Our love for hummus runs deep. Traditional, spicy, maybe some pine nuts, we loved them all. Yet our hummus game was weak. We didn’t know, we swear, we just didn’t know. But now we have been bathed in the light and our hummus game has emerged stronger! Better! Possibly unstoppable! And so we pass this knowledge on to you, so you do not suffer ages upon ages of generic—dare we say it, basic!—hummus. We bestow this gift upon you, in hopes that you will wield its great power with great responsibility. Go forth, and dip.
This hummus takes the usual snack of baby carrots and hummus and mega-mind-melds it into a grown-up, spicy blend poised to take over your snack real estate. Harissa gives it some serious depth of flavor while the carrots pack a little sweetness and loads of vitamins into the mix.
Forged in the crucible of the Aegean Sea, the miraculous duo—olives and chickpeas—come together under the shimmering Santorini sun. Or at least that’s what it tastes like. From the lands of the ancient gods and goddesses, this hummus is lighter than a tapenade while still perfectly briny.
3. AVOCADO HUMMUS
You see, here we have a once-in-millennia event where two great powers come together for a single battle. Separately, they are impressive warriors. The mighty avocado is no Robin here: The avocado stands on equal ground. But together, they are untouchable. Try this one.
Photo/Recipe: Avocado Hummus / Cooking Classy
From the burning ashes rises the smoked jalapeño, reborn as the chipotle. Its smoky heat is key to this hummus metamorphosis.
White beans bring the Thor’s Hammer of iron (37 percent daily value per cup) to the fight, without any fat. Plus, this recipe nails the hummus craving without tasting like a lighter version.
6. BUFFALO HUMMUS
Possibly the great villain here. Dastardly, smooth, and so, so bad. Can’t-help-rooting-for-him bad. Total-destruction-of-your-appetite bad. Can’t-stop-won’t-stop bad. This is so delicious with celery.
Photo/Recipe: Buffalo Hummus / Butter Me Up, Brooklyn!
It’s white bean hummus with a trusty sidekick of vitamins and witty repartee! Edamame comes through at the end like any good partner to add bright flavor to this dynamic duo.
Basil AND spinach all in one dip? Can this hummus get any greener? Get a good dose of vitamin K in this healthy hummus, and enjoy it with carrots, pita chips, radishes, you name it!
9. REGULAR/CLASSIC/PLAIN-OLD-ALWAYS-THERE HUMMUS
The backup-plan hummus. Always solid, but never the first choice until things go awry.
Now you know. Choose your hero.
All photos from CHOW, unless otherwise noted.
Vanessa W. Simmons is a former cook living in San Francisco, helping to run a food business. She's probably hungry, but if not she could eat.