Chipotle Hummus

Chipotle peppers, especially chipotle in adobo sauce, bring 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 (yet still relatively family-friendly). You could opt for an additional (or top the hummus with chopped chipotle) for an uptick in spiciness.

Chipotle Hummus

Serve this hummus with pita chips and fresh-cut vegetables. We love it as an appetizer before a steak meal. Its smokiness really sets the tone for the night.

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Chipotle Hummus

Chipotle Hummus

5 from 2 votes


  • 1 can garbanzo beans drained
  • 1 chipotle pepper from chipotle peppers in adobo sauce
  • 2 tablespoons tahini
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon adobo sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt more to taste
  • paprika to sprinkle on top


  • 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). 
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UPDATE NOTICE: This post was updated on November 17, 2022 to include new content.
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Dr Stephen Vadas

This is a great recipe, but it needs some water during blending because it’s a bit to thick otherwise. Thank you.