Falajala Hummus (falafel jalapeno dip)

Falafel jalapeno dip

Can I share something embarrassing with you? I love falafel. That’s not the embarrassing part. The embarrassing part is that I was like, oh, I’ll make falafel dip so that I can skip the cooking part and get it to my mouth faster. What a cool idea. 

And then I realized.

Falafel dip is HUMMUS.  ☺️🙈  I guess I should have realized that, given that long love affair that falafel and I have.

When I was living in a laughable excuse for an apartment on St. Paul Street, Baltimore, I had a very restricted diet: Ben and Jerry’s, bagels, and falafel. No judgement, folks. Late teens/early 20’s are even worse than middle school. I was miserable on many levels, but at least I had falafel.

Jason takes me out for falafel at the end of every semester. He sings the Billy Madison song  to me on the way there. Hun passed A&P II, oh what  glorious day! in this falsetto voice that he knows I can’t stand.

Falafel is responsible for him getting a mountain bike that he totally didn’t need (long story).

The guy at the falafel place in Raleigh would get concerned when I wouldn’t come in for a while. I guess I should have told him I was moving.

falafel jalapeno dip

A few days before Christmas, Jason and I went out for the first date we’d had in months. He took me out for falafel, of course. It was a place I’d never been to before and their falafel was….different. It was less spongy than regular falafel and it was RED inside, and spicy. I got extra ones to take home, because I always get extra ones to take home. This dip was inspired by that lovely spicy dish. And folks, it’s HOT. There are jalapenos sprinkled all over it. YUM. I tried blending them in and it totally didn’t work.  Little bursts of spice in your mouth (does that sound dirty? ummmm) are just a lot funner to eat, and totally taste better.

falafel jalapeno dip

Fala jala hummus


  • 2 cups of chickpeas
  • 1 1/3 cup really tightly packed parsley
  • 1 cup of cilantro
  • 2 tbsp lime juice (plus more for the top)
  • 4 - 5 roasted garlic cloves (depending on what kind of garlic person you are)
  • 1 tbsp tahini
  • 1/3 of a purple onion
  • salt to taste
  • 2 jalapenos, all chopped up


  1. Blend everything together except for the jalapenos.
  2. Put half of the dip in the bowl, sprinkle half of the jalapenos on, then add the rest of the dip, and then the rest of the jalapenos. Squeeze lots and lots of lime juice on top, and extra salt to. Get your chips!


I got my roasted garlic recipe from Real Simple. It doesn't taste quite as mild as long roasted garlic, but it's still good and only takes about ten minutes. What you do is, chop off the top of the head so that all the cloves are somewhat exposed. Put in in a bowl with olive oil and two tbsp water. Cover it with plastic wrap, and microwave for 7 minutes on 50% power. Leave the plastic wrap on for about three more minutes and then you're good to go.


adapted from Gimme Some Oven

6 thoughts on “Falajala Hummus (falafel jalapeno dip)

    1. I know the feeling about some things tasting better when other people make them. I don’t know why that is! Some soups never taste as good as they do when my mom makes them.
      P.S. I’m so glad you stopped by, thanks! 😀

  1. “Late teens/early 20’s are even worse than middle school” RIGHT!?! They never tell you that. I have to admit, there is a chance I have never had falafel. I have no idea how that happened. There was a falafel cart right outside the university bookstore where I went to college. BUT I do love hummus, so I have full faith that I will love the falajala hummus. And you totally deserve falafel and a song after passing A&P II, pretty sure that is the hardest class I ever took.
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    1. Thanks!!! It was a hard class, but I had a really really good teacher for it (I would not have passed it if it where not for him). I’m so glad someone else is with me on the early 20’s thing…it seems like everyone else thinks that it’s the best time ever.

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