Hummus is incredibly easy to make at home and it is MILES better than store-bought. The bonus to homemade is the endless possibilities and flavor options. This recipe adds a little bit of a Southwest twist with the addition of smoky chipotle peppers.
Over the summer, my daughter was introduced to some fabulous homemade hummus. She couldn’t get enough, it was amazing she said. I knew I had to make it for her, so I got to work in the kitchen.
I had plenty of canned chickpeas in my pantry to play around with and this Smoky & Spicy Chipotle Hummus Dip was another hit. The key to EASY hummus is to use canned chickpeas. I know, I know. Not the freshest. But it works and it still tastes fabulous I promise.
The trick to making super creamy and smooth hummus is using a high-powered blender. If you don’t have one, then a food processor is the next best thing. Just be sure to start slow and stop to scrape down the sides if needed, and use a tamper if your blender has one.
What You’ll Need:
Chickpeas- Canned is the only way I have tried this but fresh works too. All you would need is the equivalent to two-15.5 ounce cans. If you are using a food processor, you can take the time to peel the chickpeas for a smoother dip if you wish. I never have, but it is an option for you. Be sure to reserve the liquid aka Aquafaba from one can just incase the hummus needs additional liquids to blend properly.
Lemon Juice– Adds a tartness to balance the flavors.
Fresh Garlic Cloves
Tahini- This is a must in good hummus. Tahini is a paste made from sesame seeds. I find it at my local grocery store fairly easily.
Chipotles in Adobo- I use canned whole chipotles in adobo. Chipotles are smoked jalapenos and give this hummus all of it’s spicy flavor. You can add just one or you can add more. Totally up to you and how spicy you want it to be.
Paprika– Compliments all the smoky flavors and adds an extra bit of color.
Cumin- Adds to the smokiness of the chipotles with a slight nutty flavor.
High-Powered Blender or Food Processor
Garnishes- Hummus makes a beautiful plate. Top it off with a drizzle of olive oil and a sprinkle of your choice of pumpkin seeds, pine nuts, sesame seeds, paprika, or chili powder. Any combination works, just add what you like.
- Open-Faced Sandwiches aka Hummus Toast. Grab your favorite bread, toast it, spread on a nice thick layer of this Spicy Chipotle Hummus and top with bacon, avocado, & tomatoes. Season it with salt & pepper. This also works great with my Creamy Green Goddess Hummus and on top of Potato Bread or sliced French Bread.
- Snack plates are my daughter’s favorite. She loves a scoop of hummus with sliced English cucumbers or celery and some tortilla chips on the side.
- This makes a great appetizer addition to a charcuterie board or table with all your favorite crackers, cheeses, and fruits. It is also a fantastic party dip to take to a pot-luck, barbecue or tailgate. The spice level is in your control, so it’s perfect for guests.
If you try this hummus dip or any of my other recipes tag me on Instagram @joymakersandco, I’d love to see what you make!
Smoky & Spicy Chipotle Hummus Dip
- 1 High-Powered Blender, with tamper
- 1 Food Processor
- 1 Small Silicone Spatula
- 2 15.5 ounce chickpeas, canned & drained (aquafaba reserved)
- 2-3 chipotles in adobo sauce, canned
- 2 teaspoons paprika
- 3 garlic cloves, roughly chopped or sliced
- 1/4 cup tahini
- 1/4 cup lemon juice
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 teaspoon cumin
- 2 teaspoons table salt
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
- Add your chickpeas, liquid ingredients, garlic, chipotles in adobo, and seasonings into your high-powered blender or food processor.
- Start blending on low, using the tamper to help things blend. If it is still too thick you can add a tablespoon at a time of your reserved aquafaba (liquid from the canned chickpeas) too loosen it up a little bit. Only add enough to make it the consistency you like.
- Note: If you are using a food processor, it is helpful to use a small silicone spatula to "scrape" the sides and loosen the chickpeas around the blades to keep things moving.
- When the dip is a nice creamy consistency, taste it and add more salt if it is needed. Give it a quick blend if adding salt.
- Garnish with a drizzle of olive oil, a sprinkle of paprika or chili powder, and sesame seeds or pumpkin seeds if you wish.
- Serve with celery sticks, cucumber slices, or crackers. It also makes great sandwiches topped with bacon, avocado, & tomato. Enjoy!
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