Jalapeno Cheddar Hummus with Homemade Pita Chips

by Erin

Originally I set out making this recipe with Monterey cheese. That is until I realized the brick in my fridge was a bit too moldy. But look there’s some white cheddar, that would be superb! Oh, nope moldy too. So I ended up using cheddar just like in the original recipe. So much for experimenting! Nothing wrong with the original though, very tasty with just the right about of spice.

However, I did try out making homemade pita chips out of some homemade pita bread. And they were really really good! And so easy to make! Definitely make some, even with store-bought pitas. They are perfect for this or any of your favorite dips.



6 whole wheat pitas

Olive oil

Garlic powder


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Split the pitas in half (like slicing open a bun) and brush each side with a little olive oil. Cut each round into 8 triangles and place on baking sheet in a single layer. Sprinkle with garlic powder and bake for 8-10 minutes or until golden.



2 14.5-oz cans chickpeas, drained and rinsed

1 jalapeno pepper, chopped and seeds removed

1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil

2 Tbsp warm water, to start

1 tsp salt

1 tsp ground cumin

1 cup freshly grated sharp cheddar cheese


  1. Combine the chickpeas, jalapeno pepper, olive oil, water, cumin and salt in a food processor. Process until smooth (adding more water if you desire to thin the hummus out a bit).
  2. Add the cheddar cheese and cumin and process again until everything is well combined.
  3. Serve with pita chips or your favorite dipper.

Source:  Pita chips are a Spiffy Cookie original. Hummus is from Eat, Live, Run.

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Miriam @ Overtime Cook August 28, 2011 - 7:15 pm

Looks delicious! My current mission is to learn to make the world’s best homemade chummos, so I am on the lookout for recipes…Can’t wait to try!


Katie @ Dip It In Chocolate August 19, 2011 - 11:36 am

So glad I’m not the only one with moldy cheese in my fridge… I totally want to try to make my own pita chips. This sounds delish!

spiffycookie August 19, 2011 - 11:43 am

It so easy to do! And you’ll love them :-)

Danielle @ Runs With Spatulas August 12, 2011 - 10:03 pm

You know, I just tried Trader Joe’s Cilantro & Jalapeno Hummus because everyone raves about it, but honestly I thought it was just kind of “meh”. But this looks like a real winner.

spiffycookie August 12, 2011 - 11:28 pm

I’ve never even heard of that hummus. Probably because I am deprived of Trader Joe’s in Memphis :-(

Kate@Diethood August 12, 2011 - 8:17 pm

I love spreads, and dips! I have to be careful to limit myself to only eating them at parties…but I might have to make an exception to try this out!

spiffycookie August 12, 2011 - 11:29 pm

I tend to only make dips/spreads for parties as well.

Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts August 12, 2011 - 9:23 am

I am kind of scared of hummus. I tried it once like 15 years ago, and didn’t like it. Plus I don’t like beans – so it scares me. Strange I know, but I am not as adventurous as some people think :) BUT if I was going to try and like hummus – this is it! The kids of this with the flavors, is right up my alley!

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spiffycookie August 12, 2011 - 9:40 am

If you try it let me know how it goes.

Ooo a game? Going to check it now!

Liz August 12, 2011 - 8:03 am

Oooh, I love hummus…and the addition of cheese taste fabulous!

natalie (the sweets life) August 11, 2011 - 12:25 pm

too much moldy cheese happening in your fridge, huh? funny :) the original version still sounds great though!

spiffycookie August 11, 2011 - 12:52 pm

I don’t know how cheese went moldy under my watch!


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