Roasted Red Pepper Hummus

The first time I tasted hummus, I hated it!  It was garlic, and I love garlic, but that was some nasty stuff!!  Since then I gave it another try, went for the roasted red pepper hummus, and I loved it!  Now I make my own.  It’s super easy!

Red pepper Hummus (2)

I dump the beans in a colander to drain them and give them a good rinse, toss them in the food processor.  Add the tahini, and 2-3 T of the olive oil and puree.

Add the garlic, half of the roasted red pepper, the lemon juice and seasonings, process again. I use jarred roasted red pepper, its just quicker and easier for me.  Starting with just half of a red pepper allows you to get the perfect red pepper taste that you are aiming for!  The first time I made it I instantly added more than one and it was just too much.

Taste and adjust the seasonings if you need to; also you can add more of the red pepper and garlic if you choose.  If you prefer more of spicey hotness then add more cayenne.  That’s the best part about making your own hummus, you can adjust any of the seasonings and ingredients to your preference.

At this point, you can slowly drizzle in additional olive oil as you need to thin the hummus, only add one tablespoon at a time.  I have this weird thing about the texture of beans, I actually prefer mine thinned than what I made today.

Hope you give this a try!  It’s great to take to work for a snack or lunch.  Play around with it, try other spices.  Next time I make this I want to add a chipotle pepper, that should be delish!!

Ingredients:

1 15/16 oz can garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed

1 whole roasted red pepper, from a jar, cut in half

1 heaping tsp minced garlic

2-3 T olive oil (plus more for thinning out)

2 T lemon juice

2 T Tahini paste

Dash of cumin, cayenne pepper

Salt and Pepper to taste

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