Let’s make a deal.

Jalapeño Honey Hummus with Spiced Olive Oil Tortilla Chips I howsweeteats.com

If you come over and take down my Christmas decorations, I’ll pay you in tortilla chips.

I think it’s a fair bargain.

All season I was like OH NO I’M TAKING DOWN MY CHRISTMAS STUFF IMMEDIATELY! and I’m so organized and the minute the holidays are over my tree is coming down and I’ll be all set for the new year and no tree is going to disturb my goals for the new year and.. and… and… no. Big no. The tree is still up. Any thoughts of taking it down are ruled out by extreme laziness on my part because I just don’t want to do the work. I want to do OTHER work. Just not that work.

It’s like unpacking a suitcase. I wait until it’s out of control before tackling it. Or unloading the dishwasher. I wait until it must be done, like when the sink is overflowing. (or until my husband does it first.)

Jalapeño Honey Hummus with Spiced Olive Oil Tortilla Chips I howsweeteats.com

It’s that thing that you know will make everything better and the hour or two will be very well spent and make you feel extremely put together but you just don’t do it. In a way, it’s sort of like eating a bowl of cereal for dinner when you know it’s not gonna do any good. I mean, cereal for dinner might taste good, but I feel satisfied for approximately 34 seconds and then decide on some cheese and crackers and then a glass of wine may as well be included since it’s practically cheese and cracker mandatory and then you just end up with half your arm stuck down the cereal box again. Now that I’m comparing my Christmas tree to a cereal box and complaining about it all on a public forum to my invisible internet friends I’m going to shut up because sense I am not making.

But I’ll still pay you in chips?

Man. These chips. They might end up with monetary value. You should really take the deal.

Jalapeño Honey Hummus with Spiced Olive Oil Tortilla Chips I howsweeteats.com

In a normal post, I’d maybe talk about the hummus. But this is not normal and I am anything far from normal. Well, actually I’m very normal. In the boring sense, you know.

The hummus is delicious – I used a roasted jalapeño and lots of honey and the ice water trick from one of my favorite cookbooks. It’s super creamy and flavorful. But the chips are where it’s at.

Jalapeño Honey Hummus with Spiced Olive Oil Tortilla Chips I howsweeteats.com

A few months ago I discovered this crushed jalapeño pepper and have fallen in love. It’s sort of just like crushed red pepper flakes… but maybe even hotter. Which is NUTS because spicy things are not at the top of my list. My taste buds are babies and can’t deal. When things are too spicy, they are no longer enjoyable for me because I can’t taste the flavor. I just chug eight gallons of water instead.

So while these crushed peppers needs a light hand, I’m all over them. I brushed the tortillas in olive oil and sprinkled on a few other spices, baked them until crispy and went to town. When flour tortillas get crispy, all of their flakey layers get crispy and… gah. They are crunchy and flakey but also sort of melt in your mouth. We not only ate the chips with the hummus, but later that night we ate them with this soup (perfect!) and then I ate a few with some sliced smoked cheddar.

I now have two choices. Never eat another snack again or make olive oil chips every single day of my life.

Jalapeño Honey Hummus with Spiced Olive Oil Tortilla Chips I howsweeteats.com


Jalapeño Honey Hummus with Spiced Olive Oil Tortilla Chips.

Yield: serves 4 appropriately, 2 obnoxiously


olive oil spiced chips
10 (4-inch) flour tortillas, cut into quarters
3 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 teaspoon dried jalapeño pepper (I get mine at penzey's)
1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper

1 jalapeño pepper, roasted & seeds removed
1 1/2 cups chickpeas (if using canned, then make sure to drain and rinse first)
1/4 cup tahini
2 tablespoons honey
1/3 cup olive oil
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
3 tablespoons ice water


olive oil spiced chips
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Place the tortilla wedges on a nonstick baking sheet and brush them with the olive oil. In a small bowl, stir together the dried jalapeño, paprika, garlic powder, salt and pepper. Sprinkle it evenly over the tortillas. Bake the chips for 10 to 12 minutes, or until slightly golden and crispy.

Note: I use this method to roast the jalapeño.
Add the chickpeas to the the bowl of your food processor and blend until they are somewhat pureed. Add in the tahini, honey and jalapeño, and blend for another minute or two until combined, scraping down the sides if needed. Stream in the olive oil with the processor running and continue to blend until the hummus is smooth. Add the salt and pepper, blend a bit more, then taste and season additionally if desired. With the processor running, stream in the ice water and blend until smooth once more. Serve with the tortilla chips.

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Bubbly chips!

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78 Responses to “Jalapeño Honey Hummus with Spiced Olive Oil Tortilla Chips.”

