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Hummus and Chips

Updated on November 6, 2019
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As an athlete and mother of two young children, Lani is always looking for new ways to present her family with tasty and nutritious meals.

Garden-fresh hummus and homemade tortilla chips
Garden-fresh hummus and homemade tortilla chips | Source

A little Story:

I have been playing with hummus recipes for a few years now, and this has always been one of my favorites. My garden-fresh hummus recipe begins with a "veggie starter" similar to what I use in my sneaky spaghetti sauce recipe. It is a great way to use many of the veggies growing in your garden (or bought from the store), it is light fresh, nutritious, and delicious.

Oven-friendly pot
Oven-friendly pot | Source

What you will need:

Small baking bowl/pan
Frying pan/Deep fryer

Hummus veggie starter ingredients
Hummus veggie starter ingredients | Source
Hummus veggie starter mix
Hummus veggie starter mix | Source

Hummus Veggie Starter


Note: These measurements will yield about two cups of blended veggie starter. The hummus recipe only calls for one cup at a time. Freeze the second cup, use it in another recipe or make a second round of hummus.

1lbs tomatoes of your choice
1 oz Fresh herbs from your garden or the market (I used garlic chives and arugula)
2 Tbsp Minced Garlic
1 Jalapeno
1/3 Cup Chopped Onions
1/2 Tbsp Worcestershire Sauce
1 Tsp Cumin, Tumeric, Sea Salt and Coarse Black Pepper
1/3 Cup Oil (Vegetable, Canola, Olive, Etc.)
1/2 Tbsp Liquid Smoke (Optional. Adding this will give your hummus a "BBQ" flavor much like that of a potato chip, or other BBQ flavored snack)

1 15oz can chickpeas/garbanzo beans
1/4 Cup Tahini
1/2 Tsp Cumin, Salt
2 Tbsp Lemon Juice
1/3 to 1/2 Cup Oil (Vegetable, Canola, Olive, Etc.)
1/2 Cup Water
1 Cup Hummus Veggie Starter

Corn tortillas
Frying Pan or deep fryer

Cooked veggies
Cooked veggies | Source

Let's Do It:

Veggie Starter

  1. Chop tomatoes, fresh herbs, jalapeno, and onions.
  2. Heat your conventional oven or countertop oven to 400 degrees.
  3. Add all veggie starter ingredients to oven friendly container and place inside your oven for 30 minutes.
  4. Remove veggies from your oven and place in your blender. Blend the veggies until the consistency is thick and smooth. Pour the veggie paste into a bowl.

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Tahini and Garbanzo BeansVeggie PasteBlended hummus
Tahini and Garbanzo Beans
Tahini and Garbanzo Beans | Source
Veggie Paste
Veggie Paste | Source
Blended hummus
Blended hummus | Source


  1. In your blender add chickpeas/garbanzo beans, tahini, and oil to your blender and blend until smooth. If the mixture is to dry for your blender, use small portions of water until consistent and smooth.
  2. With blender on, add cumin, salt, and lemon juice. Blend for 1 minute.
  3. Finally, add one cup of your veggie starter blend to your hummus and blend for another minute.
  4. Serve, refrigerate, or can.

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Fresh fried tortilla chipsQuartered tortillasFrying tortilla chips
Fresh fried tortilla chips
Fresh fried tortilla chips | Source
Quartered tortillas
Quartered tortillas | Source
Frying tortilla chips
Frying tortilla chips | Source


  1. Cut tortillas into fourths or eighths.
  2. Heat oil
  3. Test oil by placing a corner of tortilla in oil and check for fast-rolling bubbles.
  4. When the oil is ready place tortillas in oil and shuffle once every minute until tortillas are as crunchy as you would like.
  5. Remove chips from oil and place on draining rack, a metal colander, paper towel or cloth towel to drain excess oil and allow chips to cool.


I love this hummus. I eat it as a snack and a meal. It is hearty, nutritious, and tasty. My favorite accomplice it a freshly fried tortilla chip but it is excellent on store-bought chips and fresh vegetables. It packs well for lunches and potlucks, and it's easy and inexpensive. Don't forget, the veggie starter is not only optional, but it is customizable. Play with it, try mushrooms, carrots, and bell peppers. Take your vegetables from the garden to the grill, then blend it and taste the incredible difference. And by all means, please share your creativity with me in a comment below. Thanks so much for reading.

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Presto 06006 Kitchen Kettle Multi-Cooker/Steamer, Black
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The Skinnytaste Cookbook: Light on Calories, Big on Flavor
The Skinnytaste Cookbook: Light on Calories, Big on Flavor
My all-time favorite cookbook since becoming more conscious about my eating and especially since becoming a mother. This cookbook is not only beautifully done, but it is informative and engaging. It does not present a huge number of new recipes but does an excellent job of showcasing how to modify your favorites to be healthier without losing flavor or the joy of enjoying a meal you have always loved.
Around the World in 450 Recipes
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I have had this cookbook for almost 20 years, and it is so much fun — one of the easiest and cheapest ways to experience other regions and different cultures. Food is one of the most tangible and relevant representations of culture, and this cookbook gives the average household the opportunity to experience the world through its food.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2019 Lani Morris


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