Place all the ingredients in a food processor or blender (except cilantro leaves, salt, and pepper), and process until smooth. NOTE: If the consistency is too thick, add additional water.
Transfer hummus to bowl and stir in cilantro leaves. Season hummus to taste with salt and pepper.
Cover and refrigerate for several hours before serving.
Before serving, remove from refrigerator 1/2 hour before serving. Can be made one day ahead.
Accompany with pita bread or bagel chips.
Makes about 3 cups.
* Tahini is a key ingredient in hummus, the traditional Middle Eastern chickpea spread. Look for the lightest colored raw Tahini you can find when making any hummus recipe. When you open the can or jar of tahini, you will see that the oil has separated and risen to the top. You must stir before using to even out the consistency. Depending on the brand of your Tahini and your taste, you might need to add little less or more Tahini. If necessary, start with less than 1/4 cup (like 2 to 3 tablespoons) and gradually adjust accordingly.
** Chipotle chiles are dried, smoked jalapenos canned in a spicy tomato sauce, which is sometimes called adobo sauce. They are available in your grocery store in the Latin section.
*** Can substitute basil leaves.
Smoky Chipotle Hummus Recipe: https://whatscookingamerica.net/appetizers/smokychipotlehummus.htm