Easy Red Pepper Hummus Without Tahini
This easy hummus recipe is a play on classic hummus with the addition of roasted red peppers, garlic cloves and a little spicy kick. Traditional hummus recipes normally list tahini or tahini paste as one of the main ingredients, but this recipe is made with peanut butter instead. Just add a can of chickpeas and you have your own hummus without the most expensive ingredient.
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Snack time in my book means flavorful dip or handheld bites so it is no wonder this is a household favorite. Many store-bought versions of regular hummus lack a lot of flavor but not this red pepper hummus. Bonus, this tahini-free hummus is also an easy recipe you can whip up on a moments notice as a party dip or a healthy snack.
Why I love this homemade hummus recipe
- Quick: This healthy hummus dip can be made in 10 minutes! It’s perfect for busy folks who want to make a homemade dish without all the fuss.
- Easy: There is no time consuming chopping involved here! This simple hummus recipe uses pantry staples and items you can store in the refrigerator.
- Taste: This red pepper garlic hummus has the best flavor and will keep you coming back for another dip. Definitely a must try for any hummus lover.
- Less Expensive: A key ingredient in hummus is tahini. Tahini is one of the common ingredients in middle eastern cuisine. It is made from sesame oil, ground sesame seeds, or sesame seed paste. While it has a rich nutty flavor, it can easily cost more than $5 a jar. Peanut butter is a more cost effective substitute.
Simple Hummus Recipe Ingredients
This is a simple recipe but it can be modified to fit your taste or even your picky eaters.
- Peanut Butter. As I mentioned above, this is a great substitute for tahini. It has a similar nutty taste and consistency. Not only is it less expensive, it is much easier to find at your local grocery store. Most people even stock peanut butter in their pantry. Just stick to the creamy version.
- Can of Garbanzo Beans. AKA Chickpeas. Yes, they are the same thing! No matter what you call them, they are the primary ingredient in hummus and have a mild earthy flavor. They can be found in the canned bean section of the grocery store.
- Garlic. This ingredient adds a ton of flavor and is found in most hummus recipes. Since chickpeas are relatively mild, garlic gives the hummus some depth. I usually keep a jar of minced garlic in the fridge for convenience but you could also use fresh garlic. No need to chop it, just peel it and throw it in with the rest of the ingredients.
- Red Pepper. I used a jar of roasted red peppers but you can definitely use fresh. I used a half a jar but feel free to add more if you like.
- Lemon Juice. This will add a bit of freshness to the delicious hummus and help cut some of the fat in the peanut butter.
- Sriracha. This is definitely an optional ingredient but in my opinion makes the best hummus. If you have never had it, it’s hot chili sauce. So if you are not into spicy food, maybe skip this ingredient.
When making a dip like this it is important to have a high-speed blender or food processor to create a smooth hummus. I use a similar small food processor and it creates the perfect hummus. If you don’t have a food processor, a quality blender or emersion blender should work too.
Easy Red Pepper Hummus Without Tahini
- 1 can chickpeas
- 2 tbsp peanut butter
- 6 oz roasted red pepper
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 2 tsp garlic minced
- 1 1/3 tbsp lemon juice 1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon
- 1 tbsp sriracha
- 1/2 tsp ground cumin
- 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
- salt & black pepper to taste
- Combine all ingredients in a food processor in the order listed above.
- Blend on high for 2 minutes or until smooth
- Scoop into a serving dish and enjoy
- Leftovers can be stored in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to 1 week
- Sriracha is a hot chili sauce. If you do not like spicy food, omit this ingredient.
- If you prefer tahini, you may use tahini instead of peanut butter
- You can top with red pepper flakes, garlic, and/or a little extra olive oil
- You can garnish with fresh herbs
What to serve with hummus
Hummus is a great snack, party dip or appetizer. I have even used it as a spread on sandwiches and as a dipping sauce for quesadillas! When looking for dippers the options are endless. But here are a few of my favorites.
- pita bread
- tortilla chips
- pita chips
- raw vegetables like celery, carrots, or cauliflower
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