If this isn’t the best SPICY HUMMUS you’ve ever tried I’ll eat my shoe


Garlic and chickpeas. A winning combination.

This is one of those recipes that every time I make it (which has probably been oh, about a thousand times) I get asked for the recipe. I’m happy to share my recipes, especially ones that I feel are my own creation, since I’ve tweaked this recipe to my own tastes.

There’s one thing that I think makes this hummus distinctive, and when I give people the recipe I tell them to not deviate from this. The secret ingredient is…. wait for it….. the cheap and cheerful….the humble…  Hot Banana Pepper Rings! Yes! Either Bics or Unico or whatever is available. I always ask my friends if they used a DIFFERENT kind of pepper when they call to ask/complain that their hummus wasn’t as good as mine. Do whatever the hell else you want to this recipe, just don’t try to use a jalapeño or other pepper. It just won’t taste the same. I’m sure it would still be good,  so go ahead and experiment away with whatever pepper suits your fancy, just don’t expect it to have the same je ne sais quoi that mine does!

INGREDIENTS: This is the basic recipe…

-15 oz. can of chickpeas

-The juice of 1 lemon

-3 tbsp. olive oil (I usually add a couple more)

-2 tbsp tahini (sesame paste)

-1 clove of garlic

-1/2 tsp. ground coriander

-1/2 tsp ground cumin

-sea salt and pepper to taste

And here are my add-on ingredients…

-A few handfuls of fresh parsley, chopped coarse

– A handful of fresh dill or 1/2 tsp dried

– As many hot banana pepper rings you want. The more you add, the spicier it will be. I also like to add a little of the juice too.


1. Wash the chickpeas under cold water. I find they smell really bad when you first open the can, so if you notice the same thing, don’t worry. That’s the way they’re supposed to smell. 


Wash the chickpeas AKA garbanzo beans!


Tahini AKA sesame paste. Can be found in middle eastern food stores and even most supermarkets these days. 

2. Chop your garlic clove into a few chunks.



This is the cumin I bought in Selcuk, Turkey. I wish I’d bought more!

3. Put EVERYTHING into your food processor. except the salt and pepper.



The secret ingredient to getting the right taste for my signature hummus. No other pepper will do!

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Here it is, everything in the Cuisinart!

4. Whir it all up in the food processor. I like mine REALLY smooth and not too thick so I’ll add either more hot pepper juice or olive oil to the hummus until it has the consistency I want.



5. Add salt and pepper to taste. I am LOVING these Maldon sea salt flakes. A little goes a long way with this, it’s REALLY salty, but so nice!


6. If you’re on a health kick like I am right now cut up a bunch of veggies to dip. Otherwise tortilla chips are awesome with this hummus, or pita bread of course!

IMG_4998 IMG_4985If you think you have a better hummus recipe, shoot it my way and I’ll try it! This one has been the winner for me though, for over 8 years now…



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6 Responses to If this isn’t the best SPICY HUMMUS you’ve ever tried I’ll eat my shoe

  1. Michele March 14, 2013 at 11:42 am #

    Oh dude, that looks fantastic! I must make some ASAP. Of course I don’t have Unico pepper rings here, so my hummus will be inferior but I’m thinking it will still taste fine. I’ll let you know!

  2. Andrea March 15, 2013 at 3:54 am #

    I’m sure it’ll still taste great! It’s just the people who I’ve told it won’t be the same as the stuff they’re eating at my house if they don’t use those peppers… they never listen!
    Let me know how it turns out!

  3. Don January 2, 2014 at 3:20 pm #

    Wow! That last pic (with the olives) has my mouth watering!! I can’t wait to make this today! Making a grocery list RIGHT NOW!!!!

    • Andrea January 7, 2014 at 8:25 pm #

      I hope you enjoy! Plus, it’s SO dead easy!

  4. Angel February 20, 2015 at 12:11 pm #

    This was an awesome recipe.I used banana pepper rings.I also used sirracha. I took it to work and the men said they would pay me if I made more!! I am making more today,but no charge.☺

  5. Jenn August 7, 2015 at 10:09 pm #

    This was amazing and super easy to make! Thank you for sharing!

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