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5-Minute Nacho Cheese Hummus

nacho cheese hummus

This hummus has all of the flavors of the beloved bag of Doritos chips, but yet healthy enough so that you don’t have to feel guilty about reaching for scoopfuls! It’s slightly smoky, creamy and of course, cheesy, satisfying every bit of the nacho cheese lover inside of you.

nacho cheese hummus ingredients

Did you know that nacho cheese isn’t actually a kind of cheese? There’s no standard definition of “nacho” cheese, meaning it can really be whatever we believe it is.

I don’t know about you, but when I think of nacho cheese, there’s only two foods that come to mind: Doritos and the jar of queso you find strategically placed in the chip aisle at the grocery store.

I can never really bring myself to pop open a jar of fake queso cheese, but a bag of Doritos? Just the thought of licking my fingers of all of the nacho cheesy goodness brings me back to school lunches, pool parties and sleepovers as a kid.

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In this recipe for nacho cheese hummus, we’re combining the familiar flavors of Doritos with the nutritional goodness of one of my favorite healthy snacks – hummus!

The best part is, it only takes five minutes and two simple steps. Add all of your ingredients to a food processor, blend until creamy and you’re good to go.

nacho cheese hummus 1For this nacho cheese hummus, you’ll need:

  • Nutritional yeast
  • Garbanzo beans
  • Garlic clove
  • Lemon
  • Onion powder
  • Smoked paprika
  • Chili powder
  • Olive oil
  • Salt

Nutritional yeast is what gives this hummus its “cheesy” flavor, but it also delivers a huge nutrient boost. Did you know that in one serving (which is 1 Tablespoon), you’re getting two grams of protein and over 100 percent of your daily B vitamins?  

5-Minute Nacho Cheese Hummus

Instead of chips, opt for a simple healthy swap of veggie sticks to serve with this nacho cheese hummus. Some of my favorites include: snap peas (crunchy/sweet), radishes (spicy) and cucumber slices (super hydrating).

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nacho cheese hummus

5-Minute Nacho Cheese Hummus



  • 1 14.5 oz can chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 2 Tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup nutritional yeast
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/4 cup water


  1. Add all of the ingredients to a food processor (except the olive oil) and blend on HIGH until smooth and creamy. Stream in the olive oil slowly. You might want to scrape down the sides a few times to make sure all of the ingredients are well combined. If the mixture is too thick, you can add more water!


  • Serving Size: 6

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-Carly Paige

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