Although this recipe was not directly inspired by a certain famous rock band with funky bass lines, it was hard to think of another name better suited for it. This hummus gets its red hotness from the ancho chilies and cayenne pepper blended in it. However, don’t let the name or the ingredients scare you too much. The level of spiciness is actually pretty mild. I’ll put it this way: Sriracha is hotter than this hummus. That being said, you can pretty much make it as hot as you want it.
I was really happy with the flavor. The spiciness was a nice compliment, but it didn’t overpower the other flavors by any means. The combination of ancho chilies, garlic, and liquid smoke gave the hummus a subtle chipotle flavor that essentially defined the overall taste. Nevertheless, it still very much tastes like hummus.
It was great in a veggie wrap, but there’s a lot of other ways I’d like to try it… I’m sure it would be great with celery and carrots, and a vegan ranch dressing; I bet it would also be really good with some blue corn tortilla chips and guacamole… Anyways, I won’t bore you with every possible way I can think of to eat this hummus. If you come up with any good flavor combinations, let us know in the comments! Enjoy!
Spicy red hummus made with ancho chilies and cayenne pepper wrapped up with fresh veggies in a whole wheat tortilla.
- 2 cups cooked chickpeas, drained.
- 3 cloves garlic
- 2 ancho chilies, rehydrated and deseeded
- 2 tbsp water
- 1 tbsp tahini
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 2 tsp lemon juice
- 2 tsp salt
- 1 tsp ground cayenne pepper
- 3 drops liquid smoke
- Whole wheat tortillas
- Bell peppers
- Mashed avocado
- Add garlic cloves to food processor and pulse a few times until finely chopped.
- Add the remaining ingredients and process on high until smooth, scrapping down the sides as needed.
- Garnish with diced chilies, olive oil, and hot sauce.
I said the prep time takes 30 min because if you need to rehydrate your chilies, that's about how long it takes. If you're using fresh chilis, the prep only takes a couple minutes.
If you want to make the hummus spicier, all you have to do is add more cayenne pepper. I would recommend doubling or tripling the amount, and then tasting it to see if it's hot enough for you.
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