I was going to call this recipe something more average like “Black Bean Dip” but my husband suggested I call in “Mexican Hummus”, and you know what, I like that name better! Tortilla chips are a staple in our house and I am always looking for something yummy (and healthy) for my kids to dip their chips into! I have bought jarred black bean dip that we have enjoyed, but my enjoyment was hindered by the $4 price for a small jar. As I usually do, I decided I could most definitely make a copycat version of it homemade and I looked at the ingredients list and did some experimenting.
As always, I take a flexible approach to most cooking, so if you are adventurous like me, feel free to swap out and substitute ingredients based on your pantry, taste preferences, and of course your emotional state at the moment!;)
I made several different variations and discovered that you really can use a variety of different mediums to bring spice. Initially I made it with 1/4 tsp of chipotle chili powder. I love the smokiness of chipotle chili and would recommend using some. If you don’t have any on hand you can use some cayenne pepper powder. If you don’t have that, use some crushed red pepper flakes or your favorite hot sauce. If you don’t have any of those, you are no friend of mine! I realized after marrying my husband that he brought a whole lot of spice into my life… in more ways than one! ;