Spicy Roasted Tomato Hummus

by Heather on June 21, 2011

When it comes to food for me the more spice the better.  Or the more butter.  I love ‘em equally.

You guys probably know by now that I love garlic, but let me still tell you this little story.  Sit back, relax, grab some ultimate strawberry lemonade and get ready for storytime!


When we were kids we would take weekend trips to Albuquerque, NM just to get away and see the mountains.  It was a quick 5-hour trip from Lubbock, and we always had a blast:  we’d stop in Clovis, NM for McDonald’s (a big treat!) breakfast, Santa Rosa, NM at the massive truck stop where we saw crazy truckers aplenty, and finally we’d hit the mountains on the way in to Albuquerque.  We usually stayed downtown, but Albuquerque was the first place I ever had Rudy’s BBQ and had the nerve to try the incredible chile relleno.


On a side note, I have yet to try a chile relleno that is as good as they serve in New Mexico.  Just sayin’.


Anyway, there was one place that we always ALWAYS made sure to eat at before heading back home:  El Pinto.  Keep in mind that this is almost 15-20 years ago (YEESH. I can’t say that out loud anymore…) long before their salsas were available to buy in local grocery stores.  If you wanted El Pinto, you went to El Pinto.  End of story.


So why is this important?  What does this have to do with hummus?  Why am I babbling?  I’ll tell you why:  their food and their salsa was so addictive, delicious, and HOT.  I remember to this day I ordered the same thing every time, some kind of combo platter, and by the time the meal was through I would be soaked with sweat.  My eyes would be watering like crazy.  My parents would shuffle me out the door, mumbling something about needing to shower and how they were going to have to line-dry my dress that night.  Whatever.  If they had let me stay I probably would have eaten myself to sleep with that stuff.


All of this is to say:  I like it spicy.  It’s a trait I picked up from my Grandpa who would eat raw jalapenos as snacks even though tears streamed down his face.  It’s just that good!  And this hummus, although it’s not spicy enough to make you cry, is certainly a good way to spice up your hummus life – and your snack life for that matter.


  • 1 can 15-oz can of chickpeas, drained and with the skins removed (makes it creamier)
  • 4 small Roma tomatoes
  • 2-3 cloves garlic, finely chopped or grated on a microplane
  • 2 Tbsp tahini
  • 2 tsp chopped chives
  • juice of 1/2 a lemon
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 3 Tbsp olive oil, divided

Preheat your oven to 400.  Rub 1 Tbsp of olive oil on the tomatoes with the skins on.  When oven reaches 400, roast the tomatoes for about 5-10 minutes, or until the skin starts to look wrinkly.  As soon as that happens dump the whole tomatoes into a bowl and cover with plastic wrap.  Let sit for about 5 minutes.  Peel the tomatoes (be careful, they might still be hot), seed them, and roughly chop the flesh.  Add the tomatoes, chickpeas, garlic, tahini, chives, lemon juice, salt, and remaining olive oil to a food processor.  Process until completely smooth or until desired consistency is reached.  Served with whatever you want – just make sure you serve it!

May you always crave the spice in life and in food.  Enjoy!

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{ 23 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Brittany (A Healthy Slice of Life) June 21, 2011

I agree with you wholeheartedly! I can never get enough spice and this hummus sounds soooo good!


2 Lauren at Keep It Sweet June 21, 2011

Love this, I never used tomatoes in hummus before!


3 Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg June 21, 2011

I am ALWAYS looking for a new way to spice up hummus– this looks awesome!


4 Mrs. Fish June 21, 2011

My husband and I love anything spicy and adore hummus! Can’t wait to make this!


5 Gina @ Running to the Kitchen June 21, 2011

Love variations on hummus, this looks great!


6 Jessica @ How Sweet June 21, 2011

want want want!!


7 Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic June 21, 2011

I like it spicy too! I’ve never had hummus with tomato, this sounds delicious!


8 Jessica June 21, 2011

I am just now growing into a love of spicy foods and love love love hummus – looks like it is a go : )


9 Tiff @ Love, Sweat, and Beers June 21, 2011

That sounds great. I love spice, but I have to admit, I can’t handle it too hot.


10 Tina @ Faith Fitness Fun June 21, 2011

I always love spice too. I remember my dad gave me a small forkful of wasabi once as a gag and I wasn’t phased at all and asked for more instead.


11 Urban Wife June 21, 2011

Hummus and I have a love affair. There’s no going back and I don’t care who knows it! :) I need to make this recipe right away and add a jalapeño just because spicy = da’ bomb.


12 Jenn June 21, 2011

I’m a little confused, where is the spice coming from in this recipe?


13 Heather June 21, 2011

good question Jenn – it’s actually all the spice from the garlic! raw garlic is crazy spicy and it brought out a lot in the hummus. thanks so much for asking, i didn’t clarify before!


14 Heather @ Dietitian on the Run June 21, 2011

Spicy hummus – Love this!!! Bookmarked – I’m always trying to figure out the next ‘best’ way to make hummus :)


15 Sara June 21, 2011

What is the easiest way to remove all of the skins from the chickpeas/garbanzos?


16 Heather June 21, 2011

actually if you just pinch it it should come right off! it’s a lot easier than i thought…just a little time consuming, but 100% worth it :)


17 Sara June 22, 2011

Thank you for responding! I’ll give it a go tonight :-)


18 Mikaela Cowles June 21, 2011

I’m making hummus for this coming weekend. This looks fantastic. I think I’ll give it a try. Thanks for the suggestion!


19 Anne June 21, 2011

Wow, good timing for your post…my husband and I are driving through Albuquerque on I-40 in a matter of days and I’m going to make sure we stop for lunch there! Any recommendations?


20 Heather June 21, 2011

Definitely El Pinto if you can…it’s out in the country a little ways but SO worth it!


21 Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen June 22, 2011

I see this hummus in my very near future!


22 The Food Hunter June 22, 2011

This sounds good. I just made a roasted pepper hummus. Can’t wait to try this one


23 Healthy Answers Girl August 18, 2011

For some odd reasons, I have never thought of a spicy hummus. I love spicy food, the hotter the better. With the garlic, I wonder if I can triple the amount of garlic however replace raw garlic with roasted garlic, will this work?. I can’t wait to try this recipe, thank you!!


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