Spicy Hummus: Quick Chickpea Spread


1 (14.5 ounce) can chickpeas (garbanzo beans), drained

2 rounded tablespoons tahini sesame paste, found in both dairy and dry specialty foods sections

A drizzle extra-virgin olive oil

1/2 teaspoon crushed pepper flakes

1 teaspoon (1/3 palm full) ground cumin

1 teaspoon (1/3 palm full) ground coriander

1 clove garlic, crushed

Coarse salt

1/2 lemon, juiced

Pita breads, grilled and cut into wedges for dipping


Combine beans, tahini, oil, pepper flakes, cumin, coriander, garlic, salt, and lemon juice in food processor bowl and grind into a smooth paste. Transfer to a small dip dish and surround spread with warm pita wedges. This recipe makes a great appetizer, or anytime snack.

Tidbit: this is a fantastic dish to take to a pot luck or block party -- it's always a hit!