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Homemade Roasted Red Pepper Hummus (Easy and Healthy!)

This recipe for Roasted Red Pepper Hummus is so easy to prepare. It features roasted red bell peppers with chickpeas, tahini, lemon, garlic, and cumin. Homemade hummus is a delicious and healthy snack that you can serve in a variety of different ways. This post will tell you everything you need to know about making this red pepper hummus recipe, including how to freeze it!

overhead photo roasted red pepper hummus on a serving platter with pita bread and raw vegetables

Making this Roasted Red Pepper Hummus

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.

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.

Red Pepper Hummus for a Healthy Snack

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 chickpeas (or garbanzo beans).

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.

What is Hummus?

Hummus is a Middle Eastern dip that resembles a thick paste or spread. The classic hummus recipe is traditionally made from chickpeas, sesame seeds (or tahini), olive oil, lemon, and garlic.

This recipe has the addition of roasted red bell peppers and some ground cumin that adds a smoky flavor to the dip. Don’t be afraid to get creative with hummus. You can experiment with different beans, spices, or other vegetables to add in.

Hummus is incredibly simple to prepare because you’re just blending the ingredients together until a thick paste forms.

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Helpful Kitchen Tools to Make Homemade Hummus

You’ll find the following tools helpful for preparing this roasted red peppers hummus:

  • Measuring Spoons – to measure the olive oil, tahini, lemon juice, and seasonings.
  • Food Processor or High Speed Blender – to blend the ingredients into a smooth texture
  • Citrus Juicer – to juice the lemon
  • Spatula – for scraping the side of the food processor.

Ingredients in this Red Pepper Hummus Recipe

This homemade hummus recipe calls for a few simple ingredients. You’ll need:

  • Chickpeas (also called Garbanzo Beans)
  • Fresh Garlic
  • Roasted Red Bell Pepper
  • Olive Oil
  • Tahini Paste
  • Fresh Lemon Juice
  • Ground Cumin
  • Black Pepper
  • Salt

For the complete ingredient list and detailed instructions, scroll to the bottom of this post for the FREE printable recipe card.

What Is Tahini

Tahini is made by grinding sesame seeds with oil until a smooth paste forms.

It is usually found near the nut butters in the grocery store, though sometimes you might find it located near the international foods if your grocery store has a section for that. If you can’t find tahini in your grocery store, you can purchase tahini online.

If you don’t have tahini or have a sesame allergy, you can substitute nut butters instead. I recommend sunflower butter, almond butter, or cashew butter as substitutes.

How to Make Hummus with Roasted Red Peppers

This recipe for hummus with roasted red peppers is actually a really easy recipe to prepare! Here’s an over view of the instructions:

Place the chickpeas, garlic cloves, roasted red bell pepper, olive oil, tahini, lemon juice, ground cumin, black pepper, and salt in the bowl of a food processor.

Pulse a few times to combine the ingredients. Then, using a spatula scrape down the sides of the food processor’s interior.

After that, process until the mixture is smooth, scraping the sides periodically if needed. That’s it!

The above is simply a quick summary of this recipe. Check out the full recipe in the free printable recipe card at the bottom of this post for all the detailed instructions.

Tips for Making Homemade Roasted Red Pepper Hummus

  • After draining the chickpeas, give them a good rinse in cold water.
  • Substituting dried chickpeas in this recipe will work fine. If you want to cook your own chickpeas, check out my tutorial to learn Everything You Need to Know About Cooking Dried Beans.
  • To roast your own red peppers for this recipe, check out my tutorial for How to Roast Peppers. Roasting your own peppers is actually really easy!
Photo of red pepper hummus on grilled pita bread

What to Eat with Roasted Red Pepper Hummus

There are so many ways to enjoy hummus. Here are a few of our favorite uses:

  • Hummus is a simple, healthy dip to accompany raw vegetables. Try: cherry tomatoes, carrot sticks, cucumber slices, radishes, and snap peas.
  • It tastes delicious with Whole Wheat Pita Chips (How to Make Homemade Pita Chips), warm pita bread, homemade naan, or tortilla chips.
  • Try it as an alternative Spread in Sandwiches, Wraps, Pitas, or even Burgers (5 Ways to Dress up a Sandwich)
  • Sauce on a Pizza or Flatbread
  • Try using it as a filling for deviled eggs
  • Serve it alongside falafel

What to Do with Leftovers

If you didn’t eat all of this red pepper hummus the day you made it, or you made an extra large batch to eat over many days, then you’ll need to learn how to store it properly. You can refrigerate or freeze hummus. Here’s how:

How Long Does Homemade Hummus Last?

