Roasted Red Pepper Hummus

Appetizers and Snacks | 26 comments

It is officially way too hot in New Mexico. Absolute torture to come home from vacation (Visiting Crete and Athens in a day) and be transported from Spring to Summer. There was no easing into the hot. Combine said hot weather with the reality of being home from vacation and there’s really not a whole lot of motivation to cook anything for dinner.

roasted red pepper hummus recipe

I made this recipe for Roasted Red Pepper Hummus on a particularly hot day. We don’t do a lot of dips, but when we do I try to make dip recipes that add nutritional value to the meal or snack rather than being empty calories. Hummus is great as a dip because it is made largely from garbanzo beans (or chickpeas).

Beans are filling and packed with protein and fiber which makes hummus a great addition to many no-cook summer meals and snacks. I love recipes like this because they’re so versatile. Hummus can be served so many ways. From a simple appetizer or starter to a meal with cut vegetables to part of a larger meal.

During the summer we tend to eat a lot of dinners that are appetizer or snack like. Healthy dips, lots of vegetables and fruits, and whole grains to fill up. These kind of meals are perfect for when it is too hot to turn on the oven. With this Roasted Red Pepper Hummus I served a variety of vegetables: grape tomatoes, yellow pepper, celery, and grilled whole wheat pita bread wedges.

easy red pepper hummus recipe

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1 - 15 ounce can garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed (I like Bush's brand)
2 cloves garlic
1/3 - 1/2 cup chopped roasted red bell pepper
2 1/2 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons Tahini
juice of half of a lemon
1/2 teaspoon salt, or to taste
1/4 teaspoon black pepper, or to taste
1/8 teaspoon cumin


Combine all ingredients in a blender and puree until smooth. If additional liquid is needed, you may add a tablespoon or two of water.

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  • 1
    Jill H - June 27, 2011 @ 1:16 pm

    I love that you grilled your pita bread! Looks delicious.


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    Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction - June 27, 2011 @ 2:25 pm

    Yum! Looks so delish… I have to make some hummus for a snack this week!


  • 3
    Liz @ Blog is the New Black - June 27, 2011 @ 2:30 pm

    This looks simple and delicious! Great inspiration for a snack! :)


  • 4
    Debbie B. (DebaRooRoo) - June 27, 2011 @ 3:59 pm

    Yum – I shouldn’t have read this while I was hungry!


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    Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen - June 27, 2011 @ 7:48 pm

    Hummus is definitely a good thing to have on hand for those no cook days when you just want to nibble on a few things and call it dinner.


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    Tracy - June 27, 2011 @ 11:37 pm

    Katie, do you have to use tahini? I was wondering if there is some kind of substitute for it if you don’t have that one ingredient.


    • Mirien replied: — June 28th, 2011 @ 12:59 PM

      Tracy–I used to use tahini, but made hummus once without it because I was out and we didn’t miss it at all! It may not be authentic without it, but we add flavor with roasted garlic, cumin, garlic, cilantro, or whatever else strikes our fancy and our hummus is always a bit hit. Try it!

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    Lauren at Keep It Sweet - June 28, 2011 @ 4:21 am

    I want that platter of veggies, pita and hummus as my lunch today!


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    Tickled Red - June 28, 2011 @ 5:58 am

    Hummus is the perfect healthy snack! Quick, easy and delicious. Love your red pepper version I can’t wait to try it :)


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    Kulsum at JourneyKitchen - June 28, 2011 @ 7:21 am

    I can never get enough of hummus and red pepper just makes it extra special :-)


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    Kristine - June 28, 2011 @ 9:05 am

    Yum! I think I’ll try this as a new afternoon snack option for my two-year-old and myself. I’m hoping she’ll like it, since she tends to like anything she can dip. Thanks for sharing!


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    Kalyn - June 28, 2011 @ 9:06 am

    One of my favorite hummus flavors, and I love your pita with the grill marks!


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    bee - June 28, 2011 @ 7:18 pm

    Thanks for the recipe! We always have get togethers with close friends. Everyone brings side dishes. This will be perfect, and looks so delicious!


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    baobabs - June 29, 2011 @ 1:46 am

    Yum, this looks delish!! Thanks for sharing the recipe and stunning photos! And lucky you for the lovely vacation in Greece, fortunately before the unrest started (saw on the news this morning)


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    Leslie - June 29, 2011 @ 10:03 am

    Ohhhh, I can’t wait to try this. Do you roast your own red peppers or do you buy them in the store. Do you think it would work well either way?


    • Katie Goodman

      Katie replied: — June 29th, 2011 @ 10:08 AM

      It should work either way, just make sure to drain store bought roasted peppers. I like to roast my own when the red peppers are on sale.

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    Jamie | My Baking Addiction - June 29, 2011 @ 5:06 pm

    There is a restaurant in town that has the most amazing roasted red pepper hummus. I never even thought about trying to recreate it at home. This looks fantastic.


  • 16
    Heidi @ Food Doodles - June 29, 2011 @ 6:57 pm

    Mmm, that looks so delicious! I’ve made so many flavors of hummus but I have yet to try a roasted red pepper. Yum!


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    Cecilia - July 12, 2011 @ 2:43 pm

    Thanks for this recipe! I just made this and it’s awesome! I may have to keep this in my fridge at all times now.


  • 18
    Carolyn - August 25, 2011 @ 4:27 pm

    I’ve lived in New Mexico for over 50 years, but I need directions for roasting red pepper. Do you use red bells or red chile peppers?


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    Carolyn - August 25, 2011 @ 4:30 pm

    Oops, I see it says red bell.


  • 20
    Cate - November 08, 2011 @ 8:12 am

    This is DELICIOUS! I don’t know if I’ll ever buy roasted red pepper hummus again! I did find it pretty mild at first, though, so I added some cayenne pepper and Indian chili powder and lots of black pepper to spice it up a bit. I love how nuanced the flavor is…way beyond anything I’ve bought in the store. In fact, I’m enjoying some with fresh pitas right now!


  • 21
    Robyn - March 11, 2012 @ 10:35 pm

    Just made this today and I absolutely fell in LOVE!!! It is SO yummy! I will be making this a lot!!! Thanks so much for sharing!!! :)


  • 22
    April - April 10, 2012 @ 10:41 am

    This is sooo good. Best hummus recipe I have come across.


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    Jenn - February 24, 2014 @ 5:18 pm

    Do you need to roast the chickpeas? Sorry this would be my first time making Hummas


    • Katie Goodman

      Katie replied: — March 4th, 2014 @ 4:46 PM

      No, I did not roast them.

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