Created by Chef Einat Admony of Balaboosta, Bar Bolonat, Kish-Kash, & Taïm (U.S.)

Spicy Hummus With Harissa

Spicy Hummus With Harissa

Prep Time: 20 minutes, plus overnight

Cook Time: 1 hour


For Spicy Hummus

600g dried chickpeas

2 ½ tsp baking soda

2 large garlic cloves, finely chopped

80ml tahini

2 tbsp fresh lemon juice

2 tsp TABASCO® Sauce

3 tbsp olive oil, plus more for garnish

1 ½ tsp kosher salt

½ tsp ground cumin

Small pinch of freshly ground black pepper

For Harissa

10 garlic cloves

1 large red bell pepper

300ml canola oil

60g ground cumin

1 tsp cayenne pepper

2 tbsp TABASCO® Sauce

40g sweet paprika

30g ground caraway

1 tbsp, plus 1 tsp kosher salt


For Spicy Hummus

In a bowl, add the chickpeas and 1 ½ tsp of the baking soda. Add cold water to cover and leave to soak overnight.

Drain the chickpeas and transfer them to a large pot of water. Add the remaining 1 tsp baking soda and bring to a boil. Boil until the chickpeas are tender, 45 to 50 minutes. Skim off any floating shells.

Drain, reserve 240ml of the cooking liquid, and let the chickpeas cool completely.

In a food processor, combine the chickpeas, garlic, reserved liquid*, tahini, lemon juice, TABASCO® Sauce, 3 tablespoons of the olive oil, salt, cumin, and pepper and puree until smooth and creamy.

The hummus can be stored in an airtight container for up to 3 days.

For Harissa

Place the bell pepper directly on a hot grill or under a broiler and roast until the skin is charred on all sides, about 20 minutes. Place in a bowl and cover tightly with plastic wrap without letting the plastic wrap touch the hot bell pepper. Let the pepper cool completely.

Carefully remove the skin, cut off the stems, and scrape off the seeds. Slice the pepper into large chunks.

In a food processor, combine the garlic, bell pepper, and 240ml of the oil. Pulse until the mixture is almost pureed.

Add the cumin, cayenne, TABASCO® Sauce, paprika, caraway, and salt. Slowly drizzle in the remaining 60ml oil while the machine is running. Keep processing until the harissa is completely pureed and all the ingredients are thoroughly combined.

Store the harissa in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 months.

Serving Suggestion

When ready to serve, put the hummus on a plate or in a shallow bowl, make a well with a spoon, and garnish with a spoonful of harissa in the center and a drizzle of olive oil.

Makes 8-10 Servings

*If you forget to reserve the cooking liquid, you can substitute 240ml ice-cold water. But using the cooking liquid will give the hummus a richer, bolder flavor.

It’s the 150th Anniversary for Tabasco Sauce and this recipe has been created to highlight the role of tabasco sauce in different foods from around the world 

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