Spicy Roasted Red Pepper Hummus with Whole Wheat Basil Pita Toasts

It’s funny how food-bloggers think alike. Besides always thinking of food, I often see a lot of bloggers {myself included} post similar recipes or recipes using similar ingredients. It’s like we share the same brain or something. It’s weird.

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For example; this week Jessica posted this roasted red pepper savory snack bread (that would totally rock with this hummus slathered all over it) and Lauren posted this insane roasted red pepper pasta dish (that I WILL be making soon!)… both recipes are mouth-watering to the max and now I’m sharing with you a spicy twist on roasted red pepper hummus. Roasted red pepper overload? Or could it be roasted red pepper month and no body’s told me?


Here’s the deets:  this hummus is spiiiiiicy… and it’s goooood.


Wash up two medium red bell peppers and a tiny Serrano chile and slap them on a foil lined baking sheet.


Pop them into a 425 degree oven to blister the skin. Turn the peppers every 5 minutes or so.


Because the Serrano is smaller it won’t take nearly as long to roast. So around 10 minutes is all it needs, then I pop mine in a little snack bag {or use a tiny bowl with some plastic wrap} and let it bathe in all that steam.


The red peppers take about 30 minutes to roast.


Once they have a good blistered char on them, pop them into a bowl or paper bag or plastic bag and let those too bathe in the steam.


I knew I wanted to make some form of pita chips, but I’ve always had issues with the corner breaking off in the dip/salsa because it was much thinner than the outside crust. Ya dig? Well if you can find pocket-less pita bread your prayers will have been answered. These are a uniform thickness, so when toasting them up in they stay thick and dip-able! Love these little breads! Now let’s jazz them up a tad.


I add a little olive oil into a measuring cup.


Add in the garlic powder, basil and black pepper.


Stir and brush on both sides of the whole wheat pita bread, repeat.


With a pizza cutter cut each pita into 8 wedges.


Working in batches, place on a sheet pan and bake in a 400 degree oven for 5-6 minutes, flip and repeat for 5 to six minutes more. If you are NOT using the pocket-less pitas then the bake time could change a bit. And I don’t want to be held responsible for you chard pita toast so watch them carefully mmm k?


Open a {15 oz.} can of garbanzo beans and let them drain.


Roughly chop up two cloves of garlic and add them along with the drained chick peas to a large food processor.


Juice a lemon and add in 1/3 cup of lemon juice.


Measure a third cup of tahini and add that in as well.


Turn that baby on and let the blades to all the work. Just be sure to put the top on first.


Now it should have been at least 20 minutes and the peppers should be cool enough to handle. Gently peel the charred skin from both peppers.


Make a slit down the pepper and remove all the seeds and the stem.


Roughly chop. Do the same process with the Serrano chile. If you don’t want a super spicy hummus then just use half of the chile.


Throw the peppers in to the bowl and a teaspoon of kosher salt then turn.it.on.


I usually walk away for a few just so it has time to get all smooth.


Wrap it up and let it the flavors mingle in the fridge or serve. Just be warned this is some spicy stuff and slightly addicting.


Don’t forget to serve this with this hummus with those crispy whole wheat basil pita toasts! The basil with the red pepper is freaking deeeelicious.


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Spicy Roasted Red Pepper Hummus with Whole Wheat Basil Pita Toasts

Ingredients:

FOR THE HUMMUS

2 medium Red Bell Peppers

1 small Serrano Chile Pepper

1 {15oz.} can Garbanzo Beans

2 cloves of Garlic, roughly chopped

1/3 cup Tahini

1/3 cup Fresh Lemon Juice {about 1 lemon}

1 teaspoon Kosher Salt

FOR THE PITAS

5 Whole Wheat Pocket-less Pitas

1/4 cup Olive Oil

1/2 teaspoon Garlic Powder

1/4 teaspoon Dried Basil

1/4 teaspoon Black Pepper

Directions:

FOR THE HUMMUS

Preheat your oven to 425 degrees. On a foil lined sheet pan place washed peppers and roast until charred and the skin is blistered. The Serrano chile should only take about 10 minutes and the bell peppers about 30. Rotate the peppers ever 5 minutes to evenly char. Remove the peppers and place in a paper bag or a bowl covered with plastic wrap {or a plastic bag will work too} and let the steam work on the skin making it easy to peel. Let the pepper sit for 20-30 minutes or until cool enough to peel. Remove the seeds of the peppers and chile and roughly chop. *for a less spicy hummus use half of the chile.

In the bowl of a large food processor; add the garbanzo beans, garlic, tahini and lemon juice. Turn on the processor until the ingredients are combined and it resembles a thick paste. Add in the peppers, Serrano chile and the teaspoon of kosher salt. Blend until smooth.

Cover and refrigerate until ready to use.

FOR THE PITAS:

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Combine the oil with the garlic powder, basil and black pepper. Stir and brush both sides of the pitas generously. Cut each pita bread into 8 wedges. Working in batches, bake the pita wedges for 5-6 minutes, flip and bake for an additional 5-6 minutes or until lightly browned and crispy. Serve warm.

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33 Responses to “Spicy Roasted Red Pepper Hummus with Whole Wheat Basil Pita Toasts”

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    Julie @ Table for Two — March 23, 2012 at 2:53 pm

    omgosh, this looks SO SO good..i can't emphasize that enough. i'm seriously bookmarking this as we speak and writing it down on my iPad so i can make it very soon..yess! thank you :) looks absolutely delicious, i love the pita chips and the color of the hummus!

