If you’re looking for an appetizer that’s healthy, delicious and ready in minutes, this Spicy Hummus may be just what you need. Or go rogue and spread on sandwiches or pizza!
This post is sponsored in conjunction with #BBQWeek. The sponsors, Rainier Foods and Intensity Academy generously provided samples to participants to aid in the creation of the #BBQWeek recipes and prize packages. However, all opinions are mine alone.
I love hummus. The versatile and nutty dip is a staple at my house and I’d always run to the store any time I was out.
But for a gal who likes to go homemade, people were surprised. Because everyone knows that homemade hummus is easy!
Well, that’s as long as you don’t care if it’s bland. Yes, adding some of the great flavors that commercial hummus has was always my problem.
Until I got my salts and sauces from Saucy Queen. Then I decided to solve the bland homemade hummus problem once and for all.
What is Hummus
Per Wikipedia Hummus “is a Middle Eastern dip, spread, or savory dish made from cooked, mashed chickpeas blended with tahini, lemon juice, and garlic… In Middle Eastern cuisine, it is usually eaten as a dip, with pita bread. In the West, it is now produced industrially, and is often served as a snack or appetizer with crackers.“
Why You’ll Love This!
Healthy. Did you know that chickpeas, which are the main ingredient in hummus, are super healthy? Per Health News, they are loaded with protein and fiber plus antioxidants and other key nutrients.
Flavorful. A basic hummus is tasty but this Spicy Hummus rocks with the Garlic Goddess Sauce mixed in and drizzled over the top.
Easy. Just blend up a few ingredients in a blender or food processor.
Control the Ingredients. When you go homemade, you can control the ingredients. Lower the sodium, use organic chickpeas, avoid preservatives and take advantage of unlimited flavor options.
What You’ll Need
- Chickpeas. This is the main ingredient in the hummus
- Tahini. Tahini is a paste made from ground sesame seeds that adds nutty flavor and richness.
- Olive oil. Adds richness and flavor.
- Lemon juice. Adds flavor and balances the oils.
- Garlic. Adds flavor
- Garlic Goodness Sauce. Adds more garlic flavor and heat. Adjust more or less to your tastes.
- Salt. As needed.
- Water. This helps thin to the desired consistency.
- Dippers. Cut vegetables, pita bread or other dippers.
- A blender or food processor is needed to puree and mix the ingredients.
Step by Step Directions
Blend the hummus ingredients in a high-speed blender until smooth. Add water as needed to reach your desired consistency.
Transfer to a serving bowl. In a separate bowl, whisk together oil and garlic sauce to make the drizzle.
Drizzle on top of the hummus. Sprinkle with chopped parsley.
How to Serve
Hummus is perhaps best known as a dip. Served with raw vegetables, bagel chips, pita bread or even sliced French bread, it makes is a healthy and tasty snack. It also works well as a side dish for a picnic, BBQ or other casual meal.
I used to put out veggies and dip like this Spicy Hummus when my kids arrived home from school. I figured that having vegetables available when they were hungriest was a great way to help them get their 5-a-day servings of fruit and vegetables!
But Spicy Hummus can also work as an ingredient in other recipes. In a Mediterranean pizza, for example you, can use hummus as a base instead of tomato sauce. And it’s spooned over chips in Middle Eastern Nachos.
It also makes a tasty spread. Try hummus with roasted vegetables and sprouts on whole grain bread for a tasty sandwich. Or how about some hummus toast (with or without avocado)? Breakfast hummus anyone?
Make Ahead and Storage Tips
Spicy Hummus will keep 4-5 days from when it’s made, so it’s a great make ahead dish. Just store covered in the refrigerator and take it out when it’s time to serve.
I have never tried freezing hummus but I’ve read that you can. The batch size for this recipe is small (we actually ate the whole thing “testing”) so it’s unlikely that you’ll have leftovers unless you double it for a party.
Tips & FAQs
This recipe is small so it will work for any size household. Consider doubling it if you are serving a crowd.
Best Tahini. I love tahini and always keep it in stock. The best tahini I ever had was handmade fresh at our local coop (and still lasted well in the refrigerator). So consider checking that out if you have a a favorite local store.
I once thought I’d solve the problem by going homemade and bought a big bag of sesame seeds to try. Unfortunately, it was markedly bitter so that is not necessarily the right answer to this. If you make your own, I’d love to hear your tips in the comments.
And if you’re worried that you won’t be able to use up the tahini you buy for this, it can be good in sauces like this Kefta (Middle Eastern Seasoned Meat), dips like this Eggplant Goat Cheese Dip and dressings like in this Pecan Sweet Potato Salad!
- 1½ cups cooked chickpeas drained and rinsed
- ¼ cup tahini
- 2 Tablespoons olive oil
- 2 Tablespoons lemon juice
- 1 garlic clove minced
- ½ teaspoon Garlic Goodness Sauce or other spicy garlic sauce
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ¼ cup water
- 1 Tablespoon olive oil
- ½-1 teaspoon Garlic Goodness Sauce
- Blend the hummus ingredients in a high-speed blender until smooth. Add water as needed to reach your desired consistency.
- Transfer to a serving bowl.
- Make the Drizzle. Whisk together oil and garlic sauce then drizzle on top of the hummus. Sprinkle with chopped parsley.
- Serve with your choice of dippers
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- Grilled Kale Salad with Grilled Croutons and Garlic Dressing from Karen’s Kitchen Stories
- Spicy Hummus Dip from Art of Natural Living
- Barbecued Pork Burgers from A Kitchen Hoor’s Adventures
- Beef Kafta from A Day in the Life on the Farm
- Chai Teriyaki Shrimp Salad from Cindy’s Recipes and Writings
- Grilled Glazed Blackberry Chicken from Blogghetti
- Grilled Zesty Greek Chicken from Cheese Curd In Paradise
- Jalapeno-Marinated Pork Kabobs from Sweet Beginnings
- Margarita Grilled Shrimp from Jen Around the World
- Smoked Burgers with Spicy Garlic Aioli from The Spiffy Cookie
- Southwestern Chicken Skewers from The Freshman Cook
- Sweet and Spicy Chicken and Pineapple Skewers from Hezzi-D’s Books and Cooks
- Easy Biscoff or Nutella Braided Bread
- Peanut Butter Rice Krispie Treats