Hummus is a take or leave it kind of snack. It seems to be that for the most part, most people either love it or hate it with no in between. But, most people that hate it, don’t realize how many flavors of hummus are really out there. There are so many varieties. From roasted pepper hummus recipes to sun dried tomato hummus recipes to others, there’s a flavor for everyone, you just have to look for it. There are so many uses for it to. You’ve got your hummus dips, hummus spread, using hummus as an alternative to mayonnaise or sandwich spreads, and that’s just scratching the surface.
Not only is hummus delicious, when made correctly, it is very good for you. Hummus offers plenty of great health benefits. Even if you don’t like hummus at first (and once you get the right flavor, you will) just keep in mind how healthy it is and what good things it is doing for your body and that will motivate you to continue eating and trying out different flavors until you find the one that works for you.
Let’s go over a few of the recipes, just to show you how many types there are as well as how easy they are to make.
- Original Hummus
2 cans chick peas
3 garlic cloves
1/3 cup tahini
1/4 cup lemon juice
1/4 cup olive oil
1 tsp salt
1 tsp fresh parsley
- After draining and rinsing, put chick peas along with minced garlic cloves into a blender or food processor and pulse until chick peas are chopped.
- Add in the rest of the ingredients and puree until smooth. If hummus needs to be thinned, use liquid from chick pea can.
- Roasted Red Pepper Hummus
There are several different kinds of roasted pepper hummus recipes out there so you just have to pick the one that appeals to you most. Red bell peppers are sweet, so this one looked delicious paired with salty pita chips or bread.
2 can chick peas
2 garlic cloves
1 red bell pepper, roasted and peeled and chopped
2 tbs lemon juice
1/4 cup tahini
1 tsp smoke sweet paprika
1/4 tsp toasted ground cumin seed
1/4 cup olive oil
salt to taste
In a food processor or blender combine all ingredients besides olive oil. Season with salt.
- Smoky Chipotle Hummus
This one differs slight from the roasted pepper hummus recipes and traditional ones because the chick peas are replaced with garbanzo beans. Other than that, you’ll see everything else is relatively the same, just more ingredients for this flavor of hummus.
2 can garbanzo beans
1/2 cup water
1/4 cup tahini
1/3 cup lemon juice
2 tbs olive oil
1 chipotle pepper in adobo sauce
@ cloves garlic
1 1/2 tsp cumin
1 jar roasted bell peppers
6 sun dried tomatoes
1/2 cup cilantro
1/2 tsp salt
Ground black pepper to taste
- Put garbanzo beans, water, tahini, lemon juice, olive oil, chipotle pepper, garlic and cumin into a food processor or blender and puree until smooth.
- Add red peppers, tomoatos, cilantro, salt and pepper and blend until chopped into hummus.
As you can see, making a chipotle hummus recipe is not much different than the roasted pepper hummus recipes, it just adds in more ingredients and changes out the peas for beans. But, other than that, all hummus is made pretty much the same, but the small changes can change the flavor immensely.
These are just three of the many different kinds of hummus that is out there. You can buy them in grocery stores but home made ones also have a little more flavor and you can define them to your taste buds by adding a little more or a little less than what the recipe calls for as you get familiar with hummus.