3 layer hummus

3 layer hummus | The Clever Carrot

My cousin Claire turned me onto this.

She buys an amazing 3 layer hummus from Trader Joe’s and I’ve been eating it non-stop. The trio includes traditional, roasted red pepper, and jalapeño-cilantro.

Unfortunately, it only comes in a small tub and I needed a vat of this stuff to bring to a party. I couldn’t bring myself to spend $15 on puréed beans, so I just made it.

3 layer hummus | The Clever Carrot

Simply take a batch of traditional hummus and divide it into thirds. Purée 1/3 with the peppers, 1/3 with the jalapeño & cilantro, and leave the rest plain. Dollop each layer into a pretty bowl (preferably clear) and you’re all set. It’s a little messy, but it tastes really good!

Alternatively, you could always use 3 of your favorite store-bought varieties. It’s more expensive this way, but sometimes you can’t put a price tag on convenience! Serve chilled or at room temperature with blue corn chips.

*This 3 layer hummus is similar but not identical to Trader Joe’s. It has less garlic and the texture is more rustic. Feel free to make it your own!

3 layer hummus
Serves: 10-12
For the hummus
  • 2x 15 oz. cans of chickpeas, rinsed & drained
  • 2 tbsp. tahini
  • 2-3 lemons
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1½ tsp. salt
  • ¼ c. water
  • ⅓ c. olive oil
  • 1 small roasted red pepper (about ¼ c. chopped)
  • 1 small jalapeno, ribs & seeds removed
  • 1 c. cilantro leaves
  • cilantro sprigs
  • chickpeas
  1. In a blender, add the tahini, lemon juice, garlic, salt, and water. Process until smooth.
  2. Set aside 2 tbsp. of chickpeas (for garnish) and add the rest to the blender. Slowly stream in the olive oil to emulsify. If it seems too thick, add additional water or oil to loosen it up.
  3. Taste the hummus and add extra lemon juice and salt if necessary.
  4. Using a rubber spatula, divide the hummus equally into 3 bowls.
  5. To make the 1st layer, puree one bowl of hummus with the roasted red peppers. Transfer to a clean bowl and set aside. Rinse and dry the blender.
  6. For the 2nd layer, puree another bowl of hummus with ½ of the jalapeno and cilantro leaves. Give it a taste. Add the rest of the jalapeno if you like it spicy.
  7. Dollop the jalapeno-cilantro layer into the bottom of a serving bowl. Spread it out using the back of the spoon. To prevent the layers from mixing together, dollop along the edges and work your way in towards the center of the bowl.
  8. Repeat with the remaining layers.
  9. Garnish with extra cilantro sprigs and chickpeas.
  10. Serve chilled or at room temperature with blue corn chips.
To make this 1 day in advance, refrigerate all 3 layers in individual containers. Assemble the dip on the day that you are going to serve.