Creamy, nutty and smoky, this flavorful Roasted Red Pepper Hummus is a crowd-pleasing dip with a kick. Pair it with crunchy veggies, crackers or toasted pita chips and serve this vegan and gluten-free dip for snack-time or as a party appetizer.
Easy Vegan + Gluten-Free Dip Using Everyday Ingredients
You will love this recipe even more if I told you that you can put this together with just a handful of pantry and fridge ingredients.
A can of cooked chickpeas, jarred roasted red pepper, Tahini, garlic, lemon juice, olive oil and seasoning, all get blended to get this velvety smooth dip. If you don't like chickpeas, you can substitute those with northern white beans.
But, if you want to go the extra mile and make it from scratch, read below to see how.
Make Red Pepper Hummus from Scratch
In this recipe, there are two star ingredients- Red Bell Peppers and Chickpeas. if you don't wish to use cans and jars, it is very easy to cook both at home.
How to Cook Chickpeas
Similarly, you can roast your own red bell peppers in the oven or air fryer. Here are the detailed instructions for both methods:
How to Roast Red Peppers in Air Fryer or Oven
I slice a red bell pepper in half, de-seed and rub it with olive oil and a pinch of salt. Then, I roast it one of the following ways:
OVEN: I place the greased pepper on a lined baking sheet and roast in a pre-heated oven at 400°F, for about 30 minutes, flipping it half way through.
AIR FRYER: Place the pepper in the airfryer basket and roast at 400°F for about 22-25 mins, rotating it twice in the middle. Rotating is an important step so the pepper get evenly roasted. The same step can be done using a Mealthy Crisplid.
Once done, I cool the pepper for 5 minutes, and then transfer it to a gallon size ziplock bag and seal it. I leave it aside for 10 minutes. Since the pepper is hot when you seal the bag, it traps all the steam in the bag, causing the skin to separate from the pepper.
After 10 minutes, I remove it from the bag and peel off the skin. It comes off very easily. You can do the same process in a bowl with a tight lid on.
How to Make Roasted Red Pepper Hummus
It takes 10 minutes to put this dip together. Here are the step by step instructions and pictures to show you how:
Add roasted red pepper, drained cooked chickpeas, garlic, tahini, paprika, lemon juice, EVOO, salt and cayenne to the blender jar and blend till smooth. Check for seasoning and adjust to preference.
Serving Suggestions for Roasted Red Pepper hummus
Garnish with a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil, paprika and pine nuts. Optionally, you can add chopped parsley as well. Serve with veggies, crackers, pita chips or pita bread.
Low Carb Alternative
Whenever I am serving dips, I always like to offer a low-carb alternative to chips and crackers. So, I add carrots, cucumbers, celery to the platter in addition to the chips.
You can customize that selection and add anything that can be used to scoop this dip, like endives, radish rounds, cut up peppers etc.
Make a Sandwich
My girls love to spread a layer of this Hummus in their sandwich. They top it with some thinly sliced chicken, or just a couple of slices of mozzarella cheese, and it makes for a really tasty and healthy sandwich.
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Roasted Red Pepper Hummus
- 1 roasted red bell pepper fresh or jar
- 1 can chickpeas rinsed and drained
- 2 cloves garlic (about 1 teaspoon)
- ¼ cup tahini
- 3 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
- 1.5 tablespoon lemon juice (juive of 1 lemon)
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon paprika regular or smoky
- ¼ teaspoon cayenne adjust to taste, add ½ for spicy or skip for mild
- 2 tablespoon pine nuts toasted
- 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
- 2 teaspoon parsley chopped (optional)
Roasting Red Pepper (skip this step if using a jar of roasted peppers)
- I slice a red pepper in half, de-seed and rub it with olive oil and a pinch of salt. Then, I roast it one of the following ways:
- OVEN: I place the greased pepper on a lined baking sheet and roast in a pre-heated oven at 400°F, for about 30 minutes, flipping it half way through.
Cooking Chickpeas (Skip this step if using canned drained chickpeas)
- Get the detailed recipe for cooking soaked or unsoaked dried chickpeas using the pressure cooker. Get the Recipe.
- Add roasted red pepper, drained chickpeas, garlic, tahini, paprika, lemon juice, EVOO, salt and cayenne to the blender jar and blend till smooth. Check for seasoning and adjust to preference.
- Garnish with a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil, paprika and pine nuts. Optionally, you can add chopped parsley as well. Serve with veggies, crackers, pita chips or pita bread.
Tips for Customizing this Roasted Red Pepper Hummus:
- This dip stays good in the refrigerator for up to 4-5 days. You can even freeze it an air-tight container for up to 1 month.
- This red pepper hummus pairs well with crackers, pita chips or pita bread slices. For a low-carb alternative, serve it with veggies that can be used to scoop this dip. Some examples are carrots, cucumbers, celery, radish, endives etc.
- If you don't like chickpeas, you can substitute those with Northern white beans.