We live in a very small town and I can't always find tahini. I improvised with this recipe and it came out great!
2 cans of chick peas (garbanzo beans)
4 cloves of garlic, peeled and toasted in a skillet with a touch of olive oil.
1/3 cup of Asian Toasted Seasame dressing (Kraft makes it in both the light and regular version)
1 tsp sea salt
1/3 cup light or reg sour cream
1/3 cup lemon or lime juice
pinch of cayenne
pinch of cumin
pinch of chili powder
2 sprigs of dill (or tsp of dried)
small handful of parsley or cilantro (or both together)
a couple of drops of tobasco sauce
Drain beans and put into food processor. Add all other ingredients and turn the machine on.
When it is smooth to your taste, spoon out into a bowl and drizzle a nice virgin olive oil onto it.
You can make your own pita chips by opening pita , paint on olive oil and a bit of garlic powder.
Cut into triangles.
Bake in a 350 oven until crisp.
If want to be traditional, use tahini paste instead of the asian dressing. But since tahini is a bit bland, increase your spices a bit.
I think you will find that the asian dressing will give you just the right amount of flavor!