Looking for a flavorful twist to good old hummus? This easy Roasted Red Pepper Hummus is the best variation of hummus ever! Roasted peppers offer their smoky and fleshy contributions to garlicy, spicy and creamy smooth hummus. The result is perfection. Plus, it is vegan AND gluten free. OMG!
This post was originally published in 2014 and has been updated with new photos and additional information.
Lets make a confession. We never feel bored of hummus no matter how much we eat. Its such an amazing dip that we never want to get our head out of it! We want to dig in deeper right after tasting it. We have such a big love of hummus that we can have it in any version. This is the first time weve tried hummus with roasted red bell peppers and we seriously fell in love with it!
WHY HOMEMADE HUMMUS?
Hummus is one of those food that has it all. It is just too good to be true! First off, it is DELICIOUS. Its creamy texture and tangy taste stimulates a huge appetite. (warning!:)) The ingredients are super healthy, as well. They are rich in protein and fiber. And it keeps you full for a long time with its rich protein load. Plus, it is vegan AND gluten free. The ingredients are not expensive or rare, either. Besides, it is so easy to make. Seriously, making your own homemade hummus takes 10 simple minutes. Thats all.
You can have many different versions of hummus once you know how to make classic hummus dip recipe. I hardly ever go to a potluck party without this hummus. Actually, I think my friends are looking forward to it more than seeing me.
One of our favorite version is hummus with red bell pepper. Roasted red bell peppers take hummus to next level. They give a delicious smoky kick to regular hummus. Besides, who doesnt want the Vitamin C load in red bell peppers? It has %169 of the daily necessary Vitamin C intake! And, it is simply fun and appealing to have red hummus!
ROASTED RED PEPPER HUMMUS INGREDIENTS
What do we need for this easy smoky hummus recipe?
- roasted red peppers
- boiled chickpeas
- tahini, optional
- lemon juice
- olive oil
Pro Tip: Some recipes recommend removing the skin of chickpeas, but I think its waste of time and not really necessary. Ive tried it before and noticed no difference in taste. No need to make a simple recipe harder, so leave them as they are.
Vitamin-packed boiled chickpeas, tahini and olive oil give the creamy texture to the hummus. Roasted peppers contribute to the smoothness, as well. Garlic and cumin bring the tangy and spicy flavor with them and lemon juice gives a tart kick. This amazing cooperation turns out great!
We use chopped parsley, pickles, sumac and ground pistachio for topping. They make a great team! Parsley is traditionally sprinkled on humus and it has a perfect aroma addition to it. The spice sumac brings a bright red color and lemony fresh flavor with it. Pickles give a tart crunch to the hummus and pistachio is the ultimate middle eastern touch.
HOW TO ROAST RED BELL PEPPERS
If you have time, roasting red bell peppers at home is very easy. In this recipe I roast them on the stove because I have only a few peppers. I also prefer the stove method as it gives a smoky aroma to the peppers. You can roast peppers on a gas flame or on a grill pan on the stove. If you go with the gas flame and are worried about spills, you can cover your stove with foil.
Oven is another alternative to roast peppers. If you want to read more on how to roast peppers, Julie explains how to roast peppers with different methods and their cons and pros on her blog.
Pro Tip: If you are short on time and need a shortcut, use jarred roasted peppers. Raw jalapenos or chili are another alternative if you like hot.
HOW TO MAKE ROASTED BELL PEPPER HUMMUS
The recipe has super easy three steps:
First, roast the peppers either on the stove or in the oven. If you are using the stove method as I do in this recipe, place a pepper on each gas burner with the highest setting. Roast the peppers until all the sides are blackened. Make sure you turn the peppers occasionally with a pair of tongs to avoid burning them on one side. Then peel them and cut them in half. Remove the seeds and chop the peppers.
Second, blend all the ingredients for hummus including roasted red peppers in a food processor. Make sure you taste as you go. If it is too thick, you can add some water to thin it out.
Third, transfer your hummus in a bowl and garnish it with sumac, pistachio and pickles.
Pro Tip: I recommend chilling hummus a couple of hours before serving. The texture and the flavors will develop better this way. But keep in mind that its better to garnish hummus right before serving.
SERVING ROASTED PEPPER HUMMUS
You can serve it as a side with the main dishes. It can also be a delicious dip with some vegetables like celery or carrot sticks, asparagus. Or you can make cucumber cups with hummus and have another amazing appetizer. Or you can dip a fresh pita bread or pretzels in it. MMMM Yum! Perfect food for parties or gatherings!
What if you have some leftovers? Highly unlikely, but if you do, its a perfect opportunity to make this easy deviled eggs with hummus. Or you can simply eat it as a spread in your sandwich or wrap for lunch next day. How about having a red hummus dip with some pita bread as after work/school snack the next day?
RED PEPPER HUMMUS CALORIES
Hummus has around 230 calories per serving. If you consume it in healthy combinations (I mean with celery sticks, cucumbers or carrot sticks NOT pita bread), it is a diet friendly food. It is very filling, so it will curb your appetite and it is very rich in protein and dietary fiber.
FAQS ON THIS EASY RED PEPPER HUMMUS
- Can I keep it in the fridge? Yes, you can store this hummus in a tight-lid container in the fridge. It will last 2 to 5 days.
- Can I make it without tahini? Yes, you can. Look at our hummus recipe without tahini. Adding roasted red peppers will make it even tastier.
- Can I make it without garlic? Its completely up to you. If you dont like the flavor of garlic or if it causes stomach ache, just leave it out. Your hummus will still be tasty thanks to roasted red pepper.
- Can I use sesame oil instead of olive oil? Yes, you can if you love it more.
- Is Hummus High In Salt? Yes, store-bought hummus is high in salt. Thats another reason for making your own hummus at home. You can have the control on the amount of salt when you make it yourself.
OTHER EASY HUMMUS RECIPES
OTHER RED BELL PEPPER RECIPES
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Roasted Red Pepper Hummus
Creamy homemade hummus with roasted red pepper.
- Author: Yusuf
- Prep Time: 5 minutes
- Cook Time: 15 minutes
- Total Time: 20 minutes
- Yield: 6
- Category: Appetizer
- Method: Blending
- Cuisine: Middle Eastern
- 3 red bell peppers
- 2 cups canned chickpeas
- 4 tablespoons tahini, optional
- 1 and tablespoons lemon juice
- 1 clove garlic
- teaspoon cumin
- teaspoon salt
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- Parsley, chopped
- Ground pistachio
- Roast the peppers either on the stove. Place a pepper on each gas burner with the highest setting. Roast them until all the sides are blackened, turning the peppers occasionally with a pair of tongs. Peel, cut them in half, remove the seeds and chop them.
- Put chickpeas, chopped red peppers, tahini, olive oil, garlic, cumin and salt in a food processor and blend. Taste and adjust to your liking. Run the processor until smooth.
- Transfer in a bowl and garnish with sumac, pistachio, parsley and pickles.
- Optionally, drizzle extra olive oil over it.
- You can roast the peppers in oven as well. Or just use jarred roasted red peppers.
- Leave tahini out if you are allergic to it or you dont have it on hand.
- If you find it too thick, add extra tahini, olive oil or just water.
Keywords: red hummus, roasted red pepper hummus, red bell pepper hummus