Red Pepper Hummus

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I am very picky about my hummus. Ready made hummus available today in most supermarkets has preservatives, and too much salt and oil for my palate. It’s really easy to make hummus at home, it’s less expensive and taste so much better. Using all organic ingredients, a little red bell pepper adds a subtle yet distinctive note. Serve with crudités or your favorite crackers.

1 3/4 cups chick peas (garbanzo beans), cooked from dried beans or from a can (look for no-salt added)
3-6 Tablespoons tahini (to taste)
1 red bell pepper, seeded (raw or roasted)
juice of one lime or lemon
water (if necessary for a smoother consistency)
salt to taste (optional)

Blend garbanzo beans, tahini, red pepper and lime or lemon juice in a food processor until smooth and creamy. Add water if too thick, a couple of tablespoons at a time. Add salt to taste. Place in a bowl and serve.

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