You’ll need to store any leftover hummus in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Homemade hummus with last for about 3 – 4 days in the refrigerator.

If the hummus begins to mold, has developed a sour smell, is older than 4 days, or hasn’t been refrigerated properly then it is time to toss it out.

How to Freeze Hummus with Roasted Red Pepper

Hummus is easy to freeze and doesn’t require any special preparation. Just transfer it to a freezer-safe sealed container, then label and date it.

Make sure you leave some room at the top to account for expansion as the hummus freezes. It will last for about 4 months in the freezer.

Try this Red Pepper Hummus at Home!

Next time you’re looking for a healthy snack, give this red pepper hummus a try! Did you think it was the best hummus? Leave a comment below and give it a review for others to see what you thought of this delicious recipe.

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More Hummus Recipes

Looking for a few more creamy hummus recipes to try? Check these out:

Classic hummus is transformed into this Roasted Salsa Verde Hummus with the addition of roasted poblano, jalapeño, tomatillo, onion, cilantro, and lime.

This Black Bean Hummus is made with black beans instead of chickpeas, and is flavored with lime and cumin. This is a great dip to make for parties and potlucks!

While not hummus, you might also like this simple White Bean Bruschetta. It is a thick and chunky white bean spread that you can enjoy similarly.

Don’t see what you’re looking for here? You can always head over to check out the recipe index to look for more recipes.

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roasted red pepper hummus recipe

Roasted Red Bell Pepper Hummus

Yield: 6-8 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

This recipe for Roasted Red Pepper Hummus is so easy to prepare. It features roasted red bell peppers with chickpeas, tahini, lemon, garlic, and cumin. Homemade hummus is a delicious and healthy snack that you can serve in a variety of different ways.

Ingredients

  • 1 - 15 ounce can chickpeas, 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

Instructions

  1. Open the can of chickpeas and drain the chickpeas over the sink using a a strainer or colander. Then, rinse the chickpeas with cold water.
  2. Add the chickpeas, garlic, roasted red pepper, olive oil, tahini, lemon juice, salt, black pepper, and cumin to the bowl of a food processor or a high-speed blender.
  3. Place the lid on the food processor or blender. Then, pulse the mixture a few times.
  4. Scrape the sides down using a spatula, then replace the lid and blend the mixture, scraping the sides down periodically as needed, until the hummus is smooth.
  5. If needed, add a tablespoon or two of water and continue to blend.
  6. Add additional salt and pepper to taste if needed.

Notes

How Long Does Homemade Hummus Last?

You'll need to store any leftover hummus in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Homemade hummus with last for about 3 - 4 days in the refrigerator.

If the hummus begins to mold, has developed a sour smell, is older than 4 days, or hasn't been refrigerated properly then it is time to toss it out.

How to Freeze Hummus with Roasted Red Pepper

Hummus is easy to freeze and doesn't require any special preparation. Just transfer it to a freezer-safe sealed container, then label and date it.

Make sure you leave some room at the top to account for expansion as the hummus freezes. It will last for about 4 months in the freezer.

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Nutrition Information
Yield 8 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 167Total Fat 8gSaturated Fat 1gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 6gCholesterol 0mgSodium 376mgCarbohydrates 20gFiber 4gSugar 6gProtein 6g

GoodLifeEats.com offers recipe nutritional information as a courtesy and is an estimate only. This information comes from online calculators. Although GoodLifeEats.com makes every effort to provide accurate information, these figures are only estimates.

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I’d love it if you let me know what you think! Snap a photo and tag me on Instagram at @goodlifeeats with the hashtag #goodlifeeatsrecipes so I can see what you’re cooking up in YOUR kitchen!

Jenn

Monday 24th of February 2014

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

Katie

Tuesday 4th of March 2014

No, I did not roast them.

April

Tuesday 10th of April 2012

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

Robyn

Sunday 11th of March 2012

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!!! :)

Cate

Tuesday 8th of November 2011

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!

Carolyn

Thursday 25th of August 2011

Oops, I see it says red bell.

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