Goth Hummus Recipe

It's basically just great hummus made with black chickpeas and black tahini. Perfect for a Halloween party!

Goth Hummus

Let me start by saying, this was initially called Black Tahini Hummus, but once we started in on the goth hummus thing, it stuck. I wanted to post this early enough that you'll have time to track down the ingredients In case you want to bring it to a Halloween party, which I highly recommend.

Goth Hummus / Black Tahini Hummus Recipe
The two ingredients that can be a bit tricky to source are black tahini, and black garbanzo beans (or black chickpeas). I'll post photos of each down below for reference. I made this for the first time last November (well after Halloween), and made a note to self to write up the recipe this year. Really, it's just good hummus made with black ingredients. And if you have a pantry better than mine right now, yes, absolutely substitute fermented black garlic for standard garlic.

Goth Hummus / Black Tahini Hummus Recipe

Goth Hummus / Black Tahini Hummus Recipe

Goth Hummus / Black Tahini Hummus Recipe

The original shot I posted to Instagram. I added some extra black garbanzos on top (which I forgot this time)....but it adds a nice bit of texture.

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Goth Hummus

4.50 from 8 votes

Poke around on the internet and at natural food stores for the black garbanzos (look in bulk, and with other dried beans). And then stock up, this hummus goes over well outside of Halloween!

  • 4 cups cooked black garbanzos, plus more for serving
  • 4-6 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 4 medium garlic cloves (black, optional)
  • 1 ½ teaspoons fine grain sea salt
  • 1 cup black tahini, plus 1 tablespoon
  • 1 cup ice cold water
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • to serve: edible flowers (sage, chive, thyme, etc.), and sesame seeds
  1. In a blender or food processor, puree the chickpeas into a thick paste. 

  2. Add the lemon juice, garlic, and salt. With the processor running, add the tahini. Slowly drizzle in the ice cold water. Keep processing for at least 4-5 minutes. Taste and adjust.

Prep Time
10 mins
Total Time
10 mins
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4.50 from 8 votes (7 ratings without comment)
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I actually made this a few weeks ago because I just happened to have black tahini and black chickpeas on hand. Tasted fine, but it was such an unappetizing color–like steel grey putty, or something from cleaning an engine–not a good black, that it never got finished. Maybe for halloween but otherwise no.1 star

Zara Houshmand

    Lol. You could probably dial up the black tahini to deepen the black more if your hummus ends up on the light side.

    Heidi Swanson

Looks good. I wonder if a spoonful of edible charcoal powder would do in a pinch.


Serve with orange sweet potato chips! Perfect for Halloween!!


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