Hatch chile hummus

August 23, 2011  •  Category:


Hatch chiles are in season now, and some stores will even roast them and seed them to save us the trouble;  I bought a container and set out to make  hummus.

Pick hot or mild chiles depending on your preference. If you have no access to the hatch chiles (produced in the town of Hatch, New Mexico) then any other green chile pepper would be a fine substitute. You can also use canned peppers.


  • 1 15-ounce can of garbanzo beans or chickpeas
  • 1/3 cup of tahini
  • 1 small lemon, juiced (about 3 to 4 tablespoons or to taste)
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  • 3 hatch chiles, roasted, peeled and seeded (or more, to taste); can substitute canned ones.
  • 1/2 teaspoon of ground cumin
  • 1 bag of pita bread
  • Olive oil (optional)


  1. Drain and rinse the chickpeas and if you wish, you can cook them for about 30 minutes with several cups of water and a dash of baking soda, to soften them. This step is optional.
  2. Place the chickpeas, hatch chiles, lemon juice and tahini in the bowl of a food processor. Mash the garlic in a mortar with the salt and when it is pasty add it to the other ingredients. Puree the mixture and taste to adjust seasoning. Pour into a serving platter, garnish with a few beans and chiles if desired and a drizzle of olive oil.
  3. Serve with pita triangles or chips.



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  1. Rosa says:

    Mmmhhh, a mouthwatering hummus! Another speciality I love so much I could eat it for breakfast…



  2. Hélène (Cannes) says:

    Ah, je ne connais pas ces piments-là … Ou alors peut-être sous un autre nom ? En tout cas, c’est à essayer, dans ton hummus amélioré.

  3. Banana Wonder says:

    yummmmm!! I am drooling now thinking about this hummus combination. I need to get some hatches stat. Love your presentation too.

  4. Priya says:

    Delicious hummus,looks awesome..

  5. Belinda @zomppa says:

    Love the green chili! way to kick it up a notch.

  6. Doc says:

    I am really loooking forward to this series as hummus is one of my all time favs. Your dish and recipe looks delicious! Can you give us a recipe for home made pita?

  7. Kalyn says:

    Oh wow, does this ever sound good!

  8. Maria @ Scandifoodie says:

    Wow great flavours! This sounds so tasty!

  9. Claudia says:

    I’ve never had a spicy hummus – and now I need to try it (without getting hot seeds on my cut fingers… I currently have a fear of jalapenos and citrus). This looks like the perfect lunch for me.

  10. 5 Star Foodie says:

    Hatch chiles are so flavorful and making hummus with them is a terrific idea!

  11. Marina says:

    j’aime cette version avec des piments, ça doit bien relever le plat..

  12. Salad in a Jar says:

    What a timely recipe as Hatch chilis are showing up everywhere. My family doesn’t normally get too excited about hummus but I bet they would love this.

  13. Amanda says:

    This looks very tempting Joumana, but I’m a coward and mortally afraid of chillies. I’ll stick to the tamer suggestions, I think! 😉

  14. weirdcombos says:

    I am always learning w/ your blog Joumana never heard of Hatch pepper. I love peppers of all kinds and will look for it next time I go shopping and add to my hummus!

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