The Marriage of Garlicky Basil Pesto + Walnut Pinto Bean Hummus

The Marriage of Garlicky Basil Pesto + Walnut Pinto Bean Hummus

Difficulty: 1/5 (5 being hardest)
Spice Level: 1/3 (3 being spiciest)

Prep & Cook Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 6

The Challenge: Make Pinto Bean Hummus Taste Good

Have you ever tried to make pinto bean hummus? Probably not. It isn't super popular. One reason is pinto beans have such a "pinto-ey" taste. What I love about hummus is that you can really make any legume/grain/seed/even veggie into some type of hummus.

I had these pinto beans in my cabinet for months that I bought accidentally. Not that I have anything against them - I just rarely find myself desiring them. So, I was thinking what to do with them - AAH hummus. And, I had wanted to try a way to blend hummus and pesto together. Boy, did I find an amazing mixture.

Taking pintos and blending them with toasted walnuts. Then, we mix pesto up with basil, garlic, lemon juice...the usual. Mix the two together and you have this amazing hearty but salty but pesto-y and tangy mixture. I just couldn't believe how frikin good it was.

It's a marriage of amazing flavors, and that's a really good marriage that you see in those movies that you can't believe. Yeah that good.

And now you want to make it?

Cool - let's get into it.


Garlicky Basil Pesto

  • 2 cups of basil
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 1 tbl olive oil
  • 1/2 lemon, juiced
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp Old Bay or celery salt
  • 1 tbl sunflower seeds

Walnut Pinto Bean Hummus

  • 15 oz of pinto beans
  • 1/4 cup walnuts
  • 1 tbl nutritional yeast
  • 1 tbl tahini
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1/2 lemon, juiced
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp coriander

Equipment You'll Need:

Cutting Board . Sharp Cutting Knife . Measuring Cups . Measuring Spoons . Food Processor . Spatula . Serving Bowl


Before You Cook:

  • Wash and cut all fresh ingredients
 1. Place walnuts in a small pan over medium heat and toast on each side for a few minutes.

1. Place walnuts in a small pan over medium heat and toast on each side for a few minutes.

 2. Place all ingredients for pesto into food processor and process for 10 seconds. Use spatula to scrape down side and repeat.

2. Place all ingredients for pesto into food processor and process for 10 seconds. Use spatula to scrape down side and repeat.

 3. Clean out your processor and now add all the hummus ingredients.

3. Clean out your processor and now add all the hummus ingredients.

 4. Mix together the two creations with a fork or spoon in a medium bowl and serve.

4. Mix together the two creations with a fork or spoon in a medium bowl and serve.

 5. Enjoy!

5. Enjoy!

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