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Monday, March 1, 2021

Spicy HARISSA Hot Chili Hummus

 Looking to add some heat to your favorite hummus recipe? It is as simple as using this delicious tahini made with Harissa.


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 My favorite plant-based snack is hummus and crackers. Hummus is a creamy dip that hails from the Middle East and has a reputation as clean, healthy food. It deserves it. All the main ingredients are superfoods in their own right. Most traditional hummus recipes are made with chickpeas, sesame paste (tahini), garlic, and olive oil. All these ingredients are healthy foods and some of them ~ chickpeas and tahini ~ are loaded with protein. So grab a bowl of hummus and get snacking!

Hummus is:

+ Healthy

+ Plant-Based

+ Loaded with protein

+ Vegan

+ Made with superfood ingredients

+ Delicious

+ A perfect party food

+ Can be made in many flavors

+ Gluten-free

+ Dairy-free

+ Allergy-friendly

What is tahini?

 Making homemade hummus is super easy and once you learn how you may never buy store-bought hummus. The main ingredient to this delicious Middle Eastern spread is chickpeas and tahini. Tahini is a creamy nutrient-rich spread made from sesame seeds, making it an allergy-friendly spread for those who have nut allergies. Tahini is also the perfect food for Passover and this delicious spread can be used in so many recipes. I love using sesame seeds in my homemade honey sunflower seed butter

 My favorite tahini is all-natural, squeeze-and-serve tahini made by Mighty Sesame. Mighty Sesame Tahini is the best tahini that you can buy. Their squeezable bottle makes it easier than ever to add tahini to everything from dressings and dips to meat and veggies. With no stirring required, the sesame seed tahini is packed with protein and contains 260mg of calcium per serving.  Mighty Sesame is also organic, vegan, gluten- and dairy-free, OU kosher, and halal.

Add heat and zip to traditional hummus

 When I discovered that Mighty Sesame added a harissa flavored tahini to their brand, I had to try it in my favorite hummus recipe. This new variety contains a blend of 100% natural harissa spices for a distinctively aromatic flavor profile with a kick. You can buy this amazing Harissa tahini on Amazon.

What is harissa?

 Harissa is a paste made by blending roasted hot red peppers with other spices and herbs. This spicy paste is popular in Israeli, Moroccan, and Tunisian. This fragrant chili paste adds awesome flavor and heat to your favorite foods. So I knew that harissa flavored tahini would add a nice flavorful kick of heat to my homemade hummus recipe. 

Ingredients needed for Hummus

+ Chickpeas or garbanzo beans

+ Tahini

+ Lemon juice

+ Garlic

+ Salt

  Hummus is super simple to make and only requires a few ingredients. The main ingredient is chickpeas or garbanzo beans. You can use a can of chickpeas or dried chickpeas that you cooked. I like using canned chickpeas and I always have several cans in my pantry. I also keep a container of dried garbanzo beans in my pantry for a backup source for when I run out of canned chickpeas. Cooking dried chickpeas is super easy and you can make them quickly in the pressure cooker. Here is a recipe for cooking chickpeas in the pressure cooker.

 When I cook my garbanzo beans in the instant pot, I always make extra so I can make my delicious vegan tuna recipe. This plant-based recipe looks and tastes just like tuna salad but contains no real tuna so it is a perfect vegetarian recipe for a meatless meal. You have to try this recipe! 

Super easy to make

 Hummus is super easy to make and can be made in under 5 minutes! You simply place all the ingredients in a blender or food processor and blend for 2 minutes. This delicious vegan dip is ready to eat. I like to eat my spicy Harissa hummus with raw veggies like carrots, red peppers, and celery. I also like spreading my hummus dip on crackers and pita bread. This spicy dip also makes a wonderful spread for sandwiches. My most favorite way to enjoy this Spicy HARISSA Hot Chili Hummus is on a snack board. I place the hummus in a small bowl and place it on a plate. To that plate, I add raw, veggies, crackers, and olives, making it a delicious snack or meal.

