Jalapeno Cheddar Hummus

This hummus, is quite simply, a party in your mouth.

I had been wanting to make my own spicy hummus for awhile now, but just adding jalapeno seemed rather boring. And so while I was driving back from yoga a couple days ago I started brainstorming out loud. I came up with “jalapeno chive hummus”, “jalapeno cilantro hummus”, “jalapeno white bean hummus” and then….Jalapeno Cheddar Hummus.


Because what else goes so perfectly with jalapeno peppers other than freshly grated sharp cheddar cheese? You know and I know it. And the best part is that this hummus reminds me of jalapeno poppers in that it’s so ridiculously cheesy and delicious. Unlike jalapeno poppers, however, this cheesy appetizer can actually be considered healthy! Jalapenos are vegetables, right?

To my utter delight, it turned out so good that after eating the above, I ran around my little house chanting it’s-jalapeno-cheddar-time, it’s-jalapeno-cheddar-time, it’s-jalapeno-cheddar-time.

I don’t think I can ever eat regular old hummus again.

Jalapeno Cheddar Hummus

serves 12

Print this recipe!


2 14.5-oz cans chickpeas, drained and rinsed

1 jalapeno pepper, chopped and seeds removed

1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil

2 T warm water

1 tsp salt

1 tsp ground cumin

1 cup freshly grated sharp cheddar cheese


Combine the chickpeas, jalapeno pepper, olive oil, water, cumin and salt in a vita-mix or food processor. Process until smooth (adding more water if you desire to thin the hummus out a bit).

Add the cheddar cheese and process again until everything is well combined.


10 minutes

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  • Jessica @ How Sweet
    April 8, 2011 at 5:05 am

    I’m doomed. Like I need another vehicle for cheese.

  • Heather (Heather's Dish)
    April 8, 2011 at 5:08 am

    oh man, i can see this being consumed by the gallon…and yes, only by me.

  • Estela @ Weekly Bite
    April 8, 2011 at 5:11 am

    Wow!! We love spicy hummus. I’m making this over the weekend 🙂

  • Blog is the New Black
    April 8, 2011 at 5:12 am

    This sounds so wonderful! Love me some spice!

  • Jenny @ Fitness Health and Food
    April 8, 2011 at 5:13 am

    man I am loving all thee delish variations of hummus!

    looks so good)

  • Faith @ lovelyascharged
    April 8, 2011 at 5:14 am

    I’m so glad you picked cheddar over white bean – it sounds incredible!

  • Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat
    April 8, 2011 at 5:25 am

    Oooh this is fancy hummus! I don’t eat a whole lot of jalepenos but I’m totally buying some and trying this!

  • Ruth
    April 8, 2011 at 5:31 am

    Wow! This looks seriously good. Thanks Jenna!

  • Michelle
    April 8, 2011 at 5:39 am

    Wow what a great idea. Thanks for sharing

  • Claire @ Live and Love to Eat
    April 8, 2011 at 5:40 am

    I always assumed I couldn’t make hummus at home because I’m too cheap to buy the $12 jar of tahini at my grocery store. Thanks for this alternative!

    • Baking 'n' Books
      April 8, 2011 at 6:53 am

      I was thinking the same thing! This looks good. Not sure though…I find Red Pepper Roasted spicy!

      But if there’s cheese involved – how does one resist?

  • Laurie
    April 8, 2011 at 5:43 am

    Oh heaven in a bowl!!! I can’t wait to try this!

  • Lauren at Keep It Sweet
    April 8, 2011 at 5:44 am

    Cheese and hummus belong together! One of my favorite sandwiches is a grilled veggie sandwich with hummus and feta…. I should try it with cheddar instead!

  • jenna
    April 8, 2011 at 5:45 am

    i love spicy hummus! what an interesting twist to add cheddar!! looks delish.

  • Heather @ Health, Happiness, and Hope
    April 8, 2011 at 5:45 am

    What a great idea to add in the sharp cheddar flavor! I went through a hummus phase a while back and got pretty burned out, so I haven’t had it in a while. This post is definitely tempting me though!

  • Cait's Plate
    April 8, 2011 at 5:47 am

    Yum. I’m not a huge cheddar fan but I LOVE hummus and I think the addition of jalapeno to the regular recipe would be divine.

  • Rachel
    April 8, 2011 at 5:51 am

    I made guacamole hummus recently (like Trader Joe’s), but this is definitely how I’m going to use my remaining jalapeno. I love it! Served with tortilla chips and salsa, perhaps…

  • Rachel
    April 8, 2011 at 5:52 am

    Wow. I made guacamole hummus earlier this week (like trader joe’s) but this is a fantastic way to use up my remaining jalapeno. Served with some salsa and tortilla chips, I think…

  • Krystina (Organically Me)
    April 8, 2011 at 5:59 am

    Hot damn, that sounds delicious.

