Easy Roasted Red Pepper Hummus recipe with tahini, chickpeas and spices is healthy, simple to make and so much tastier than store bought. Ready in 5 minutes!
If you’re a fan of simple recipes with bold flavors, you’re going to love this Roasted Red pepper Hummus. It’s healthy, homemade and features roasted red peppers and garlic in the recipe, just like our Smooth Romesco Sauce.
Ingredients needed for Roasted Red Pepper Hummus
- Chickpeas – an essential ingredient in hummus – we used rinsed and drained canned chickpeas (same as garbanzo beans) for this recipe.
- Tahini – for creaminess and nutty flavor for the feeling of fullness in your mouth.
- Roasted Red Peppers
- Garlic – an essential ingredient!
- Olive Oil
- Lemon Juice – citric acid to match the olive oil and tahini.
- Smoked Paprika – for smoky flavor to compliment the red peppers!
- Cayenne – add a little heat or a lot, it’s optional.
How to make Hummus in the food processor
It doesn’t get any easier to make hummus than using a food processor. This recipe makes quite a bit (about 3-1/2 cups) so I got out the big guns and used a full-sized processor.
Just add the tahini with the lemon juice to the bowl and pulse. Throw in the olive oil, garlic, smoked paprika cayenne and salt…and pulse. Toss in half of the chickpeas and you guessed it…pulse. Then the remaining chickpeas are added and pulse. Lastly, pour in the drained roasted red peppers and pulse until smooth. That’s it, you’re ready for dipping into hummus!
Hummus without Tahini
While tahini is a classic hummus ingredient, you can make a version of hummus without it.
First, what exactly is tahini? From my experience, it’s simply a smoothly ground combination of sesame seeds and olive oil. If you omit the tahini from the hummus recipe altogether, you will lose the creaminess and the tang it adds. You’ll have more of a chickpea dip than a hummus.
If you want, you can restore the creaminess by substituting a nut butter for the tahini, like unsweetened almond, sunflower, cashew or peanut butter. The flavor will be different though…so there’s that. I’ve even seen where cooked lentils are used in place of the tahini. No matter what or if you substitute another ingredient for the tahini, you might need to adjust the flavors by using more garlic or oil.
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Roasted Red Pepper Hummus
- Add the tahini and lemon juice to the bowl of food processor and pulse. Add olive oil, garlic, smoked paprika cayenne and salt, pulse until blended.
- To the processor bowl, toss in half of the chickpeas and pulse until smooth. Add the remaining chickpeas and continue pulsing until the chickpeas are just smooth. Pour in drained roasted red peppers and pulse until completely blended and smooth.
- Scrape hummus into serving bowl and serve with pita bread, crackers or vegetables.
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