Other hummus recipes

 While traditional hummus is made from chickpeas, you can also use white beans or add additional ingredients, making it a versatile snack. Check out some of my other delicious hummus recipes.

Spicy carrot hummus 


White bean hummus


Easy beet hummus


Spicy red pepper hummus


Pumpkin hummus


Baba Ghanoush With Oven Roasted Eggplant


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Spicy HARISSA Hot Chili Hummus

Spicy HARISSA Hot Chili Hummus

Yield: 6
Author: Mom Knows Best
A creamy hummus with a flavorful kick of heat from Harissa chili paste


  • One can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1/2 cup Mighty Sesame Harissa Tahini 
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup water


  1. Place all the hummus ingredients in a food processor, except the water,  and blend until smooth.  Add the water gradually until you reach the desired consistency.
  2. Place the hummus in a bowl and drizzle additional olive oil over the top if desired.
  3. Serve with raw vegetables, crackers, and pita bread.
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Bill said...

That sounds delicious. I love hummus, and I'm all about heat. I'll have to try this.

AiringMyLaundry said...

Oh yum, this hummus sounds delish! I have never heard of tahini before so I'll look into it.

Joline said...

Agree, we love hummus it's so delicious to snack on. Would love to try this spicier version.

GiGi Eats said...

I was so going to buy hummus yesterday and now I am mad I didn't! LOL!

Celebrate Woman said...

Looks so delicious and flavorful. I am ready to try this out!

Kathy said...

I love hummus. It is one of my favorite dips for chips. I haven't tried a spicy one yet though. I do love spicy, so I'll have to give this a try.

Barb Webb said...

Absolutely love hummus! Definitely going to try a bunch of these recipes.

Nikki Wayne said...

So interesting! Yeah sometimes I wanna add some heat to it. Just slight to make a difference.

Monica Simpson said...

I love all the ways you can spice up hummus. It's one of my fave snacks too!

Amy Liu Dong said...

That looks really good and tasty, I am going to make this for everyone this weekend.

Chef Dennis said...

I am so loving this Hummus recipe! It looks absolutely delicious. My wife will love this, too!

Gervin Khan said...

This humus recipe looks really delicious and I am so excited to try this at home. Thank you!

Ryan Escat said...

Thanks for sharing about harissa. I bet this spicy hummus recipe would be our new favorite dip for our snacks

Gervin Khan said...

Looks good! It's beautiful and interesting recipe! I haven't heard about this so it's unique to me.

Lynndee said...

I love having hummus with crackers. So good! I don't like it spicy, though. :) -LYNNDEE

Gust si Aroma said...

I am sure that my husband will go crazy over this chili hummus! Looks so inviting!

crystal carder said...

I love hummus! I had no idea it was so easy to make! Thanks for the awesome recipe.

Romy Schorr said...

I am a hummus fanatic! And love harissa too, I am totally using this the next time I make hummus, yum!

Farrah Less said...

I love a good homemade hummus with my pita or chips. I would love to try this recipe at home.

monicazyoung said...

That hummus looks so delicious, it would go great with our chips

Marysa said...

What a great twist on hummus! We eat so much hummus and this would be fun to make.

Rose Ann Sales said...

That's a really nice color. I love trying out different recipes for hummus.. Thanks!

Anonymous said...

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LG Martina von https://www.acad-profy.com/post/themenfindung

mail4rosey said...

I make hummus for my granddaughter who loves it. I never thought to make it spicy though (for me). What a grand idea!

Mama Maggie's Kitchen said...

My husband will surely love this Spicy Hummus. I will make this for him tomorrow.

Rika said...

My husband loves hummus and I love Harrisa. I can't wait to try this recipe because I love spicy.

Anonymous said...

I love hummus! But I've never tried making it at home thinking it would take hell lot of time and energy �� Haha! I need to give this recipe a try, looks yummy ��

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