Simple Spicy Hummus

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  • Published Jul 15th
  • Ready In10m
  • Servings6
  • Calories172
I have eaten hummus a few times a week for years now. A couple years back I wanted something different, so I started messing around. After a few trial runs, this recipe represents my favorite hummus.

Simple Spicy Hummus Ingredients

The following are the ingredients needed to make delicious Simple Spicy Hummus for 6 servings:

  • 1 (15 ounce) can chickpeas (garbanzo beans), drained
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons tahini, or more to taste
  • 1 clove garlic, peeled
  • 1 tablespoon water, or as needed (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin

Simple Spicy Hummus Cooking Instructions

  • Prep10m
  • Cook-
  • Ready In10m

To cook Simple Spicy Hummus, you need about 10 minutes of preparation time. The following are the steps to cook Simple Spicy Hummus easily:

  1. 1 Place chickpeas in a blender; top with olive oil, lime juice, tahini, and garlic. Blend mixture until smooth. Add water 1 tablespoon at a time and blend until desired consistency is reached. Add paprika, cayenne pepper, and cumin; blend until incorporated.


  • Cook's Note:
  • Try different brands of chickpeas, as they will yield different consistencies (smoother, chunkier, etc.).
  • I use lime juice, but lemon works if you prefer. I put a little under 1/4 cup so it is a little more subtle.
  • People tend to enjoy different amounts of tahini, distinct and thick. I put in a little under 1/4 cup.
  • Cumin is a strong spice, so try a little under a 1/4 teaspoon first to see if you would want more.
  • Depending on your consistency preferences and the type of blending unit being used, you may want/need anywhere up to 1/4 cup water.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 172 calories; 12.5 grams of fat; 13.1 grams of carbohydrates; 3.3 grams of protein; 0 milligrams of cholesterol; 146 milligrams of sodium.

  1. Feb 9th 2017

    Our favorite hummus recipe so far. I typically add some roasted red peppers to this as well.

  2. Aug 20th 2016

    Turned out delicious! No changes needed, but this is a great recipe to add different spices or swap ingredients like basil, artichoke hearts, sun-dried tomatoes etc. This is my new go to hum ...

  3. Feb 10th 2016

    This is the best hummus I've made yet. I added some lime zest and salt, otherwise made no recipe changes.

  4. Jul 25th 2015

    The name says it all. Very well balanced simple hummus with a kick. Like many others I prefer to use the reserved chickpea liquid instead of water for attaining the desired consistancy

  5. Feb 27th 2015

    This was great hummus! We loved the kick the cayenne added. Like others, I used the liquid from the chickpeas in place of water.

  6. Feb 26th 2015

    So easy to prepare, and a huge bonus is the ease of customization.

  7. Feb 22nd 2015

    Husband really liked this one. I did add salt. I really liked how red it gets from the paprika and cayenne. I would add that oil (best) and the juice from the can (2nd best) are both a lot b ...

  8. Feb 2nd 2015

    This recipe is very similar to the one I currently use (South Beach Diet). Instead of water I use the liquid from the can of chick peas.

  9. Jan 28th 2015

    LOVED this! I did add a bit of salt, but other than that, this was perfect for us! Instead of using water to get the right consistency, I used the reserved liquid from the chickpeas b/c that ...