Spicy Chile de Árbol Hummus


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Looking for a creative way to use dried chiles? Make our super spicy chile de árbol hummus. This simple but tasty recipe is perfect for heat seekers and snackers alike. 

spicy chile de árbol hummus on a plate surrounded by terra chips, pita bread, and cilantro

Who else misses great Mexican food?

After another month of spending most of my time at home, I had enough. I had to start making my own refried beans, salsa, tacos, burritos, posole, you name it. My favorite Mexican spot is still closed, so I had to improvise and start making my own. 

Either way, you won’t find recipes on Hell Yes It’s Vegan touting to be authentic or capitalizing on a culture. If you’re looking for authentic vegan Mexican food recipes, definitely check out Dora’s Table. She’s amazing!

Because I had so many dried chiles de árbol lying around, I kept asking myself what else should I do with them? Naturally hummus came to mind.

Use dried beans, I dare you.

Look I get it. Life is so busy. Who has time to soak beans overnight and cook them all day to make Boston baked beans? I mean, besides myself. But I’m telling you right now that there’s a quicker way!

If you happen to own an Instant Pot, this method is perfect for you. To make fresh garbanzo beans from dried in just under an hour, all you need to do is pressure cook the beans submerged in water for 30 minutes and let the Instant Pot release the pressure on its own.

ingredient spread to make spicy chile de árbol hummus

This method is a game changer and I 10/10 recommend giving it a shot if you make spicy chile de árbol hummus. 

If you don’t have time that’s ok too

Spicy chile de árbol hummus will still taste great with canned garbanzo beans too, so don’t let my challenge of using dried beans deter you from making this super spicy snack.

I always have a few cans of chickpeas lying around either way in case of emergencies. I find they work better for making crunchy chickpeas as featured in my vegan caesar salad or in chickpea salad sandwiches.

If you’re making hummus or falafel, give dried garbanzo beans a shot.

What ingredients do you need to make spicy chile de árbol hummus?

Spicy chile de árbol hummus doesn’t require many ingredients. First, you’ll need 1.5 cups of chickpeas whether they’re in 1 can or cooked from dried is up to you. Next, you’ll need half an ounce of dried chile de árbol peppers. Lastly, you’ll need extra virgin olive oil, tahini, lemon juice, a garlic clove, water, and salt.

How do you make spicy chile de árbol hummus?

Making spicy chile de árbol hummus requires minimal preparation, ingredients, and kitchen tools. 

chiles de árbol in a pot with water

For the kitchen tools, you’ll need a measuring cup and spoons, a knife and a cutting board, a kitchen scale (no worries if you don’t have one. I give estimates in the recipe card.), a small pot to soften the chiles, a strainer, and a blender. 

Start out by bringing a medium-sized pot filled with water to a boil. Meanwhile, destem and remove the seeds from the chiles de árbol. Add the chiles to the pot and gently simmer for 7-8 minutes until the chiles are soft. Drain and set aside.

Next, add the chickpeas, chile de árbol peppers, a garlic clove, lemon juice, water, olive oil, and tahini to a blender. Run the blender until the hummus is smooth and creamy. Add salt to taste and blend to combine again. The amount of salt you’ll need will depend on if your chickpeas are already salted in the can or if they’ve been cooked from dried. Good luck and don’t over-salt!

Serving ideas and substitution ideas

If you’re looking for some creative ways to eat spicy chile de árbol hummus I have a few ideas…

Make it WFPB (oil-free): If you’re oil-free add a half an avocado to the hummus plus some more water to thin. This might affect the color a little bit, but you’ve gotta get that fat from somewhere, am I right?

Serve on a charcuterie board: Hummus makes an awesome charcuterie board addition. Try making a Mexcian inspired board with chile de árbol hummus, fresh salsa, tortilla chips, pickled carrots, and dried chile mangos.

Go Mediterranean: Add spicy chile de árbol hummus to your favorite Mediterranean dishes. Add it to a falafel sandwich, or serve with pita chips.

Make it into a dressing: Add a little more water to bring the hummus down to a salad dressing consistency and there you have a spicy hummus salad dressing! 

spicy chile de árbol hummus on a plate surrounded by terra chips, pita bread, and cilantro

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spicy chile de árbol hummus on a plate surrounded by terra chips, pita bread, and cilantro
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Spicy Chile de Árbol Hummus

Looking for a creative way to use dried chiles? Make our super spicy hummus with chile de árbol peppers – perfect for heat seekers & snackers alike.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: Snack
Cuisine: American, Mediterranean, Mexican
Diet: Gluten Free, Vegan, Vegetarian
Keyword: chile de arbol, chile de arbol hummus, hummus, spicy chile de árbol hummus, spicy hummus
Servings: 10
Calories: 82kcal


  • knife
  • cutting board
  • measuring cup and spoons
  • blender
  • medium-sized pot
  • kitchen scale



  • Destem and remove seeds from chiles. Bring a medium-sized pot of water to a low simmer, add the chiles. Hydrate the peppers for 7-8 minutes.
  • Drain the chiles and add to a blender along with the rest of the ingredients. Blend until smooth and creamy. Add salt to taste if needed.
  • Serve with tortilla chips, terra chips, pita chips, vegetables, or slather on sandwiches. I mean, it's hummus. Put it on everything.


Nutrition is an estimate and does not include optional ingredients.  
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Nutrition Facts
Spicy Chile de Árbol Hummus
Amount Per Serving (40 g)
Calories 82 Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value*
Fat 6g9%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 3g
Cholesterol 0mg0%
Sodium 51mg2%
Potassium 35mg1%
Carbohydrates 7g2%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 1126IU23%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 19mg2%
Iron 0mg0%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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