Black Eyed Pea and Red Pepper Hummus

June 10, 2011


Last weekend, my fiancé and I went to his 10 year college reunion. Yes, we are that old. It was a great time. Lots of friends and food and drinks. Lots of drinks. And cafeteria food which was…interesting.


  To sort of balance things out, I felt I needed to lighten up our meals this week.


I love cool, creamy dips in the summer when it’s too hot outside to cook. And it has been unbearably hot lately.

And (big news!) my dress came in. THE dress. Soon there will be fittings and measurements and tugging and cinching. And I want to feel good about myself when this happens. Which is why eating lighter is essential for me right now.



1 can black eyed peas

1/2 cup chopped red (or yellow) onion

1/2 red pepper, chopped

2 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

1 clove garlic, minced

Juice of 1 lemon

1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper

1/2 teaspoon turmeric

1/2 teaspoon coriander

pinch of salt (if needed)

Directions: Drain and rinse the black eyes peas and prep the other veggies.


Toss everything into the food processor and blend for a minute or two, until the consistency is smooth and creamy.  Chill if desired.


Finely chop a few extra red peppers for garnish.


Serve with pita or blue corn chips. I am obsessed with tortilla chips lately. All I need is something, anything for dipping and I’m set.


This dip is a touch spicy so you could serve with fresh veggies to take some of the heat off.


But that doesn’t seem quite as fun, does it?


Happy weekend!

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Aarti May 27, 2012 at 7:10 pm

Hummus is *usually* my mid-afternoon snack, but I agree you’ve got to portion it out. Well, *I* have to. There’s nohintg in hummus that’s inherently bad, but too much of it as anything can harm progress. I usually have mine with turkey breast slices, celery, green peppers, or cucumber slices! Crazy delicious.-j

Valerie @ City|Life|Eats June 27, 2011 at 10:43 am

Thank you for stopping by my blog – alway s so nice to meet other bloggers, especially fellow attorneys.

I have also been on a black-eyed pea kick lately – I am adding this recipe to my list of recipes to try, as it looks scrumptious :)

Jen @ Keepitsimplefoods June 27, 2011 at 11:25 am

Hey Valerie! Hope you like the recipe. So glad I found your blog. Turns out we have lots in common- we’re both based in DC! June 23, 2011 at 8:41 am

Hey Jen!! Got to your blog through How Sweet it Is… NICE! Really like it, and the pictures are amazing.
This hummus looks and sounds divine! Will be giving it a try next rounds of hummus. Those black tortilla chips look interesting, never had them! cool…

Jen @ Keepitsimplefoods June 23, 2011 at 11:04 am

Thank you, Stephanie! Welcome to my blog! I hope you enjoy the recipe. The tortilla chips are made from blue corn. You should be able to find them at most grocery stores- super tasty! :)

Shana June 12, 2011 at 6:25 pm

This inspired me to make hummus this weekend! I love mixing it up and using different types of beans-white beans are another favorite. Your pictures are absolutely gorgeous, by the way. What kind of camera do you use?

Jen @ Keepitsimplefoods June 12, 2011 at 6:31 pm

Thank you, Shana! Love your idea of using all types of different beans. Yum! I use a Nikon D90.

Baking Serendipity June 11, 2011 at 5:07 pm

I have been loving red pepper hummus lately, and have a feeling the black eyed peas are the perfect way to switch things up slightly :) This looks fantastic!

Jen @ Keepitsimplefoods June 11, 2011 at 6:06 pm

Thank you, Sarah!

Lauren at Keep It Sweet June 10, 2011 at 6:31 pm

Ah, yay for your dress getting in! I’m sure it will fit and you will look beautiful! I love your use of black eyed peas!

Jen @ Keepitsimplefoods June 10, 2011 at 8:37 pm

Thank you, Lauren! Fingers crossed! ;)

Greg June 10, 2011 at 5:12 pm

Good to see someone else using black-eyed peas! Love the recipe and the photos.

Jen @ Keepitsimplefoods June 10, 2011 at 5:15 pm

Thank you, Greg!

Lisa {} June 10, 2011 at 3:47 pm

I love hummus, great photo’s as always! Happy weekend to you too!

Jen @ Keepitsimplefoods June 10, 2011 at 3:49 pm

Thanks, Lisa!

Cassie June 10, 2011 at 1:38 pm

I have some dried black eyed peas that have been in my kitchen since New Years – this looks like a great way to use them up!

Jen @ Keepitsimplefoods June 10, 2011 at 2:27 pm


Erin @ Naturally Addicted June 10, 2011 at 12:22 pm

That looks delicious!! I am obsessed with hummus and red pepper is my favorite. I am definitely going to have to try out this recipe soon!

Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table June 10, 2011 at 10:18 am

I’m loving all the creative hummus recipes popping up lately! This looks delish and I love that you used turmeric. I’m going to have to finish my butternut hummus fast so I can try this ASAP!

Jen @ Keepitsimplefoods June 10, 2011 at 10:40 am

Thanks, Laura! I love your idea of using butternut squash!

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