Spicy Red Pepper Hummus

Recently I saw my friend Liz post a photo on Instagram of her homemade quinoa falafels. Today I randomly was craving falafel so I decided to try out her recipe. Check it out- they are so good!

I wanted to pair the falafel with some hummus so I whipped up my own real quick.

All you really need to make a basic hummus is chickpeas, tahini and lemon juice. You can add literally whatever you want to boost the flavor. I had just bought roasted red peppers at the store earlier so I wanted to incorporate those into my hummus. Feel free to add or omit any of the following ingredients.


  • 1 can chickpeas (garbanzo beans)
  • 2 tbsp tahini
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 tbsp cayenne (add more or less depending on how spicy you want it)
  • 1 tbsp cumin
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tbsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1/4 cup roasted red peppers (not to be confused with raw red peppers. I bought roasted red peppers in a jar because #lazy)


  1. Drain and rinse chickpeas.
  2. Combine all ingredients in food processor. Only use 1/4 cup of water to begin with.
  3. Begin processing. If the hummus is super thick, add more water. You want it to be nice and creamy so you may need to add even more water. DON’T add too much though otherwise it will be too runny. To avoid this, add water in small increments.
  4. Serve with falafel, bread, pita, cucumbers, peppers, etc. Hummus is so versatile so you can enjoy it with anything!


If you like this recipe, let me know! I want to experiment making different types of hummus in the future. Enjoy!



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