Perfect for Game Day, tailgate parties, weeknight suppers, or any day of the week, you can’t go wrong with this 5-Minute Spicy Hummus. Honestly, it’s so quick and easy, you’ll wonder why you ever spent beer money on hummus!
Of course, you can buy hummus at any store, and we all do, but for the cost of a can of garbanzo beans (also known as chickpeas) you can make a batch to your desired spiciness in 5 minutes! And, it’s worlds better and lower in sodium than prepared hummus! Red chile flakes is the one spice I always reach for when preparing a cooked savory dish – it adds a subtle zip that awakens your taste buds. For this hummus, I opted to jazz it up with a dash of cayenne and, for a Moroccan flair, a teaspoon of Ras el Hanout, my current spice obsession from Awaken Savor spices. Try it, I totally think you’ll love it!
- 1 15- ounce can No-Salt Added garbanzo beans chickpeas, drained
- 1 clove garlic
- 1 ⁄4 cup olive oil plus more for serving
- 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
- 2 tablespoons tahini sesame seed paste; optional
- 1 teaspoon Ras el Hanout
- 1/8 teaspoon Kosher or sea salt
- 1/4 t teaspoon paprika
In a food processor or blender, puree the garbanzo beans and garlic with the olive oil, lemon juice, tahini (if using), Ras el Hanout, add 1/8 teaspoon salt until smooth and creamy. Add 1 to 2 tablespoons water as necessary to achieve the desired consistency.
Transfer to a bowl. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with the paprika before serving.
Adapted from Real Simple magazine.
*Ras el Hanout Ras is a spice mix from North Africa. The name in Arabic means "head of the shop," and literally refers to the best spices the store has to offer.
Each shop or company has their own unique secret blend, but a typical Ras el Hanout contains a mixture of cardamom, clove, cinnamon, coriander, cumin, paprika, mace, nutmeg, peppercorn and turmeric.It plays a similar role in North African cuisine and Moroccan cuisine as garam masala does in Indian cuisine. You can purchase it at Middle Eastern markets or well-stocked grocers.
We’re always striving to eat healthier and support the environment – that’s why we support Meatless Monday. Going meatless once a week may reduce your risk of chronic preventable conditions like cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and obesity. It can also help reduce your carbon footprint and save precious resources like fresh water and fossil fuel. And, honestly, sometimes our meatless day may not be on Monday, but that’s OK, do it on Wednesday or whenever, it’s a campaign to get you thinking about the resources it takes to raise animal protein for the billions of people on Earth.
After a hectic Monday, you may not be inclined to spend time in the kitchen preparing a vegetarian meal – this is where the 5-Minute Spicy Hummus can save the day – just add a crisp green salad topped with your favorite veggies and you have an instant Meatless Monday meal.