Make Your Own Hummus 2 Ways

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Hummus is the ultimate healthy summer snack. Perfect for pairing with sliced cucumbers, baked pita chips, or even as a spread in a fancy gourmet sandwich, hummus brings amazing flavor to any dish. These two easy recipes for roasted red pepper hummus and spicy chipotle hummus will be your go-to's this summer. Serve them at a party, or have them on hand for the perfect mid-day snack!

Hummus is the one food item I always, and I mean always, have in my refrigerator. No matter what meal, time of day, or occasion, hummus is the perfect healthy snack. I’ll top cucumber slices with hummus for a healthy, protein-packed pick-me-up, I’ll bring bowls of hummus out at a last minute get together with my neighbors, and I’ll even use it in place of mayo on a turkey sandwich (seriously, try it, you won’t be sorry).

But sometimes I get tired of the same flavors I get at my local grocery store. For some reason making my own hummus sounded intimidating at first, but now that I know how easy it is, I’m going to be whipping up so many new, customized flavors to try all summer long! Here are the recipes for two of my favorites; roasted red pepper hummus and spicy chipotle hummus.

Roasted Red Pepper Hummus

1. Open a can of chickpeas (aka garbanzo beans) and drain the water from the can. Set the water aside. Rinse the chickpeas.

2. Put drained and rinsed chickpeas, 1 T olive oil, 3 cloves of garlic, a splash of lemon juice (about 1 tsp), and 1/2 cup roasted red peppers into a food processor. Stir up then add 3 T of tahini (aka sesame butter) to the mix. Tahini can separate in a similar way that natural peanut butter does so don’t be worried if it feels too thick at first.

3. Pureé the ingredients in the processor until combined. Gradually add the chickpea water that you set aside earlier until you get the mixture to its desired consistency. You can also add more or less roasted red peppers depending on your flavor preference!

4. Garnish with chopped peppers and serve. Optional: add a little salt and pepper, or drizzle with olive oil for added fresh flavor. This hummus is great as a dip for raw veggies, or with baked pita chips.

Spicy Chipotle Hummus

1. Repeat step 1 above.

2. Pureé chickpeas, 2 T olive oil, 3 cloves garlic, 1 T tahini, 3 T lemon juice, and about 3 T canned chipotle chiles in your food processor. If desired, you can add chopped cilantro to the mix for extra flavor!

3. As you pureé your ingredients, add the chickpea water until the desired consistency is reached. You can adjust how many chipotle peppers you want in the mixture depending on your tolerance for spice!

4. Garnish with chopped cilantro and serve. This hummus pairs especially well with fresh corn tortilla chips, or even in a taco salad!

What kinds of hummus do you want to try to make? Share your awesome ideas and flavors with us @bemakeful and we might try ’em out!