It’s a holiday ritual at our house–even for “minor holidays” like Mother’s Day. Find a new recipe that can be ready whenever people straggle in from various states. It needs to be tasty, (reasonably) healthy and easy to make. And fairly light since who wants to stuff themselves late in the evening.
This year, with all my girls coming home for Mother’s Day, the dish was Middle Eastern Nachos. Inspired by my Sunday blogging group’s focus on hummus recipes, I paired it with some Spanakopita from Trader Joe’s for fun and tasty Friday night munchies.
I got the idea of putting hummus (and more) on pita chips after eating Cinco de Mayo nachos. And when I went out to the web, I saw this was actually a real dish. The online recipe toppings varied widely and were usually a bit more complicated. But my requirements included no-cooking and super-easy, so I just used whatever inspired me and seemed reasonably authentic.
Step by Step Directions
The hardest part of the dish is that there is some chopping—that doesn’t sound too bad, does it?
Next chop the toppings
Sprinkle over the hummus
Notes and Tips
When I was making this, I thought it looked like there was way too much hummus. But once all the toppings are added, you need a fair amount of hummus to stand on its own, so keep that in mind if you are tempted to cut back.
Feel free to ad lib different ingredients—anything with a Middle Eastern flair. Next time I’m adding ground lamb and pine nuts!
The dish was enjoyed by all and we are definitely having it again. Yup, I decided that Middle Eastern Nachos are just as much as fun as the Mexican version!
More Middle East Inspired Recipes
Middle Eastern Nachos
- 1/4 cup plain Greek yogurt
- 1/4 cup chopped cucumber
- ½ T lemon juice
- ½ Tablespoon parsley or mint or dill
- 1 cloves garlic minced
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/8 teaspoon pepper
- 8 ounces Pita chips
- 10 ounces Hummus
- 1 cup cucumber chopped
- 1 cup tomatoes chopped
- 1/2 cup crumbled feta
- 1/2 cup chopped olives
- chopped red onion to taste optional
- 2 T chopped parsley or cilantro
- Combine Tzatziki Sauce ingredients. Set aside.
- Spread pita chips on a serving dish.
- Top pita chips with hummus (see note). Sprinkle remaining ingredients on top.
- Serve immediately with Tzatziki Sauce.
More Hummus Recipes:
- Hummus Kozhukattai/Hummus and Rice Steamed Dumplings from Magical Ingredients
- Layered Mediterranean Dip from That Recipe
- Middle Eastern Deviled Eggsfrom A Kitchen Hoor’s Adventures
- Middle Eastern Nachos from The Art of Natural Living
- Breakfast Berry Trifle
- Iowa BBQ Soup (Pork & Corn)