  1. #
    Laura (Blogging Over Thyme) — January 9, 2014 @ 7:53 am

    Ummm…I might trade you tree un-trimming for chips.

    And my hatred of unpacking suitcases is intense, I still haven’t completely unpacked and put away my suitcase from Pittsburgh. It is not good.


  2. #
    Taylor @ FoodFaithFitness — January 9, 2014 @ 7:53 am

    I have yet to make my own tortilla chips.
    I feel like it would be wrong to not start with these. I love anything with smoked paprika, and then throw in a little jalapeno? Uhmm..yes puhlease.
    Plus, I just want to faceplant into that Jalapeno Honey Hummus. Dying over these! Pinned!


  3. #
    Averie @ Averie Cooks — January 9, 2014 @ 7:54 am

    Omg that hummus looks so buttery smooth. I want to drink it! Wow…so.smooth. It looks like honey butter! All the better :) pinned

    And because of you, I ordered a W. English planner. I seriously wish you got commission! :)


  4. #
    Tracy | Peanut Butter And Onion — January 9, 2014 @ 7:55 am

    I love bubbly chips. Can’t wait to try them, I would take payment in the for of chips for sure.!


  5. #
    Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers — January 9, 2014 @ 8:12 am

    I make jalapeno hummus all of the time, but I have never put honey in it, that sounds amazing! Sweet and spicy!!! I love it!!


  6. #
    Brie @ Entrée the Giant — January 9, 2014 @ 8:38 am

    Can I get an advance on the undecorating in the form of these chips? I bet once I’m chock full of those things, I’d magically be more helpful :)

    I believe you just turned hummus on its head, my dear…and it’s never looked so delicious. Can’t wait to try this at home!


  7. #
    Jamie @ Dishing Out Health — January 9, 2014 @ 8:42 am

    Fav snack of all time! I’m thrilled to see how easy those chips are to make! Homemade hummus is a staple in my kitchen so I will definitely be making those chips soon!


  8. #
    Tieghan — January 9, 2014 @ 9:05 am

    Normally our tree stay up to till like Feb. One year we actually but heart all over it for Valentines day. Yes, we did. This were are in the middle of moving so it actually came down a few days after Christmas. Totally depressing if you ask me.

    Love the humus + chips. I always forget about simple things like this, but they are just say good. I need to make more of them!


  9. #
    Sacha — January 9, 2014 @ 9:09 am

    Oh my… That hummus looks so smooth, almost like melted cheese.
    You just gave me an idea how to something different to the chickpeas I have in water right now, just waiting for me to cook them.


  10. #
    Brittany — January 9, 2014 @ 9:11 am

    The chips and the hummus sound amazing but what I really want to know is how you got that hummus so smooth!! Looks delicious.


    • Jessica — January 9th, 2014 @ 9:17 am

      i really think it’s the ice water! do you have the jeruselum cookbook? it’s so incredible. his hummus uses ice water and it’s usually this creamy too!


      • Brittany — January 9th, 2014 @ 10:37 am

        No! Adding Jeruselum to my b-day wish list.

  11. #
    Jennifer — January 9, 2014 @ 9:19 am

    I solved my problem of getting my Christmas decorations down this year — my son wanted to make some extra cash and he’s finally old enough to be able to help! That was $5 well spent ;) Those chips look amazing. I’m always intimidated by the idea of making humus but it’s really not too bad. I think I will have to try it again, this recipe looks too good to pass up!


    • Jessica — January 9th, 2014 @ 4:09 pm

      send him over! ;)


  12. #
    Nicocobell — January 9, 2014 @ 9:26 am

    Even though it’s almost 9 am here I would totally eat that right now for breakfast. I love the idea of honey and jalapeno together. Yum Yum!


  13. #
    brandi — January 9, 2014 @ 9:37 am

    that hummus looks SO creamy! like mayo. mayo hummus. i think that needs to be a thing.


  14. #
    Erin | The Law Student's Wife — January 9, 2014 @ 9:48 am

    Yep, my Christmas tree is totally still up. I was going to take it down last night and then….my arm was in the tub of chocolate covered pretzels I “hid.” We have until Valentine’s Day before the tree looks totally disrespectful, right?


  15. #
    Christine @ Cooking with Cakes — January 9, 2014 @ 10:28 am

    give me ALL the tortilla chips. ALL OF THEM. the end.


  16. #
    Diana — January 9, 2014 @ 10:31 am

    This looks absolutely tasty, and I’m not one for hummus. But I think this might make the table for Superbowl with some pita chips! Thanks for sharing!


  17. #
    Abby @ The Frosted Vegan — January 9, 2014 @ 10:44 am

    I mean, stop it with how ridiculously good this looks. I can’t WAIT to make this!


