add the cayenne pepper, cumin, salt and pepper, then blend again. Taste and adjust seasonings and flavorings if desired. This makes 4 cups hummus; the hummus will keep, covered and refrigerated, for 5 days.

Each of 16 servings: 96 calories; 4 grams protein; 13 grams carbohydrates; 3 grams fiber; 4 grams fat; 1 gram saturated fat; 0 cholesterol; 0 sugar; 520 mg. sodium.

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