Several weeks ago Tessa came home from the local Hillsboro Farmer’s Market where she had been working, raving about a black bean hummus she had tasted from one of the vendors at the market. It turns out the vendor was someone I already knew – Charles Hartz of Hartz Spice. Charles lives here in Portland and he has developed a wonderful line of spice blends and recipes to go with them. The black bean hummus is one of them.
Our neighborhood Fourth of July BBQ was the perfect time to try it out. It was a hit.
The flavor combination is great -black beans, garlic, roasted red peppers, tahini and features Charles’ Garlic and Herb Spice Blend. Hummus is usually made with garbanzo beans but the black beans are a fun and flavorful change.
Everything is blended in the food processor so it is quick and easy to put together.
I served it with some pita chips I made out of flat bread. You can find my pita chip recipe here. It’s great with regular tortilla chips too. It would also make a great dip for fresh veggies. I think just about anything would taste could dipped in black bean hummus.
Now here comes the best part. If you aren’t lucky enough to live in Portland, Oregon all of Charles’ spice blends can be purchased from his website.
If you do live in the Portland area go visit him at the Hillsboro Farmer’s Market on Saturdays.
Charles is giving away a wonderful set of his spice blends to one of my readers. ($49.00 value)
To enter the giveaway leave a comment below. Also for a second entry go on over and “like” his Facebook page.
Giveaway limited to those with a US mailing address. Giveaway is open until Tuesday, July 10, midnight PST.
Thanks Charles for sponsoring the giveaway!
Raised on the East coast, trained on the West, Charles makes his home in the culinary crossroads of Portland, Oregon. He is a classically-trained executive chef, having worked in many diverse kitchens in Arizona, Nebraska, and Oregon. Each environment has influenced his palate and shaped the evolution of his unique spice blends. Spices and herbs have become the tools he uses to turn the ordinary into the extraordinary. Having tried, evaluated and refined his craft in many fine restaurant kitchens, Charles has become a spicemaster.
- 3 cans black beans, rinsed & drained
- 1 garlic cloves (I used 2)
- 8 oz jar roasted red peppers, drained
- 1 tsp Hartz Garlic & Herb Spice Blend
- 3 lemons, juiced (I used 2)
- 1 tsp kosher salt
- ¼ C plain greek yogurt
- 1 tsp ground corinader
- ½ tsp cumin
- 1½ Tbsp tahini Paste
- Combine everything in a food processor
- Puree until smooth
- Refrigerate until ready to serve
- Serve with pita chips, chips or fresh veggies