Fiery Habanero Hummus

When jalapeño hummus isn’t enough, get ready for the habanero hammer. Habanero hummus may look unassuming, but don’t be fooled. It’s very hot. Habaneros are at least ten times hotter than jalapeños and, at minimum, twice the heat of cayenne peppers. If you opt for fresh habs instead of habanero powder, make sure to use gloves during the prep to prevent severe chili burn.

habanero hummus
Habanero hummus, ready to serve with carrots

Paprika or cayenne is perfect for adding color to the dish. Paprika is milder. It may not seem so important when making hummus that’s already one step shy of sun-like heat, but the added heat of cayenne can make a surprising impact. It’s delicious with any traditional hummus dippers: pita, tortilla, carrots, among many other breads and vegetables.

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Habanero Hummus

Extra-hot, a bold and earthy dip
4.28 from 18 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Course Appetizer
Servings 8 servings
Calories 104 kcal


  • 2 cans garbanzo beans 15 ounce cans, drained
  • 1 teaspoon habanero powder or 1 habanero pepper
  • 1 red bell pepper roasted, skinned, and seeds removed
  • 10 cloves garlic approximately 1 head garlic
  • 1/3 cup tahini
  • 6 tablespoons lemon juice approximately 2 lemons-worth
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • Cayenne pepper powder for color garnish (paprika works too)
  • Pita other options: tortilla chips or carrots for dipping


  • Place all ingredients in a food processor and blend until you reach your desired hummus consistency. Add additional olive oil (or liquid from the drained garbanzo beans) if the hummus is too thick.
  • Transfer the hummus to a serving dish and drizzle with olive oil. Sprinkle with paprika or cayenne and serve with your favorite dipping option.


Calories: 104kcalCarbohydrates: 5gProtein: 2gFat: 9gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 3gMonounsaturated Fat: 5gSodium: 300mgPotassium: 112mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 549IUVitamin C: 25mgCalcium: 25mgIron: 1mg
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UPDATE NOTICE: This post was updated on February 1, 2023 to include new content.
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