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Our roasted red pepper hummus is bursting with savory, satisfying flavors — and it’s incredibly quick and easy to make. Don’t miss it.

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Why we love this recipe

Let me be the first to say that some of the hummus riffs out there are totally absurd. This is not one of them. The flavors make a ton of sense, and it still really feels like hummus — with a punchy, extra-savory twist. It’s:

  • Bold but beautifully balanced
  • Creamy and satisfying
  • Packed with fiber, protein, and micronutrients
  • Vegan and gluten-free

I first published this recipe here back in 2015. I’ve since updated the post for clarity and made some tweaks to the recipe itself.

What you’ll need

Here’s a glance at the ingredients you’ll need to make this recipe.

ingredients in bowls
  • Canned chickpeas make this recipe quick and easy, and they work great here. You can cook your own chickpeas from dried, of course, if you like. The two cans in this recipe equal about 3 ½ cups of cooked chickpeas.
  • A jar of roasted red peppers packed in water or oil is fine. Either way, you’ll drain and pat them dry. I tend to seek them out water-packed for this recipe because they’re less messy to work with, and there are already plenty of good fats present in the olive oil and tahini.
  • Tahini is sesame seed paste. It adds a beautiful creaminess and an earthy flavor to hummus. It’s fairly widely available in supermarkets, or you can grab it online here.
  • A generous amount of freshly squeezed lemon juice brings a bright freshness to the recipe.
  • I use sweet smoked paprika (also called pimentòn). For a gentle spicy kick, you could use hot.

How to make it

Here’s an overview of what you’ll do to make a great batch of roasted red pepper hummus. You can see the steps in action in the video that accompanies this post, and get all the details in the recipe card below.

step by step
  1. Drain the chickpeas well. Drain and pat dry the roasted red peppers.
  2. Add all ingredients to a food processor fitted with the blade.
  3. Process for about 90 seconds, until perfectly smooth.
  4. That’s it — hummus is ready to eat!

Expert tips and FAQs

Got any serving suggestions?

Sure thing. You can use this recipe pretty much anywhere you’d serve regular hummus — with pita chips or veggies, on an appetizer board, on a sandwich or wrap, in a salad, and more. I originally developed it as part of a game day spread that included lots of other big flavors. It fits well in a situation like that, where you want to make sure vegans and gluten-free folks don’t feel like an afterthought.

Can I make this recipe in advance? What about leftovers?

Yes. It will keep well in an airtight container in the fridge for a week. I don’t recommend freezing.

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5 from 4 votes

Roasted Red Pepper Hummus

By Carolyn Gratzer Cope
This hummus is bursting with savory, satisfying flavors — and it's incredibly quick and easy to make. Don't miss it.
Prep: 5 minutes
Total: 5 minutes
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Ingredients 

  • 2 15- ounce 425-gram cans chickpeas
  • 1 12- ounce 340-gram jar roasted red peppers
  • 6 tablespoons (90 ml) freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • ¼ cup (60 grams) tahini
  • ¼ cup (60 ml) extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 large cloves garlic, roughly chopped
  • 1 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • ½ teaspoon sweet smoked paprika

Instructions 

  • Drain the chickpeas well.
  • Drain and pat dry the roasted red peppers.
  • Place all ingredients into the bowl of a food processor fitted with the blade.
  • Process for about 90 seconds, until perfectly smooth and creamy.

Notes

  1. Canned chickpeas make this recipe quick and easy, and they work great here. You can cook your own chickpeas from dried, of course, if you like. The two cans in this recipe equal about 3 ½ cups of cooked chickpeas.
  2. A jar of roasted red peppers packed in water or oil is fine. Either way, you'll drain and pat them dry. I tend to seek them out water-packed for this recipe because they're less messy to work with, and there are already plenty of good fats present in the olive oil and tahini.
  3. Tahini is sesame seed paste. It adds a beautiful creaminess and an earthy flavor to hummus. It's fairly widely available in supermarkets, or you can grab it online here.
  4. I use sweet smoked paprika (also called pimentòn). For a gentle spicy kick, you could use hot.
  5. You can use this recipe pretty much anywhere you'd serve regular hummus — with pita chips or veggies, on an appetizer board, on a sandwich, and more. I originally developed it as part of a game day spread that included lots of other big flavors. It fits well in a situation like that, where you want to make sure vegans and gluten-free folks don't feel overlooked.
  6. Keeps well in an airtight container in the fridge for a week. I don't recommend freezing.

Nutrition

Calories: 121kcal, Carbohydrates: 10.7g, Protein: 3.8g, Fat: 7.7g, Fiber: 3.4g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Snacks and Starters
Cuisine: American
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Hi there, I'm Carolyn Gratzer Cope, founder and publisher of Umami Girl. Join me in savoring life, one recipe at a time. I'm a professional recipe developer with training from the French Culinary Institute (now ICE) and a lifetime of studying, appreciating, and sharing food.

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