Harissa Hummus (+ Hummus Base Recipe)

The addition of Harissa to the hummus creates both a tasty and healthy dish.  Use this on pita bread or as a side with other classic Middle Eastern dishes.  The fresh flavor, coupled with the subtle heat of the Harrisa, will make it the star of the meal. This recipe also makes a great hummus base that you can flavor however you'd like. Look below for other variations!


  • 3 cloves garlic, rough chopped
  • 1 ½ tsp salt
  • ¼ cup tahini
  • 5 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 ½ tablespoons SKORDO Harissa
  • 2 cups canned chickpeas (liquid reserved)
  • 2 tablespoons chickpea liquid or water


  1. Place garlic, salt, tahini, lemon juice and harissa in food processor or blender and process until smooth.
  2. Slowly add the chickpeas until smooth. Add chickpea liquid or water to bring to desired consistency. Adding the chickpeas last will deliver a smoother hummus.
  3. Let sit for an hour or so to let the flavors meld. Serve at room temperature or chilled, with a little olive oil drizzled over the top and sprinkled lightly with harissa.


Other Variations: 

- Ancho Chile & Turmeric Hummus: Decrease garlic to 1 clove, replace the Harissa blend with 1 Tbsp. Ancho Chile Powder and 1 tbsp. Turmeric.

- Southwest Hummus: Replace Harissa blend with Southwest Seasoning, roast garlic before adding it to your mixture.

- Avocado, Coriander, and Lemon Hummus: Replace Harissa blend with 1 Tbsp. Ground Coriander plus 1 avocado.

June 04, 2018 — Cari Karonis

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