Sides and Snacks

Jalapeño Chive Hummus with a Paprika Sprinkle

Spice up your hummus & use up any lingering jalapeños with this fiery snack-time treat.

I really enjoy those moments when I realize there is someone else out there that suffers from the same, trivial grievance as me. So, let me give it a go here: I always buy the bag of jalapeños from Trader Joe’s, use one… and never know what to do with the rest. Anyone else? Well, whether you’re with me or not, I’ve discovered the answer – hummus!! Jalapeños give your hummus a nice, non-deathly kick and an awesome flavor. Hummus is also incredibly easy to make, so if you’ve never tried on your own, this is your time to shine.


(Serves 4)

  • 2 jalapeños (see notes on seeds)
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 3/4 cup chives or cilantro
  • 1 (15 oz) can chickpeas, rinsed 
  • 2 tbs fresh lime juice (~1 small lime)
  • 3 tbs tahini
  • 1 tsp salt 
  • 1-2 tbs water (see notes)


Put all ingredients in your blender or food processor and enjoy! Yup, it’s that easy!


On sourcing tahini: I buy my tahini at Trader Joe’s which makes it super easy. Other fan favorites (from my Googling) seem to be Soom Foods and Al Arz.

On the jalapeño seeds: These are what make your jalapeño spicy. So remove all seeds for mild hummus, half for medium spice, and none for hot hummus! 

On the water: This will help thin out your hummus, if needed. Start with one tablespoon, blend, and then add another if needed.  

What if I want to make my own hummus but am not feeling this one? Don’t worry, hummus is super customizable and one of my faaaavorite things to play around with. Try one of the below!

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