  • Hannah (Culture Connoisseur)
    April 8, 2011 at 6:06 am

    This looks great. Being the hard-core hummus purist I am it’s difficult for me to think of giving this middle eastern classic a “south of the border” flair. But I think I can dig it. Have you ever seen this recipe here at whole foods? Same idear-

  • megan @ whatmegansmaking
    April 8, 2011 at 6:07 am

    Love finding new hummus flavors! Great recipe Jenna 🙂

  • Beth @ DiningAndDishing
    April 8, 2011 at 6:13 am

    I had a jalepeno cheddar grilled cheese sammie the other day, it was beer battered and served with raspberry preserves! Holy wow was it delicious – but then I had a major stomach ache :). Perhaps this hummus is a better way to get my fix!

  • Kelly
    April 8, 2011 at 6:15 am

    This sounds awesome. I would love to make this today! Done and done! 🙂

  • Lucy @ The Sweet Touch
    April 8, 2011 at 6:19 am

    Wonder what this would taste like on a taco?!

    (ps all i can envision is stewie doing the peanut butta jelly time dance:D

  • Justeeen @ Blissful Baking
    April 8, 2011 at 6:41 am

    This is about to be my new favorite hummus ever! I love anything with some spice 🙂 Of course, I am going a litte extra jalapeno to my batch!!

  • Holly @ The Runny Egg
    April 8, 2011 at 6:43 am

    I love jalapenos – great idea!

  • Cassie @ Tofu Meets Her Match
    April 8, 2011 at 6:48 am

    Good lord, why have I never thought of putting cheese in my hummus?? You are genius.

  • Happy When Not Hungry
    April 8, 2011 at 6:49 am

    I have all these ingredients and will definitely be making this today! Yum!

  • Heather @ Side of Sneakers
    April 8, 2011 at 7:07 am

    Are you a food genius or what?!

  • Lauren
    April 8, 2011 at 7:13 am

    Looks DELICIOUS! I love trying different flavors of hummus, I’ve yet to try one I don’t like!

  • Alexia @ Dimple Snatcher
    April 8, 2011 at 7:14 am


  • kate
    April 8, 2011 at 7:17 am

    Three of my favorite things combined. Have a great weekend, Jenna!

  • lesley
    April 8, 2011 at 7:24 am

    That’s awesome! My post today was on hummus and then I read this! Yes, the next time I make hummus I’m making it with jalapenos and cheddar!

  • Maria
    April 8, 2011 at 7:27 am

    Love this hummus flavor!

  • Emily (Comfortable Home Life)
    April 8, 2011 at 7:33 am

    You and Mama Pea are in cahoots, aren’t you? You two both posted jalapeno hummus recipes today.

    I love that you described it as a “party in your mouth.” I’m pretty much down with anything that gets more hummus in my piehole.

  • betty@runbetty
    April 8, 2011 at 7:35 am

    This looks SO good! Do you think jarred (pickled) jalepenos would work too?

    • jenna
      April 8, 2011 at 7:35 am

      yes, I do!

  • Miranda @ working mom works out
    April 8, 2011 at 7:36 am

    Ok, I can totally get behind this recipe!

  • Kalynskitchen
    April 8, 2011 at 7:41 am

    I think it’s a great idea to add these flavors to hummus!

  • Tracey @ I'm Not Superhuman
    April 8, 2011 at 7:45 am

    Oh man, this looks so good. And no garlic? Score!

  • Lauren@LaDolcePita
    April 8, 2011 at 7:48 am

    must.have.this.NOW!!! Amazing idea – can’t wait to try the recipe.

  • Jess
    April 8, 2011 at 8:00 am

    Spicy hummus is awesome! I recently blended chipotles in adobo sauce into hummus, it had a nice bite to it 🙂

  • Mary (What's Cookin' with Mary)
    April 8, 2011 at 8:28 am

    YUUUUUM. I made a spicy cilantro jalapeno hummus a while back… don’t you love the color the pepper brings to the spread?? I can already see this one on foodgawker 😉

  • Moni'sMeals
    April 8, 2011 at 8:35 am

    what a combo! I am on a huge hummus kick so yes, I will make this for sure.

  • Amber
    April 8, 2011 at 8:38 am

    I NEED a food processor, stat!

