Lima bean hummus is a smooth buttery dip that is perfect with crackers, bread, and vegetables or as a condiment on sandwiches.

Lima being hummus with fresh lima beans sprinkled on top and chopped herbs and bowl shaped like a lima bean

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How to prepare lima beans

Instant pot lima beans

  • Place 4 cups of fresh or frozen beans, 3 cups vegetable broth, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/2 teaspoon black pepper, and 1 bay leaf in Instant Pot. Lock the lid, close the vent, and set manual time for 7 minutes on high pressure.
  • Once cook time is complete, quick-release the pressure.
  • Open the lid and add salt if needed. Mix well, then allow to sit for at least 10 minutes on the warm setting.

Instant Pot Pressure Cooker, 6 Qt, Best for Beginners

Lima beans vs butter beans

Ok, there is some debate over the difference between butter beans and lima beans. Some people argue they’re different beans. Others say that lima beans are mature butter beans, while butter beans are baby limas. I have found it depends on where you grew up. Country folks tend to call them butter beans while city folks say lima beans. Either way, they both work in this butter bean hummus.

How long can hummus sit out?

Wondering how long hummus can sit out? Here are the Best tips for serving and storing hummus.

Hummus without chickpeas

Good news for those who do not want to cook with chickpeas, this lima bean hummus is chickpea-free!

lima bean hummus in bowls

🥘 Ingredients

  • lima beans
  • vegetable broth
  • tahini paste
  •  olive oil
  •  white vinegar
  •  garlic 
  • parsley 
  •  cumin
  •  thyme 
  •  cayenne
  •  pepper 
  •  salt 

Fresh, frozen or canned lima beans?

For this lima bean hummus, it is best to start with frozen or fresh lima beans. I like to cook them stovetop or in my instant pot. This allows me to add my own seasoning and eliminate the pasty starch that canned limas can have.

Instructions For Lima Bean Hummus

How to make hummus smooth

You can use a food processor but I find you do not get as creamy of a product as a blender will yield. I like to use my Vitamix. It is strong enough I can even put whole nuts in it and they turn out smooth and creamy.

Vitamix Blender Professional

What kind of oil to use

When making hummus it is best to use a good quality cold-pressed organic olive oil. The flavor is light and is much better than processed oils such as canola or vegetable oils.

Bragg Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil

What is tahini?

Tahini is a paste made from ground sesame seeds and is a staple in many cuisines, especially in the Mediterranean and the Middle East. It’s vegan, gluten-free, and has a light nutty flavor.

Organic Stone-Ground Whole Sesame Tahini Paste

🧂 Seasoning tips

If you like your hummus with a little spice try these add-ins to your recipe

  • 1 tablespoon chopped and seeded jalapeno
  • 1 – 2 teaspoon Tony Chachere’s Original Creole Seasoning (my favorite all-around spicy blend)
  • Top with chopped ham and black pepper

Make ahead tips

Lima bean hummus can be made ahead of the time you want to serve. Store it in the refrigerator in an airtight container. Stir well before placing in a serving dish.

🥡Leftovers

If stored in good airtight container homemade hummus can be kept in the refrigerator for three to five days.

Can hummus be frozen?

Hummus can be frozen in an airtight, freezer-safe container. When filling be sure you don’t fill it all the way to the top because it will expand as it freezes. You can freeze several cups in a container or use individual size container. To thaw place in refrigerator over

lima bean hummus in bowls

Serving tips

Lima bean hummus would be a great addition to any Charcuterie Board. You could also use Pimento Cheese Crackers to dip in the hummus.

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LIMA BEAN HUMMUS
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Lima Bean Hummus

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 7 minutes
Servings: 10
Lima bean hummus is a smooth buttery dip that is perfect with crackers and bread or as a condiment on sandwiches.

Note: Be sure to read through the recipe’s post for tips and details about this recipe.

Ingredients
 

Instant Pot Ingredients

  • 2 cups lima beans, fresh or fresly frozen
  • 1 1/4 cups vegetable broth 
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Hummus Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup tahini paste
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon white vinegar
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon parsley, chopped fresh
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon thyme, chopped fresh
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper, cracked fresh
  • 1 teaspoon salt, pink Himalaya

Instructions
 

Lima Beans Cooked In An Instant Pot

  • Place fresh or frozen beans, vegetable broth, salt, black pepper, and bay leaf in Instant Pot. Lock the lid, close the vent, and set manual time for 7 minutes on high pressure.
  • Once cook time is complete, quick-release the pressure.
  • Open the lid and add salt if needed. Mix well and remove bay leaf. Drain, saving the juice if needed to thin hummus.

Hummus Instructions

  • In a blender add lima beans and all the other ingredients, slowly blend until smooth.  The hummus will be thick so it is good to turn off the blender and scrape sides a few times in the blending process. If need be, add a tablespoon of lima bean juice each time until hummus is smooth.
  • Serve with pita bread, crackers or vegetables. Toppings could include olive oil, chopped parsley, or whole lima beans.
Serving: 0.25cup, Calories: 130kcal, Carbohydrates: 10g, Protein: 4g, Fat: 9g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Sodium: 412mg, Potassium: 219mg, Fiber: 3g, Sugar: 1g, Vitamin A: 138IU, Vitamin C: 1mg, Calcium: 15mg, Iron: 1mg
Course: Appitizer
Author: Gina Dickson

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