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Roasted Red Pepper Hummus

This Roasted Red Pepper Hummus combines sweet bell peppers with chickpeas and spices for a fresh and healthy appetizer or snack. Eat with sliced veggies!
Ok who’s the brilliant human who invented roasted red pepper hummus? I’ll tell you why said human was so brilliant…

It’s like the ONLY healthy snack my husband will eat. And most the time he’s not dipping veggies in it, but a girl can only do so much. At least he’s eating the hummus, am I right? There are worse things for your health than pita chips, so life is good.

This Roasted Red Pepper Hummus combines sweet bell peppers with chickpeas and spices for a fresh and healthy appetizer or snack. Eat with sliced veggies!This Roasted Red Pepper Hummus combines sweet bell peppers with chickpeas and spices for a fresh and healthy appetizer or snack. Eat with sliced veggies!
While crediting the inventor of hummus for being so brilliant, I became curious…where does hummus actually originate? After a quick Google search, I learned that hummus is often assumed to be an ancient Lebanese food, however, no one really knows where it first came from. In fact, there are certain references to a hummus-like substance being eaten in the bible.

Or maybe it dates back even farther…a cavemen snack maybe? I can just picture it now…prehistoric cave-dwellers, pounding chickpeas into a paste and eating it with their fingers. And no, I wasn’t referring to my husband as a caveman. Although I wouldn’t be surprised if I caught him licking hummus off his fingers right from the fridge. Gotta eat it somehow, right?

This Roasted Red Pepper Hummus combines sweet bell peppers with chickpeas and spices for a fresh and healthy appetizer or snack. Eat with sliced veggies!
We love eating this hummus with freshly chopped veggies or pita chips. It’s also really yummy spread on sandwiches or toast! And if you’re lucky, maybe your husband will give this healthy snack a try too 😉

Roasted Red Pepper Hummus

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Yield: About 3 cups

Ingredients

  • 2 [15-oz.] cans chickpeas
  • 2 red bell peppers *See notes
  • Juice from 2 1/2 lemons
  • 6 Tbsp. tahini
  • 1/2 tsp. Kosher salt
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/4 tsp. paprika
  • 1/4 tsp. hot sauce (more or less for desired heat)
  • 2 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Fresh veggies, pita chips, etc. for dipping

Instructions

    Roast the peppers
    Option one: In the oven.
  1. Preheat oven to 450.
  2. Remove stems from bell peppers, rinse and pat dry.
  3. Place peppers on a lined baking sheet and roast for about 20-30 minutes, rotating every 10 minutes.
  4. Remove from oven, put in a large Ziploc or brown bag, and seal shut. Allow to sit 15-20 minutes.
  5. Peel the black from the peppers and discard. Cut peppers in half, remove the seeds and discard.
  6. Chop the peppers into small pieces and set aside.
  7. Option two: over a gas-burning stove.
  8. Place peppers right on the flame of the stove. Rotate every few minutes until all sides are charred black.
  9. Remove from flame and put in a large Ziploc or brown bag. Seal shut. Allow to sit 15-20 minutes.
  10. Peel the black from the peppers and discard. Cut peppers in half, remove the seeds and discard.
  11. Chop the peppers into small pieces and set aside.
  12. Make the hummus
  13. Combine all ingredients except the olive oil in a food processor. Pulse for 2 minutes. *If you like little chunks of pepper in your hummus, set aside 1/4 of one roasted pepper, chop into small pieces and stir in after hummus is mixed.
  14. Slowly drizzle in olive oil, allowing it to emulsify.
  15. Store in refrigerator.

Notes

*To save time, buy pre-roasted bell peppers in the bottle. Drain liquid and use in place of red peppers.

*We like to eat this as a dip with veggies and pita chips, or spread on sandwiches or toast!

https://www.kiwiandcarrot.com/roasted-red-pepper-hummus/

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20 Comments

  • Reply Heather August 25, 2016 at 7:57 am

    This is seriously one of my favorite things! I also make one with white navy beans instead of chickpeas, and my kids love it!

    • Reply Sarah August 25, 2016 at 1:02 pm

      Heather, I’ve never thought of using white navy beans. That’s such a great idea! I’ll have to try it.

  • Reply Amanda-The Kitcheneer August 25, 2016 at 8:41 am

    Hummus is my all time favorite! I’m loving this version! Yum

    • Reply Sarah August 25, 2016 at 1:03 pm

      Amanda, we love hummus too 🙂 Such a good, healthy snack option. Glad you like our version of it. Enjoy!

  • Reply grace August 25, 2016 at 9:04 am

    hummus is a dangerous dip for me because before i know it, i’ve eaten nearly a whole batch of it! this version would be no exception–love the addition of those flavorful peppers!

    • Reply Sarah August 25, 2016 at 1:04 pm

      Haha right? How does it disappear so fast? But yes, those yummy peppers definitely take things to the next level, which is like you said: dangerous. 😉

  • Reply Cecilia August 29, 2016 at 8:42 am

    Oh I love hummus. Love your photos

    • Reply Elizabeth August 29, 2016 at 10:14 am

      Cecilia, I’m with you. LOVE hummus! Hope you like this version:)

  • Reply Whitney August 29, 2016 at 12:03 pm

    Oh my. I’m in love. Hummus is my favorite snack….I’ve been buying a lot of it lately, but I’d love to try your take on it! Also, your pictures are so beautifully colorful and well done. Thanks for sharing!

    • Reply Sarah August 29, 2016 at 1:50 pm

      Thanks Whitney! Hummus is definitely a staple snack in our home. Give the homemade a try and let us know what you think! 🙂

  • Reply Diana August 29, 2016 at 2:08 pm

    This looks delicious and it’s healthy! Nothing better!

    • Reply Sarah August 29, 2016 at 2:56 pm

      Thanks Diana! Hope you enjoy it 🙂

  • Reply Jas Banwait August 29, 2016 at 9:10 pm

    Love this! I always find my chickpeas come out chunky – I definitely need to get a better food processor!

  • Reply Sireesha August 29, 2016 at 11:42 pm

    Awesome recipe!! I like your photographs, very detailed and good focus. I am work at home mom and love healthy recipes. Surely sharing this:-)

    • Reply Sarah August 30, 2016 at 1:33 pm

      Sireesha, Thank you! I’m so happy you like the photos…hope you like the recipe just as much 🙂

  • Reply hailey August 30, 2016 at 12:22 am

    I could actually live on hummus. I have got to try this recipe!

    • Reply Sarah August 30, 2016 at 1:33 pm

      Haha, right? It’s such a staple in our house. Hope you like the recipe! Would love feedback if you end up making it.

  • Reply Shreya August 30, 2016 at 12:44 am

    absolutely delightful! Added in the queues of recipes to try out! Much love 🙂

    • Reply Sarah August 30, 2016 at 1:34 pm

      Thanks Shreya! Hope you love it 🙂

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