Roasted Red Pepper Hummus

It’s safe to say that I LOVE Hummus. In fact, I would probably eat a whole bowl in one sitting. It took me a long time to make my own hummus, because the ingredient tahini spooked me away a little bit. I always looked at recipes with my head tilted, because I had never even SEEN tahini before.

For those of you that don’t know, tahini is basically a sesame seed paste. It gives hummus much of it’s flavor. Once I finally found a container of it in the specialty food section of my grocery store, I was in love. It is excellent in so many dishes.

Now, if you CANT find tahini, or feel that you may only make hummus once, so it’d be a waste to purchase it, I have a possible solution for you. One day, I had a huge craving for some hummus after settling in from a long day. I didn’t have any tahini, so I came up with a faux tahini, which turned out pretty darn close!!! What I did, was mix peanut butter and sesame seeds in the food processor until the seeds were ground. Voila! “Sesame Seed Paste”. 🙂

The best part of making your own hummus is creating tons of flavorful combinations to enjoy. I love a batch of good ole’ garlic hummus, but this roasted red pepper hummus is to die for! Obviously, you get that great roasted flavor from the peppers, but I like to add some bite to it with hot sauce and lots of garlic.

Why Make This From Scratch?: While store bought Hummus isn’t necessarily bad for you, and is typically made with all natural ingredients, it can be a little pricey. At my local store, a 10oz container of hummus runs anywhere from $4.99-6.99. For this recipe, the ingredients would only cost you around $1.50 for 10oz. Worth it for you? Maybe not. But, there’s truly nothing better than a fresh batch of hummus, and being able to make it in 5 minutes!

Red Pepper Hummus Apinchadash

Roasted Red Pepper Hummus

What You’ll Need:

+ 1 15 oz can chickpeas

+ 1 cup roasted red peppers

+ 1/4 cup tahini

+ juice of 1 lemon

+ 2 Tablespoons olive oil

+ 1/2 teaspoon cumin

+ 2 cloves garlic

+ 1 teaspoon hot sauce

+ 1 teaspoon each salt and pepper (or to taste)

+ 1 teaspoon smoked paprika

Combine all in a food processor or blender, and serve! Simple as that!

Roasted Red Pepper HUmmus

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