I love hummus. LOVE it. I use it as a dip for any kind of vegetable, spread it on rice cakes or gluten-free toast, and even use it in place of mayo in my tuna salad. Though I have to say, I’m somewhat ashamed. Not of my love of hummus, no, but because I’d never made hummus until now! It’s ridiculously easy – all it takes is a few ingredients and a few minutes in the food processor. This version is a little more complicated considering you have to roast the red bell pepper first, but it’s really quite easy. The roasted red bell pepper combined with the zesty flavor of the raw orange bell pepper give this hummus a unique sweet-and-spicy flavor, but feel free to experiment with your own combinations! For instance, I like garlic so I decided to use 3 cloves, but you can add just one if you please. It’s simple, delicious, and nutritious. What more could you ask for?
This recipe is:
• Refined sugar-free
Sweet & Spicy Roasted Bell Pepper Hummus
• 1 can chickpeas (15 ounces)
• 3-4 tablespoons sesame tahini
• 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
• 3 garlic cloves
• 1 medium roasted red bell pepper (roasting instructions below)
• ½ medium orange bell pepper, roughly chopped (reserve some for garnish)
• juice of 1 large or two small lemons
- To roast your red pepper, turn your broiler to high. Cut the bell pepper in half, detach the top and scrape out the seeds and flesh. Place the pepper halves face down on a baking sheet, and broil for 10-15 minutes until the skin blackens. Remove the bell pepper and place in a closed paper bag for another 10-15 minutes to let steam (this makes the skins nice and easy to remove). Peel the skin off and roughly chop the red pepper. Then…
- Combine all ingredients in a food processor until blended. That’s it! Super simple. If you prefer your hummus chilled, place your can of chickpeas in the fridge and let the red pepper cool beforehand.
Serve with celery, cucumber slices, carrot sticks, gluten-free chips, or bell pepper slices for dipping, or go all-out and serve as part of your next Mediterranean-inspired meal. The possibilities are endless! What’s your favorite way to eat hummus? Let me know in the comments below!