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Smoky Roasted Red Pepper Hummus

A quick and satisfying red pepper hummus recipe that will please a crowd.

Smoky Roasted Red Pepper Hummus | Umami GirlThis blog will turn seven in a few months, and after all these years, there’s not much more I can say about the “Super” Bowl. Suuuuuuuperrrrrr. Here’s my party line: Food, yes. Football, no. (Commercials? Meh.) The nice thing about this attitude is that it’s portable across cultures. Even where “football” means soccer, I can still use it. I’m psyched that you’re psyched, I’ll thumbs up your team because I don’t care about the other one, and I’ll happily do all the cooking. Just don’t make me pay attention to the game.

Actually, trying to make me do anything I didn’t come up with on my own (or erroneously, ridiculously feel like I did) is getting to be a difficult task. Good luck, sistas. Middle-aged and proud. And there we go again with the ironic/not ironic breaking in of middle age. Anyone want to come sit by me during the game and talk quietly about that? Because that I could do. 

Whether or not we agree about football, whether or not I seem like a traitor more than a Patriot (not bad, right?), I promise you can trust my football food. That’s been true for years. 

Here’s a punchy, totally satisfying, incredibly quick and easy take on hummus that will stand up to a strong beer and sit happily beside a plate of wings. Unlike me, it’s meant to be a crowd pleaser, but your vegetarian and vegan friends will be especially glad to have it.

And check the photos below for lots more Super Bowl food suggestions. Enjoy the game, and Namaste — the food-loving light in me honors the football-loving light in you. See you soon.


Carolyn xx


Smoky Roasted Red Pepper Hummus

Creamy, smoky, and packed with flavor, this dip is perfect for your Super Bowl spread or any day. And hey, it's vegan.


  • 2 cans chickpeas, drained
  • 1 jarred roasted red pepper, drained
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 or 2 cloves garlic (your preference), roughly chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon sweet smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon fine sea salt if chickpeas are unsalted, or to taste


  • Combine all ingredients in the bowl of a food processor fitted with the blade. Process until smooth and creamy. Serve with chips, with vegetables, in a sandwich, on a bagel, from a spoon, yadda yadda.
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    Hi there, I'm Carolyn, and I'm delighted you're here. I'm a NYC-area food, travel, yoga, coffee, wine, running, music making and book obsessive with a great family and a love for sharing it all with you. Grab a drink and come on in. Learn more.

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