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Salsa Hummus Dip & Picante Falafel Bites Snack Platter

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Mediterranean cuisine and Spanish Cuisine fuse together in this Salsa Hummus Dip & these Picante Falafel Bites on this Game time snack Platter that is sure to keep vegetarians and non-vegetarians alike, smiling between mouthfuls.

Salsa Hummus Dip & Picante Falafel Bites Snack Platter for Gameday #makegametimesaucy

Sometimes I mean well. When a friend told me she was moving, I decided to drop off a shepherds pie she could heat up in her new oven – only to find that the gas to her new gas oven wouldn’t be turned on till the following week. 😯  

When my mom mentioned she liked Brazil nuts and couldn’t find them in packages by themselves, I remembered I had seen them in the produce section at Walmart. So, when I was there this weekend stocking up on a few items, I decided to grab her a package. Only, somehow on the drive home I forgot they were for her and tore into them. Guess I need to work on my short-term memory huh?

When a friend asked me to cover the vegetarian eats at a homegating party at her house this past weekend, I figured I would whip up some falafel and hummus. Only, I decided to add a kick (and a fusion twist) to the falafel and hummus by adding some Pace® Picante Sauce (hot) and Pace® Chunky Salsa (medium) to them. Well, taste testing went so well at my home that what was left wasn’t enough to feed a dozen others, unless each Picante Falafel Bite was cut in half and a squeegee was used to scrape off any remaining Salsa Hummus Dip from the bowl.

Pace Salsa & Pace Picante
Pace at Walmart

When I am at Walmart I make it a point to grab either a bottle of Pace® Chunky Salsa or Pace® Picante Sauce as my daughter and I love to use either of them on eggs, as a salad dressing (sounds a bit odd but it tastes so good), and to flavor tofu or meats with, in addition to as a dip for chips and veggies – “Pace® is good on anything but ice cream!” But, on this last trip to Walmart, I grabbed both.

Salsa Hummus Dip & Picante Falafel Bites Snack Platter for Gameday #makegametimesaucy
Salsa Hummus Dip & Picante Falafel Bites Snack Platter for Gameday #makegametimesaucy

Then, somehow, I had the idea to add a smidgen of Pace® Picante Sauce to the Falafel I was making to moisten them up. And WOA! That Pace® Southwest flavor permeated these cumin and coriander spiced, chickpea falafel, adding another layer of flavoring to them -making them so hard to resist! In the same way, I added Pace® Salsa to the hummus I was making as I didn’t have any tahini on hand and forgot to collect the leftover chickpea juice aka aquafaba to add to it like I usually do. Best decision ever! When my daughter got home and we fished out spoons to finish “taste-testing” this Salsa Hummus Dip, I figured I wasn’t going to have any left to take to that homegating party! Back to baking and blending!

I sure hope I’ve convinced you a give this Salsa Hummus Dip & Picante Falafel Bites a try – I’m pretty sure you won’t be disapointed!

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Salsa Hummus Dip & Picante Falafel Bites Snack Platter for Gameday #makegametimesaucy
Salsa Hummus Dip & Picante Falafel Bites Snack Platter for Gameday #makegametimesaucy

Salsa Hummus Dip & Picante Falafel Bites Snack Platter for Gameday #makegametimesaucy

Salsa Hummus Dip & Picante Falafel Bites Snack Platter

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 22 minutes
Total Time: 32 minutes

Inspired by Mediterranean cuisine and Spanish Cuisine, this Salsa Hummus Dip & Picante Falafel Bites are a scrumptious vegan snack that pack quite the flavor kick - sure to delight all types of gameday snackers!


Picante Falafel Bites

  • 1 15 oz can chickpeas, make sure to rinse, drain well an then dry between two sheets of paper towels by rubbing them gently. The skins may peel off when rubbing them dry, just discard the skins
  • 1 celery stalk
  • 1/2 an onion
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1 teaspoon coriander powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin powder
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 tablespoon fresh parsley
  • 1 tablespoon fresh cilantro
  • 4 tablespoons Pace® Picante, Hot

Salsa Hummus Dip

  • 1 15 oz can chickpeas drained and rinsed
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 cup Pace® Chunky Salsa, Medium
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon each salt and pepper

For the platter

  • 1 yellow squash washed, sliced and drizzled with lemon
  • 1 zucchini sliced
  • 2 carrots sliced
  • 3 stalks celery chopped
  • Pace® Chunky Salsa, Medium
  • Pace® Picante, Hot


Picante Falafel Bites

  1. Preheat oven to 375
  2. Add chickpeas, celery stalk, onion, garlic, coriander powder, cumin powder, turmeric powder, salt, pepper, parsley, cilantro, & Pace® Picante (Hot) to a food processor and pulse till ingredients are incorporated - don't process till chickpeas are mushy/too creamy as it will make it hard to form the falafel.
  3. After this, roll spoonfuls into mini or bite sized falafel.
  4. Bake on a foil lined and sprayed baking tray for 20-22 minutes.

Salsa Hummus Dip

  1. Add chickpeas, garlic, olive oil, Pace® Chunky Salsa (Medium), lemon juice, salt and pepper to a blender or food processor and blend/process till creamy.
  2. Serve Salsa Hummus Dip on a platter with Picante Falafel Bites, Yellow Squash "Chips", Zucchini "Chips", Carrot "Chips", celery, and Pace® Chunky Salsa, and Pace® Picante.

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Lindsay Cotter

Thursday 13th of October 2016

What a great snack platter for game days and holidays! Looks delicious!


Thursday 13th of October 2016

WOW--this looks SO amazing!! This has got me seriously excited because I definitely have picante sitting in my fridge still :) sign me up!

Dawn - Girl Heart Food

Thursday 13th of October 2016

Well, you definitely have good intentions! Thought that counts, right? I absolutely love falafel and this platter looks amazing! So healthy and would love to have this any day of the week! I never thought of adding salsa to hummus before so this is something I have to try :)

Tandy | Lavender and Lime

Thursday 13th of October 2016

What a great way to spice up the hummus. I must try this sometime :)


Thursday 13th of October 2016

You are such a great friend and daughter Shashi! This platter looks gorgeous! Need it!!!

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