Taco Hummus Hack
Updated: Sep 21, 2020
Who doesn't like Hummus?
Monsters come to mind.
I live in Astoria, Queens which is well known for its large Greek community; and that means a surplus of amazing & authentic Greek restaurants. Hummus is a staple in Greek cuisine... although there is a vicious debate on where it originated.... Hummus actually dates back as early as Ancient Egypt and the 13th century! Greek, Middle East, Israel, Lebanon.... it's all delicious.
If you buy hummus regularly; you should definitely try making it for yourself. It's easy, cheaper, and you can get creative with it; so let's have some fun with it!
What makes it a "hack"? I use Taco Seasoning! Yes, those little $1 packets you find in the International Foods aisle of the grocery store. I keep about 4 different versions in my pantry at all times. Easy and cheap; it's not love, it's seasoning - it's all good. We'll add in the love later.
I make this Taco Hummus all the time and this will be the first time writing down the ingredients! This certainly will not be the last time I say that, please prepare yourselves.
Taco Hummus Hack
Serves 4, makes about 1.5 cups of hummus
1 15.5oz can of chickpeas (also known as garbanzo beans)
*I use a can labeled "low sodium" so that I can control the amount of salt, as taco seasonings
tend to be salty
**Some people like to remove the excess skins from the beans, there is no need to do that for
making hummus as everything is pureed together, but do what you prefer!
1 lemon juiced
2 tablespoons of tahini (all natural sesame paste)
2 teaspoons of minced garlic
2 tablespoons (or 1/2 the packet) of taco seasoning
*I used an "original" flavoring, but they have all kinds like "hot & spicy", "mild", etc.
1/2 teaspoon of kosher
1/2 teaspoon of ground black pepper
2 tablespoons of olive oil
1/4 cup of water
Serve with warmed pita bread or sliced green peppers, cucumbers and carrots.
Garnish Options: fresh cilantro, cotija cheese (feta is a great substitute), Cholula Hot Sauce
Prepare all your ingredients, except for the water, and place them in a food processor. A blender also works just as fine! This should include; chickpeas, lemon juice, tahini, garlic, taco seasoning, olive oil, salt & pepper. Puree this for 1 minute and then with a rubber spatula, push down the hummus climbing up the sides of the container.
Pour in the 1/4 cup of water, and puree another minute and a half. You should then have the creamy texture of hummus! If you want to make it even more silky smooth, add another tablespoon of olive oil and water until you reach your desired texture.
TIP TIME: Warm your pita bread up using a grill pan or an actual grill to get some beautiful char marks! I live in Queens so unfortunately I don't live the grill life.