Huffpost Taste

Featuring fresh takes and real-time analysis from HuffPost's signature lineup of contributors

Bon Appetit Headshot

Classic Hummus Is Good: This Version Might Be Even Better

Posted: Updated:
Peden & Munk

Rochelle Bilow, recipe by Anissa Helou, photo by Peden + Munk

We know you love hummus. We love it too. And you know what else we love? Pomegranate molasses and the slow, sweet heat of harissa paste. Put ‘em all together and you’ve got one of the best dips we’ve seen this year.

SEE MORE: 8 Common Mistakes People Make When Cooking Steak

Red pepper paste gives this garlic-free hummus its color and smoky-sweet flavor; find it in Middle Eastern markets or online.


  • 1 15.5-oz. can chickpeas, rinsed
  • 1/3 cup tahini
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon Turkish or Syrian red pepper paste or 2 tsp. harissa paste
  • 1 tablespoon pomegranate molasses (optional)
  • Kosher salt Olive oil, Aleppo pepper or crushed red pepper flakes, and warm pita bread (for serving)

SEE MORE: Egregious Summer Cookout Mistakes


Set aside 2 Tbsp. chickpeas for serving. Process tahini, lemon juice, red pepper paste, pomegranate molasses (if using), and remaining chickpeas in a food processor, adding water as needed, until hummus is very smooth; season with salt. Serve hummus drizzled with oil and topped with Aleppo pepper and reserved chickpeas, with pita bread alongside. DO AHEAD: Hummus can be made 3 days ahead. Cover and chill.

See more from Bon Appetit:
22 Recipes Everyone Should Know How to Cook
What to Eat, Drink and Do in June
The 13 Most Important Kitchens on Television
17 Easy Ways to Top Your Salad