Smoky and earthy…
Chipotle peppers, especially chipotle in adobo sauce, brings a delicious earthy and smoky spice to your typical hummus. The spice is full-bodied – chipotles are dried and smoked jalapeño peppers, so consider how much chili pepper you want to use. The recipe calls for one, which is a good amount of spice (and still relatively family friendly). You could opt for an additional (or top the hummus with chopped chipotle) for a good uptick in spiciness.
Serve this hummus with pita chips and fresh cut vegetables. We love it as an appetizer prior to a steak meal. It’s smokiness really sets the tone for the night.
In a large mixing bowl (if using a food processor), add the garbanzo beans, chipotle, tahini, olive oil, and adobo sauce. Pulse blend using a food processor until smooth. (if using a blender, simply place the ingredients into the blender).
Add the lemon juice, minced garlic, and salt. Stir to combine.
Taste the hummus and adjust as needed to preferred flavor. If adding more chipotle, tahini, or garlic another round of blending is in order to smooth the hummus.
Transfer the hummus to a serving bowl and sprinkle with oil and/or paprika for color (or additional chopped chipotle pepper if you prefer a spicier/smokier hummus).