Cilantro Lime Hummus

You will love this flavorful Cilantro Lime Hummus that doesn’t require a food processor!

Cilantro Lime Hummus - No food processor required!

I’m so excited to be the April Mystery Dish guest today! Mystery Dish is a group of bloggers who take turns each month choosing a list of foods, and everyone has to make a surprise dish using 2-3 ingredients from the list. Every month there is one guest blogger who gets to join in the fun, and I’m thrilled that Jen from Yummy Healthy Easy picked me! Here is the list of ingredients Jen put in her mystery box:

  • garbanzo beans
  • eggs
  • flaxseed
  • cilantro
  • potatoes (any variety)
  • bread
  • quinoa
  • lime
  • popcorn
  • dark chocolate
  • ground turkey
  • asparagus

After much back and forth, I latched onto the garbanzo beans and decided to make Cilantro Lime Hummus. This brings me to a question: Do you think every food blogger has a kitchen full of fancy appliances and gadgets? This one doesn’t! For example, I don’t have a doughnut pan, blender, or food processor. Maybe a doughnut can is a bit of a specialty item, but I think most people have a food processor on hand. If you don’t, I’m here to tell you that you can still make a delicious batch of hummus!

Cilantro Lime Hummus - No food processor required!

I read that the earliest recipes for hummus date back to the 13th century, and I’m pretty sure they didn’t have KitchenAids back then! I do happen to have a mortar and pestle, and that’s what I used to mash the garbanzo beans for this chunky hummus. If you don’t have one, you can mash them on a large plate with a fork or potato masher.

Cilantro Lime Hummus - No food processor required!

You know me and spicy food (love it!), so I couldn’t resist adding diced jalapeño to this recipe. I also stirred in a little Greek yogurt to add creaminess without using additional oil. This chunky hummus was good on pita, but next time I think I will eat it with tortilla chips instead!

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Cilantro Lime Hummus
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This chunky hummus recipe does not require a food processor!
Serves: 4
  • 16 oz. can garbanzo beans (chick peas), drained
  • 2 tbsp. olive oil
  • ¼ c. fresh lime juice
  • ½ tsp. kosher salt (or to taste)
  • ¼ c. Greek yogurt
  • 2 tbsp. cilantro, finely chopped
  • 1 jalapeño, seeds and ribbed removed, finely chopped (optional)
  • pita bread or tortilla chips for dipping
  1. Add half the beans, 1 tbsp. olive oil, and 2 tbsp. lime juice to a mortar and pestle. Smash beans until as smooth as possible, but some chunks of beans left behind are OK. (You can also do this on a large plate with a fork or potato masher if you don't have a mortar and pestle.)
  2. Transfer mashed beans to a medium bowl, and repeat step one with remaining beans. Stir together mashed beans and yogurt. If hummus seems too thick at this point, add a little water a tablespoon at a time to get your desired consistency.
  3. Stir in cilantro, salt, and jalapeño. Adjust lime and salt to taste. Serve with pita or chips.

Cilantro Lime Hummus - No food processor required!

Aren’t you excited to see what everyone else came up with for their Mystery Dish recipes? Check them out here!

April Mystery Dish

  1. Easy Flourless Chocolate Cake by Culinary Couture
  2. Pineapple Cashew Quinoa “Fried Rice” by Blahnik Baker
  3. Chili Lime Popcorn by The Pajama Chef
  4. Cilantro Lime Hummus by The Weary Chef
  5. Gluten Free White Bean Brownies by Yummy Healthy Easy
  6. Homemade Popcorn with Cilantro Lime Butter by The Well Floured Kitchen
  7. Tex-Mex Chickpea Salad by Joyful Healthy Eats
  8. Quinoa Salad with Asparagus and Tomato by Chez Catey Lou
  9. Key Lime Pie Popcorn by I Dig Pinterest
  10. Turkey Sausage Breakfast Casserole by I Want Crazy
  11. Frozen Pineapple Cilantro Mojito by Baking a Moment
  12. Pretzel Caramel Crunch by The Dessert Chronicles

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  1. Yummm! I almost bought that mortar at home goods but didn’t. Now I wish I did lol! I love the cilantro and lime addition to hummus. Sounds so delicious

  2. I just cooked up a huge batch of chickpeas last night and now I know what I’m doing with them. Yum! A piece of our food processor once broke and it took us several years to get around to fixing it recently. Now I can’t imagine why I took so long- I use it almost everyday! But there is something to be said for going it old school. I think a mortar and pestle may be the only kitchen gadget I don’t own :)

  3. Ah this looks so good!! Hummus is something I eat almost daily! Your is so creamy and smooth!

  4. I LOVE the flavors going on in this hummus! It’s perfect for Cinco de Mayo festivities! I also love simple, and this recipe is just that. Pinned!

