This Spicy Chipotle Hummus is the perfect appetizer or snack ... full of flavor, healthy, and ready in minutes!
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With all the extra time spent at home lately, my snacking is at an all-time high. And not only are those afternoon cravings ever present, they're also feeling extra strong.
So why resist? Personally, I'm giving in and enjoying my favorite healthy treats, like this mouthwatering Chipotle Hummus!
This delicious dip is spicy, smoky, smooth, and creamy ... basically, totally addictive. Plus, you can pair it with almost anything—from fresh veggies to salty, crunchy tortilla or pita chips—which means its perfect for satisfying any snack craving.
Ready to try it for yourself? It only takes a few minutes to whip up a batch, so keep reading for all the details!
This easy recipe uses simple ingredients you can find in almost any grocery store. Here's what you'll need:
- Fresh Garlic
- Canned Chickpeas
- Fresh Lemon Juice
- Chipotle Peppers
- Salt (I prefer Kosher salt.)
Hummus is a chickpea dip / spread that's traditionally found in Middle Eastern and Mediterranean cuisines. While this recipe is my own and not authentic, it uses all the good-for-you ingredients typically found in hummus: chickpeas, garlic, tahini, and lemon juice.
I love experimenting with variations on a classic, and for this version, I've given my fave recipe a Mexican-inspired twist by adding chipotle peppers. Chipotles are jalapeño peppers that have been dried and smoked. You can find them dried or canned, and for this recipe, you'll need the canned variety. Find them in the Mexican food section of your store.
The canned chipotles (plus the adobo sauce they're packed in) give this dip a wonderful spicy, smoky flavor, as well as a beautiful orange color!
Another special ingredient you'll need is tahini, which is a sesame seed paste. Tahini is what gives hummus its traditional flavor, so don’t skip it. Look for it in your store's international foods aisle (or near the nut butters). If your local grocery doesn’t carry it, then you can purchase tahini online instead.
For best results, you’ll also need a food processor.
I love the smoky flavor of chipotles in this recipe. However, you can easily change the flavor profile by replacing them with ground cayenne, fresh jalapeños, roasted hatch chiles, or other hot peppers. Have fun experimenting!
Fresh cilantro is another ingredient I sometimes like to add to this recipe, because it pairs so well with the flavor of the chiles. Try pulsing in a couple tablespoons at the very end (leave some small bits visible), then let me know what you think.
How to Make Chipotle Hummus
This yummy chickpea spread couldn't be easier to make! Here's how to do it:
- Start by pulsing the garlic in your food processor until minced.
- Scrape down the bowl, then add the remaining ingredients: chickpeas, tahini, lemon juice, chipotles, adobo sauce (from the canned chiles), and salt to taste. I recommend adding about a half teaspoon of salt to start ... you can always add more later.
- Process the hummus until it's totally smooth, about two to three minutes. Scrape down the bowl a few times to make sure everything gets incorporated.
- Taste the dip, then add additional lemon juice, salt, and /or chipotle peppers to taste.
So simple right? Not to mention, super tasty! I guarantee that once you try it, this smoky hummus is going to become a regular part of your snack rotation.
This recipe is super easy, but these tips will help you make the BEST Spicy Hummus ever!
- The longer you blend the hummus, the smoother and creamier it will get. Plus, the spinning blades will incorporate a little air, making the finished dip lighter, too.
- If the ingredients are too thick to blend, add a tablespoon of water (or a little liquid from the canned chickpeas) to get things moving. Stirring the ingredients with a spatula occasionally will also help.
- Not sure how spicy those peppers are? Start with one chile (or even half a chile) ... you can always add more later.
- Taste tasting is essential here! If your hummus tastes a little flat, add more salt and / or lemon juice to make the flavors pop.
- Serving this recipe for a party? Add a swirl to the top with a spoon, then drizzle with olive oil and top with a diced chipotles or a sprinkle of smoked paprika.
What to Serve with Spicy Hummus
This easy dip goes with almost anything! Here are some of my favorite pairing ideas:
- Pita - Hummus and pita bread just belong together! I especially love this dip with my Homemade Pita Chips.
- Crackers - Crunchy crackers pair perfectly with this smooth, creamy dip. Try it with my Herb Parmesan Crackers, or if you don’t want to make your own, these Focaccia Crackers are also a favorite.
- Tortilla Chips - Given the Mexican-inspired flavors of this recipe, you could also serve it with tortilla chips.
- Fresh Veggies - I almost never serve hummus without fresh veggies. This time, I used cucumber, yellow and orange peppers, and grape tomatoes, but almost any vegetable works. Carrot sticks are also a fave!
If you're looking for other flavors of this easy chickpea dip, then try these recipes, too:
Spicy Chipotle Hummus
- Pulse garlic clove in a food processor until minced.
- Scrape down sides of food processor, then add chickpeas, tahini, lemon juice, chipotles, adobo sauce, and about ½ teaspoon salt (or to taste). Blend until totally smooth, about 2 to 3 minutes. If needed, add a little water (or liquid from canned chickpeas) to thin the hummus out.
- Taste hummus and add additional salt and / or lemon juice, if desired.
- Transfer to bowl, then serve immediately or refrigerate until ready to eat. Enjoy!