This Roasted Red Pepper Hummus is such a delicious and filling appetizer for movie nights, game days and cookouts on the deck. Mix and match your favorite veggies, crackers and fruits to make this a family favorite to make time and time again.
Last week I posted about How to Make Tahini. I couldn’t believe how easy that was and how much we have used it already. I made another batch for our Super Bowl party and it went over like gangbusters!
Now, given all the “bad” food that is normally offered at Super Bowl parties, this was our contribution to providing a yummy and healthy snack! It served really well with pitas, vegetables and even tortilla chips. I offered all of them and allowed folks to pick their own.
🍽️ Why This Recipe Works
Fast – This is one of the fastest recipes we have on the site, checking in at just five minutes. It’s a quick zip in the blender and you have yourself some hummus.
Versatile – Don’t you love recipes that you can tweak a little bit and they taste completely different? Add more garlic, take it out, add in jalapeños, add in cajun flavoring, etc. It’s endless what you can do by keeping the basics here and building around it.
Tahini – We show you how to make tahini at home, or you can hop to the store to buy your own. I love making it now that I realized how quick and easy it was. Why buy it when I can make my own and control all the ingredients?
Chickpeas/Garbanzo Beans – They go by either name and these beans are grainy and pack a little bit of a nutty flavor. They are incredibly healthy to add to you diet as they keep you full and are low in calories.
Roasted Red Peppers – We used ½ of a jar of store-bought version in a brine and it worked out perfectly.
For those new to eating hummus – or just new to making it, don’t be intimidated. The basic ingredients are pureed chickpeas or garbanzo beans, olive oil, and garlic. From there, the additions are up to you.
Normally, lemon and tahini are added and, bam(!), you’ve got yourself an incredibly healthy and delicious snack. I really prefer adding some extra garlic and roasted red peppers. That flavor combination is heavenly!
Step One: Drain one can of chickpeas and add them to a high-speed blender. You can use a food processor as well, but the power of the Vitamix gets the job done very quickly.
Step Two: Add half of a jar of roasted red peppers with olive oil, two peeled, fresh garlic cloves, and two tablespoons of homemade tahini.
Step Three: Turn on the Vitamix to combine all of the ingredients. You want a nice, smooth, creamy texture. It won’t take very long.
This is the best time for a taste test. I always seem to add more garlic, but that is a personal preference.
Pour the it into a bowl and drizzle a little bit of the extra oil from the jar of roasted red peppers on top. This adds extra flavor and looks nice.
Serve this with your favorite cut-up vegetables, crackers, pitas, or toasted bread.
Note: Leave out the tahini if you don’t have any. I think it adds a good earthy flavor though. For this particular recipe, the majority of the flavor is coming from the roasted red peppers and garlic, so you may not notice the absence of tahini – unless you are a REAL foodie!
❗ Expert Tips
Allow the flavors to mellow for 10-15 minutes before eating, if you can.
Adjust the texture of your hummus, by adjusting the length of time you mix the ingredients. If you want a super smooth option, blend longer than just a few seconds. When you blend longer, it will smooth out and the end result will resemble soft-serve ice cream.
Technically, you can. While traditional hummus recipes are made using tahini, you can substitute any other nut butter in the hummus recipe. I have even left it out of hummus altogether and the recipe turned out fine. Sometimes you just don’t have it on hand and yet want the homemade version so feel free to break the rules and go for it!
Hummus in Arabic for chickpeas! Hummus is extremely popular in the middle east and you’ll find it with many meals and snacks.
Yes! Hummus is one of the most popular vegan foods out there. It is an incredibly healthy choice since it is packed full of protein and healthy fats.
This will last 3-5 days in the refrigerator or up to 6 months in the freezer.
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Homemade Roasted Red Pepper Hummus with Tahini
- 1 can Chickpeas
- 1-2 cloves Garlic minced
- ½ jar Roasted Red Peppers
- 2 tbsp Tahini
- Drain the entire can of chickpeas.
- Add chickpeas, garlic, roasted red peppers and tahini to a blender and mix it thoroughly. It will not take long
- Drizzle a little bit of the roasted red pepper oil on top of the hummus.
- Serve. (It’s really that easy!)