    • Thank you so much, Justine! It would be fun to have a bowl of hummus squeezed between the guacamole and salsa at a Cinco de Mayo party. I think it would fit right in :)

  5. Yum, yum YUM! I love hummus and I love YOU! So happy that you did this with me this month! This post made me crack up – I can’t believe you don’t have a blender, food processor or even a grill but that you have a mortar and pestle! LOL! I am going to have to give this hummus a try…beautiful pictures of course, my friend. Thanks again for doing this with me! Pinned!!

    • Thank you, Jen! I don’t remember why I have a mortar and pestle, and I hardly ever use it! I think I got it years ago when I was really into Alton Brown, and he insisted that grinding your own spices was better. I should trade that and my waffle iron in for a food processor! Who needs a grill when you’ve got an iron skillet? ;) Thank you again for inviting me! This was so fun!

  6. Wow Andi, I am super impressed that you made such a delicious and creamy hummus with a mortar and pestle! I make a weekly batch with my food processor and sometimes it doesn’t even come out that smooth – way to go lady :) I love the cilantro and lime in here too – it sounds so refreshing and of course I love the kick from the jalapeño too! Pinning this for my next batch for sure :)

    • I bet yours is smoother, Kelly! I did mash those beans for a while though. I meant to say in my post that it was fun and a good stress reliever! I might break down and get a food processor soon though. Mother’s Day is coming up…

  7. Love the texture in this hummus, and LOVE that you added jalapeno and Greek yogurt! Great recipe; pinning this for sure!

    • Thank you so much, Allie! I am already a big fan of yours because you made a mojito for mystery dish! Today was kind of crazy, but I can’t wait to go check it out tomorrow. Thanks so much for stopping by!

  8. I love that you made this without a food processor, Andi! I mean, I have one, but I detest washing it…ugh. I love hummus, too, so this recipe is getting pinned. That mystery dish challenge sounds like so much fun. :)

    • Thank you, Marcie! Mystery Dish was fun, and I’m kinda sad I only got to do it for one month! I was just saying in my last comment that I might get a food processor, but now you are making me rethink it! Are they a pain to wash? I figured most of the parts could go in the dishwasher. I buy a ton of shredded cheese, and someone said they shred theirs in the food processor and save a bunch of money that way. That might be enough of a draw for me!

  9. Yum yum yum!! This looks amazingly delicious! And so awesome that you made it with a pestle. I need one of those in my kitchen! Pinning to my easy hummus recipes board :)

    • Thank you, Kelley! You are too cute that you have an Easy Hummus board! I’m honored to make an appearance there :) I would love to invite you to my group Pinterest boards if you are interested. Just follow me and let me know, and I’ll send you the invites! I’m so glad to have connected with you this week.

  10. Awesome. You did great. It sounds delicious! Mystery dish definitely sounds fun.
    Happy Wednesday!

    • Thank you, Melanie! I’m glad you like the recipe I came up with. I was afraid making hummus was too obvious, so I’m glad no one else made the same.

  11. Ok, that mortar is just awesome!

    We are so glad to have you this month Andi, I knew you would come up with an awesome dish and this is definitely it! I can’t wait to try this, I love the tex-mex flavor you went with and the greek yogurt addition! I haven’t had hummus without tahini paste before so I’m intrigued! :) Pinned… great recipe girl!

    • Thank you for having me, Krista!! I’m sort of sad that I could only be the guest for one month because it was really fun! I’m really glad you like the recipe, and thanks for the pin :)

  12. What a great idea for Cinco de Mayo!!! Love hummus and love the cilantro/lime addition! Yum!

  13. so glad to have you in mystery dish this month! i love making homemade hummus! i make cilantro lime hummus but it isn’t chunky like yours…now i must do a taste test :)

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