Jalapeno-Cilantro Hummus (Panera Copycat Recipe) | Renee's Kitchen Adventures

Monday, February 3, 2014

Jalapeno-Cilantro Hummus (Panera Copycat Recipe)

For the past few weeks, my son and I have been somewhat addicted to the Power Chicken Hummus Bowls at Panera.  The hummus they serve in it is jalapeno cilantro flavored and it's so good.

Jalapeno Cilantro Hummus in a bowl with pita chips ready to eat

Since making hummus is one the simplest things you can make with your food processor, I figured why not try and recreate those flavors at home?  I used my standard homemade hummus recipe with a few tweaks...and am really happy with the delicious outcome!

Hummus is a great healthy and lower calorie alternative for snacking.  Serve it up with some raw veggies and pita chips, or use it in a wrap or as a sandwich spread or even as a salad dressing! (Like in Panera's Power bowls!) 

I found one jalapeno in this recipe was plenty of heat for us.  Since jalapenos vary in the degree of heat they have, you might need more or less depending on your jalapeno.  Just adjust the amount to your liking.  

My son said my version is just as good as Panera's version!  Score!! 

Jalapeno-Cilantro Hummus

Servings - approx. 16 (recipe yields about 1 quart of hummus)   Serving size - 1/4 cup   Points Plus per serving - 3 Points+
Calories - 103.9,   Total Fat - 6g,   Carb. - 11.7g,   Protein - 4.5g,   Fiber - 4.2g


2 - 15oz. cans of  chickpeas (garbanzo beans), rinsed and drained
2/3 cup tahini
2 cloves garlic, roughly chopped
juice of half a lemon
1 tsp. kosher salt
1/2 cup cilantro leaves and stems
1 large jalapeno, ribs and seeds removed (or leave them in for more heat), roughly chopped

  1. Combine all ingredients except water in food processor.  Process until a smooth thick paste.  Add in enough water, while it's running through the top, until it is smooth with a spreading consistency.  ( I think I may have used about 1/3 cup...but put in as much or as little as you desire for the consistency you like)   Garnish with some extra virgin olive oil. (not included in the nutrition info above)   Serve with pita, pita chips, crackers or assorted raw vegetable dippers.  It may taste a bit garlicky at first, but as the hummus sits the garlic flavor mellows.  
  2. Store any leftovers covered in refrigerator.   
Loosely adapted from HERE

This was really good. I can see this making a regular appearance in my house.  I might even try my hand at recreating the actual Panera Chicken Hummus Bowl at home now! 

Coming up later this week...I've got a real treat for you!  Myself and three other awesome bloggers have been working on a Valentine's Day Menu.  Each of us is responsible for a different coarse in the menu...and you will be able to visit all the blogs via links to the various recipes.  It will be fun!!   You will have to come back on Friday to see what coarse I am responsible for.  I've already got my recipe done...and it's a good one too!!!  

Looking for more tasty hummus recipes?  Try these: 
Black Bean Hummus from Renee's Kitchen Adventures


  1. mmmmm! A local store makes a jalapeno cilantro hummus that Josh and I love love love. I hadn't ever tried making it at home- I need to! Can't wait for the Valentine's day menu

  2. Already added the ingredients to my shopping list!! I love garlicky!

  3. That looks so good! You had me at cilantro and jalapeno! Your food (I almost just spelled phood!) photography is getting great!!

    1. awe...thanks on the photo compliments. Yes, I got a REAL camera for Christmas and I'm finally starting to get the hang of it...although so much more to learn!!! You'd like this hummus, Biz...and no onions! lol

  4. This sounds delicious! I love cilantro anything. Your picture is beautiful!

  5. I'm obsessed with hummus lately and have eaten three big containers in the last couple weeks. I really need to get with it and make my own, esp since I have a big thing of tahini already! This version sounds SO GOOD.

  6. Love this awesome recipe, Renee! Lovely & gluten free & it'd make a great dip for a Mexican night even though it's not strictly Mexican! :) Isn't it great when recipes can bend the rules like that? Lovely photos, too!

    1. thanks for stopping by Anyonita! Yes...love when recipes can bend rules too!


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