  18. #
    Tasha @ ThatsSoYummy — January 9, 2014 @ 10:53 am

    That hummus looks so silky and delicious!


  19. #
    Lily @ Life, Love, and Cupcakes — January 9, 2014 @ 10:54 am

    I took my tree down a week ago…too bad the box with the tree and all my decorations are still sitting in my living room -_-
    I love making homemade tortilla chips, they’re even more addictive than store bought!


  20. #
    Kristine — January 9, 2014 @ 10:55 am

    This looks amazing! I really need to make my own tortilla chips, and these are going on my list of things to make asap.


  21. #
    Liz @ Tip Top Shape — January 9, 2014 @ 11:33 am

    I love making chips with flour tortillas. It’s a great way to use leftovers tortillas after tacos.

    I’m usually not a big spice fan, but I’ll have to give this a try!


  22. #
    Amy @ What Jew Wanna Eat — January 9, 2014 @ 11:40 am

    Jerusalem is one of my favorites! Love this sweet and spicy take on hummus. Ayayay!


  23. #
    Graham @ Glazed & Confused — January 9, 2014 @ 11:41 am

    Haven’t made my own chips in a while! This morning must be hummus Thursday or something. I’ve seen 5 recipes for hummus within the past 10 minutes! Rejoice!!!

    This looks DELICIOUS! Must try soon!


  24. #
    Bri | Bites of Bri — January 9, 2014 @ 11:58 am

    These look amazing! Hummus and chips are one of my favorite after work or happy hour snacks.


  25. #
    Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabbles — January 9, 2014 @ 12:00 pm

    Ohhhh…I love that dried jalapeño from Penzeys, too! I’d gladly take down your Christmas decorations for a bowl of this hummus!


  26. #
    Alicia Greenrabbit — January 9, 2014 @ 12:43 pm

    It’s so interesting that the common foods we always have around the house will make something new and exciting! I’m going to try this with hubby and a nice tasty beer.
    I took out my tree the other day while watching reruns of Being Human .I filled my front hallway with so many needles, it looked like a green shag carpet!
    My pellet stove dries the tree out so much and the fact that we had for at least 8 weeks! But now every time I vacuum, it smells like Christmas all over again. Oh joy!


    • Jessica — January 9th, 2014 @ 4:08 pm

      8 weeks! i never knew a real tree could last so long.


  27. #
    Kylie — January 9, 2014 @ 12:43 pm

    I could spend hours and hours on your blog, this looks so yummy! I am a hummus freak..like I would seriously bath in Tahini if it was socially acceptable.. but since it is not I will stick with the standard soap and water.. but a tahini bath would be way better.


  28. #
    Rachel — January 9, 2014 @ 12:46 pm

    This hummus looks amazing – I love the idea of using honey. One trick I heard to creamier and fluffier hummus is to put the tahini in the food processor first on its own for about thirty seconds. It gets all whipped and fluffy, and then you add the chickpeas .I like the texture so much more that way – try it some time.


    • Jessica — January 9th, 2014 @ 4:07 pm

      definitely going to try this! thanks.


      • Rachel — January 11th, 2014 @ 8:59 pm

        What does it say about me if my day was made by you responding to one of my comments? Hello internet friend!

  29. #
    Laura (Tutti Dolci) — January 9, 2014 @ 12:53 pm

    I would absolutely inhale this! Love the hummus flavors and spiced tortilla chips.


  30. #
    Katriel — January 9, 2014 @ 1:58 pm

    My husband and I live in a tiny apartment, so our tree is maybe three feet tall. But I definitely procrastinated taking it down. I’m going to be in trouble when we no longer live in a tiny apartment and get a bigger tree…because I will just never take it down.


  31. #
    Eileen — January 9, 2014 @ 2:38 pm

    I’ve never even heard of adding honey to hummus before! Super interesting. And homemade chips are truly the best, especially with lots of heat. What can I say–I am definitely all over the spice!


  32. #
    Mandy — January 9, 2014 @ 2:41 pm

    I feel like I could definitely be like you with the laziness of leaving suitcases and various things strewn about, but I live with the cat from hell who eats absolutely everything sooo I’m forced to put away things right away.

    In other news, I’m craving those chips right now.


    • Jessica — January 9th, 2014 @ 4:06 pm



  33. #
    Larry — January 9, 2014 @ 2:47 pm

    I could maybe live off of chips. No. Seriously. I’m a freakin chip officionado. There’s not many a chip that I’ve met that I haven’t liked! Ugh. Now I want chips.


  34. #
    Kelli @ The Corner Kitchen — January 9, 2014 @ 3:01 pm

    If these chips & hummus are on the line, I’ll be over in 5 minutes to get every single one of those decorations down and packed away!


