Hummus is one of my favorite snacks because it’s so affordable and versatile. Hummus is a great substitute to higher-fat mayonaise or cream cheese-based dips, and there are so many ways to prepare it. Once you have the basic components in place, you can play around with different flavors, spices, and add-ins. I like the heat and smokiness of chipotle peppers in this hummus recipe.
Do You Need Tahini To Make Hummus?
Tahini, a paste made from ground sesame seeds, is an important ingredient in hummus. A large jar of tahini costs about $6, and can be found in many grocery stores in the ethnic foods section. While tahini may seem like a costly ingredient, most hummus recipes only call for a tablespoon or two. Additionally, tahini keeps for a long time in the refrigerator. One jar can be used to make numerous batches of hummus over a long period of time.
Although you can find hummus recipes that don’t call for tahini, I prefer it with. Tahini lends to the nutty, rich flavor of hummus.
Make your own homemade pita chips out of pita bread. Get the recipe.
Chipotle Hummus Recipe
Prep Time: 5 min
Total Time: 10 min
I find raw garlic to be a bit too strong in hummus, so I used roasted garlic instead. Serve this chipotle hummus with crackers, raw vegetables, or homemade pita chips.
1 15-ounce can of chickpeas, drained
Juice of one lemon
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons tahini
1 tablespoon adobo sauce from a can of chipotle peppers (find out how to maximize savings for this ingredient here)
3 cloves of roasted garlic, smashed
1/2 teaspoon fine grain sea salt
In a food processor or blender, combine all ingredients and puree until smooth. If hummus is too thick, add more olive oil, a teaspoon at a time until smooth.