Call it what you want, Avocado Cilantro Hummus, Spicy Avocado Hummus, Mexican-Style Hummus or 5-minute Hummus Recipe, one thing is for sure, this hummus tastes freakin’ fenomenal!
We eat a fair amount of vegan meals at home. 100% of our vegan meals contain legumes and hummus is one of the easiest ways to sell legumes to absolutely everybody. Its nutty flavor and creamy consistency are simply delicious!
The best part about this Spicy Avocado Hummus is, the spice is added at the end. Thus, it can even be fed to kids and non-spice lovers and adjusted for spiciness by each individual eating.
Which hummus flavor is the best?
If you ask me: any green hummus, spicy hummus or roasted-garlic-containing hummus. Here I mixed two of my favorite hummuses and made spicy avocado hummus! In other words, spicy green hummus. YUM!
The greenness comes from two sources: avocado and cilantro. Both are on on the very top of my “favorite foods” list. The heat comes from chipotle chili powder. Hence Mexican-Style Hummus. So many Mexican ingredients in one dish pretty much guarantees the best flavor hummus.
Why is some hummus bitter and what to do about it
Some people complain about hummus being bitter and not liking it because of that. There are many reasons why hummus can become bitter. Many ways to avoid hummus from becoming bitter and a simple trick to save already bitter hummus.
Reasons for hummus to become bitter
- (too much) bad quality olive oil
- (too much) bad quality tahini
- lime or lemon squeezed out too much
Avoid hummus from getting bitter
- use a good quality flavorless oil such as avocado oil and only drizzle a tiny little bit of olive oil over the already smooth hummus once it’s plated instead of adding olive oil during the chickpea processing.
- use very little tahini from either a good quality brand or make your own tahini. Tahini is supposed to give a hint of a sesame taste. Consider it a “spice” a little salt makes everything delicious, too much of it and it becomes gross.
- when squeezing juice out of your lime or lemon make sure you don’t squeeze to the last drop. The last drops are super super bitter, not sour. The white skin on the flesh, the one that separates flesh and peel is extremely bitter and if you squeeze the citrus super hard bitterness gets mixed into the deliciously sour juice.
How to repair bitter hummus
Now, sometimes we don’t know why hummus is bitter or we didn’t know before hand that the olive oil or tahini brand we bought was going to turn out bitter. Do we have to toss the whole batch of hummus? NOOOO!!! No need to toss it. Just “repair” it. Just like when you over salt something adding sweetness can even that out, the same applies to bitterness. If something is too bitter, add a bit of honey and you’re good to go.
I like adding honey to my hummus by default to make sure it’s not bitter but if it does turn out bitter I just add a tiny little bit more and it’s all saved.
Another way to repair regular hummus that’s bitter is adding avocado. Avocado reduces saltiness, bitterness, spiciness, anything you might have not been able to control during the process of making it. Besides, avocado hummus tastes SO MUCH better than regular hummus ;)
How to make extra smooth avocado hummus
Now, this trick applies to any hummus of course. The secret tip is peel the chickpeas out of their skin!!! Yes, this can take a while but it’s worth it. It’s worth ever single minute you invest. It works with both canned and homecooked chickpeas. You just press a chickpea between thumb and index finger and it flops right out. Remove the skin and add only the “naked chickpea” into your food processor. It makes an incredibly smooth and creamy hummus. Add avocado and process long enough for both ingredients to become super duper extra creamy and smooth.
How to eat avocado hummus
So the pictures look pretty and all but how to I eat that you might think, with a spoon? No. Don’t do that, it’s a bit like peanut butter. It tastes great but not just like that. It’s too gooey to eat alone. Use it as a dip for fresh crunchy carrots or crackers. Scoop up a generous amount of avocado hummus onto your dipping “device” and gobble it all up :)
If with all the tips above you still believe hummus is not worth dreaming about, check out my other dips and sauces. This Out of this World Tahini Herb Sauce is aMaZiNg! And the Avocado Cilantro Sauce from my Sweet Potato Noodles Recipe.
Is hummus healthy?
In my opinion: ABSOLUTELY!!
If you need more in-depth info on why exactly hummus is healthy, I encourage you to read this article by WebMD which talks about all the benefits of eating hummus. They go into great detail about why it’s healthy and when it’s not.