This is a variation of our hummus base recipe. Hummus is one of our favorite foods because it’s delicious, nutritious, easy to make, and incredibly versatile! This sriracha hummus is a spicy twist on a Mediterranean favorite!
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Culinary Tips for Homemade Sriracha Hummus
Some homemade hummus recipes say to drizzle the olive oil in slowly for a better emulsion, but we couldn’t tell a difference either way. Place all of the ingredients in the blender at the same time and blend away!
To fix a grainy hummus, blend for longer, add 1-2 Tablespoons more oil, or warm the garbanzo beans before blending.
For an even smoother texture, simmer the chickpeas in water before blending. Place drained and rinsed chickpeas in a saucepan, cover with water, and simmer until very soft. Drain, add to the blender with the remaining ingredients, and blend.
If you prefer a thicker hummus, use ¼ cup of water. If you prefer a creamier, thinner consistency, use ½ cup.
When doubling or tripling the recipe, don’t increase the sriracha at first. This may make your hummus way too spicy! Taste after blending, then adjust to taste.
- Chickpeas: use 1 ½ cups homemade cooked chickpeas. Learn our three different ways to cook chickpeas from dry: Instant Pot, quick soak, or stovetop (traditional soak). Using cooked from dried chickpeas creates the creamiest hummus!
- Tahini: substitute no-sugar-added sunflower or pumpkin seed butter.
- Extra Virgin Olive Oil: substitute avocado oil or canola oil. You can also substitute an infused olive oil for more flavor.
- Lemon: substitute 1 Tablespoon bottled lemon juice, or substitute fresh or bottled lime juice to make a sriracha lime hummus.
- Garlic: substitute 1 teaspoon garlic flakes, ½ teaspoon granulated garlic, or ¼ teaspoon garlic powder, but note the flavor will not be as strong. Fresh is best!
- Sriracha: substitute your favorite hot sauce.
Add toppings to your taste! There are so many toppings that would be delicious with this recipe. Sesame seeds, toasted sesame oil, Thai basil, chopped cilantro, diced avocado, or shredded carrots would all add fun flavors and colors.
Some people ask if you can make hummus without tahini, and while we prefer hummus with tahini, you can definitely make it without! If you have a sesame allergy, sunflower butter, pumpkin seed butter, or a few more tablespoons of olive oil are good substitutions.
Want some hummus recipe inspiration?
Use our base recipe as a guide to make it your own, or check out some of our favorite hummus variations!
Equipment Recommendations for Creamy Homemade Hummus
If you don’t have a good blender or food processor, we recommend purchasing one! An immersion blender also works for making creamy hummus. Although cheaper blenders will do an okay job, a high-powered blender definitely creates a smoother texture.
If a fancy blender or food processor isn’t within your budget, simply blend the mixture for longer, or simmer the chickpeas in water until very soft before blending.
Sriracha Hummus Health Benefits
This hummus recipe is packed with nutrients! According to research, hummus-consumers have reportedly higher intakes of many nutrients, including essential vitamins, minerals, fiber, and fatty acids. Chickpeas, tahini, and extra virgin olive oil are the star ingredients in this spicy hummus recipe.
Chickpeas / Garbanzo Beans
Beans of all varieties are a great source of plant-based protein and are an important part of a plant-forward diet. They are also high in complex carbohydrates and fiber. These nutrients are important for steady energy, satiety, blood flow, disease prevention, and digestion. (And in case you were wondering, chickpeas and garbanzo beans are the same thing!)
Tahini is made from blended sesame seeds. Sesame seeds contain mono- and poly-unsaturated fats that may support heart health. Sesame seeds also contain fiber, phytonutrients, and plant-based protein – important nutrients for digestion, satiety, stable blood sugar, and cancer prevention.
Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Extra virgin olive oil is a key component of the Mediterranean Diet. It contains high amounts of heart-healthy monounsaturated fatty acids and polyphenols which may reduce inflammation. Additionally, certain nutrients require fat for absorption; using extra virgin olive oil in homemade hummus can help you get the most nutritional bang for your buck!
Serving Suggestions for Spicy Sriracha Hummus
Serve this sriracha hummus dip as a healthy after school snack or as the centerpiece of an appetizer spread. Serve with fresh vegetables, whole grain crackers, homemade tortilla chips, or whole wheat pita wedges.
Place the hummus in an airtight container and store in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.
Want more healthy snack recipes?
Try out these favorites, and as always, adjust to YOUR taste!
- 15-ounce can low-sodium chickpeas, drained and rinsed
- ¼ cup tahini
- ¼ – ½ cup water
- 2 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- ½ lemon, juiced (~1 Tablespoon)
- 1-2 small garlic cloves
- 1 teaspoon sriracha or to taste
- ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
- Dash black pepper
- Place all ingredients in a blender or food processor. Blend until smooth and creamy. Start with ¼ cup water, then increase until desired consistency.
- Add salt to taste. Place in a serving bowl and top with desired garnishes. Enjoy!
Drizzle of extra virgin olive oil or toasted sesame oil Diced red onion Chopped cilantro or Thai basil Shredded carrots Quartered cherry tomatoes Diced avocado Sesame seeds