Jalapeno Hummus Recipe with a spicy kick.

Jalapeno hummus that’ll kick you in the pants.  Pair it with some toasted pitas or tortillas and it’s a healthier alternative to chips and dip.  Although chips and dip will always be #1 in my heart.

Jalapeno hummus in a white bowl on a black counter. Sliced jalapenos to the side.

Raise your hand if you hate it when a grocery store (or any other store for that matter) introduces you to something, gets you hooked, carries it for a few months and then snatches it away.

My hand is raised.  Really high.  I think I may have pulled an armpit in fact.

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I can’t even begin to tell you how many times I’ve stood in a clothing store himming and hawing over whether or not to buy a pair of jeans only to find out months after buying them that I can’t live without them.  That they are my favourite article of clothing in the whole wide world.

The worst part is … we never seem to know when something is going to be a “favourite” of ours.  It’s a gradual thing, a realization that comes on slowly.  I usually come to the realization once I notice I’ve been wearing said article of clothing for 3 months straight and only reluctantly wash it in the middle of the night so I  know it’ll be ready for wear the next morning.

I’ve had certain jeans that I routinely thought if I didn’t own them I would have to go around in my underpants because there was nothing else I could fathom putting on.

The worst part about the best pair of jeans?  They always die.  The worst part about them dying?   They always die after you can’t buy them anymore.  Even worse than that, is when you go back to the store to buy another pair a year or so later and you jump for joy because the store  appears to carry the jeans, but when you try them on … nope.  They’re not the same.  For no apparent reason, other than attempting to ruin your life, the manufacturer has changed something about the jeans.  Same colour, same label, same name … different jeans.  Stupid jeans.  Ugly jeans impersonating your perfect jeans.

It’s like when Great Lash mascara changed their packaging a little but said they didn’t change the formula, when obviously they did because you never see Great Lash mascara on the “best buy” list of mascara’s anymore.  Yes.  It’s just like that.  Only different because mascara can’t make your bum look good.  Usually.

A year or two ago I got hooked on Jalapeno Hummus.  I first tried it during one of those trips around Costco when you go in for a massive package of boneless, skinless chicken breasts and leave with enough stuff to start your own Costco.

I brought the Jalapeno Hummus home.  I was intrigued.  When I tried it, my taste buds danced and sang and lit up like a rainbow.  They do that all the time when I really like something.  Gradually other grocery stores started carrying Jalapeno Hummus.  Different brands and different makes … EVERYONE wanted in on the booming Jalapeno Hummus market.  Apparently I wan’t the only one who liked this stuff.  I bought it every week for about a year.

And then one week my grocery store didn’t have it.  I shrugged it off.  They were probably just sold out of it.

And they were.  I was right on that account.  What I wasn’t right about was thinking they’d carry it again.  For a couple of months I went from store to store, frantically looking for an appearance of my Jalapeno Hummus.  It was gone.  Vanished.  I couldn’t find it anywhere.

For some reason my Jalapeno Hummus appeared to have gone the way of the Grape flavoured potato chip.  One moment it was on the shelves … and then it was cruelly snatched away.

On the off chance the very same thing has happened to you, I would like to introduce you to my solution.

Homemade Jalapeno Hummus

Jar of pickled, sliced jalapeños on a black counter with a black background.

You’ll need pickled jalapenos and a container of regular hummus. (or make your own hummus)

Big spoon of hummus being dropped into a white bowl on a black countertop.


Drop a blob or two of hummus into a bowl.

Sliced, pickled jalapeno peppers on a black counter.


Grab yourself a few slices of pickled jalapeno.

Chef's knife resting beside finely diced pickled jalapenos on a black counter.


Mince your slices of jalapeno.  The amount you need depends on the amount of hummus you’re making.  Plus, it depends on how hot you want your hummus to be.  Some like it hot.  I’d be some.

Overhead shot of white bowl with hummus and finely diced pickled jalapenos on top.


