Spicy Hummus Dip

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!

If you’re looking for an appetizer that’s healthy, delicious and ready in minutes, this Spicy Hummus may be just what you need.

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. Saucy Queen sauces

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.

If you’re looking for an appetizer that’s healthy, delicious and ready in minutes, this Spicy Hummus may be just what you need.

What You’ll Need

Ingredients

  • 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.

Special Tools

  • 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.

Add ingredients to blender

Transfer to a serving bowl. In a separate bowl, whisk together oil and garlic sauce to make the drizzle. 

whisk drizzle

Drizzle on top of the hummus. Sprinkle with chopped parsley.

Top hummus with drizzle and parsley Serve with your choice of dippers

SPicy hummus with dippers

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?  If you’re looking for an appetizer that’s healthy, delicious and ready in minutes, this Spicy Hummus may be just what you need.

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.

If you’re looking for an appetizer that’s healthy, delicious and ready in minutes, this Spicy Hummus may be just what you need.

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!

Spicy Hummus

Spicy Hummus

Yield: 6
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

If you’re looking for an appetizer that’s healthy, delicious and ready in minutes, this spicy hummus may be just what you need.

Ingredients

Hummus

  • 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

Drizzle:

  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • ½-1 teaspoon Garlic Goodness Sauce
  • Parsley

Instructions

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

Notes

Serve with cut vegetables, pita bread, bagel chips or dippers of your choice

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16 thoughts on “Spicy Hummus Dip

    1. Inger Post author

      Interesting–chickpeas were the first bean I liked! Gotta love grown up tastes though!

  1. Jolene

    I love hummus spread on toasted bread and topped with roasted tomatoes. I’ve got to get my hands on some Garlic Goodness!

  2. Marcelle

    This spicy hummus looks delicious!! The Garlic Goodness hot sauce is absolutely perfect for this recipe, I can’t wait to make a batch for myself!! Thanks!!

  3. The Freshman Cook

    Using hummus as the base for my pizza is something I have never thought of, but I am intrigued! I definitely am going to try it! It looks amazing! I am a lover of hummus and we have it often in our house. Love your recipe, and I am looking forward to trying it!

  4. David Scott Allen

    I’ve found that my garlic-free hummus needs a bit of oomph… I wish I could use this sauce!

    By the way — I’m not getting your posts any longer. I thought you were still on hiatus until I saw this on IG. You have tons of posts and I need to catch up.

    This is happening with quite a few bloggers. I am getting really frustrated. Grrr.

    1. Inger Post author

      I always think of you when I write about garlic David! I suppose it’s a lot harder to find a “cheater” solution like this if you have to avoid it.

      You know, I converted over to Mailchimp from Jetpack a few months ago and I’ll bet that for some reason Mailchimp rejected your email in the conversion. Perhaps you could try to resubscribe and see if that helps? If that doesn’t work let me know and I’ll do more digging. At least a lot of my posts are updates so some you will already have seen.

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