Irresistible Roasted Red Pepper Hummus Recipe

Easy roasted red pepper hummus recipe with sweet red bell peppers, chickpeas, garlic, and tahini. Jump to the full Roasted Red Pepper Hummus Recipe. Or, watch our quick, straight-forward recipe video showing you how to make it.

After falling in love with how easy it is to make hummus at home, we decided to play around with some of our favorite store-bought hummus flavors. This hummus with spiced beef, feta, and mint is another.

Smooth Hummus RecipeWhen we shared our original hummus, we told you how to make the smoothest, creamiest hummus that we think is even better than store-bought. After sharing, many of you made it for yourselves and agreed. To learn all about making our hummus and our secrets for the creamiest hummus, click over and see our original hummus recipe.

This time we’re sharing our roasted red pepper hummus recipe — it’s creamy, smooth and so delicious. Roasted bell peppers add a smoky sweetness to the hummus. We roast the peppers at home (it’s really easy), but you could just as easily use jarred roasted peppers.

Homemade Roasted Red Pepper Hummus Recipe — It’s So Much Better Than Store-Bought

You asked for more hummus recipes. So here we go. Adding roasted bell peppers to hummus is one of our favorite ways to spice hummus up.

Easy roasted red pepper hummus recipe with sweet red bell peppers, chickpeas, garlic, and tahini.

If you’ve seen our original hummus recipe then you know that making the best hummus at home is easy. This red pepper hummus recipe is simple, too. In fact, all we’ve done is add two roasted red peppers to our original hummus recipe.

How to Cook Dried ChickpeasThis recipe uses canned chickpeas, but you can just as easily use your own home cooked chickpeas. To learn how to cook dried chickpeas, see our tutorial showing you how to cook dried chickpeas on the stove and in the slow cooker.

If you haven’t seen our original recipe, here’s our best hummus tip: To make the smoothest hummus rivaling the tubs you buy at the store, it isn’t about what you add to your food processor, it’s the order in which you add ingredients to your food processor.

Seriously, it’s that easy. Tahini and lemon juice go in first. Then, before you add anything else, turn on the food processor and let it run for a minute or so. This step helps to cream or whip the tahini and lemon juice ensuring the creamiest homemade hummus.

Quick and Easy Tahini RecipeDid you know you can make tahini at home? It’s very simple and lasts up to a month in your refrigerator. Here’s our recipe for making enough tahini for two batches of our hummus: Quick and Easy Tahini Recipe.

Now that you know the secret to the best hummus, let’s talk about how to roast red peppers.

How to Roast Peppers

Most stores nowadays sell jars of roasted bell peppers, so if you don’t feel like roasting your own, feel free to use the jarred peppers. If you do wish to roast your own peppers, to make things simple, we like to remove the core then cut the peppers into a few flat pieces.

This way, we can place them, skin-side up, onto a baking sheet, slide them under the broiler and broil until the pepper skin has charred.

See the photo below — See how charred the skin is?

How to Roast Peppers

It only takes 10 minutes to roast the peppers. After that, we add the peppers to a resealable plastic bag or a bowl covered with plastic wrap and set the peppers aside. They steam a little, which helps the skin pull away from the pepper — making it extra easy to peel.

Easy red pepper hummus with sweet red bell peppers, chickpeas, garlic, and tahini.

What do you think? Are you ready to skip the store-bought tub and make your own roasted red pepper hummus recipe at home?

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Easy red pepper hummus recipe with sweet red bell peppers, chickpeas, garlic, and tahini.

Recipe updated, originally posted April 2013. Since posting this in 2013, we have tweaked the recipe to be more clear and added a quick recipe video. – Adam and Joanne

Irresistible Roasted Red Pepper Hummus Recipe

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When we first figured out how to make our own hummus, we were shocked at how easy (and fast) it is. With just a few simple tricks, you really can make creamy smooth hummus at home. Plus, since it really is so easy, we love adding extra flavor like sweet roasted red peppers. Two things here. First, we use canned chickpeas, which is much, much quicker than using dried. Some swear by soaking and cooking their own dried chickpeas, but we’re just not that organized and love that canned chickpeas means we can enjoy our hummus in 10 minutes. Second, our recipe calls for tahini, a creamy paste made from sesame seeds. You can usually find tahini in larger grocery stores or specialty markets, or you can actually make it at home.

Makes 6 Servings or approximately 1 1/2 cups

You Will Need

2 whole red bell peppers (substitute about 3/4 cup chopped jarred roasted red peppers)

1 (15-ounce) can chickpeas or 1 1/2 cups (250 grams) cooked chickpeas

1/4 cup (60 ml) fresh lemon juice, about 1 large lemon

1/4 cup (60 ml) tahini, see our homemade tahini recipe

1 small garlic clove, minced

2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, plus more for serving

1/2 teaspoon ground cumin

Pinch cayenne pepper (optional)

Salt to taste

Directions

  • Roast Peppers
  • Move an oven rack so that it is about 5 inches from the broiler. Turn oven broiler on.

    Remove core of peppers then cut into large flat pieces. Arrange pepper pieces, skin-side up, on a baking sheet. Broil 5 to 10 minutes until the peppers skin has charred.