Dump your minced jalapeno into your hummus.  Add it gradually so you can taste test as you go along.

Pickled jalapeno juice being drizzled into a white bowl of hummus, topped with finely diced jalapenos.

Also dump in a tablespoon or so of the juice from the jar of pickled jalapeno peppers.

This is an advanced technique, for this obviously advanced recipe that involves both chopping and stirring.  Actually sometimes chopping is hard.  Like in the case of a mango.

Jalapeno Hummus with a KICK.

This Jalapeno Hummus is a good substitute for regular hummus when you're looking for a bit of a kick from your snacking food.  You can make your own hummus or just do what I do and start with a container of premade from the store.
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Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Mexican inspired
Prep Time: 3 minutes
Total Time: 3 minutes
Servings: 3
Calories: 137kcal
Author: Karen


  • 1 cup hummus
  • 1 tbsp pickled jalapeno


  • Finely chop 2 tablespoons of pickled jalapenos.
  • Stir jalapenos into premade hummus.
  • Add 1 tablespoon of liquid from the jar or can of the pickled jalapeno peppers.
  • Stir and taste.  If you'd like more heat, add another tablespoon of jalapeno.


Calories: 137kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 393mg | Potassium: 186mg | Fiber: 5g | Vitamin A: 110IU | Vitamin C: 0.5mg | Calcium: 31mg | Iron: 2.1mg


Mix it all up and top it with a few bits of minced jalapeno peppers.

Just to be fancy.  ‘Cause this is obviously a fancy recipe.

Serve with warmed pitas.  Or … if you want to stay with the “fancy” theme, toast the pitas a little in the oven.

Ironically, this homemade Jalapeno Hummus is even better than the stuff I used to buy.

I can’t say the same thing about the homemade J Brand jeans I tried to make.

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Jalapeno Hummus Recipe with a spicy kick.


  1. Shana says:

    Metro grocery stores carry this Fontaine roasted jalapeno hummus and it is made of dream and miracle – I think it’s the roasting!


  2. angie says:

    Wendy’s mandarin orange chicken salad. Why?

    • Karen says:

      Angie – This post is years old but I was just thinking yesterday about where the hell the type of frozen spring rolls I like went to! It’s the only frozen food I buy and it’s GONE! ~ karen

      • angie says:

        So does that mean that now you have to make the dreaded spring rolls from scratch? I’ve seen you mention that experiment in a few posts. I’m so sorry. Maybe take out from a decent restaurant would be a better option.
        I found a recipe that I think is just as good as the Wendy’s salad,(powdered wasabi and maple syrup are the tricks) but maybe it’s just been so long since I’ve tasted the good stuff that I’ve fooled my taste buds into thinking that they’re the same. :(
        There’s a serious over-usage of the word *that* in this paragraph, but I’m too tired to try and fix it. Sorry.

  3. safetydog says:

    One year late, but this is a huge pet peeve. Jeans, bras, food, restaurants, TV shows…I have learned to never express my love for anything out loud, or it will disappear. Rely tampons, anyone?

  4. kelliblue says:

    *very very very late to the party*

    Puffa Puffa rice cereal (from when I was a kid, the kind with the Hawaiian kids in the catamaran on the front); and my all time favorite sorbet, B&J’s Purple Passionfruit.

    I shall never forgive them for discontinuing what was a life (and mouth) changing snack! :(

  5. Briana says:

    Just made this tonight, with homemade hummus! So yummy! I didn’t put enough jalapenos in though, becaues my jar was nearly empty :(
    Still tastes pretty damn good though :)

    • Karen says:

      Briana – It’s amazing how many jalapenos you need for this! If it wasn’ jalapenoey enough adding in the liquid gives it a real jalapeno flavour! But you’ve probably thrown the jar out by now. :( ~ karen

  6. Bridgette Taylor says:

    Trader Joe’s dried mangosteen. Gone. No warning. Broke my damn heart.

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