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Easy Butter Bean Hummus

Are you looking for a tasty alternative to traditional hummus? Creamy butter bean hummus with tahini is an excellent choice for entertaining. Serve it with fresh vegetables or pita chips as an appetizer or a part of a Mediterranean meze platter.

Butter bean hummus in a serving dish.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • The easy-to-make white bean hummus uses fresh and simple ingredients.
  • Prepare the creamy dip in just 10 minutes for a delicious snack.
  • It’s a great appetizer for game day, holidays, and get-togethers. Plus, it’s vegan and dairy-free!

What are Butter Beans?

Butter beans, or mature lima beans, are large, flat beans you can find dried or canned in the grocery store or local supermarket. Cooking them is easy; you can boil, steam, or bake them, but I love using canned beans to make hummus!

Ingredients You’ll Need

  • Butter Beans: Butter beans have a smooth texture that is perfect for hummus. You can soak dried butter beans overnight to use in the recipe or canned butter beans as I do. 
  • TahiniTahini is a sesame paste made from sesame seeds, and the nutty flavor complements the mild earthiness of the creamy beans.
  • Lemon Juice: Balance the warmth of the other ingredients with fresh lemon juice from a large lemon.
  • Garlic: I recommend using six whole garlic cloves, but measure with your heart.
  • Spices: All you need to finish the butter bean hummus recipe is ground cumin and salt.
  • Olive Oil: Since it’s central to the dish, add high-quality, extra virgin olive oil to the dip and drizzle more over the top to serve.

Additions and Substitutions

  • Include paprika, red pepper flakes, ras el hanout, or garam masala to season the dip instead of ground cumin and salt.
  • Replace tahini paste with sunflower seed butter or peanut butter.
  • Use different beans like chickpeas and black-eyed peas, or try including other white beans, such as navy beans, Northern beans, or Cannellini beans.
  • For a fun twist, puree roasted red peppers, beetroots, jalapeños, or sundried tomatoes into the butter bean hummus.

How to Make Butter Bean Hummus

The full recipe with measurements is in the recipe card below.

Step 1: Combine butter beans, tahini, lemon juice, garlic, ground cumin, and salt in a food processor or high-speed blender, and pulse until smooth.

Hummus ingredients in a food processor.

Step 2: Add the ice to the food processor bowl and process for 1-3 minutes.

While the mixture is blending, slowly pour the olive oil into the food processor in a single stream.

Add and hummus in a food processor.

Step 3: Transfer the hummus to a serving dish and use a spoon to make a well. Finish with a drizzle of olive oil, and enjoy!

Butter bean hummus in a serving dish.
Butter bean hummus on a vegetable platter.

Expert Tips

  • Process the ice cubes in the food processor with the other ingredients for 1-3 minutes for the creamiest hummus.
  • Slowly add olive oil to the hummus at the end for the best results.  

If you enjoy the side dish, try one of these dip recipes!

Butter bean hummus in a serving dish.

Toppings For Butter Bean Hummus

  • Herbs: Top the hummus with fresh herbs like parsley, cilantro, basil, or mint leaves for a pop of color and even more flavor.
  • Nuts and Seeds: Consider toasting pine nuts, sunflower seeds, or pumpkin seeds as a garnish for the dip.
  • Vegetables: Serve hummus with a scoop of cooked eggplant, kalamata olives, olive tapenade, artichoke hearts, or roasted garbanzo beans.
  • Spices: Add a sprinkle of paprika, sumac, za’atar, or Everything but the Bagel seasoning over the top.
  • Sauces: Finish butter bean hummus with pistachio pestoskhug, chimichurri, or shatta sauce.

Serving Suggestions

What to do with the Leftovers

  • Storage: Store the leftover hummus in an airtight container for 3-5 days.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do butter beans taste like chickpeas?

Butter beans and chickpeas are mild and nutty. The difference between the two has more to do with texture than taste, with butter beans having a smoother consistency.

What does tahini do to hummus?

Tahini is a paste made from ground sesame seeds with a savory, nutty flavor. It adds richness and depth and helps give the hummus a creamy texture.

Why are they called butter beans?

Lima beans are often called butter beans, particularly in the Southern United States, because they are smooth like butter! The buttery texture of the beans produces the creamiest hummus ever!

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Butter bean hummus in a serving dish.

Butter Bean Hummus

Tressa Jamil
Butter bean hummus is a delicious alternative to traditional hummus. Enjoy the tasty dip with fresh vegetables or warm pita for parties or snacking.
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Resting Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Course Appetizer, Snack
Cuisine American, Middle Eastern
Servings 6 Servings
Calories 231 kcal
Equipment
Ingredients
  
  • cups canned butter beans drained and rinsed
  • ¼ cup tahini paste
  • lemon juice, 1 lemon
  • 4-6 garlic cloves, roughly chopped
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1-3 ice cubes
  • cup olive oil, plus more for garnish
Instructions
 
  • Combine butter beans, tahini, lemon juice, garlic, ground cumin, and salt in a food processor or high-speed blender, and pulse until smooth.
  • Add the ice to the food processor bowl and process for 1-2 minutes. While the mixture is blending, slowly pour the olive oil into the food processor in a single stream.
  • Transfer the hummus to a serving dish and use a spoon to make a well. Finish with a drizzle of olive oil, and enjoy!
Notes
Expert Tips:
  • Process the ice cubes in the food processor with the other ingredients for 1-3 minutes for the creamiest hummus.
  • Slowly add olive oil to the hummus at the end for the best results.  
Nutrition Disclosure:
  • The nutritional information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for professional advice.
Nutrition
Serving: 1 Serving | Calories: 231 kcal | Carbohydrates: 16 g | Protein: 5 g | Fat: 18 g | Saturated Fat: 2 g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4 g | Monounsaturated Fat: 11 g | Sodium: 533 mg | Potassium: 330 mg | Fiber: 4 g | Sugar: 2 g | Vitamin C: 31 mg | Calcium: 7 mg | Iron: 13 mg
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5 from 3 votes (3 ratings without comment)
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