Hot Chilli Hummus

This is an exciting and hot variation on my own hummus recipe, which seems fitting for the blinding, hot summer we’re having in Malta at present.  Why not turn up the heat a notch more, I say !


  • 1 tin of chickpeas (washed and drained)
  • 2 cloves fresh garlic
  • 1½ Tbsp raw tahini
  • ¼ tsp chilli powder
  • juice of 1 fresh lemon
  • 3 or 4 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • salt to taste (this is a key ingredient – so don’t omit this unless you have to)
  • about 4 Tbsp water (or more, depending on how thick or thin you want it)
  • ½ tsp harissa (Tunisian hot chilli sauce) and a few olives, for garnish


Place the garlic in the blender and process until very finely chopped. Then add the chickpeas and continue to process until well broken down.  Now add the tahini and chilli powder, and process further.  Then add the salt, the lemon and oil, and the water bit by bit, until a thick paste is formed. Now, if you wish to have a thinner consistency, gradually add more water, a little at a time, until you are happy with the texture – it ought to be smooth (and a little runny, in my opinion). Decant into a small serving bowl, garnish with harissa and a few olives, and drizzle with olive oil.  Refrigerate, and serve with a Greek salad and warm pitta bread.  Enjoy !

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  1. Going for the chili hummus this afternoon! It sounds wonderful. Thanks and I am so glad I came across your website. Have a great weekend

  2. Brooke Hi there and welcome here. I hope you enjoy this chilli hummus this weekend – very best wishes to you and I look forward to your future comments on my blog. Meantime Cheers !

  3. This looks epic, I dont use measurements to make my Hommus, but I do love Chilli!!!!

  4. Roy Hi there and thanks so very much for dropping by here. Yes, I am the same, I don’t use measurements either, but I have been making it for years and automatically know how much to add in my blender – let me know how it goes with the chilli for you, and have a pleasant weekend !

  5. Would you be able to use sea salt instead of regular salt with this recipe?

  6. Jennifer hi there. Yes, you may use any salt you wish in this recipe. Hope you enjoy it !

  7. This was my first time to make hummus!! Turned out fabulous. Put it into a pita with some cucumber, tomato, and unions… was super tasty. Thank you for your wonderful recipes. They will be very helpful for a new vegetarian like myself. 🙂

  8. Cheri Hi there and welcome here. I am delighted that you have made and enjoyed my hummus. Kudos to you for making the decision for a veg diet. I am sure you will find many recipes here that you will enjoy. I look forward to your future comments on my blog, and best wishes your way in the meantime !

  9. Hummous is one of my favourite snacks, and i cant buy it here in France, so i made this recipe of Miriams today. All i can say is, i will never ever buy shop bought hummous again. Quick and easy and oh my! This is wonderful! Thanks again Miriam.

  10. Fiona Hi there and thanks for dropping by with your wonderful comment. I am delighted that you found my hummus to be to your liking ! It is quick and easy to make you are right there. Very best wishes your way !

  11. I make my hummus ‘by eye’ and it isn’t always that great, so I just followed this recipe and YUM I am enjoying it as a dip with little sweet cucumbers.

  12. That sounds so ideal Jamila, so glad you are enjoying my hummus here and I look forward to your future comments here. Best wishes and enjoy your day !

  13. I’m so glad that you posted this recipe. I deal to make it during weekend and no work. It would be fun making this one at home. 😀

  14. Hope you make and enjoy it Sandy !

  15. Can this be made without a blender? I’m a 20-year-old vegetarian art student who’ve just moved out of my family home and well.. I haven’t bought a blender yet.. (probably will someday since I’m a big fan of smoothies). This looks delicious…

  16. Hi B – thanks for dropping by here. Allow me to suggest that you purchase a small cheap and cheerful electric hand blender. It’s a great investment and you can pick one up for 10-15 £’s and it will last you years, hand blenders make the best dips and pate’s as well as hummus and even smoothies (be sure to buy one with the long plastic cup so that it won’t splash). Just a thought. The answer is no, it can’t be efficiently made without a blender as the texture must be smooth. But as I said you may wish to buy a hand blender, they are compact, easy to wash and travel with too – I would say ideal for students ! Best to you ! 🙂 Tip:- Braun seem to make a good one.

  17. I discovered your blog a while back and have been itching to try some of your recipes ever since. This was my first attempt and it turned out fantastic! The hummus dish was the star of my birthday buffet table, and I am about to make more for New Year’s! Thanks for sharing it 🙂

  18. Becky Hi there and welcome here. I am delighted that you have made and enjoyed my hummus and hope you enjoy my many other recipes from here. Happy New Year to you !

  19. Marty Bellew-Smith, Ph.D.

    I dearly love hummus and I dearly love hot chili sauce so I know this is going to be a hit. I am making your Spanakopita, tomato and red onion salad, this hummus and serving with store bought fresh pita bread for a casual family dinner in a couple of weeks. It’s just going to be my hubby, his sister and her hubby but I think they will enjoy it. My sister in law lived in Saudi for about 20 years.

  20. Hi Marty and many thanks for dropping by here with your comment. I do hope that it all goes well – you have chosen wisely and I’m sure it will be a lovely family dinner – a few candles on and you have yourself a wonderful delight to serve – Kudos to you for choosing and making these delights. Happy New Year to you and your loved ones too in the meantime ! 🙂


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