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    Maria — March 23, 2012 at 3:00 pm

    I want to eat this all day long!

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    Lauren's Latest — March 23, 2012 at 3:05 pm

    I could drink this!! Looks amazing.

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    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar — March 23, 2012 at 3:08 pm

    Mmm this is so full of goodness. Love it!

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    Anonymous — March 23, 2012 at 3:12 pm

    I love the way you roasted the peppers. This sounds like a rock star dip!

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    Jennie @themessybakerblog — March 23, 2012 at 3:16 pm

    I totally want to make this recipe. I love roasted red pepper hummus, and you make it look so easy to make. Thanks for sharing.

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    Aarthi — March 23, 2012 at 3:18 pm

    wow..awesome..love those spicy pepper hummus

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    Steph — March 23, 2012 at 3:23 pm

    Who knew that hummus could be so easy! I have yet to roast peppers, but think this summer is my time!

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    claire @ the realistic nutritionist — March 23, 2012 at 3:25 pm

    Oh this is RIGHT up my alleyway, looks so fresh and delicious!

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    Smitten ByFood — March 23, 2012 at 3:46 pm

    Would love to have some hummus now…. it looks so smooth and flavorful…

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    Grubarazzi — March 23, 2012 at 4:15 pm

    Nothing like making hummus and pita chips at home. These photos made my mouth water.

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    Julia {the roasted root} — March 23, 2012 at 4:35 pm

    What a snack! The roasted red pepper and serrano must give this tasty recipe a big flavor with some nice kick! The pita toasts look addicting…and I just love the little wooden bowl you put the hummus in – cute, cute, cute!

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    Munatycooking — March 23, 2012 at 4:51 pm

    Very beautiful version of Hummus!

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    Alison — March 23, 2012 at 6:28 pm

    I love roasted red pepper anything, so I'm good with the overload. :) And I LOVE the look of this hummus!! Hummus is such a great versatile dip.

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    Lizzy — March 23, 2012 at 6:31 pm

    Oh, man, I want this for lunch!! Looks amazing!!!

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    Made in Sonoma — March 23, 2012 at 6:48 pm

    I want. now.

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    Heather (Heather's Dish) — March 23, 2012 at 7:05 pm

    ugh, i LOVE homemade hummus but the baby doesn't love me spending time in the kitchen to make it…if you have any extra feel free to send it my way ;)

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    RavieNomNoms — March 23, 2012 at 7:53 pm

    I love it, I want to make this tonight. Looks so frekkin amazing!

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    Jennifer — March 23, 2012 at 8:51 pm

    I like that you made the pita toasts yourself. Homemade trumps store bought any day….well except the day you're super busy haha.

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    Margaret Murphy Tripp — March 23, 2012 at 10:45 pm

    That looks great and my family would love it. I don't know why I've never made home-made hummus before. Now is the right time though, since I have a bunch of cans of chick-peas left from my roasted chick-pea kick!

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    Kiran @ KiranTarun.com — March 24, 2012 at 2:27 am

    Yummy! I love adding roasted peppers and garlic into hummus :)

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    kate — March 24, 2012 at 12:11 pm

    Yum! Roasted red pepper is probably one of my most favorite flavors. I love the idea of basil pitas with the hummus too.

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    Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts — March 25, 2012 at 12:16 am

    We had a similar flavor to this, and it was delicious! Love making it at home!

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    Little Rus — March 25, 2012 at 4:01 pm

    This is so my kind of food! I love love love houmous very much and will definitely try blending it some peppers next time. :)

    P.S. I am hosting a giveaway on my blog at the moment and would like to invite you to take part. :)

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    Kiri W. — March 25, 2012 at 5:21 pm

    Wow – I love everything about this! The basil sounds like a wonderful complement to the red pepper hummus. yum!

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    Spicie Foodie — March 25, 2012 at 7:48 pm

    Oh your hummus is making my mouth water. I need to make this very soon. Thanks for sharing!

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    Bev Weidner (Bev Cooks) — March 25, 2012 at 8:24 pm

    O.
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    Ryan — March 25, 2012 at 10:47 pm

    I love cooking at home, especially to impress dates! Ha ha. This one looks like an absolute winner for a pre-dinner appetizer!

    I truly have come to love your site. My favorite part is that you show the step-by-step with pictures.

    The only think I can say, is make more food!

    Thanks for this great-looking dish.!

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    Maria @ Orchard Bloom — March 26, 2012 at 2:39 am

    I think I need a snack! This looks so delicious!

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    Keelin(2sisters2cities.com) — March 26, 2012 at 11:30 am

    This looks so good! I just bought a brand new food processor so I will have to try this recipe soon!

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    kita — April 2, 2012 at 3:00 am

    Seriously… Im coming over for this. Roasted red pepper hummus is one of my all time favorite snack foods. I am butting my head that I only have one pepper right now.

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    Katie @ Creature of Habit — April 14, 2012 at 10:02 pm

    Mmmm. That looks wonderful! I've never tried making my own hummus even though it looks so easy. Maybe this will be the recipe to change that!

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    Angela G. — September 10, 2012 at 6:33 pm

    Hello Laura! I’m a new follower. Last night I tried this recipe and it turned out GREAT! It is delicious and fairly easy. This was my first try at homemade hummus! Thanks for sharing. I can’t wait to try more of your recipes!

    ~Angela

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