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Serve this roasted red pepper hummus recipe with fresh vegetables and crackers as an appetizer or spread in on your favorite sandwich wrap for a burst of flavor. Here’s how to make it, with details on how to roast red peppers, too.

Try using it recipe on this hummus pizza for an extra peppery flavor!

roasted red pepper hummus in small white crockery bowl on a wooden table

If you’re buying hummus in those expensive plastic containers at the store, let me tell you a little secret: Hummus is easy — and very inexpensive healthy snack — to make at home. 

Dry garbanzo beans can be had for a couple of bucks a pound, and you’ll get a couple of batches of this roasted red pepper hummus from a single pound. Add in the cost of the other ingredients, and you’ll have a protein-rich snack on the table for way less than you’d pay for a pre-made batch of hummus at the store.

Plus? You’ll eliminate the plastic container.

Roasted red pepper hummus

Our easy homemade hummus is a regular snack around here, and the spicy chipotle hummus version is well-loved, too. This roasted red pepper hummus is just one more flavorful version in our hummus repertoire.

how to make hummus, in process photos: cooking garbanzo beans in the instant pot, blending with immersion blender

This recipe starts with dry garbanzo beans and is prepared in an Instant Pot. Don’t have an Instant Pot? No worries. You can cook them on the stove top, too.

  • Soak one cup of dry garbanzo beans overnight, making sure they’re covered by about 4″ of water.
  • Drain and rinse beans.
  • Put beans in a stock pot, again covering them with about 4″ of water.
  • Gently boil for about an hour or until beans are soft.
  • Drain.
roasted red pepper hummus in small white crockery bowl on a wooden table

Using canned beans

You can also use canned beans for this recipe. Substitute the dry beans with three cups of canned beans and eliminate the cooking process. Drain the canned beans, reserving the liquid. If you’re purchasing canned beans at the store, look for a brand that comes in a BPA-free can.

How to use roasted red pepper hummus.

Serve this roasted red pepper hummus with fresh vegetables and crackers as an appetizer or spread in on your favorite sandwich wrap for a burst of flavor. It’s good on a fresh slice of crusty bread, too!

roasted red peppers on a dark background

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Instant Pot Roasted Red Pepper Hummus

Instant Pot Roasted Red Pepper Hummus

Yield: 4
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 55 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes

Serve this roasted red pepper hummus with fresh vegetables and crackers as an appetizer or spread in on your favorite sandwich wrap for a burst of flavor. 

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Add chick peas and chicken broth to the inner pot of the Instant Pot.
  2. Turn pressure valve to sealing and set manual pressure on high for 40 minutes.
  3. Do a natural release when pressure time has finished, letting the rest of the pressure out after 15 minutes.
  4. Drain chickpeas, reserving a half cup of chicken broth to thin hummus.
  5. Using an immersion blender, blend chickpeas to a creamy consistency. Add red peppers and remaining ingredients and blend them together.

Notes

To make this recipe suitable for your vegan and vegetarian friends, simply use water or vegetable broth instead of chicken broth.

Don't have an Instant Pot? No worries. You can cook them on the stove top, too. Soak one cup of dry garbanzo beans overnight, making sure they’re covered by about 4″ of water. Drain and rinse beans. Put garbanzo beans in a stock pot, again covering them with about 4″ of water. Gently boil for about an hour or until beans are soft. Drain.

To roast peppers, place de-seeded pepper halves, skin side up, in a cast iron skillet or baking dish. Broil in a hot oven for about five minutes, until skin begins to blister and brown. Cool peppers slightly and use your fingers to pull the skin from the roasted red peppers.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1 grams
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 212Total Fat: 14gSaturated Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 0gSodium: 1182mgCarbohydrates: 16gFiber: 3gSugar: 2gProtein: 6g

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How to roast red peppers

Roasting fresh red peppers imparts a smoky flavor to the peppers and makes it easy to remove their skin. Remove stems from peppers and slice each in half. Remove seeds.

roasting peppers on a wire rack

Place pepper halves, skin side up, in a cast iron skillet or baking dish. Broil in a hot oven or on a barbecue grill for about five minutes, until skin begins to blister and brown. Cool peppers slightly and use your fingers to pull the skin from the roasted red peppers. (Now that you know how to roast red peppers, you can skip the expensive jarred version!)

I hope it goes without saying that this method works for any kind of pepper, hot or sweet. (I used this method for making my smoky homemade hot sauce, too.)

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Kris Bordessa

Kris Bordessa founded Attainable Sustainable as a resource for revitalizing vintage skills. Her book, Attainable Sustainable: The Lost Art of Self-Reliant Living (National Geographic) offers a collection of projects and recipes to help readers who are working their way to a more fulfilling DIY lifestyle.

3 comments… add one
  • Sariya Apr 28, 2018, 9:02 pm

    Been making hummus at home for over a year now. Love your recipe! Thanks!

  • Deborah Schroder Jul 12, 2019, 5:32 am

    In your ingredients list it shows 1 cup of cooked garbanzo beans … did you mean 1 cup of dried garbanzo beans?

    • Kris Bordessa Jul 16, 2019, 5:02 pm

      Goodness. I sure did. Thanks for pointing out the error — I’ve fixed it!

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