Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Southwestern Black Bean Hummus

Today I’d like to introduce a gluten-free blogger friend of mine, Shannon L. Brown, of the marvelous gluten-free blog Enjoying Gluten-free Life. She kindly volunteered to do a guest post for me while I’m doing field work for my dissertation in Japan. Thank you Shannon!

I’m honored to be writing a guest post for Sea while she’s busy working on her dissertation. My assignment was to create a recipe with her only restriction being that it be vegetarian. That’s easy. The problem became what to make. The choices are endless.

She *has extended her stay in Japan until October and must be homesick for American foods,* so it seems appropriate to welcome her back with uniquely American flavors. I had always assumed hummus could only be made from chickpeas but Kim Lutz’ Italian Hummus recipe in “Welcoming Kitchen: 200 Delicious Allergen- & Gluten-Free Vegan Recipes” changed my mind.

I started to consider the options and black beans came to mind. Thinking about how they’re a natural pairing with spices of the American Southwest led me to create this Southwestern Black Bean Hummus. I love the combination of spices – the earthiness of cumin, freshness of lemon juice and kick of the chipotle chili pepper come together in a mouthwatering combination.

With either fresh veggies or a chip of choice, this is a tasty snack – or a main course if you get carried away. Some will say this isn’t hummus because it lacks tahini. In that case, consider it to be bean dip. Enjoy either way.

*edited by Sea to reflect her changed plans*

Sea adds: This recipe reminds me of my South American Socca recipe using a black bean sauce. Yum. I just love black beans… Can’t wait to have some again.

Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Southwestern Black Bean Hummus
1 15 ounce can black beans, drained and rinsed (I used no salt)
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/8 teaspoon chipotle chili pepper, ground*
1/4 teaspoon sea salt (delete if using salted beans)
1 garlic clove, minced
1 1/2 Tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 Tablespoon olive oil
Combine everything in a food processor and process until smooth. Taste for salt and
heat then adjust to your tastes. (I find I like less salt than others and dont tolerate as
much spice.)

*I recently found this spice and like the smoky and spicy flavor. Though not tested, a pinch of cayenne should work instead.**

**Sea’s Note: Since our family is wimpy with spices, we like smoked paprika. It gives a smoky flavor without too much kick, and the 3 year old loves it!

***Shannon says, “In case you looked at the recipe and thought cilantro would be tasty in it, I considered adding fresh cilantro. In testing it, I discovered that the cilantro completely took over and
you couldnt taste anything else.”

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7 Responses to “Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Southwestern Black Bean Hummus”

  1. Sounds delicious. Do the question marks mean 1/2?

  2. Sounding delicious. Thanks for sharing.

  3. Hi Linda,
    Sorry, there was an issue with converted fractions when I copied Shannon’s recipe from the file she sent me. I fixed it, so the recipe should be easier to follow now.

    Hi Minnie,
    Thank you! Shannon shared a fun recipe this time, perfect for summer.


  4. You just can’t go wrong with hummus! Love it! My name is Cindy and I blog over at I wanted to invite you to link up your recipe at our Gluten Free Fridays Recipe Link up party! It happens every Friday and we’d love to have you join us with some of your awesome recipes! You can find this week’s link up here:
    Also be sure to link up your blog on our Gluten Free Bloggers directory. You can reach the directory by clicking the “glutenfree bloggers” tab on our blog! Thanks, Cindy :)

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  6. This looks GREAT, Shannon! I love hummus, plus it’s so easy to make. Yay! A new recipe!

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