  • d.liff @ yelleBELLYboo
    April 8, 2011 at 8:45 am

    AH that sounds so yummy! I want to make it with homemade wheat thins!

  • Maria
    April 8, 2011 at 8:47 am

    Definitely will be making this for the next party I have to go to/host! This looks amazing.

  • Mama Pea
    April 8, 2011 at 9:04 am

    I always knew you and I were on the same wavelength, but this is a little eerie 🙂

    • jenna
      April 8, 2011 at 9:27 am

      hah!! love it! And miss you, lady!

  • Amber@EatWellPlayWell
    April 8, 2011 at 9:05 am

    This looks amazing and the boys will like it to~. I have made a cilantro lime hummus but this looks superb. Thanks Jenna.

  • Kiran @
    April 8, 2011 at 9:17 am

    Holy yum! All of my favorite ingredients in one recipe!

  • Katherine: Unemployed
    April 8, 2011 at 9:21 am

    the cumin is a great add; I bet this is great fresh!

  • Natalia - a side of simple
    April 8, 2011 at 9:37 am

    My favorite part about this post (besides the cheddar, obviously) is that you talk to yourself outloud while driving. I do the same thing and only hope that people think instead I’m singing. That’s awkward enough without them knowing I’m just talking to myself…

  • MMiller
    April 8, 2011 at 10:04 am

    Wow, this does sound awesome! Must make it this weekend!

  • Lesley Lifting Life
    April 8, 2011 at 10:09 am

    I’m sort of a spice weeny, but this sounds so good! I’m trying to expand my jalapeno horizons and embrace the heat, ha.

  • thehealthyapron
    April 8, 2011 at 10:20 am

    Wow, anything hummus is my cup of tea! Love this recipe! I thin kmy husband would love it too!

  • Alina @ Duty Free Foodie
    April 8, 2011 at 10:45 am

    Oh my gosh, this is RIGHT up my alley. I love savoury meals jalapenos and cheese. Also, I like your new header (haven’t clicked through from Reader for a while…)

  • Sonia (the Mexigarian)
    April 8, 2011 at 10:57 am

    You had me at cheddar. The fact that it’s in hummus, well yummy yum yum. I’ll deal with the fire of the jalapeno. Thanks Jenna! Oh… I can make this for my sister. She LOVES jalapenos!

  • khushboo
    April 8, 2011 at 11:02 am

    U knw what would take this houmous to the next level…tortilla chips..ohhh yeaa!

  • Justeeen @ Blissful Baking
    April 8, 2011 at 11:45 am

    I saw this recipe this morning and whipped up a batch for lunch. It was delicious!! I halved the recipe and used what I had on hand: 1 can of chickpeas, 3 serrano chiles (I like it super spicy!), and monterey jack cheese. I also added some garlic and squeeze of lime juice. I used carrot sticks for dipping and it was fabulous! Thanks so much for this awesome recipe!!

  • Adrianna from A Cozy Kitchen
    April 8, 2011 at 11:49 am

    Good heavens, this is a good idea. I love the extra spiciness, AND cheddar?! I mean…amazing.

  • Caroline @ chocolate and carrots
    April 8, 2011 at 12:04 pm

    Done. This is going to be present at my next Mexican meal. 😀

  • Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga)
    April 8, 2011 at 12:24 pm

    Between this and Mama Pea’s hummus, everyone has jalepeno hummus on the brain! Looks delish and I need this in my life…yum!

    Have a great weekend, Jenna 🙂

  • Sarah (Running To Slow Things Down)
    April 8, 2011 at 2:02 pm

    I’ve never been much of a jalapeño girl, but this may have just changed my mind. 😀 Yummy! 😀

  • Amanda
    April 8, 2011 at 2:07 pm

    Love your blog! Just made this to surprise my husband and it is delicious!

  • Jil @ Big City, Lil Kitchen
    April 8, 2011 at 2:48 pm

    Oh man. amazing.

  • a farmer in the dell
    April 8, 2011 at 2:50 pm

    Love this recipe! Thanks for the idea!

  • Katie
    April 8, 2011 at 3:10 pm

    Mind= blown

  • Christine (The Raw Project)
    April 8, 2011 at 3:38 pm

    Wow, I need to try this with Daiya shred – thanks!

  • Donca
    April 8, 2011 at 3:45 pm

    That looks yummy! I will try with Daiya shredded cheddar blend

  • cassie m
    April 8, 2011 at 4:54 pm

    you should call this yummus

  • Janelle
    April 8, 2011 at 5:41 pm

    Think it would work with white beans?? Looks tasty!

    • Janelle
      April 9, 2011 at 9:18 am

      Just made it with white beans – it is AMAZING!

