Food Processor Guide and Hummus Recipe How-To

There are never enough useless gadgets and gismos – said no one ever. When it comes to useless junk, it seems there are individuals that have made a life of creating things to clutter your valuable kitchen real estate. Truthfully, you need those all-in-one, home sous chef-type tools. Enter the food processor. Yes, it has been around for years, but food processors are probably one of the most under appreciated small kitchen appliances on the market. It’s a single unit that can cover your needs from blending up a morning smoothie to finishing off a béarnaise sauce for a perfectly grilled steak.

Applications for a Food Processor:

Food Processor Application Chart

Slice vegetables and fruits evenly for beautiful salad presentation or for cooking and baking

Blend dough, ground meat, baking ingredients, or other mixtures for consistent distribution of seasoning

Puree vegetables and fruits for soups, baby foods, sorbets, and jams

Grind nuts, grains, meats, or coffee beans without the need of additional kitchen equipment

Emulsify mixtures for perfectly smooth dressings and sauces

These days, it seems everyone is serving up hummus. Luckily, there is no longer a need to seek out a Mediterranean market when you get that urge to indulge. While you can find many pre-made versions at nearly any grocery, I prefer the freshly made or experimental versions of the protein-rich snack myself. One of my favorite untraditional versions comes from a local, Knoxville restaurant that serves their hummus piping hot and topped with whole black beans and Sriracha chili sauce. If you’re ready to break in your food processor, try one of these three recipes for delicious hummus.

Blend, Puree, Chop, Emulsify, Slice, or Grind

It’s no banana slicer, though it can slice or blend bananas, too. Still, I can assure you this kitchen multi-tool can reduce your preparation time significantly. Just a side note, if you have ever pondered purchasing a banana slicer, may I suggest some excellent quality, professional kitchen knives instead? They are more versatile and will probably last longer. Anyway, are you curious about what a professional food processor can do?

Hummus Recipes for Five or Fifty

Bowl of red pepper hummusIngredients

  • 16 ounces drained chickpeas
  • 6 ounces roasted red bell peppers
  • 1 jalapeño, seeded and diced
  • 2 tablespoons minced garlic
  • 5 tablespoons chopped cilantro
  • 1 tablespoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 3 tablespoons chopped onion
  • 1 teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • ¼ cup Spanish olive oil

Mix all ingredients in a food processor until all ingredients are pureed. Then, slowly add the olive oil to the mixture. Allow to stand for one hour before serving. While the hummus is resting, slice vegetables of your choice using your food processor. Serve hummus with fresh vegetables and pita for dipping.

loose black beansIngredients

  • 1 cup cooked black beans
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 2 tablespoons Spanish olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 2 tablespoons hot sauce
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

Combine all ingredients in a food processor and blend until all ingredients are pureed. This can be served warm, room temperature, or chilled. When the hummus is the desired temperature, serve with pita slices or chips and fresh vegetables. Top with additional hot sauce for more heat.

chocolate chip dessert hummusIngredients

  • 16 ounces drained chickpeas
  • ¼ cup almond milk
  • 3-5 teaspoons stevia
  • 4 tablespoons peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup chocolate chips


Combine all ingredients in a food processor except chocolate chips. Blend until all ingredients are well mixed. Test the flavor and add additional peanut butter, milk, or Stevia to achieve your ideal flavor. Once you have arrived at your preferred texture and flavor, pour mixture into a serving bowl and gently stir in chocolate chips. Serve chilled with apples, cinnamon pita, or any preferred dipping utensil.

Dessert Hummus recipe from blog writer Kori at

Chelsea B. Sanz
Chelsea B. Sanz

Chelsea Sanz has lived in East Tennessee since her family moved here from South Florida just before she started high school. While she initially begrudged her new home state, she eventually realized she had come to not only love it, but to “bleed orange” as University of Tennessee Volunteers fans here like to say. She and her boyfriend Hunter, a trail worker for Great Smoky Mountains National Park, enjoy exploring the nation’s most visited national park and coming up with their own farm-to-table recipes.

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