Beetroot and Butter bean Houmous/Hummus

I’m delighted to be taking part in the “Think you know beetroot” challenge. sent me a lovely box of 3 types of beetroot to try.

Well I do love beetroot so I was looking forward to trying their varieties which included Sweetfire Chill which are baby beets marinated in a sweet chilli marinade, beets dipped in malt vinegar and plain cooked beetroot.

The first beetroot I tried was the Sweetfire chilli which I used to make the Beetroot and Butterbean hummus recipe on – they have some great recipes for using beetroot.  Their recipe used beets dipped in vinegar but I thought the chilli would add some zing to the houmous (how do you spell that?!) and it did, I loved it! It was my lunch for 4 days running, I do love a lunch that is quick and easy to take to work.   The houmous keeps well in a Tupperware dish in the fridge.  I took some in a smaller Tupperware to work each day and there I spread it into a toasted wholemeal pitta bread and stuffed salad into it, delicious and healthy!

Beetroot and Butter Bean Houmous

  • 250g cooked beetroot (Sweetfire chilli if you can get it)
  • 1 can (400 g) butter beans, drained & rinsed
  • 1 cloves garlic, crushed
  • Small bunch fresh chives,  chopped (save some to garnish)
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil, plus a little more to drizzle at end
  • Sea salt & freshly ground black pepper
  1. Chop the beetroot into small chunks.
  2. In a food processor pulse the butter beans with the garlic, chives and olive oil.
  3. Add the sea salt & freshly ground black pepper to taste.
  4. Transfer into a bowl with the beetroot and gently mix.
  5. Add a drizzle of olive oil and garnish with the reserved chives.

Serve with warm pitta bread to dip or as I did stuff into a pitta with some salad.

A healthy beetroot fact – Just 3 baby beetroots equals one portion of you 5 a day quota! (just 3!)


  1. #1 by lizthechef on October 1, 2011 - 21:46

    Really pretty photo and I will try your healthy recipe…I’m roasting some yellow beets right now for a salad this evening.

    • #2 by jaynerly on October 2, 2011 - 18:17

      Thanks! It is great for Unprocessed!

  2. #3 by Sunchowder on October 2, 2011 - 13:14

    Great and simple recipe Jayne! I am going to try this one at my house, really nice photo below too–loved the old wood background, beets really pop!

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