  • Tasha @ Voracious
    April 9, 2011 at 12:13 am

    Haha, this is delightful! I live in the land of hummus (Saudi Arabia), so we eat it constantly…but never with jalapenos or cheddar cheese, which just happen to be 2 of my favorite ingredients. This looks like a lot of fun and I can’t wait to give it a try. Thank you!

  • Kat @ Big Apple Little Kitchen
    April 9, 2011 at 4:54 am

    Yum yum yum. I think I’ve been waiting for this my whole life!

  • kaila@healthy helper!
    April 9, 2011 at 6:15 am

    YUM YUM YUM! that is all.

  • marla
    April 9, 2011 at 6:55 am

    Love this idea for hummus- genius really 🙂

  • Molly
    April 9, 2011 at 7:01 am

    This variation sounds great! I just made roasted bell pepper hummus this week. Plain ole hummus just doesn’t cut it anymore

  • Lindsey @ Gingerbread Bagels
    April 9, 2011 at 7:42 am

    Oh my do I need this hummus in my life right now. Love the flavors, such a great idea! 🙂

  • Michelle | Gold-hearted Girl
    April 9, 2011 at 8:49 am

    I’ve starred this and can’t wait to make it. I have all the ingredients, too, hurrah!

  • Camille
    April 9, 2011 at 9:34 am

    Yes yes yes! Savory + spicy is a total win!

  • kristina@beancakes
    April 9, 2011 at 11:22 am

    jenna ~ i’ve decided to “tag” you for a {25 things about me} list. i’ve been reading your blog for quite some time and thought that i’d give it a go! check out mine!

  • Caitlin @ Quest for Fitness
    April 9, 2011 at 3:53 pm

    I just bought Jalapeno Cheddar salad dressing today AND some hummus. Wish I’d seen this post before, I could’ve saved myself a trip! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  • Lu @ Done Dieting
    April 9, 2011 at 4:23 pm

    Oh my goodness! This sounds so amazingly good! I want to make it right this minute. Incredibly good. I can imagine it with cucumber slices and red bell pepper pieces.

  • Lisa @ Fit in the Midwest
    April 9, 2011 at 4:39 pm

    Oh my gosh, that sounds so delicious!

  • The Teenage Taste
    April 9, 2011 at 7:28 pm

    Jalapenos, cheese, and beans?! You must have had me in mind when you were making this. 😉

  • amy walters, aDESIGNdock
    April 9, 2011 at 9:36 pm

    sounds delish. I love hummus. How spicy is the recipe? I can handle some spice, but not a lot 😉

  • rosy
    April 9, 2011 at 9:57 pm

    i made this today with tahini instead of olive oil and it is SO GOOD! thanks for the idea!

  • Katrina
    April 9, 2011 at 11:00 pm

    Yum! This sounds delightful. I love adding kick to hummus.

  • Tara
    April 10, 2011 at 12:03 pm

    Hah! I’ve had “it’s peanut-butter-jelly-time” stuck in my head for DAYS. probably isn’t helping that i’ve been downing a fluffernutter sandwich a day for the past week…

  • Julie
    April 10, 2011 at 7:13 pm

    I just made a batch–oh yum! It’s good! I might an extra jalapeno next time to make it spicier.

  • Doreen
    April 11, 2011 at 3:22 am

    Can’t wait to try it. I have tahini in the frig so I might use that over the EVOO. I love anything spicy and anything with cheese so this is a great mix! Thanks for sharing.

  • db
    April 11, 2011 at 6:06 am

    cheese is my life. it really works in hummus? YES!

  • Kathy
    April 11, 2011 at 7:38 am

    I made this hummus for a cookout over the weekend and it was a huge hit! Thanks for the great recipe 🙂

  • Carissa
    April 12, 2011 at 10:51 am

    I made this yesterday and it’s my new favorite hummus! I’m pretty sure jalapenos are the cheapest thing you can buy at the grocery store. Only 10 cents!!

  • Mary Ostyn
    April 13, 2011 at 12:50 pm

    We had this on toast for lunch! Wonderful!!! Pretty sure I’ll need to run an extra mile today to make up for it!

    Mary, mom to many, runner since September

  • BeePie
    April 13, 2011 at 1:24 pm

    Well, I just couldn’t wait to make this but I have to say I was a tad disappointed. Don’t get me wrong, it was delicious and I definitely ate more than my fair share, but not quite as spicy as I was hoping. I think my jalapeno was a dud. Next time I’m gonna add another one, or two.

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      nope—only once. I just fixed it!

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