roasted red pepper hummus with chili and sun dried tomato
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Roasted red pepper hummus with red chili and sun dried tomato

Recipe for Roasted Red Pepper Hummus

A big part of my diet during my weight loss has been hummus. I have found that it helps with cravings and helps to fill me up when eating a vegetable intensive diet. This roasted red pepper hummus is one of my favorites.

Store bought hummus is pretty high in calories, so I have been making my own. By making my own, I am able to control, and reduce, the amount of oil and other ingredients I put in.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cans of chick peas. I like Napolina because they are large and blend very nicely.
  • 3 Large red peppers.
  • 3 to 4 oz of sun dried tomatoes.
  • 1 large red chili.
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons of smoked paprika. Sweet paprika is a great substitute. I just love paprika.
  • Sunflower or vegetable oil. Olive oil would work too, but I like sunflower the best.
  • Salt if needed.

Method:

  • low calorie snacksRoast the red peppers at 200F for about 30 to 40 minutes. Roast them until the skin begins to turn black and release from┬áthe meat of the peppers. I cut the sides off the peppers before roasting instead of roasting them whole.
  • When the skin turns black and releases from the meat, take them out and pull all the skin off and discard it.
  • Drain and rinse the chick peas.
  • Add the chick peas to your blender or food processor. I find the food processor works a lot better.
  • Add the red pepper meat, paprika and sun dried tomatoes to the chick peas.
  • Blend the peppers and chick peas on low and add the oil very slowly. You just want the mixture to blend smoothly with as little oil as you need.
  • Once the mixture gets smooth, or to the texture of your liking, add the red chili. I usually cut the chili in half lengthways. Blend until the chili gets chopped finely.
  • Taste the hummus and add salt if needed. I think the sun dried tomatoes add more than enough salt.

If you like it hot, add another red chili or two. I often add more, but I have a couple of other spicy hummus recipes that I make, so this one I don’t usually add more than 1 to my roasted red pepper hummus.

This is great for dipping celery and carrots, or any other raw veggies.