Spicy Hummus Queso Dip – Healthier Tailgating Recipe

This Spicy Hummus Queso Dip makes the perfect healthier tailgating appetizer recipe. Thank you to Sabra for sponsoring this post!

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It’s officially fall – and that means many of you are now spending part of your weekends tailgating (or couch-gating). Tailgating food, while delicious, isn’t always going to leave you feeling your best, so here’s something to nosh on that will also pack a bit more of a nutritional punch. You can amp up the health factor even more by serving it with veggies. :)

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The secret to this dip is that it’s made extra creamy (and a bit spicy – you can use regular Sabra hummus instead of Supremely Spicy Hummus if you’re not into spice) and more nutritious by the addition of hummus! Don’t worry – there’s still some cheese in there, too. :)

hummus queso ingredients

You guys know I’m a big hummus fan – it’s one of my favorite afternoon snacks and appetizers, too. Hummus is made by mashing up cooked chickpeas (garbanzo beans) with tahini, oil, garlic, and spices, and its origin traces back to the 13th century Middle East. Chickpeas are packed with plant protein, fiber, iron, and B vitamins, and the oil and tahini (made from roasted sesame seeds) also add some healthy poly- and monounsaturated fats into the mix.

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This hummus-packed dip is really quick and easy to throw together and sure to be a crowd pleasure. Just heat and mix, then serve! Just an FYI that it doesn’t save very well, though – the juice from the tomato will separate the creaminess some – so make and serve it right away.

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Here’s the full recipe. Enjoy!

Serves 1.5CUPS     adjust servings

Spicy Hummus Queso Dip

Prep Time 5 MINUTES Prep Time
Cook Time 10 MINUTES Cook Time
Total Time 15 mins Total Time


  • 1/2 cup Sabra Supremely Spicy Hummus
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 8 oz shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 medium tomato, finely chopped (about 1/2 cup)
  • For serving: cilantro, chopped tomatoes, chips/vegetables


  1. Whisk together the hummus and milk in a small pot. Bring to a boil over high heat.
  2. Remove from the heat and stir in the cheese a little at a time until fully melted and incorporated.
  3. Stir in the tomato and serve immediately.


Want some ideas for packing more hummus into your life? Here are a few of my favorite recipes and tips:

  • Creamy Hummus Mexican Brown Rice Casserole (sounds weird but it’s great)
  • Smoked Salmon and Hummus Sandwich
  • 4 Ingredient Quinoa Salad (easiest dinner or lunch ever)
  • Add hummus to scrambled eggs to amp up the creaminess factor.
  • Use hummus in place of mayo in tuna/chicken/egg salad (I love doing this!) or as a spread for sandwiches.
  • Make a creamy salad dressing with hummus, lemon juice, and a splash of oil.
  • Coat fish or chicken in hummus, then roll in breadcrumbs and bake. It will come out really juicy!
  • Add hummus to baked potatoes or mashed potatoes for creaminess and extra flavor.

What’s your favorite way to enjoy hummus?


  1. 1

    Yum! I love adding the milk and cheese for extra protein! (and also, creaminess)!

  2. 2

    This looks fabulous!

  3. 3

    I saw this minutes before leaving work on Friday and since I was heading to a girls’ night, I knew it had to be made! It was the PERFECT Friday night, easy, and delish recipe! We dipped baby carrots, and bell peppers in it. Thanks for posting; it was greatly enjoyed!!

  4. 5

    I LOVE HUMMUS! and I love you for creating this quest dip! I am totally making this tomorrow! Thank you, thank you!

  5. 7

    Hi! This sounds super yummy, but I live in South America and we can’t get packaged hummus. Do you have a recommendation for a homemade hummus recipe to use in place of the packaged one?

  6. 9

    Hi, this recipe looks amazing!
    I wanted to make this and bring it to a potluck, do you think I could make it right before leaving, are there any reheating instructions you’d recommend? Is it still good even if it’s cooled down a bit?
    Could I substitute some ro-tel (canned diced tomatoes with green chilies) for the tomatoes? Please let me know when you get a chance.

    • 10

      It’s def best warm – I would use the oven to reheat but not sure on the specifics as I haven’t reheated it myself! I think the ro-tel would work! Let me know how you like it.


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