    Add peppers to a resealable plastic bag, seal then wait 10 to 15 minutes until cool enough to handle. Or, add peppers to a bowl then cover with plastic wrap and wait 10 to 15 minutes. Gently peel away the charred pepper skin and discard. Reserve 1 to 2 pieces to use as a garnish when serving then roughly chop the rest.How-to-Roast-Peppers-Step-2

    • Make Hummus
    • In the bowl of a food processor, combine the tahini and lemon juice and process for 1 minute, scrape the sides and bottom of the bowl then process for 30 seconds more. This extra time helps “whip” or “cream” the tahini, making the hummus smooth and creamy.How to Make Hummus-Recipe-Step-1

      Add the olive oil, minced garlic, cumin, and a 1/2 teaspoon of salt to the whipped tahini and lemon juice. Process for 30 seconds, scrape the sides and bottom of the bowl then process another 30 seconds or until well blended.How-to-Make-Hummus-Recipe-Step-2

      Open, drain, and rinse the chickpeas. Add half of the chickpeas to the food processor and process for 1 minute. Scrape sides and bottom of the bowl, then add remaining chickpeas and process until thick and quite smooth; 1 to 2 minutes.

      Add the roasted peppers and continue to process for 1 to 2 minutes or until smooth. If the hummus is too thick or still has tiny bits of chickpea, with the food processor turned on, slowly add 1 to 3 tablespoons of water until you are happy with the consistency.

      Taste for salt and adjust as needed. Finely chop the reserved peppers. Spoon hummus into a bowl, make a small well in the middle and add the chopped peppers. Store homemade hummus in an airtight container and refrigerate up to one week.

Adam and Joanne's Tips

  • How to Cook Chickpeas: You can use canned or home-cooked chickpeas for this recipe. To see how we cook dried chickpeas, see our simple tutorial here. We have included three methods including how to do it in a slow cooker.
  • Nutrition Facts: The nutrition facts provided below are estimates. We have used the USDA Supertracker recipe calculator to calculate approximate values. We omitted salt from the calculations since you will need to add to your tastes.

If you make this recipe, snap a photo and hashtag it #inspiredtaste — We love to see your creations on Instagram and Facebook! Find us: @inspiredtaste

Nutrition Per Serving: Serving Size 1/4 cup / Calories 195 / Protein 6 g / Carbohydrate 18 g / Dietary Fiber 5 g / Total Sugars 4 g / Total Fat 12 g / Saturated Fat 2 g / Cholesterol 0 mg
AUTHOR: Adam and Joanne Gallagher

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136 comments… Leave a Comment
  • Dyana May 30, 2014, 5:34 pm

    This is our go-to red pepper hummus recipe! Every time I take it to a potluck or gathering, I always get asked for the recipe. We tend to like our hummus on the thicker side so I follow the recipe but use an entire jar of Trader Joe’s fire roasted red peppers (drained) and one and a half to two cans of garbanzo beans. Toss everything into the largest cup of our Nutribullet 900 and we have smooth, creamy, delicious hummus in a matter of minutes. Thanks for posting this recipe!

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  • Shana M April 22, 2014, 5:44 pm

    I have only bought tahini once and it was so separated and difficult to work with that I gave it up soon thereafter. What I have found instead, is that a few drops of sesame oil gives me the same flavor. Less fat, same flavor. Delicious.

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  • Fiha Melark April 22, 2014, 12:09 pm

    My name is Fiha Melark, and the hummus turned out amazing. I invited a few of my friends over for an intimate get-together, and out of all the amazing food, they liked the hummus the best! Go inspiredtaste.net!

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    • Joanne April 23, 2014, 2:15 pm

      Nice!

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  • Jessie April 3, 2014, 8:24 pm

    This is great! I used 1/2 tsp paprika and 1/2 tsp smoked paprika in place of the cumin and added a little lemon zest for brightness and it is delicious! My 3 year old is licking the bowl right now 🙂

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    • Joanne April 4, 2014, 11:30 am

      Nice! Love it when we get a thumbs up from 3-year-olds 🙂

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  • Amalia March 22, 2014, 2:19 pm

    Making this currently, but wasn’t able to broil the peppers. I’m a renter, and my oven is about as basic as it gets. Any tips for getting them as nice and toasty as yours?

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    • Joanne March 24, 2014, 9:51 am

      Hmm. If you have a gas stove, you can rotate the peppers around over the burner.

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      • Laura July 14, 2014, 9:36 pm

        I have a gas stove and usually put peppers over the burners. Once they are blackened put them in a brown bag for a few minutes and skin peels right off.

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  • Jinny March 19, 2014, 1:59 pm

    First time making and loved it.

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    • Joanne March 20, 2014, 11:23 am

      Great! Glad you liked it.

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  • Niyama February 15, 2014, 1:47 pm

    Turned out great!! I made the minor mistake of adding a little water before I added the peppers (to make a smoother texture) but the peppers have water in themselves, so next time I’ll wait and follow instructions. Lol

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  • Renee January 26, 2014, 6:43 pm

    I made this tonight and it’s really incredible – great recipe and thanks for sharing. Looking forward to trying more of your recipes!

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  • Liz January 19, 2014, 2:22 pm

    I just made three versions of hummus based on your basic recipe (plain, red pepper and one with horseradish). So yummy. I like your site and writing and I’ll be back for more. Thanks!

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  • Norma January 10, 2014, 8:07 pm

    I love hummus cant wait to try both the original and the one with red pepper.
    thanks for sharing the video was great Joanne

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    • Joanne January 15, 2014, 3:17 pm

      Thanks Norma!

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