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black bean hummus

March 12, 2011

For the past couple of years, Joe and I have been trying to make some changes in the way that we eat and spend money on food.  We were shocked to look back over a month’s worth of expenses and see how much money we spent on food alone, both at the grocery store and eating out.

So, for the sake of good health and saving money, we’ve made a few significant changes.  We try to eat more local, whole foods and a lot less processed food.  We try to save money by purchasing more of our food in bulk instead of purchasing pre-packaged items.  And as our lives and schedules realistically permit, we try to make most of our food from scratch.

Something that helped us was to compile a list of all the different foods we love (and eat very regularly) that also cost us a pretty penny at the grocery store.  We found that most of these foods (about 15-20 different items) could easily be made from scratch and save us a significant amount of money each month in our grocery budget.

For example, one of the foods that we eat all the time is hummus.  This causes a problem since really good hummus can easily cost you $4.00 for a small to medium-sized container.  We typically go through at least one container a week, so that adds up to be about $16-$20 a month…on hummus!  Enter change.

I knew hummus would be fairly simple to make and I also wanted to see how it would taste when made with a healthier bean.  Black beans are the most healthy bean you can eat, and turns out, they make absolutely delicious hummus!

Sam ate three servings yesterday and I think me and Joe ate twenty-three.  This recipe has quickly become a new household favorite.  We spent a small fraction of the money we usually spend and both agreed that this was the best tasting hummus we’ve ever had.  I don’t think we will ever go back to store bought hummus again, it really was that good.  And it only took me about five minutes to make, to boot!

A number of friends asked for this recipe and I’m happy to share. Enjoy!  And please feel free to share any tips you have learned in cutting back on the grocery bill…

Black Bean Hummus

1 Garlic Clove
1 15 Oz Can Black Beans, rinsed and drained
3 Tbsp Olive Oil
2 Tbsp Water
Juice of 1/2 a Lemon
1/2 Tsp Cumin
1/4 Tsp Salt (we use kosher)
1/4 Cup Cilantro, chopped

1. Place garlic clove in a food processor and pulse for 1 minute.
2. Add the remaining ingredients and puree in food processor until smooth.
3. Serve with toasted pita bread, tortilla chips, or fresh veggies.


  • When I make this recipe, I usually triple the batch since we go through it so quickly- I recommend doing this if you love to eat hummus like we do.
  • Next month we are going to start buying dry beans (and grains) in bulk to save more money- this will make this recipe even cheaper!
  • For an additional health benefit, I like to mix in ground flaxseed.
12 Comments leave one →
  1. Jenn A permalink
    March 12, 2011 3:57 pm

    Looks yummy! Might have to try it soon.

  2. March 12, 2011 8:39 pm

    I’ve made regular chickpea hummus quite a bit before, but never like it quite as much as store-bought… but I LOVE black beans and I’m definitely going to try this!! Thanks!
    I would recommend salting generously when you cook the dry black beans. It will help them cook up softer and will make them taste more like canned. (them canned beans are SALTY!)

  3. March 13, 2011 4:27 am

    Not sure why I’ve never thought to use black beans, but now I shall give it a try! Quite helpful since I can’t buy chickpeas here (except for at the import store) but there are black beans at the market down the street. Thanks Jen!

  4. Nancygirl permalink
    March 13, 2011 7:03 am

    awesomeness…thanks Jenny!

  5. March 13, 2011 11:25 am

    My parents know your inlaws really well. Thats how I came across your blog. This sounds delish. My hubs is a HUGE fan of hummus and so I believe I’ll surprise him with some one day after work this week. Thanks for sharing. Your blog is very fun to read!

  6. Susie Tiemeyer permalink
    March 13, 2011 8:45 pm

    I absolutely love hummus, and you’re right: it is expensive. Your reicpe with black beans sounds like such a wonderful alternative. I plan to try it soon!

    Also, I met your dad a few sundays ago. He was standing in the hallway by the gym, probably waiting for your mom. I recognized him from the video you posted of your folks dancing….that was such a hoot!


  7. nateandmiriam permalink
    March 14, 2011 3:44 pm

    I just made this and it’s delicious!! Thanks for the recipe…

  8. March 14, 2011 8:31 pm

    OK, this was sooooooooooooooo good! We made it as an after-school snack and my kids asked me to make it again (for tomorrow! lol).
    I looove it! Thank you SO much!

  9. April 5, 2011 9:33 am

    Jenny… some friends and I stopped for lunch on our way to Canton last weekend… we had black eyed pea hummus… it was YUMM-O!! I’m going to try your recipe with black beans and then switch it up with the black eyed peas… love me some hummus girl!!

  10. Babbs407 permalink
    March 16, 2012 9:36 am

    Made it and LOVE IT!! Everyone at work wants the recipe!
    So easy and inexpensive!! Thank you!

  11. Emily permalink
    April 28, 2014 3:14 pm

    Are you still making this hummus? I bought the tiny container kind, thinking I would use them, but I did not, this recipe sounds delicious.

  12. Emily permalink
    April 29, 2014 1:13 pm

    This was a big hit! I didn’t use lemon juice, even though I had it, but I think lime would be a good addition too!

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