Roasted Pepper Hummus

Hummus is so beautifully simple and is such a staple at our house.  I remember the first time I tasted hummus was at the Jerusalem Cafe in Westport in Kansas City.  I was probably 9 years old and mostly excited about the flat bread that accompanied the hummus.  Little did I realize that just a few years later this would be a mainstay of my diet for several weeks while on a trip to Turkey with my dad.  Since neither of us speak Turkish, it was always an adventure ordering off a menu but we could always count on hummus!

Hummus isn’t really exotic at all.  We’re talking about garbanzo beans (chickpeas), sesame, garlic and lemon juice.  That’s it!  Hummus is a great source of protein and wants to be friends with all kinds of goodies in your kitchen… veggies, flat bread (pita), crackers and try introducing it to your favorite sandwich.  Here are two spruced up hummus recipes using roasted peppers.  The first one is not traditional BUT is baby proof, I served this to my little girl and she couldn’t get enough of it.

Roasted Pepper Hummus for the Little Ones

  • 2 cups Garbanzo Beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 Roasted Bell Pepper
  • 1/3 cup Plain Yogurt
  • 1 Clove Garlic
  • 1 tbsp Olive Oil
  • Dash of Cumin

Blend all the ingredients in a food processor until smooth.

My daughter loves this by the spoonful!  I also served the hummus with steamed cauliflower and toast to make a messy, yummy finger food!

I also made several of these adorable little hummus sandwiches with mini whole wheat bread (yes, I’ll post a recipe soon).  Cut them into little pieces and she gobbled them right up!

Roasted Pepper Hummus for the Big Kids

  • 1 1/2 cups Garbanzo Beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 Roasted Bell Pepper
  • 1/3 cup Tahini (don’t be scared this is just ground sesame seeds)
  • Juice of 2 Lemons (approximately 1/3 cup)
  • 2 Cloves Garlic

Combine all ingredients in a food processor until smooth.  Drizzle with extra virgin olive oil and a sprinkle of paprika and/or parsley.

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  1. D0T

    Looks like an interesting recipe that I might try out, looks very nice.

    Thanks. :)

  2. Robin

    So excited to see this! I’ve had a few adventures in homemade hummus (I’ve drastically reduced my meat consumption, so I eat my weight in this stuff these days – that gets spendy), but your recipe seems much easier! Can’t wait to try it. ;)

  3. I love hummus too. I used to make quite a bit of it back in my student days, but had fallen out of the habit. I’ve never made flavoured hummus, but am planning on trying a coriander (cilantro) one in the next few days, and have long wanted to make a roasted pepper (capsicum) version. I recently made a version using peanut butter instead of tahini- it was sensational- I blogged it here
    Which reminds me I should soak my chick peas!

  4. We love hummus too I have only ever made it with garlic, but my 2 and half year old has food allergies and this is her favorite dip (while her brother prefers ranch) and she loves the version with Tahini!

  5. Beautiful! Love the addition of the roasted pepper … delish!

  6. This sounds delicious! Love the roasted red pepper

  7. What a great idea to use yogurt in the ‘little ones’ version! Can big kids eat that version too?!?!?? :D

  8. this looks absolutely delish! I cannot wait to try this!

  9. Looks awesome! I love hummus too, and this is great with addition of peppers!

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