Spicy Garbanzo Dip

If you’re looking for some healthy alternatives for your Super Bowl party this weekend, look no further!

As I mentioned in my last #10in10 post, one of my goals this week was to try to plan some healthy snacks to help me avoid the sweets in between meals. So, on Sunday afternoon, I whipped up this quick and easy garbanzo bean dip (I’m not going to call it hummus, because it isn’t really a traditional hummus). It’s a great source of protein, too, which is another one of my goals.  I think this will help me keep my snacking in check this week… Or at least I hope it will!

This is one of those recipes where I just made it up as I went, and it turned out quite well, if you ask me!  While I like hummus, I was in the mood for something a bit more Mexican. The thing is, I had purchased a large can of garbanzo beans (with great intentions of making hummus), so I decided to use the garbanzo beans in a Mexican-inspired dip. This dip would be wonderful with black beans or pinto beans instead of the garbanzo beans, if that’s what you have on hand!

Serve this dip with your favorite baked tortilla or pita chips at your Super Bowl party… I bet your guests won’t even notice that’s healthy!

Spicy Garbanzo Dip

  • 29 ounce can of garbanzo beans (chick peas), rinsed and drained
  • 4 ounce can of fire roasted green chiles
  • 2 small shallots, peeled and halved
  • Juice from 1 lime
  • 2 – 3 tablespoons of cilantro leaves
  • 1 teaspoon ancho chili powder
  • Kosher salt
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

Combine all ingredients in a food processor.  Pulse until the all of the ingredients are incorporated and the mixture is smooth.  Adjust seasoning, and garnish with chopped tomato and additional cilantro, if desired.  Serve with baked tortilla or pita chips.

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18 Responses to Spicy Garbanzo Dip
  1. Wendy (The Local Cook)
    February 2, 2010 | 12:17 pm

    Oooh, a Mexican version! Yum! I’ve been experimenting with various bean dips/hummus lately.

  2. Jessica @ How Sweet It IS
    February 2, 2010 | 12:35 pm

    I am usually not a fan of traditional hummus. This sounds amazing! I am loving the lime and ancho chili powder – I just bought some of that last weekend.

  3. jenn
    February 2, 2010 | 2:14 pm

    Hummas, but with a Mexican twist. I love it. can totally see myself snacking on this, too. Mmmmm…

  4. Maria
    February 2, 2010 | 2:15 pm

    I love that it has a kick!

  5. Kelly @ EvilShenanigans
    February 2, 2010 | 3:53 pm

    What an elegant, and healthy, solution for what to serve on the big day! Much better than beans from a can, or neon yellow cheese dips!

  6. sugar plum
    February 2, 2010 | 4:15 pm

    This dip is real creamy and good…love ur recipe and the sweet cherry toms in the pic….

  7. Joanne
    February 2, 2010 | 7:02 pm

    There is some great flavor in this! I love the twist on traditional hummus.

  8. Jeanne
    February 2, 2010 | 8:41 pm

    Looks amazing! I don’t like hummus very much, but this sounds really good. It might just fool me into thinking that I’m not eating hummus!

  9. Dawn@CocinaSavant
    February 2, 2010 | 10:09 pm

    it might not be a traditional hummus, but it sounds tasty and looks satisfying and delicious to me :) I have a surplus of pita breads to get rid of, and this may be just what i need to turn them into a super bowl snack. thanks :)

  10. Fuji Mama
    February 2, 2010 | 11:29 pm

    YUM! I love the idea of the Mexican twist. I think I’ll be trying this out this weekend! Thanks!

  11. Jen@womanvfood
    February 3, 2010 | 12:42 am

    Genius, I love it! I wish I they had chickpeas, and cilantro, and canned pickled chile peppers in this country!

  12. Natasha - 5 Star Foodie
    February 3, 2010 | 8:06 am

    Delicious dip! I love the addition of green chilies and the ancho chile powder!

  13. bunkycooks
    February 3, 2010 | 9:45 am

    I am glad to have a tasty alternative to the usual suspect flavors of hummus This sounds yummy!

  14. Juls @ Juls' Kitchen
    February 3, 2010 | 3:53 pm

    I love hummus, but your dip sounds really mexican and perfect as appetizer and a light break!

  15. Katie
    February 3, 2010 | 5:01 pm

    This sounds fantastic! I love jalapeno and cilantro hummus, and this sounds like a twist on the same idea. I’ll definitely try it out on Sunday.

  16. Mardi @eatlivetravelwrite
    February 5, 2010 | 11:02 am

    I will actually be trying something similar out this weekend but not for the superbowl. Love the twist!

  17. [...] far as healthy snacks, I did pretty well on that goal, too.  I have been enjoying my Spicy Garbanzo Dip and lots of Greek yogurt with Cranberry Relish. [...]

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