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Up your hummus game with this nacho-inspired dish garnished with spices and loaded with beefy goodness.

Hummus With Meat All Over It


  • 2 tablespoons flavorless oil

  • 1 large onion, finely chopped

  • Kosher salt

  • 1 pound ground beef (85 percent lean)

  • 1 teaspoon Aleppo pepper

  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

  • 2 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin

  • 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice

  • Black pepper

  • Hummus (homemade or store bought)

  • Tahini sauce (1/4 cup tahini, 3 tablespoons cold water, 1 tablespoon lemon juice, salt & pepper to taste, mixed)

  • 1/4 cup toasted pine nuts

  • 1/4 cup pomegranate seeds

  • Chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley, for garnish

  • Pita chips, for serving

  • Zhoug:

  • 5 jalapeños, seeded and coarsely chopped

  • 4 cloves garlic

  • 1 bunch flat-leaf parsley, coarsely chopped (about 1 cup)

  • 1 bunch fresh cilantro, coarsely chopped (about 1 cup)

  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin

  • 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander

  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper

  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

  • Black pepper

  • 1/4 cup olive oil


  1. In a large skillet, heat the oil over medium-high heat. Add the onion and a pinch of salt and cook, stirring, until soft and translucent, 5-7 minutes.

  2. Add the beef and sprinkle it with the Aleppo pepper, cinnamon, cumin, allspice, 3/4 teaspoon salt, and a few turns of black pepper. Cook, breaking up the beef with a spoon or spatula, until it is fully cooked and no longer pink. Taste and adjust seasonings as desired.

  3. To make the zhoug: Combine all ingredients in a food processor and blend until it's the consistency of pesto, adding more olive oil if needed. Store in the fridge for up to 3 days or freeze in ice cube trays, and thaw as needed.

  4. Spread the hummus in a serving bowl and top it with the beef. Drizzle on the tahini sauce and sprinkle with pine nuts, pomegranate seeds and zhoug. Sprinkle with parsley. Serve with pita chips.

Hummus With Meat All Over It




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- I am taking your hummus game to the next level with a nacho-inspired dish that is fit for a crowd. It's got some spiced beef and some colorful toppings that'll make this a party in your mouth. Let's get started. So to start I'm just gonna heat up some oil in my pan. Then I have some chopped onions here that I'm just gonna pour right in. Give them some salt, stir them around. All right, so once my onions are soft and translucent, we will add our ground beef. And this also works with lamb too. So we'll get our beef in there, along with all of our seasonings. We have cumin, cinnamon, allspice, and some Aleppo pepper, which is a mild pepper that has kind of fruity tones to it. It's delicious. It's a lot of seasoning, but it's going to make this dish so flavorful. Also add some salt here and a few turns of black pepper. And we'll brown this up, mixing it around to get the seasonings evenly distributed, then breaking up the meat. And our next step is to assemble all of our other ingredients. So, we have our serving bowl here, and on the bottom we are going to spread some hummus. And I'll spread this around to make a well that will catch all of my meat. And then we'll just pile it on in there. And then we'll top it with some tahini sauce, which has a little bit of lemon in it that's gonna give it some really nice acidity. And then we have some toasted pine nuts and some pomegranate seeds which I really love for adding a little burst of color and sweetness. And you can top it all with some fresh herbs like cilantro or parsley and some hot sauce. Or you can combine it all into a Middle Eastern spice condiment called zhug which is essentially a bunch of fresh herbs and peppers, and it's ground up into a pesto-like sauce which is at once refreshing because of the herbs, but also spicy because of the peppers. And then serve it alongside some fresh pita or pita chips. And there you have it. It is ready for a party. Your friends are going to love this.