Cumin and Smoked Paprika Hummus

November 22nd, 2019

If you have been reading this blog for a while, you probably think that I am a little bit in love with my smoked paprika.  What you might not realize, though, is that I am more in love with it than you can possibly imagine.  In fact, I use it almost every night — whether as a topping for popcorn, sprinkled on steamed vegetables, or just spooned out of the jar and into my adoring mouth.

I’m joking — on that last part at least.  But I do love smoked paprika.

So it cannot be too surprising that my first post on hummus takes this form.  If you’ve never made hummus before, you are in for a major treat, because it’s shockingly easy.  Take a few easy-to-find ingredients, which you probably have sitting around your kitchen somewhere, put them in your food processor, and you’re done!

I like to make hummus as an appetizer for dinner parties when I don’t know exactly how many people are coming, or when I’m not sure how long the main dish is going to take to cook.  It’s an easy, filling dish to set on the table so that your friends aren’t ready to clobber you when it’s 9 pm and you still haven’t served them dinner yet.

Finally, my favorite thing about this hummus is that it matches my wine glasses, making everything look prettier.  Could you resist a table that looks like this?  I didn’t think so.

Cumin and Smoked Paprika Hummus


1 15-ounce can of chickpeas, with about half the water drained off
1/4 cup tahini
1 medium-sized garlic clove
1/2 tsp salt
1 tbsp olive oil
2 tbsp lemon juice (or more, to desired consistency)
1 tsp smoked paprika
1/2 tsp ground cumin

1. In a food processor, puree all ingredients together until smooth.  Add more lemon juice to get your preferred hummus texture.  Serve with chopped vegetables or baguette slices.

Makes about 2 cups of hummus.

Tags: appetizers · food

26 responses so far ↓

  • 1 rachel // May 19, 2008 at 7:42 am

    I love smoked paprika so much! YUM!

  • 2 VeggieGirl // May 19, 2008 at 10:19 am

    I’m on a “hummus kick” right now (my current favorite is a zest, garlic variety), so that recipe is FABULOUS!!! Especially since I loooove spice :0) Oh and NOTHING beats the taste and quality of homemade hummus!

  • 3 Kristen // May 19, 2008 at 10:51 am

    Once again, I can say that I tried this when Katy made it and it was delicious!  The only problem with serving it as an appetizer is that guests (read as “me”) may (read as “most definitely”) chow down on it and don’t leave enough for the main course, which if Katy is making it, is surely not to be missed.

  • 4 Joanna // May 19, 2008 at 11:27 am

    This looks great — smoked paprika is one of my favorites as well.  But where’s the tahini?  I loooooooove tahini, and I can’t imagine making hummus without it.  Though I would probably eat tahini by the spoonful, given the chance.

  • 5 grace // May 19, 2008 at 11:40 am

    there are people who have never tasted hummus?  poor souls.

    i’ve never had a version of hummus that didn’t make me blissfully content, and i’m sure that this one would rank among the best of ’em.  nicely done!

  • 6 Elle // May 19, 2008 at 11:47 am

    Love making hummus–it’s so easy!  I love this flavor combo, and I’ll try it out!

  • 7 emily // May 19, 2008 at 11:55 am

    lovely wine glasses (oh and hummus too!!) I wonder what fantastic sister bought those for you (then broke one….oops).  Thanks for reminder that hummus is easy to make and probably a bit healthier when homemade then when store bought…not that copious amounts of olive oil is a bad thing…personally i’d drink the stuff if bathing suit season was not so quickly approaching!!

  • 8 katy // May 19, 2008 at 11:59 am

    Joanna — You are so right!  I knew this recipe was missing something when I wrote it up.  I’ve changed it above!

    Kristen — I’m actually bummed that my pictures from our main course at this dinner didn’t really turn out.  I might post it anyways, just because it was such a good dish, but I’m bummed to not have good photos!

    Emily — I do love the wine glasses, but there are only three left out of the six? eight? I once had.  They are so fragile!  And I’d guess that wine glasses get broken with more frequency than any other type of glasses…

  • 9 SP // May 19, 2008 at 12:29 pm

    That is ridiculously easy!!

    I don’t have tahini or smoked paprika, but I will seek them out and add this to my growing list of things that seem difficult/fancy/gourmet but are sneakily easy to make.


  • 10 NuJoi // May 19, 2008 at 1:49 pm


  • 11 kate // May 19, 2008 at 6:16 pm

    Frankly no ! i cannot resist such a appetizing looking table of food.
    Absolutely adore your wine glasses.

  • 12 Susan from Food Blogga // May 20, 2008 at 7:13 am

    Oh, yeah, I love smoked paprika in hummus. Looks delicious! (and it’s only 5:13 am here)

  • 13 Patricia Scarpin // May 20, 2008 at 7:48 am

    Is there a place for me at that table, Katy? YUM!
    I’m a sucker for hommus!

  • 14 katy // May 20, 2008 at 9:23 am

    SP — Exactly!  Those are my favorite type of recipes — ones that seem like you wouldn’t make them at home, but are actually super easy!

    Kate — Thank you!  They were from Anthropologie (as is much of my kitchenware) — and birthday presents from my little sister!

  • 15 patsyk // May 20, 2008 at 11:14 am

    I think I am adding smokey paprika to my shopping list when I get to Penzey’s on vacation! 🙂

    I love hummus, but never think to make it myself.  I’ll have to give it a try next time we need some munchies.

  • 16 White On Rice Couple // May 20, 2008 at 1:40 pm

    I never thought of putting smoked paprika on my popcorn, I’ll have to try it!
    Even having the smoked paprika in this hummus sounds fabulous!

  • 17 MyKitchenInHalfCups // May 20, 2008 at 2:18 pm

    Oh my yes Katie.  Smoked paprika really is a treat. But no not straight on the tongue.  Will try on the popcorn thought, that sounds right!

  • 18 Donald // May 20, 2008 at 4:41 pm

    Wow Katie, are you on the verge of culinary genious or what? Don’t you have a day job? 🙂

    I have to make some dishes for a graduation party this weeked. This is one of them. I’ll let you know how it works out.

    Thanks for a great idea.

  • 19 Ivonne // May 20, 2008 at 6:46 pm

    Oh, wow! That looks amazing … I’m a huge fan of hummus. It’s so good as a spread (love it on sandwiches). Nicely done!

  • 20 Claire // May 20, 2008 at 9:50 pm

    I love hummus and would love to make some but can’t figure out where to find tahini.  Do you think it could be made without it or using something else?

  • 21 Marc @ No Recipes // May 20, 2008 at 11:39 pm

    Now I’m going to have to run out and get some smoked paprika, it sounds delicious.

  • 22 katy // May 21, 2008 at 8:33 am

    Claire — You definitely could — it won’t be as thick, but I’m sure it would still be good.  You can also make your own tahini!  Check out:

  • 23 Garrett // May 21, 2008 at 9:59 am

    I’ve been telling myself that I need to make my own hummus for months…I think your post is finally the last straw.  This is definitely something I’ll have to try making this weekend!

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  • 25 Rosie // Aug 5, 2010 at 12:03 pm

    I just adapted another recipe for hummus with yours…I added half the paprika and cumin, but added roasted garlic into it. It turned out great! Thanks for the idea of using smoked paprika!

  • 26 darmowa bramka // Jan 7, 2013 at 10:36 am

    I love the traditional humus but can’t wait to taste this vaersion!

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