Last year a bunch of friends and I had a girls night out. We decided to go to downtown Washington D.C. The place that was picked for the evening was Cuba Libre. We went on a Saturday night for dinner, and then we stayed for salsa dancing. It was so much fun! I believe that Cuba Libre has several locations in some major cities on the east coast; if you are able to find one, I would recommend going if you ever get the chance.
For our meals, we all had a hard time deciding what to get for dinner because everything looked so amazing. In the end, we decided to get a couple of appetizers to share. One of the appetizers came with black bean hummus. I had never heard of it before…I have got to tell you it was the bomb! All of the food tasted fabulous, but when I got home I knew I had to figure out how to make this hummus! Since that point, we have made this dip many times. Also, I think my husband could eat the entire thing in one sitting; he kind of loves this stuff. As an additional benefit, it also only takes about 5 minutes to make. You can also serve it with various foods, but it is of course good with the standard fresh veggies and chips.
Black Bean Hummus
- ½ cup chopped fresh cilantro
- 2 tablespoons tahini (amazon sells this if you want to add a link)
- 2 tablespoons water
- 1 lime, juiced
- 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
- ¾ teaspoon ground cumin
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 1 (15-ounce) black beans, rinsed and drained
- 1 garlic clove, peeled
- 1 jalapeño pepper, seeded
- Place all ingredients in a food processor and process until everything is combined and it is a smooth consistency.
(Originally Posted: March 10, 2014)