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).