  35. #
    Cate @ Chez CateyLou — January 9, 2014 @ 3:46 pm

    Those chips, and that hummus! Loving everything about them!! I will definitely take down your decoration if you pay me in chips :)


  36. #
    Melissa @ Treats With a Twist — January 9, 2014 @ 3:49 pm

    Ok I have that cookbook! How have I not made that hummus in there??
    I want your hummus though! I love roasted peppers and that sounds heavenly. Honey in ALL THE THINGS please!!


    • Jessica — January 9th, 2014 @ 4:06 pm

      i am probably the only person in the world who doesn’t like roasted red pepper hummus! i love roasted reds, i love hummus, but together…so not a fan. i wish i liked it!


  37. #
    Tess @ Tips on Healthy Living — January 9, 2014 @ 4:41 pm

    Haha, I would totally come take down your Christmas decorations if it meant getting to eat that jalapeno honey hummus. It looks delicious! I plan to take my Christmas tree down this weekend (which is what I said last week), and this recipe might be just the inspiration I need to finally do it. Thanks for sharing!


  38. #
    natalie @ wee eats — January 9, 2014 @ 5:02 pm

    Luckily I have tortillas in the pantry and a Penzey’s on my way home… thank you.


  39. #
    Happy Valley Chow — January 9, 2014 @ 6:16 pm

    That sounds nom-tastic! Great job :)

    Happy Blogging!
    Happy Valley Chow


  40. #
    Michelle @ A Healthy Mrs — January 9, 2014 @ 6:27 pm

    My mouth is watering reading this — and I just finished dinner, so that shows how good these look :)


  41. #
    Vero @ French Cooking for Dummies — January 9, 2014 @ 6:54 pm

    LOL I totally recognize myself in the selective laziness that comes up when you need to empty suitcases or dishwasher! It always feel different when you’re not doing it at home though, if I lived closer, I would definitely take down your Christmas tree for a bag of these chips and their dip ;) They look delicious!


  42. #
    Mariah and Coty@quirksandtwists — January 9, 2014 @ 7:08 pm

    Tortilla chips are indeed a fair trade off;)


  43. #
    Amanda — January 9, 2014 @ 9:40 pm

    Thank you for making me feel better about my needle-dropping, dried up shrub of a christmas tree that is also still up in my living room… :) uhh this weekend for sure, i’ll take it down then! yes…


  44. #
    Jordan Lynn // Life Between Lattes — January 9, 2014 @ 11:38 pm

    Love Penzey’s! I must get that Crushed Jalapeño spice! And this hummus look addictively delicious.


  45. #
    La Torontoise — January 10, 2014 @ 7:12 am

    Love this! Such a great idea! Thank you, Jessica.
    Being from Toronto, I must say it’s rare in Canada to come to a DIY tortilla chips. The TexMex speciality shops offer an ovewhelming amount of tastes and shapes and, in turn, it never came to my mind to learn doing it on my own. But my context in North Europe is different now. I have a basic tortilla offering in my local supermarket and I’m eager to make the most out of it by adding layers of flavor: -)

    Have a great weekend!


  46. #
    Nancy Long — January 10, 2014 @ 9:57 am

    will have to try this, though I’m really pretty much a hummus purest


  47. #
    Barbara | Creative Culinary — January 10, 2014 @ 12:10 pm

    I love the trappings of Christmas and was inordinately sad when everyone was decorating and my stuff was in storage and my home was delayed and well, Christmas decor never happened for me this year. Thank you for making me feel grateful. :)

    Love the chips…I could just make them and go totally nuts.


  48. #
    Lucie — January 10, 2014 @ 3:11 pm

    I like this post very very much! Our Christmas tree? Still standing and so it will at least for another week. I love Christmas and never want to get rid of the Christmas tree. And this year we have super cute one with snow-white feather boa :)

    HINT: Drinking water after spicy dish (especially with chilies) is NOT a good idea. Try some alcohol or milk or eat something fatty. It really helps – capsaicin is alcohol- and fat-soluble.


  49. #
    Amanda at Pink Skyline — January 10, 2014 @ 8:18 pm

    Bahaha the exact same thing is happening to me currently with our Christmas decorations. We keep saying, “ok, tonight we’re gonna take down the decorations.” Yeah…no…


  50. #
    Jessica Martin — January 12, 2014 @ 4:32 pm

    OK, this truly inspired me. …run down to Penzey’s, dried jalapenos, who knew?!! Loving the chips all on their own. BUT…..jalapenos do not always stick to the chip once baked, they tend to fall off. Any suggestions??
    INspired now to try hot chili olive oil, or basil olive oil, and other seasoning to keep the chip thing going!!!!
    Thanx for the inspiration!



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